Residing in Atlanta, young up and comer Toon (The Only One Noble) Kino is bending the rules of contemporary hip-hop. Producing and rapping since 14, Toon blends influences from a diverse range of sources. His inspirations include video games and various artists. Toon seeks to inspire and urge people to step out of themselves and do what makes them happy.
Toon recently released his newest banger “The Moon Is Falling” and I’m bumping it on repeat. He’s got the talent and ear for savory beats to excel in this game. “The Moon Is Falling” reeks of self confidence is about Toon’s journey to the top, speeding by the same-old mainstream sound on his way up. His energy truly shines in this retrospective track that lets us explore Toon’s inner thoughts. “The Moon Is Falling” is in your face and unapologetic with a twist. Experimental and authentic, “The Moon Is Falling” highlights the retro and modern fusion of sounds behind Toon’s bars. The production quality is incomparable and the back beat is addicting and mellow. I’m adding “The Moon Is Falling” to my summer playlist and I highly recommend you do the same. Stay on the lookout for Toon!
Listen to “The Moon Is Falling” here and read more below in our exclusive interview!
Hi Toon! Can you start by telling our readers and fans about your upbringing into music? When did you realize it was your passion?
What’s up, thanks for having me, I’m honored. I got into music being a kid and watching my family make music at home. From there I started writing and freestyling my own little goofy stuff and would sometimes rap for people at my school. I used to do little talent shows and the passion came after seeing how people would cheer for me when the song was over, I love that feeling.
What’s the meaning behind the lyrics of “The Moon Is Falling”? How do you want listeners to interpret this track?
The lyrics are a little peephole into my mind, but I didn’t want to get too deep. When I originally produced the track I was listening to see what vibe would fit without being too out there, you know? As far as interpretations go it’s up to you.
Who are your top three musical influences? Why?
Lord that’s a hard one. In no particular order, Tyler The Creator, Asap Rocky, and definitely Childish Gambino. Tyler’s music goes beyond rap and I respect that he never lets trends effect the kind of music he makes. Rocky is a chameleon of music, he blends his style together well no matter what he’s making. Gambino can do anything and he never allows himself to be boxed in.
What challenges have you faced as an up and coming artist? How have you overcome those challenges?
As an artist the biggest challenge I’ve faced is probably wondering if people would like my music or not. I always felt that the stuff I made would either be too weird or maybe the beats I made weren’t always the best. Recently though I just started saying “Do I like this?”. I stopped caring wether people liked my stuff or not, I focused on what I liked and let it go from there.
What’s next for you Toon Kino?
I’m going all out until I get what I want. Sold out shows, my name next to my inspirations, maybe the world. Yeah, the world sounds good.
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