Kenny mason is one of the most recent names to emerge from Atlanta’s underground hip-hop scene, and it made it in the midst of the pandemic. His first official project, Angelique Hoodrat, fell last April, bolstered by the popularity of his song “Hit,” an inside look at the scam rush. It flexes several streams, a little song and jubilance on the track. “And it looks like a few bands / What the fuck is this? / I never had any cash / Now I’m up / I’ve got this shit on the smash / This is what happens”, rapp- he on the firecracker produced by Julien Earle.
With nearly 8 million Spotify streams now, it’s Kenny’s most popular song that also explains his ethos. He’s a lyric MC with the control in his flow that comes from the time he devotes to his art. Kenny walks the line between wanting to survive and trying to make the right decisions – two goals that don’t always match. As for the music he creates, he also dives into a genre-bending rap style mixed with the sounds of 1990’s punk and grunge. “43”, “Play Ball” and “Partments” feature this avenue. Then he returns to his hip-hop roots with fiery rhymes on “Firestarter”, “Angels Calling // My Dad” and “4 Ever”.
The burgeoning artist discovered his talent for rap at the age of 12, writing his own nursery rhymes to manage all the time he spent alone as a child. He moved often and his father was a truck driver across the country. Still keeping his new hobby to himself at 14, he began to realize that he was better than the other kids in school who rapped and took him a lot more seriously. Soon after, three big turning points happened: he impressed a pretty girl in his high school with his bars, his teacher told him he could be a rapper if he worked hard, and he saw a Kid cudi interview in which the Ohio rapper shared that he decided to be an artist at 14, knowing that it would take him 10 years to become truly talented. Taking this as a sign, Kenny made the same choice and never looked back.
His time in high school included a music technology course, where he learned the invaluable skill of recording himself. After he finished his studies, he and a few of his friends decided they wanted to build a studio. They’ve pooled their money over the years and built one. Kenny used this time to sharpen his rap and mixing skills while jumping into Atlanta’s competitive underground rap scene. After many projects which are now deleted, Kenny became the rapper the world was introduced to Angelique Hoodrat in 2020. Here he is a year later, about to take a huge new step in his career with a new version, Angelique Hoodrat: Supercut. The effort was originally intended to be a deluxe edition of Angelique Hoodrat, but instead, Kenny released 12 new songs.
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I grew up listening to: “My father played a lot of Tupac Shakur and shit like that. He played so much of it that I knew these songs like the back of my hand. But as far as a single person, whom I love was a first real fanatic of, was Lil wayne. That “Go DJ” shit dropped and it was my favorite song. I always asked my mother-in-law to do this song in the car. When I played video games, like Professional skater Tony HawkI played so many games for them that I know the songs they play in the background. And I would look them up on YouTube, and it sent me down a rabbit hole to find more alternative rock artists. “
My style has been compared to: “At the very beginning, Lil Wayne. People definitely said Kendrick Lamar. I always feel good when people say that I sound like certain rock bands that I don’t look like at all; I do rock music and this is the first band they think of. I appreciate it all. And they are also great artists. It’s a good kind of pressure. “
I will explode because: “If that seems fair to me. I don’t really ask a lot of questions. It’s just a lot of mechanics that might cause you to overthink and over-act or underestimate. I appreciate that anyone is listening, that has something. to say. But I also can’t take what they say personally, good or bad. It will baffle me; I must be feeling something. “
What’s your sleepiest song and why ?: “I feel like the whole first project [Angelic Hoodrat]. I don’t mean slept. All the interest of [the new album], Angelique Hoodrat: Supercut, is to bring new people back to the first draft. That’s why it’s the same title. I feel like more people can get a chance to hear it. Most people talked about the first album because I know they haven’t really heard it yet. “
My records to date have been: “” Hit “as far as views and stuff like that. I love it, it’s good. I think some of the most important songs are like” Angelic Hoodrat “and” Firestarter “. These two songs are kinda like sister songs to me because they have the same feeling. They really explain a lot about my life. Truth be told, I feel like views and stuff like that can be misleading. people really like it. I know the answer to that question once we hit the road and do these shows. It’s hard for me to gauge just being home. That’s how I knew “Hit” was going to be fye before it even fell; people knew the words before it was even over. “
My highlights so far have been: “Performing. I’ve had real fye shows and that’s always the most important thing to me – performing in front of new people every time. I don’t have any prizes or anything yet. I haven’t met. One of my idols again. That would be great. But there is nothing more important than being in front of these people and sharing that connection with them live. This is where I felt the most rewarded in as an artist. “
Most people don’t know: “I’m vegan. It happened during the pandemic, I just stopped eating meat. My housewife, she pushed me to do it. She was just like ‘it’s gonna’ be better for you. body, your health, the environment. ” And then I watched all these documentaries, and it drove me crazy. It started with me doing it once a week until I only ate meat twice a week, and now it’s just like “Bro, fuck that shit.” I feel good. I have a lot more energy. It’s much easier to train, like a body makeover, for real. “
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