Stay High Kingz are a staple in the Portland music scene. Made up of core members O. and Smeez, the duo brings a refreshing brand of hip hop to the table; creating a unique flow of musical energy.Best described as hip hop with a clash of gangsta rap, Stay High Kingz are a voice behind a culture that’s taking the world by storm. Their relatable lyrics portray the ups and downs of working hard to get where they are, and the struggle of the average citizen wanting to break through barriers.
Stay High Kingz influences are wide ranged as they cite musical influences such as Mac Dre, The Jacka, 2pac, and E-40, as well as, and most importantly, their family. Stay High Kingz embody the Portland music scene, making them a notable and buzzworthy name in the music community.
They’ve shared the stage with Devin the Dude, E-40, Celly Cel and Spice 1 to name a few. Their skills both reflect and express their mindset, all while intertwined with unstoppable beats and flow; putting them on the map.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Turnt Gang”?
It’s a tribute to our lilttle homie/nephew and close cousin. Both who passed away suddenly. The song was made on their behalf. They inspired the “turnt gang” movement. We are just keeping it “Lit” in a way, to keep them active in our life.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
When we recorded “Turnt Gang” the session was just that a big f**kin party. The lyrics came about right there in the session; we both vibed and it just came together.
How did you come up with the idea of blending hip hop and gangstar rap?
Blended is the perfect word. Being raised in Portland you experience both sides of the track. Our style of rap reflects just that. You’ll hear our struggle with the so called “gangsta rap” side of the world. As well as the ills of hip hop, it’s all part of our culture. It’s a thin line between gangsta rap and hip hop at least to us.
On what life struggles do you guys tend to focus on your music?
The everyday struggle of your average Portland hustler. We tend to focus on what’s going on in our lives good or bad. O is currently working, and going to school full time. In his raps you can hear him balancing the two; something every student can relate to. Smeez is such a cold hustler balancing work, music, and a big family. Listening to his verses you hear his struggle making ends meet and keeping his kids fed. I’m sure everybody in the world can relate to that. Chasing your dreams while keeping food on the table.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new album?
Of Course; the single (“Turnt Gang”) is the first to drop off our upcoming tape Welcome to the Academy Vol. 1, which will be dropping this Spring.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
Keep an eye out for tape Welcome to the Academy Vol. 1… We have a couple other singles that we will be releasing real soon, followed by some good visuals!! We have a lot of music for you guys.
Any plans to hit the road?
We will be planning a tour sometime this summer. We have so many upcoming release dates it’s only right.
What else is happening next in Stay High Kingz ‘s world?
What’s happening next for the Kings is a lot; stay tuned. Welcome to the Academy Vol. 1, Welcome to the Academy Vol. 2; an EP and our album.There’s a lot ahead of us and we are excited to share it all with you.