Meet Rapper, Songwriter and Lyricist, Kwoat. Coming straight from his performance at our 3rd Year Anniversary Concert, we got the chance to catch up with the young artist about everything from his humble beginnings in Brooklyn, to the highs and lows of being a young rapper in this entertainment industry. See full interview below.
Tell me a bit about Kwoat, who he is, where he is from, what does he like to do?
I am a hip-hop artist and songwriter from Brooklyn, NY. Coming from a broken household of 5, I spent a lot my childhood years at my grandmother house with my cousins. My passion wasn’t always music, I wanted to become a veterinarian, but music over powered that dream. My style is hysterical but informative. I grew up religiously watching shows like South Park and Family Guy which helped inaugurated the alter ego we know as Kwoat. With explicit jokes and brutal honesty. But I enjoy writing different genres of music just to test waters. I’ve worked with a couple R&B artists with songs as well. I spend a lot of my time writing and going out to random live music events. It’s become my weekly trip to the spa. Something about watching another artist get up on stage and present a 7 to 10minutes set that he/she probably took a couple hours/days to rehearse. The time taken, that’s beautiful.
How did you initially get started in hip-hop?
I discovered a soft spot for rap music from my cousin in 7th grade when he would freestyle over a table beat at lunchtime. It was still just a hobby to write until my freshmen year in high school I met my audio teacher who soon became my mentor to music in general. That’s when the idea of hip-hop then germinated and slowly grew into an obsession for me.
How long have you been doing hip-hop?
For 10 years now. A freaking decade.
I know you will be touring with the Dean’s List Tour on their next college tour can you tell me a bit about where else you have performed?
A bunch of dope venues throughout New York like SOB’s, DROM, Blackthorn 51 and more. Places I favored was performing at the Kings Plaza Mall and 106 & Park.
So far, what would you say has been the best experience in this industry?
“Real recognize real.” This short quote has played a role in most of my year an artist. No matter how tense the crowd is, or how ‘dead’ they present themselves, you must ALWAYS give a great performance. I once did an open-mic completion and lost (I felt it was fixed), but was later approached by a lady in the crowd who loved my style so much she booked me to perform at her show which was my first paid gig ever at 16. There’s a reason it’s called the ENTERTAINMENT business and not the TALENT business. Always be yourself and be proud of your brand, there’s someone looking for you.
Having said that what has been the most trying time of being in the industry?
Being a young motivated hip-hop artist in New York can be very hard, especially when there are fraud/covetous businesses built to steal from artists. I’ve fell a victim to greedy promoters and selfish managers. But sometimes learning the hard way is the best way.
Where would say you get your biggest support?
A lot of my support comes from social media and event networks. I learned that many will support you just off your personality than your work. I’ve brought out people who weren’t even a fan of rap/hip-hop music but they love my energy and how I structure my performances.
Where would you say is the coolest place your music has taken you?
That’s a good question. Mentally, it’s made me go pass my expected peak of creativity. I’ve written 3 different songs to one instrumental just to see which is better. It also brought me to a state of awareness in which there are people who may take my lyrics too serious. But physically I took more risks, like traveling out of state with a bunch of dope artists to Ohio with nothing but $14 dollars and a flash drive with my music on it. We was fortunate to have met a cool college friend let us crash by his place. The climb to success is always the most memorable!
For more music and info be sure to check him out on his website www.kwoatmusic.com