IAA SPOTLIGHT: GET TO KNOW – KAMAU THE QUIET WARYA – KANSAS CITY’S HOTTEST STAR!

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IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?

 

KAMAU THE QUIET WARYA:  My musical background doesn’t consist of me playing any instruments, being in any choirs, any musical training or anything like that. It’s more of what I listened to and was a part of while I was growing up. When I was young my dad always played NWA, Public Enemy, and Geto Boys. My brother and I used to rap all the time when we were about six, seven, eight years old. A lady on the block used to call us little Geto Boys because we would rap the whole song, curse words and all. I was in the fifth grade, and I was the only kid to get up and rap in front of the school at an assembly. I was the only rapper in my elementary.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Why do you want to record and release your own music?

 

KAMAU THE QUIET WARYAI want to record and release my own music because this is what I do! This is all I know. I possess an impeccable gift of being musically creative and intuitive. I feel like I have to share this with the world- it’s only right. If I have something that could possibly inspire someone, help put a smile on someone’s face, give someone the strength to do something, or help someone in any way, whether its freeing your mind and losing all inhibition through a record or just withdrawing deep emotions from your core through words, anything moving, I have to share this. If I never release any music, I’ll just be left with ‘what ifs’. I feel like I can be great if I continue to be smart, work hard and keep grinding, because you have to pay your dues and prove yourself.

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?

 

KAMAU THE QUIET WARYA:  My song content is very transitional. I am a Hip Hop artist. I am a writer. I can write different genres of music and make it work.  I like being diverse and creative. When I was young I rapped about smoking, having sex, beating people up, and sometimes I rapped about stuff I didn’t have- like a hot car. But then you grow up as both a person, and now it’s come to just realness. I always try to be creative when I’m rapping about my personal experiences and telling you, the listener, real stories of events that really happened how I’m telling it. My name is Kamau the Quiet Warya. I was a kind of shy, kind of quiet kid. I didn’t let people in too close; I was real private with my personal life. I never really got personal with my music until recently and I feel like it’s just more signs of growth. I’m still progressing as an artist. For the most part I like to have a beginning, middle, and end to each song I write. I can’t just rap about nothing for three whole verses. I feel like each record needs to have closure. Sometimes I write with a concept already in mind, other times I just let the pen flow. There is an unlimited supply of topics. Nothing is off limits for me.

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who is your fan base directed towards?

 

KAMAU THE QUIET WARYAI find that the people who like my music are the ones that like creative content and delivery.  My music is mostly better suited for those individuals that are old enough to drink and young enough to be able to claim you came up in the Jordan era. I don’t ever want to belong to a certain sub –culture of hip hop or be a part of any categorized group of rappers or type of emcee. I’m not a backpack rapper, a street rapper, a party rapper … I’m just a dope rapper, and a creative writer. A lot of times I have no idea what crowd will like a particular record I cut. You can never really predict who will think highly of your music and those who might find it totally dismissive. I don’t usually come up with a record that is directed towards a specific type of listener. I just try to make music that I want to listen to.

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?

 

KAMAU THE QUIET WARYA:  I am influenced from various sources. If we’re talking about just hip hop artists I grew up on NWA, Geto Boys, and Public Enemy initially. The first rhyme I remember reciting was ‘muscle bound man put your face in the sand’. I also remember a certain point when I started listening to Wu Tang and was introduced to a new type of vocabulary. When you’re like me, and you search for inspiration through music, you branch out and at some point you come across Jimi Hendrix, you start listening to the blues, and some raw soul music. With rap artists, different things inspire different emotions. I listen to Mac Dre and it makes me want to have fun with my music. I listen to Tech N9ne and it reminds me to be an individual and don’t be afraid to tackle any topic. Kurupt or Eminem might inspire me to just go raw on the mic. But I can’t just listen to rap all the time. Music affects my mood a lot of the time. I remember when Trayvon Martin’s killer got off, whenever I rode around I was bumping NWA’s ‘Fuck the Police’. I had to get some anger out. I have to listen to music to keep my mind free, level headed, calm etc. I need slow music. I need edgy music. I need something introspective. I need something mind boggling. Anything can inspire another great idea.

