How long have you been doing what you’re doing and how did you get started in the first place? 10 years ago the youngest of five Keemy501 is no stranger to the adversity which influences his music. In 1998 he was involved in a devastating car accident in which he lost both parents, his oldest brother, and has left him paralyzed from waist down. The wheelchair you see him in is not a prop, but rather the constant reminder to himself and other onlookers of the adversity that he has overcome.
Who were the first influences on your music and style? Drawing inspiration from his brother Dunk, daughter, and Hip Hop greats as of 2Pac , Zero, and Starlito
In your opinion who is the most influential and successful artist in your genre today and why? Jay -Z he is a Billionaire. He can Turn Up The City anytime he wants.
What aspect of the music making process excites you most, and what aspect discourages you the most? I would have to say, my lyrics writing in preparation to make my songs. I have faced so much adversity that when in solitude I’m able to capture my true potential and God given talent to reflect a message of how it is in the street life.
In your experience thus far, what is the best piece of advice in this business you actually followed? And one you didn’t follow, but now know for sure that you should have? To never give up, remain humble and know God has a bigger purpose for all that I have endured in life. Well I would say that I have no regrets of not following anything that wasn’t meant for me. Everything has a purpose. I have a really good management staff with Marlowe and we make real sound minded buisness decisions.
Which ingredient do you think is most essential in making your sound and style the way it is? Adversity; the stumbling block everyone isn’t blessed to skip, it’s the last hurdle at the end of a race every runner doesn’t have the energy to jump, its’ the quintessential sunlight the rose fights to receive while growing from the concrete. Overcoming such adversity has a sound. I have sound that is Southern with delicate twist of the Downsouth Legends like Eight Ball, Bun B, Boosie Badazz, Slim Thug.
What single are you currently pushing and what will you be dropping next? Keemy501 dropped his first song on Facebook Live early 2018. After receiving high praise from his friends and family Rashod linked up with up-and-coming North Carolina producer and released his first hit single Turn Up The City. The single was met with rave reviews and inspired Rashod to dig even deeper into his newfound gift of writing. Then came his first EP No Parental Guidance. A project that completely lives up to its title.
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