Thank you for the warm welcome. I appreciate the opportunity to have a conversation with you guys like this. It means a lot to an up and coming artist like myself. And I have been well. No complaints over here. I’ve been in a good space mentally as well as artistically so I could never focus on the negatives, ya know?
Can you talk to us more about your latest collaboration “Lets Begin”?
Yeah, for sure. For those who may not know, “Let’s Begin” is a song on Jon Bellion’s album Glory Sound Prep featuring myself, The RZA, Roc Marciano, and Travis Mendes. Its one of the standout rap tracks on the album. A collaboration between a few legends and new artists that I think we need more of in todays age. Its a song that shows a steady build of energy, lyricism, and conviction as the song goes on. As a frequent collaborator of Jon Bellion’s, this might be my favorite of all the tracks we’ve done together.
What’s the story behind the title of your upcoming album?
Yeah the name of the album is To Whom I May Concern. I chose this title because I think that this album will be giving a message to a wide variety of people who need to hear it. People who care about me whether thats my family, friends, fans, collegues, and whoever plays any part in my life. It’s a sequel to my debut album, HeistBoX, which told my story in a way that a listener would love to hear what’s been going on in my life since those events. I think this album is an amazing follow up and will be recieved even better than the first.
How was the recording and writing process?
The writing process of an album is always the easiest part for me. I think it’s easy to get my thoughts out, but its hard to convert them to an entire album with a beginning, middle, and end. I don’t like to just throw a bunch of songs together. They all have to relate to each other in some way but also maintain their own purposes individually. To top it off, they still have to all make sense when presented in a package.
The recording process was very different for me this time around. I tried to capture specific vibes to create a pallette of different colors that any listener could enjoy. Theres something for everyone on this album, but it all stays true to who I am in my purest form. That’s what I’m most proud of accomplishing on this album.
Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than on your own?
When it comes to collaboration, I try to approach a song in different ways. Those ways all depend on if the song is on a project of mine, or of the artist that I am collaborating with. When I am on someone else’s song, I try to fully invest in the idea and pull together all the pieces that will round out the concept nicely. Balancing that and being a lyricist is the most fun when it comes to showing your skill in more ways than just rhyming words. That’s what I appreciate most about my favorite rappers and what they bring to collaborations. For my own projects, I collaborate with different artists for what I think they are great at and try to emphasize those strong points in my world. If there is a vocalist on the track, I have them on there because I believe their specific tone, delivery, or cadence will only make the song that much better.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
I find all of my inspiration in the things that happen in my everyday life. I had a pretty interesting unbringing which is where all of my subject matter comes from. Growing up in a broken home, surrounded by a ton of issues, I found that I have more than enough stories to tell and things to share that people need to hear. I’m not an artist that can fabricate and sell experiences that truly aren’t mine. Authenticity and vulnerability is what I try to build my foundation on because it is all I truly know when its comes to telling stories.
Any plans to hit the road?
As far as the road goes, right now you won’t be able to find me on the road until next summer’s Glory Sound Prep tour where I will join Jon Bellion on his North American leg. As my new album spreads, I will definitely be lining up shows to perform most likely starting on the East Coast. All in due timing though.
What else is happening next in B.Keyz’s world?
As far as the rest of my world, right now its just creating music to give to the people who need to hear it and finding a way to get better at doing what I love. Music keeps me going and I plan to continue to use it to keep other people going. That always has been my goal.