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?

 

KAMAU THE QUIET WARYAI would describe my music as a unique, creative, and fun musical experience. My music is futuristically traditional and diverse. I am an artist. I specialize in worded paintings. There was a time when I was young and I thought that I was the best wide receiver ever, and there were times that I did not want to show off and embarrass anyone. I’ve never felt that way as an artist. I want to leave a mark in music history. I want to be at my best at all times. I respect the craft. I’ve never made records just for the hell of it or for money or anything other than to properly represent myself, as a man and as an artist, so I have to be on point every time. There are no going through the motions when you make a record. You have to maximize the potential of every single song recorded. I don’t play baseball because I don’t feel like I could ever be one of the best. I don’t want to do anything and be mediocre at it. I want to pursue things that I feel like I can be great at. I do music because I feel like I can be one of the best. What comes with that is being consistently great and different and ahead of the curve. So if I keep grinding and putting in overtime, I could have a chance to do that.

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?

 

KAMAU THE QUIET WARYAThere are numerous things that I feel make me stand out from other artists. One is the unique way that I deliver my individual perspective on any given subject. No one thinks like I do. No one expresses themselves the way that I do. When you have respect for the art of hip hop- when you grew up in the boom of hip hop and you were taught the core elements of rap and you have a mind that is endlessly working and progressing and open to new sounds- then the music you create might have the chance to be extraordinary, thus standing out from ordinary. I think that being consistently at the top of my game will set me apart from most because a lot of artists are inconsistent with the quality of music they put out. I have my own lane. No one can do what I do better than me. I think if you seriously consider yourself as a pretty good artist, you always aim to have the dopest verse on a record. You always want to be the highlight of every song you’re on. I feel that way every time.

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?

 

KAMAU THE QUIET WARYA :  I have so many projects that I’m working on right now, simultaneously. I have even more in mind that I want to do real soon because my mind is always on the go. I am close to wrapping up my latest project- a concept mixtape called ‘Loud Clouds & Pink Cocaine’ I’m aiming to release it around Halloween 2013. All of the production has a sample of The Weeknd. I’m super excited about this mixtape. I’ve been a fan of The Weeknd for the past couple of years and I thought it would be neat to pay homage to another artist who I think is very talented. I also feel like it’s a cool way show off my creativity and diversity and range. Same goes for another project I’m elated to be working on which is more of a mixture of house, hip hop, and party music. I’m excited about this because it’s a style I’ve only dabbled with a little bit in the past, and its fun, up-tempo music that’s completely unexpected. Most importantly, I am beginning the process of working on all new original music for a real album. I’ve completed the writing process for a handful of new original material and I’m taking that one song at a time. I am proud of the direction I’m headed in musically. I feel like I never stop improving. I am so happy about the new ideas that I’m coming up with.

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

 

KAMAU THE QUIET WARYAI aspire to be thought of like a Quincy Jones or Berry Gordy, someone who has had a major imprint on music. I have goals to have my music heard on a global scale. I want to be able to inspire other artists to make great and creative music. I want to make music that moves people. At the end of the day, long after I’m retired as a hip hop emcee, I would love if my music was celebrated for its creativity and consistency. I want to be remembered for being a dope rapper but overall as a supreme music mind. The next step for me is to hone my production skills. There is only so much you can do on someone else’s beat. I feel like if I can personally come up with the perfect composition sonically to match the lyrics, thoughts, and ideas in my mind then I could be the ultimate complete artist because I can create 100% my own sound. Ten years from now I plan on being an undeniable force in the entertainment industry. I want to assist other talented artists in creating a way for them to be head.

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?

 

KAMAU THE QUIET WARYA:  Everyone is welcome and invited to download my mixtapes and watch my music videos on my personal website: www.showmekamau.com.

 

I can also be found at:

 

Twitter @showmekamau

 

Youtube @showmekamau.

 

Facebook @showmekamau.

 

 

 

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