“I look at the world and the things we go through, and if you pay close attention it teaches you the good, the bad, and the ugly. In this world, you learn from it. I am my biggest inspiration. I’ve seen death twice. Diabetes almost killed me at 16 and at 21. I was shot 5 times. I’ve been in prison and nothing is stopping me from striving for my goals.”

Check out the interview with Keni Kash exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

SKILLY: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
K.K.: As a kid hearing other people do it and I thought you had to be born with it. I went to prison and saw other people doing it and I thought that was the most fly shit ever. My friend was a rapper and he told me he can hear it in me and I started dreaming about it waking up with a few bars heat and there then stayed piecing them together.

What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Work hard at your craft. Don’t take no for an answer. If you don’t believe in yourself no one will either.

What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
The hardest thing is getting people to understand my vision with my quirky sound and different delivery. People never want to give you a chance if you don’t sound a certain way.

We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
It will always be a social platform. Everybody is online. You can give away your music to get a buzz in your city but that only does so much. You need dedication and some luck, and invest your money in social sites like Skilly, haha!

Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I was raised in Chicago and moved to Groom, Milwaukee. Then I lived in Houston, Texas. Houston showed a lot of love. You can go to small bars and they will let you perform and play your music, and other artists support you.

Where do you see yourself a year from today?
Successful, rocking a crowd, meeting business minded people and getting my foot in the door so I can kick it in and open more doors for other artists. As the verse goes…

Nicca love to hate they can hate these
They suck at everything they can suck these
The only way I suck is when I succeed

Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
I look at the world and the things we go through, and if you pay close attention it teaches you the good, the bad, and the ugly. In this world, you learn from it. I am my biggest inspiration. I’ve seen death twice. Diabetes almost killed me at 16 and at 21. I was shot 5 times. I’ve been in prison and nothing is stopping me from striving for my goals.

How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I love it. It’s different from yesterday’s and it’s changing our tomorrow. You shouldn’t hate. Accept the change!