IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?
XKIZEL: I started off rap-battling in middle school and continued on through high school. I started a group called Living Legacy and we used to go to local clubs and perform. In the past I have worked with a production company called Dick Down Productions. I have also worked with two labels called Mean Mugg Records and 501 Records. I branched off on to my own and at the age of 17 I was signed to a label called Top-Flight Records. We released a CD called “Tha 5th Side”. I stayed with this label for eight years until we had to part ways. Presently we have GASinc…that means GO.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Why do you want to record and release your own music?
XKIZEL: I like to record music and hope to one day profit from it and feed my family and the family of the people I work with.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?
XKIZEL: My music is about me, what I’ve been through, and what my people have been through. They are about clowning, having fun, going against the grain at times…all GAS.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who is your fan base directed towards?
XKIZEL: It is directed towards 20 year olds and up.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?
XKIZEL: I listen to everything. There are too many artists to mention- both old and new.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?
XKIZEL: I would describe my music as my life and everything around me. It’s how I observe life. That GAS moving…no brakes.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?
XKIZEL: People are attracted to me for whatever reason. I am quick to find a connection with people. Many others have to work hard and don’t have that [connection with people].
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects that you are currently working on?
XKIZEL: I’m currently working on “While I was M.I.A.” and a mix-tape called “The Gas Station”
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
XKIZEL: My goal is to start making a profit off of the music and to be able to sit back in ten years and have my own company- GASinc.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
XKIZEL: I can be reached at these links: