Published on November 21st, 2019 | by Essince0
Tri-Cities artist, Karma Knows releases new video for “Ring Alarm”
Karma: the sum of a person’s actions in this and previous states of existence, viewed as deciding their fate in future existences.
Washington Tri-Cities rapper Karma Knows cites Kanye West’s “Gold Digger,” and Outkast’s “Hey Ya!” with his love for music. The early 2000s rappers eventually led him to discover Biggie, Eminem and others and they inspired Karma to start writing/practicing daily for two years straight.
Karma Knows has a unique perspective because, like me, he was adopted. No matter how great your home life is or how much love your adoptive parents may have for you it still leaves you with a lot of questions. So when his family relocated from Illinois to Washington state in 2010, he harbored animosity towards his birth parents for giving him up and he naturally rebelled (skipping school, selling weed, etc). His journey continued in and out of trouble with school and the law but music was the constant.
He heard a KRS One interview on a local radio station where he spoke about spirituality. Spirituality is more than just meditating and the interview inspired him to look deeper and study the principles of ‘karma.’
“I started to realize any pain I’ve ever felt was a reflection of the pain I’ve caused, which made me grow a love for karma and balance in general. I eventually started living by it every day until it only made sense to make it my stage name as well.”
There wasn’t a big hip-hop scene in the Tri-Cities (outside Seattle) so Karma spent countless hours studying the game (branding, marketing his own videos, etc). His recognition grew through shows and social media engagement.
He just released his new video “Ring Alarm” and it’s gaining traction. Check it out below and let us know what you think!
Now Karma Knows is gearing up for the release of the second installment to his conceptual trilogy. His forthcoming Juice EP, due out January 24th, follows 2018’s Sugar EP. Where Sugar tackled love mixed with comfortability, Juice focuses on Karma stepping out of his comfort zone and being more vulnerable about who he is an artist and person. BUT, as always, Karma desires to leave the full interpretation of his music up to his listeners.
Stream or Download “Ring Alarm”