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Published on February 6th, 2020 | by Jerry Doby

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Artist and Spoken Word Poet Kafar Myers Talks New Project ‘Self Privilege’ and More

20-year-old Kafar Myers is one of those rare gems in the Hip Hop industry at the moment, aside from rapping he’s an author of multiple self-published poetry books and a spoken word poet to boot. Well rounded and purpose-driven, this young lion is keen to promote individuality as well as responsibility for self and community. Not one to keep quiet about social ills nor afraid to ask the hard questions of the system, Myers is that next-generation spokesperson being whispered about in the halls of power…check out this throwback performance from his senior year:

The Hype Magazine got Kafar to weigh in on a few things

From the outside looking in, who is the artist and poet Kafar Myers?

I’m a young artist who lives a purpose-driven lifestyle and expresses my deepest emotions through hip-hop music. I allow my actions to speak louder than my words, and use art as a platform to empower youth.

What brought you to the entertainment industry, music specifically?

Impact. Music artists [2Pac, Kendrick Lamar] are keen observers of the world and their messages have resonated with me since an early age. They inspired me to use my voice to uplift my community.

 At what would be considered a young age, what brought you to such a level of self-awareness?

At 8 years old 2Pac’s song “Changes” was my earliest example of how powerful music is. Honestly, music raised me. I internalized each and every story I heard which impacted my worldview.

Tell us about your current project and what it means for you by way of expressing your growth?

Self Privilege is an 8-track project available on all major streaming platforms, right now. My definition of ‘Self Privilege’ is discovering purpose within yourself. I chose that title to connect with fans that embrace individuality. Self Privilege is their soundtrack.

As people we sometimes allow other’s expectations of us to impact the choices we make. Self Privilege showcases my potential and is a reflection of my commitment to the journey I’m on.

For new listeners, what song of yours would you pick as an introduction to you as an artist?

I would suggest “Walk N Wars” which is track 6 on Self Privilege.

“Circumstances don’t circumcise the way your life go.”

The song focuses on topics like teenage pregnancy, gun violence, depression, and social media consumption.

Tell us a bit about your work and passions OUTSIDE of music…

My life is dedicated to art, so I’m always seeking new ways to be creative. I’ve released two self-published poetry books entitled, Soulful of Me and Soulful of More which includes a special edition. You can purchase them through Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

I’ve organized community-based events such as winter coat drives and school supply giveaways. I also produce talent showcases throughout the Tri-State area for artists to perform and network. I’m very entrepreneurial, so I’ve begun developing scripts for short films too.

Last but not least, HYPE wants to know…What’s your CRAZIEST “Where they do that at?!” aka WTF?! moment…

Aw man, when I was in NYC promoting Self Privilege I saw 3 people rob a Halal food truck. The owner caught them, beat them up, and took his food back. It was crazy because he was smaller than all of them.


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Editor-in-Chief of The Hype Magazine, and internationally published arts & entertainment journalist. Member of the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture as well as the United States Press Corps.


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