Kenneth Lester Jr aka KJ Spittin was born in Norfolk, Virginia, on September 20th, 1988. At the age of four KJ and his family moved to Philadelphia, PA and there is where he still resides and continues to strive at his best. At the early age of ten, he started discovering his talents for writing lyrics. By the time KJ reached high school he was introduced to the mixtape world. He was big on G-Unit Radio mixtapes, and he was also into DVD’s like Smack, Headshots, and 2Rawforthe streets just to name a few. After high school, KJ Spittin’s life started going in a different direction. He decided that he wanted to pursue college. After a few years, he decided to come home to be with his daughter and focus on his music. KJ gets his inspiration from artist such as, Biggie Smalls, Jay-Z, 50 Cent, Fabulous and a host of others. In the meantime, KJ recorded his first single in December of 2008. When it comes to KJ Spittin and his lyrics he knows on the inside his music has to be felt. He also believes in telling a story to his listeners, as long as they are willing to listen. The ability that he has to create wonderful hip-hop lyrics is indeed his greatest gift; the fact that you may enjoy it and respect it is truly an honor. KJ hopes at least one of his songs takes you on a musical journey, gets you moving and dancing to the mad beats that come along with the unforgettable lyrical magic in which he performs. His goal to the world is for others to be able to relate and enjoy his work as he continues to strive to be his best and climb the hip-hop mountain to the top.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What city and state are you from?
KJ SPITTIN: Im a Navy Brat by default! I was born in Norfolk, Virginia, and I lived there until I was 2. I lived in NY until I was 4. When my dad got stationed to Philly Shipyard my mom got tired of moving, so we’ve been here since. So I would say I’m from Philly.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?
KJ SPITTIN: My music background is very diverse. My mom listened to mostly reggae music, but she also listened to rap, R&B, and oldies! My dad was born in NYC, so he listened to a lot of NYC artists. At a young age, I was familiar with Keith Murray, RedMan, Method Man, Wu Tang, Biggie, Epmd, Nas, Jayz, DMX, KRS One, and LL Cool J. When the East Coast/West Coast beef was going on, I only heard the East Coast side. My dad didn’t play West Coast music. On the other hand I lived with my aunt some days throughout the week while my mom worked. She was a Jazz head, so I listened to a lot of Jazz and old R&B artists. It was different, and I appreciated it
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Why do you want to record and release your own music?
KJ SPITTIN: Music is a form of art and expression, I want to share my thoughts and my art with people I know they would appreciate it. I’m different. I have a unique sound. People listen to me because I’m very influential. Why not touch people in different places throughout the country and the world and be able to change a life? Touch someone, you never know where music can take you!
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?
KJ SPITTIN: My songs are about things I’ve seen, situations I’ve been in. My songs are about good times and bad times. I make music that people can dance to. I make music that people can vibe out and listen to. My songs cover any and everything. I try and touch every topic throughout my catalogue of material. I think a lot of it has to do with the diversity of music I was raised on.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who is your fanbase directed towards?
KJ SPITTIN: My fan base I would say can range from 15 to mid late 40’s. I’m very relatable and I have an old hip-hop feel when I rap. Therefore I think the 40 crowd would still appreciate my music. It’s good when the younger crowd can appreciate how you present hip-hop. I think that is what’s missing, and a strong delivery is hard to over look or ignore. I think people listen mostly because my voice reels them in.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?
KJ SPITTIN: Honestly 50 cent is one of my favorite rap artist. I love Lauryn Hill and Erykah Badu. I think they are very dope artist. My mom had both of their first albums so I was introduced to them at a young age. Biggie was and still is a big influence. Jay-Z still has my vote as one of the most consistent and relevant artist. I believe RedMan and Method Man to be one of the greatest rap duos of all time. Nas, DMX, The Lox, G-Unit, Beanie Sigel, Lil Wayne, and I would have to throw Meek Mill in there are some of my top influences. Meek made a wave in the city that gave us all hope and made us believe that it’s possible. I listened to all types of hip-hop as I got older. I was able to search and find music on my own. So I think my influence comes from a few different artist.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?
KJ SPITTIN: My music is timeless. You can get the same feel from the music the first time you hear it, and the 100th time you’ve heard it. I drop jewels within the lyrics. I tell stories that many people can relate to no matter the demographic.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes your stand out from other artists?
KJ SPITTIN: I would say my voice and my delivery makes me stand out. No one says the impossible. Lyrics get mimicked, copied, stolen, remade, and etc. The difference is how it’s delivered. The voice patterns the energy, the confidence, my aura on the track separates me from others.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects that you are currently working on?
KJ SPITTIN: As of right now I’m working on an EP. I have a single I’m working on right now that comes before the Ep. And of course, I have a few freestyles to tease the fans with, it’s only right!
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years? How can your fans access your music and contact you?
KJ SPITTIN: I want to get into film. I would like to act, but my passion is to be behind the camera. Since elementary school I was a good writer. I would write horror stories all the time. Just something I was into, but I always told myself I would direct and shoot either a movie or a short film. In ten years, if I’m still rapping that would be dope. Whether I’m making music or not I want to own a bar/restaurant and dip my hand in real estate as well. In ten years I see myself happy healthy and successful.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
KJ SPITTIN: I can be reached on almost every social media outlet