24Kayz is an impressive singer, rapper, lyricist, and all-around multi-faceted artist making waves in the modern music scene. He blends integral elements of hip-hop, pop, indie, folk, r&Bm and many more to create soundscapes unlike we’ve ever heard before.
A fabulously pure lead vocal adorns 24 Kayz’ new release “Country Kiwi” with some very direct and clear communication. As soon as the vocal begins, a new, more urgent rhythm is established, and the spoken word vocals take us calmly and confidently by the hand, leading us to the more upbeat chorus. A few more flavors of acoustically driven minutes are subtly layered up in carefully-chosen moments. On top of the music, 24Kayz’s voice is one that’s loaded with personality. His tone, his laid-back style of delivery, and indeed his lyrics, all lean in the direction of a clear love for performance and for crafting bars designed to entertain. “Country Kiwi” is a smooth genre-bending new single that we can’t get enough of. 24Kayz has name an impressive name for himself in recent months, and with releases like “Country Kiwi,” it’s not hard to see why.
Check out “Country Kiwi” here and read more with 24Kayz below!
Hey 24Kayz! Welcome to BuzzMusic! What inspired you to first begin making music and releasing it to the public?
I’ve always been inspired and wanted to make music. Music, marching band, and my older brother Doe Boogie watching him and my uncle freestyle really saved my life. I love my city it’s dangerously full of art flavor and creativity. Back to what I was going to say though. I use to randomly start beating on my third grade elementary desk in school. Everybody would be rocking with me. It turned into a thing when I got into the six grade in middle school we’d have a beating contest on the table and they’d be like oh I won. I’d make a super dope beat on the table and I couldn’t record what I’d just did and it was super cool. I always tried to stand out when we had a beat contest on the lunchroom tables or on a field trip. In the six grade, I joined concert band and I started out on the trumpet. Being in the concert band taught me perseverance and dedication. It made me feel like I had powers and nobody could beat like me on the tables even though I was playing the trumpet. I don’t know. Music just was just my excitement and a great way to express my creativity. I remember hearing the high-school marching band practice and I told my mom I’m going to be in the marching band. I’ll never forget I tried out for the drumline and thought I’d make it on snare drum but they put me on the symbols. I was in the 9th grade and I’d always help write the cadences we’d play in the stands. I kept finding out more and more about music. Words like crescendo and decrescendo, a flat, b flat, band warmups. I’d want to stay after and play on the snare drum when the 11th and 12th graders left. I’d always put down my symbols and beat on the baseline drums and get the crowd and people that were in my class super hype and that’s when I first realized I had an amazing effect on people with my Radom beat patterns. I remember like yesterday one of my older siblings came over to our aunt house and I was grounded in the room he looked at me and saw me with my head down and all I know is he threw some headphones and a beat machine at me on the bed and said play with that. I was in the 10th grade at that time and that’s when I first saw an mpc I didn’t know what it was. I also just met my father for the first time and he was and still is a DJ. Long story short I became 24kayz. I had a pink book bag a Walmart microphone some laptop speakers and a Toshiba laptop. I would carry my studio in my bookbag and record people, my friends and myself but most of all I’d always write for my friends and other people because I always was recording people. No matter where I was at, it could be in the hood, on the corner, on the front porch outside, as long as it was a socket to plug up to and get some power I’d do it. I knew I wanted to release it to the public when I notice myself always trying to show people my beats or what I wrote for someone to say on a beat. One day I went to Burger King and bought an apple pie and I figured since I spent some money on Burger King I could use their outlets and WiFi. So I sat my pink book bag down and hooked up my studio. I started recording myself. I was into it. Saying all types of bad words just hypnotize by what I was doing and next thing you know the cops tapping me on the shoulders unplugging my stuff saying pack up your things and leave. I’m still not allowed at the burger king in Carolina today. In 2014 I met female producer Shani and the rest is history.
You seem to be an artist that puts more thought into his lyrics than most. What can you tell us about the lyrical depth within “Country Kiwi”?
The lyrical depths in my song country kiwi came into existence subsequently at a country bar called cowboys Orlando in Orlando Florida. Me and some friends made a bet that I wouldn’t walk into a country bar and sit for more than 30 seconds. Mind you I had on a supreme headband, a shirt that said trap, some Jordan’s and a cannon camera around my neck. I went inside the bar and the waiter was asking me what am I doing in the bar, would I like a drink and what do I do. I told her I rap and all of a sudden she yelled out Aaaaaa! In a quiet but noticeable way and started twerking. I put my head down and whispered “oh shit I’m dead I have to get out here” so my friends ended up coming in and asking me what took me so long but everybody was just starring at us because how we were dressed and the waiters friends came over and some of them actually was just vibing with us. They left with us and came back to what we call the chill spot, trap house, or studio. I pulled out my laptop and cooked up the beat. I was so far from sober. The lyrics is really what happened at the trap house we call the studio. I wanted to really just put more thought into my lyrics. I didn’t want people to get it the first time around. In the lyrics "I'm going down baby to far from sober” that means I’m just lit and feeling good. I’m not sober I’m just hammered from the vibes in the room. All of it came from that event along with the visuals I had in my head.
Since you’ve been making music for several years, how would you compare some of the earlier material you’ve written to your newest release “Country Kiwi”?
My earlier stuff was leaning more towards the street and trap. That’s all I was surrounded by. My location change. My music change and since then I’ve evolved.
We’ve also been bumping your EP “Palmtress&Butterfly’s”! Congratulations on that. What have been some of your proudest or most memorable moments in music so far?
Wow really!???... First of all a big thank you!!!! Thank you for bumping my palmtress&butterflys ep. Words hold a lot of weight and that means a lot to me. So shout out to everyone over at BuzzMusic!!! Actually palmtrees&butterflys was one of my most proudest and memorable moments so far. It was my first ep I’ve ever put out. I was so happy to get something down and actually put it out. It was very emotional for me. Everything before that was just mixtapes and recording my friends and others.
We really appreciate you chatting with us about your incredible music! What’s next for you artistically? Does your creativity manifest itself in other ways?
Awesome! Thank you BuzzMusic for checking out my art and inviting me on your radar. Connecting with fans more, doing more shows, growing more in my artistry connecting fashion and art threw my music, and just creating lots of energy for the world to vibe to is what’s next for me. I believe my creativity manifests itself in many other ways. I’ve recorded over multiple independent artist projects ranging from pop, gospel, trap, and recorded live rock bands during my first audio engineer job in California. That really pushed my creativity up. I also produced my newest single Country Kiwi. I have so much more to learn and find out about myself I’m just excited to share a piece of it with you all over at BuzzMusic and the rest of the universe. Thank you so much for everything.
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