Published on March 11th, 2020 | by MuzikScribe0
Let’s hop right into this forthcoming book of yours ‘Life Lessons and Lyricism’ — Conceptually, what does that title represent both to and for you?
It’s pretty clear cut. Just me telling stories from my life that not many of my fans or even people close to me may not know. It also tells a lot of stories related to my music career; behind the scenes stuff and struggles that I endured along the way. The basic premise is to show the hand in hand journey that my life and my my music have taken with one another.
At this particular stage in both your life and career, what actually prompted your decision to even want to write an autobiography?
A lot of people have been asking me to write a book for years, but I actually never knew what I would write about. So when I finally felt the urge to write one, I felt like the best thing to do for my first book would be to write about my life.
For someone who picks up a copy, what all exactly would you say one can expect from your life story?
Just detailed events from my upbringing; from childhood to adulthood. But more importantly, I tried to include the lessons that I learned from those experiences and my mistakes.
That said, was writing this “tell” all very therapeutic as far as from a healthy and / or healing point of view?
Well, I wouldn’t call it a tell-all. *K-Rino laughs* I would call it a tell-some! If I told all, the book would be 1000 pages long. Plus, I wouldn’t go that deep anyway. And, yes, it was therapeutic in a way because some of the events I spoke on hadn’t been revisited in my mind in decades. There were points of pain and disappointment that had to be relived, so, yeah, there was some therapy in that process.
At any particular point in time were you at all hesitant or even somewhat worried about maybe revealing a lil too much of your personal self?
Not really because I knew that (I) wouldn’t let people too far in. I’m a pretty private person, but I did want to talk about things that people never knew I did or went through. It wasn’t that difficult to do though.
Your latest single / video is entitled “Flowers” — Tell me about this particular track…
“Flowers” is a song that relays the message to people that we should show people love and how much we care for them while they are still able to appreciate it. It’s about letting go of petty disagreements and not taking time for granted…theirs or ours.
You also have K-Rino Radio — How has this venture been going for you?
It’s been cool. I never thought I would ever be doing radio. But KPFT gave me the platform to be myself and do what I want in my own way. They don’t harness me or try to police my thoughts, so it’s been great. We’ve been able to interview some of the best artists to ever do it, and we get good feedback. We celebrated two years in January.
Switching gears here, longevity, what do you attribute yours to?
God, love of the art-form, and love for and from the people. Longevity isn’t necessarily based on how long you have done something, it’s more so based on how long people have supported what you do. The people determine your degree of longevity, and I have a loyal fan-base that has held me up for decades.
Would it be fair to say you’re happy with the current state of Hip Hop?
I’m always in support of all artists, but I’m not happy with the industry / business aspect of things. The people who make Hip Hop what it is don’t own it. That’s the biggest issue. We’re all under-educated as artists, and we have to catch up in order to truly benefit from our hard work. The music will always be there. The fan support will always be there…and the game will always grow and evolve, but too many artists achieve the fame but not the wealth. That always goes to someone else, and that has to change.
To date, what has been your greatest career moment?
I don’t think it’s happened yet. *More laughs* Nothing that I have done so far is anything big in my opinion. I don’t think that I have done anything truly impactful yet, so I got work to do to really make my mark.
Looking ahead, say five or maybe even ten years from now, where do you see yourself?
Inshallah [God willing], I’ll be still making music and performing. but also I’d like to have other ventures outside of music as well.
As for the immediate, what’s next for K-Rino?
Just promoting the book and music, and trying to help as many people as I can.
Is there anything I left out or just plain forgot to mention?
No, Sir, thanks so much for the interview.
Any parting words?
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