Born on the west side of Chicago, K.I. was the second child to mother Tracie Shaw. With two younger sisters and one older brother, K.I. was not only looked up to, but also had someone to look up to himself. Even though his father was around, his childhood and some of his teenage life, K.I. says their relationship was never that of a father and son but more of a lack of being there when it mattered most in his life. With that being said, K.I. lived a troubled teen life from ditching school and eventually dropping out in the 11th grade, to dealing with gangs and being incarcerated at a young age. Through it all, music seems to keep him grounded and on the right path to success. With influences to the likes of Jay Z, Andre 3000, Method Man, And Eminem to name a few, K.I. has adapted his style of flow into true meaning. “I Want Every Word, Every Bar, Every Metaphor, To Have A Meaning And Make People Think About Every Possible Scenario Life Will Or May Throw At You”, says K.I. “That Way More People Can Not Only Relate But Understand Where Other People Pick Up Their Demeanor From.” K.I. has inspiration coming in from every angle. What keeps him striving to be the best every minute of everyday, is his two kids Isaiah and Avery. “Without Them I Don’t Know Where I Would Be In Life Right Now. They Keep Me Grounded And On The Right Track”. With goals in motion, K.I. is banking on music being a way to not only give back and teach, but also build an empire from nothing and reap the benefits when it all pays off.
IAA: What is your music background?
K.I. I have always enjoyed music ever since I could remember. My grandfather was a gospel singer. As a child I would listen to everything from R&B to Jazz with my parents. I have been doing music professionally for almost 2 years now. I’ve put out 1 EP titles ‘Simply Unordinary.’ I have also done two mix-tapes with MMG’s Dj Choz, and Wu-Tang’s Dj Pop Dukes. Music is my life, and I couldn’t live without it.
IAA: Why do you want to record and release your own music?
K.I. I am very passionate about music. It allows me to express myself. It is also my way of giving back and connecting with others. I want to send a message of realness and hope through my music.
IAA: What are your songs about?
K.I. My songs are about; love, pain, struggle, hustling, fear, the streets, sacrifice, revenge, and celebration. I try to touch on situations that we go through in everyday life.
IAA: Who is your fan base directed towards?
K.I. I try to make music for all ears. My fan bases consisted of people from 18-30, all different ethnicities and who enjoy hip hop and pop. My music is for you adults who can relate to struggle and how to overcome it.
IAA: Who are your musical influences?
K.I. I grew up listening to Biggie and Tupac. I am also inspired by Jay-Z, Andre 300, and Method Man. I admire them because they are all unique and successful.
IAA: How would you describe your music to people?
K.I. I would describe my music as passionately refreshing, heartfelt, and relatable.
IAA: What makes you stand out from other artist?
K.I. I’m determined and motivated by any and all means. I pride myself on quality and challenge myself to learn new crafts from photography to music production. Business wise, this allows me to cut out the middle man, shapes my budget, and make me more reliant. It also allows me to build clientele and gain fans at the same time.
IAA: What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?
I’m currently finishing my latest mix-tape titles, ‘Its K.I.’ which will be out in April.
IAA: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
K.I. I see myself signed to a lucrative record deal, and winning a few Grammys. I have so much to accomplish, but winning a Grammy is at the top of my list.
IAA: How can your fans access your music and contact you?