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Mixtape Report: Early June
Friday, June 1, 2007
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T: Your brothers each have their own sound but they're all similar to your dad. You're a little different, you seem to be heavily influenced by Hip-Hop. We remember you from that V2 record way back.
KM: Yeah, that's the first record, that's that journey right there. But my Hip-Hop influence...I mean, I was raised in Miami. I left Jamaica when I was almost eight years old. For me at that time was a reality check to because I'm coming from the country in Jamaica where for me everything is "free". I'm free to wake up in the morning and walk out in the streets and walk until all hours of night, miles away from my home and my mom's not worried and nobody ain't worried. That's how the country lifestyle is, the whole country is a family. So, no matter where you at. When the time came my grandma moved to America, grandma Henley. When she moved to America, now we find out that the family is moving to America. See in Jamaica you always had this fascination because when they came with the American dollars, at that time, one dollar gave you eight. So, it was like, oooohh. And all the music and all the cartoons was American, so we always had this thing of what America looked like in our head. So, when the opportuniy arrived as a child I was like, okay, well, this is it, I've already pictured what the house looked like, what I'm going into. We had a night flight, I remember this, me and my mom, the rest of the family was already there. I remember looking out from the window and seeing all the lights and thinking, wow, this is it. Got to the neighborhood I was living in and it was nice. And I remember the night when I stepped out the cab, right, I looked up and I was like, this ain't what it looks like in my head...but it's nice. I'm not seeing the real effect of the neighborhood yet. Brother let me tell you, we had the only wooden house on the corner. So, I'm leaving the country in Jamaica and coming to America to a worse house than what we just left. We had a wooden house in Jamaica too. Every other house on the block was made of stone, brah. We had the only wooden house on the block...with the paint chipping off, there was big hole where the kitchen was that you could just look through. Let me tell you brother. I wake up in the morning, brah, and, my god, I wanted to go home that very instant. This was not it. Let me tell you what I went through as a child growing up. I'm in a neighborhood where across the street from me is a empty field, there's a stolen car there every weekend, the police were around there every Thursday, sometimes you get 'em on a Tuesday. In front of my house is where all the crack sells. Right in front of my house, not a few blocks over, literally fifteen steps across the street. I grew up with my neighbor on the left side and my neighbor on my left side having a beef. So, on any given Sunday you can have a shootout going across the street. And the cops ain't coming. I'm literally in the house and they're having a 5-10 minute shootout. So, you become a product of your enviroment. You have to adapt and survive. That's what we are, that's what we do. I can remember my mom telling me stories about the revolutionary side of things. So, if I was not phsyically prepared at the time, I was mentally there. I didn't get the cat jumped over the moon stories as a child, I got Steve Biko, Che Guevera, Fidel Castro, you name it, I got all the revolutionary stories. I was raised by a single mom, as you know my father passed away. My mom was a very strong woman. All my life growing up was just me and her. I had never had to deal with another man in my life. Never. Me and her all the way. Everything I learned in life, I can say I really learned it through her. When they say a woman can't teach a man to be a man, I'm gonna beg to differ. I believe right now as a man, I'm a firm man and everything I learned in life was taught by my mom. Some of course you live and you learn. Some of them they say don't make twice, and I made 'em a few times. Back to Hip-Hop, you can see, being a product of that enviroment from eight years-old, that's what's playing in the hood. That's what you go to school to. Tha became a part of me. Even in my early years, when I just got to Miami, I didn't hear no Hip-Hop for my first year and half. Which I appreciate at the time now too because it allows me to expand as a musician. I left Jamaica when Jamaica only had one radio station. When I came to Miami my mom bought me a nice boombox, I had saw it in a breakdancing movie and I was like, that's what I want. She bought me it and I got home and I tuned into a channel, and I'm like, okay, that's it. 'Cuz I'm figuring it's one radio station, all the same. It was a station called Wild 100 and they only played Top 40 soft rock. So, for the first part I was listening to a lot of Elton John, a lot of Guns 'N Roses, Aerosmith, Van Halen. I appreciated it because I'm from where my dad is original, he's of his own kind, he stand as his own ground. So, when I can hear another artist like that, who's original and stands his own ground. So, it grew on me. After that I found out we had more than one radio station. I remember the first CD my mom bought me was Run-DMC and the first song I fell in love with was You Be Illin'. And from that I was hooked to Hip-Hop.

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