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INTERVIEW: King Ameas

Hi, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

-I’ve been great, just focused on making music.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single, “Wit My Dawgs”?

-Yeah, that song is basically me just rapping about going out with the guys, having a few drinks, talking to girls, and enjoying life.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

-Not really any one particular event, it’s really more of a bunch of different experiences pulled together.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

-Filming for this video was the most fun I’ve ever had shooting a video. Especially the car scenes, that was something we had never tried before. We actually were questioned by the police about a shooting while filming, which fit perfectly with the second verse *laughs*

The single comes off your new album, CREAM City – what’s the story behind the title?

-Milwaukee got the nickname, Cream City because of its bricks made from cream colored clay back in the 1800’s. You see the cream color in our sports team logos for the Milwaukee Brewers and the Milwaukee Bucks. I decided to pay homage to the Wu-tang Clan and their song, “CREAM” (Cash Rules Everything Around Me) and decided to make an album about my city, and call it “CREAM City” (Cash Rules Everything Around My City).

How was was the recording and writing process?

-Writing and recording this album was more stressful than any of my other projects, because it was during the time I was having my first child. After my daughter was born it became more difficult to actually finish the album.

What role does Milwaukee play in your writing?

-My writing has always been influenced by what’s going on in Milwaukee, but with this album in particular, I had to tell stories of what I was seeing in the city during the writing process, as well as show off the talents of other artists from the city.

You brought some special guests – how did they come on board?

-Most of the artists featured on the project are people I see all the time so it sort of just happened organically. Kyril and Rich P. are good friends of mine, I have several tracks with both of them. Cochise is my brother, he’s been featured on almost all my projects… Sharrod (aka Pizzle) is my engineer, as well as an artist, so we were bound to collaborate eventually.

What did they brought up to the table?

-Each artist I worked with is unique. Cochise actually wrote the hook for “Wit My Dawgs”. He also worked with Class-M on the hook for “In Motion”. Mike Regal provided production on four tracks, as well as a verse on the intro.

Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than in your own?

-That really depends on the song. Sometimes I want the song to sound like me, and sometimes I want it to sound like them. I like to make my style as diverse as possible to show my versatility.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

-I just looked around the city of Milwaukee. Everything said on the album is based on recent events in my life and/or things I’ve seen or heard.

Any plans to hit the road?

-I’ve been putting together my own shows locally as of late, but I do plan to do a small, midwest tour some time in the near future.

What else is happening next in King Ameas’ world?

-What’s next for me is throwing my daughter her first birthday party & getting started on my next album. I’m also in the process of officially launching my record label, No Doubt Records.

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About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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