Whookilledkenny is right here to remind you “it’s by no means private, it’s Strictly Enterprise.” Hailing from Austin, Texas however now based mostly in Los Angeles, the rising star is greatest identified for his distinctive mix of R&B and hip-hop, exploding onto the scene together with his one-of-a-kind voice that calls for consideration.
Rising up within the church, a younger Whookilledkenny truly began as a Christian rapper, due to the nudge from his grandmother to rap about his religion. Quickly, his skills made noise round city, as he acquired nothing however optimistic suggestions from his Christian remix of Durrough’s “Ice Cream Paint Job.”
Quickly, he would make the choice to make secular music, unveiling his debut mission Pay The Payment again in 2019. Quick ahead to 2022, he drops his highly-anticipated EP titled Strictly Enterprise, spearheaded by lead single “Price It.”
AllHipHop spoke with Whookilledkenny about his identify, his background, the brand new launch, and extra!
AllHipHop: What impressed your identify?
Whookilledkenny: I initially used to go by Kenny Gee, however I needed to change my identify once I discovered that I may face copyright points because of the saxophone participant Kenny G. I wished one thing that might sound like a band or a gaggle, not only one particular person. I believed it will look cool on competition flyers.
AllHipHop: How would you describe your sound?
Whookilledkenny: Participant and opulent or lavish. I speak about my life-style and actual life occasions. In case you reside an analogous life-style you’ll be able to relate to it. Residing in LA the previous few years I’ve additionally added a unique bounce to my music from working with producers from out right here.
AllHipHop: Largest influences?
Whookilledkenny: Wiz and Travis Scott. The affect that Wiz had once I was in highschool is one thing I’d like to have within the close to future and being from Texas, Travis is considered one of my favourite artists of all time.
AllHipHop: At what level did you understand you possibly can do music for a dwelling?
Whookilledkenny: In elementary faculty, I knew I wished to be the President or a rapper. Being President appeared like a protracted shot and on the identical time I used to be performing raps at totally different church buildings throughout Dallas and I fell in love with performing and making music.
AllHipHop: New single and visible for “Price It,” what impressed the report?
Whookilledkenny: I’m impressed by individuals in my life. I make music on a regular basis so no matter is occurring that day is mirrored within the music
AllHipHop: The place was the video shot? Greatest reminiscence?
Whookilledkenny: Pacific Palisades. Greatest reminiscence is how participant that space is… I’d reside there simply. We actually simply drove across the neighborhood and shot totally different scenes on no matter streets seemed dope. We shot a scene in a entrance yard and the proprietor got here out, advised us he was a documentary movie maker and that we may shoot exterior his home for so long as we have to so shout to him
AllHipHop: What’s one factor you need followers to get out of your Strictly Enterprise EP?
Whookilledkenny: I make hits.
AllHipHop: What’s it you need followers to get out of your story?
Whookilledkenny: Maintain pushing and don’t hand over. If you recognize what your targets are, work on a regular basis to get nearer to them. I dropped a mission in 2019 and ended up taking it down as a result of it didn’t stream properly. I used all the 12 months of 2020 to work on music and to know the advertising and marketing and the enterprise aspect of issues. As quickly as 2021 hit, we hit the bottom working and haven’t seemed again since.
Earlier than that once I was in highschool in Austin, I used to be promoting tickets to music festivals to all the youngsters in my faculty as a result of when you solde sufficient tickets they might allow you to be the opener. It doesn’t matter what, I’ve all the time discovered a strategy to preserve going.
AllHipHop: How was it working with Buddah Bless and Hollywood Cole?
Whookilledkenny: I met them each throughout a visit I took to Atlanta. I acquired plenty of music with each of them.
AllHipHop: Clarify your “pay the payment” mentality.
Whookilledkenny: It’s common. Everyone paying the payment to any person. And everyone gathering a payment from any person.
AllHipHop: 3 belongings you want within the studio?
Whookilledkenny: Weed, backwoods, and a lighter.
AllHipHop: Objectives your self as an artist at this level of your profession?
Whookilledkenny: Touring is my major objective in the intervening time. I get dm’s from individuals in several cities telling me “come to New York” or “come to Chicago” so I’d actually love to the touch the highway in 2023 and meet all my followers which have been supporting me.