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INTERVIEW: 88 Killa

Hi Donovan, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Hey! Thanks for having me! I’ve been good! Busy, but I can’t complain.
Can you tell us more about the story behind your track ¨Kream¨?
Kream is produced by my friend Ish D and was one of the last songs recorded for the EP a couple days before I had to turn the project in.
Did any event in particular inspire the song?
Basically after signing my deal it just felt like its time to get in the game and go after it. I drive around the city at night and just sort out ideas and concepts while looking at the city lights as they pass by, and talking to other friends/people around the city and hearing the hunger within the hip hop community, I just felt compelled to do something. I also wanted to make a song for someone who feels that they are a leader within their own respective circles because often times you have to self motivate/rely on yourself to get the job done.
The single comes off your new EP 88 Karats – what´s the story behind the title?
88 Karats is play on how pure my music is. with 24 karats being the purest form of gold, I consider my music/sound/life 3 times purer than that haha. Plus with my name being 88 Killa and my obsession for retro sports/hip hop culture I felt that it fit my personality perfectly .
How was the recording and writing process?
The process for this EP was quick and sporadic. Once i found the groove that I wanted to operate in it definitely became more consistent but it was hard finding the production that I wanted at first because I prefer to be old school and work hands on with producers so I can help paint a picture of what I’m trying to accomplish.
On what aspects of your life did you inspire to write the lyrics on this album?
One aspect for sure is my BMW e46 and my overall love for car culture. If I cant vibe out to music while I’m driving then it isn’t going to work out, the same goes with people. There’s a certain aesthetic that BMWs have and being able to hit 100mph+ on highways at any given moment is enough to inspire anyone. With that being said, I want everyone to appreciate the feeling of an open road when listening to my music no matter what kind of car they are driving or if they are even driving at all.
Musically speaking, would this be a follow up to the sound we´ve known you for or is it a departure?
This is more like the beginning of what to expect. I’m getting more comfortable and finally able to understand and articulate what I’m to do production wise so its going to be fun being able to build on top of this foundation.
Any plans to hit the road?
Yes! I want to go everywhere! so if anyone wants me to stop by their city hit me up and lets make it happen!
What else is happening next in 88 Killa´s world?
The next move is working on the follow up EP and then album, of course that means visuals and all that so stay posted and hit me up if you want to race one day haha

 

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