Kathos Babyblu, born Kameron Thomas Smith, was born September 24th, 1996 and is an HipHop and R&B Artist. The Philadelphia, Pennsylvania native began to embark on his music career in January of 2016 with a Hip-Hop group named “V-Man” (pronounced Five Man) by releasing their first ever mixtape Plead The Fifth. At a young age, after listening to his father singing and playing piano in their home, it sparked an immediate interest to understand music and become immersed in it. At the age of 4, his mother and father divorce and he never spoke with his father again. The feeling of grief shattered the love he had in music. As time went on, he realized how uncontrollably attracted to singing and the power that music held within it. At 16, Kathos began singing again. He attended Abington Senior High School where he auditioned and succeed in becoming a part of their selective choir as well as being a part of musicals and plays. At the age of 19, he began rapping and song writing. After he left school, he maintained two jobs while continuing to make music, YouTube videos, and performing. He never let an opportunity pass. To date, Kathos has released 10 singles, 1 mixtape, and is currently working on an upcoming EP.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What city and state are you from?
KATHOS BABYBLU: I am from Pennsylvania. I was born and raised in North Philadelphia.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?
KATHOS BABYBLU: My music background ranges from Jazz, Rock, Gospel, Hip-Hop, and R&B. The musical influence of my father was passed down to me.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Why do you want to record and release your own music?
KATHOS BABYBLU: I want to record and release my own music because I believe that my voice, as well as what I have to say, can be meaningful and move an individual whether it be through their feet or in their hearts and minds. I’ve always been one to promote being oneself and understanding who you are, why you are here, and figuring out your purpose. I do believe that my purpose is to push my own agenda in music encouraging others, to not only appreciate every aspect of who they are, but to also enjoy life and pursue their dreams no matter what stands in the way.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?
KATHOS BABYBLU: All the music I write is about experiences I’ve had, how I was feeling in that moment, and who I am. Most of the time it is above love, sex, being hurt, growing from a pain that I’ve once experienced, finding joy and happiness, letting go, and last but not least- partying and having a good time.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who is your fan base directed towards?
KATHOS BABYBLU: My fan base is directed to people who need a reminder that things can go in their favor if they work hard at it and people who need to know that things will be okay. It is also directed to people who want a good jam every now and then or need a love song to fit the tone in their lives.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?
KATHOS BABYBLU: I would have to say I am greatly influenced by Luther Vandross, Amy Winehouse, Ty Dolla $ign Chris Brown, Michael Jackson, John Legend, Trey Songz, Common, and Logic. They all have their own approach in music and have had a certain love for it that no one can mistake. MJ, John Legend, Common, and Logic have all influenced me because they moved the people of the world with continuously expressing the need for equality as well as the love needed to bring peace. Luther and Amy inspired the soulfulness I feel in music when I sing and rap about true love for one another, as well as heartache. Trey Songz, Chris Brown, And Ty Dolla $ign have influenced the party aspect and having fun vibes that feel when I write.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?
KATHOS BABYBLU: I would describe my music to people as fun, emotional, but above all- relatable. I try to write lyrics to express the way people feel in certain situations and even sometimes the thoughts they are having but wouldn’t speak on.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?
KATHOS BABYBLU: I believe what makes me stand out from other artists is, not only my push on a positive agenda, but also my appreciation for all music. My view on how impactful I can be on other’s livelihoods, as well as my want to give back to my community and other communities who need the help also makes me stand out. I want to recreate communities so that an individual can feel safe and have hope to thrive in that community. I want to one day have peace on all the streets of Philadelphia and bring unity back into the city. I would like it to be the iconic city that came from pain and violence to now being a place where tourists love to visit and automatically feel a more welcoming environment. I know a lot of artists just want to be flashy and waste money on unnecessary material items, whereas I want to give back to my community, my fans, and true supporters through charities, concerts, and enhancing their minds to see that our lives and the fate of world is ultimately decided from them.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?
KATHOS BABYBLU: Currently, I am working on an upcoming EP. In this EP, it will mainly be an expression of my love for another, heartbreak, and willingness in myself.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
KATHOS BABYBLU: I have many career goals but I’ll just begin with 3 main goals that I plan to achieve within the next 3 years. I plan on having the independent voice that people listen to when they need to find inspiration or comfort, to build success in my brand as an artist, and to create wealth from doing all that I love within music and entertainment. I see myself in that position in 10 years, traveling around the world having fun and inspiring others.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
KATHOS BABYBLU: Currently, fans can access my music as well as content on my twitter via @Kathosbabyblu. Instagram and Facebook are both under the same handle @kathos.babyblu. For music, at this moment, just visit www.soundcloud.com/kathosofficial. My official YouTube page is under “Kathos Dr.Babyblu.”