IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What City and State are you guys from?
2KP: We are originally from a town in southeast Kansas called Coffeyville but, we moved to Amarillo, TX in November of 1999. When we were teenagers and have lived there for the past 15 years.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?
2KP: Well, if you let our mom tell it when we were babies we wouldn’t go to sleep unless she played some music so,music has been our therapy ever since. We started freestyling and that eventually led to us writing lyrics (Cokpit-At 12yrs old and JDubb-At 10yrs old). Everything we had written down we decided we wanted to record it. We didn’t have the equipment we have today so, we had to record our verses on a boom box (that’s a stereo for those who don’t know what we’re talking about). I guess you could say it got us ready for the road ahead. At Ages 15(Cokpit) and 12(JDubb) our mom moved us to Amarillo, TX.From there, we would create the name of our group 2KP(2KansasPlayaz) and record on a microphone for the first time. We recorded our first session behind a microphone in 2003 and from then on we were addicted to it. So in 2006 we had made our first mixtape it was called Hustle The Flow. After we had finished the mixtape we had already started working on our first album called We Just Gettin Started, which we dropped in 2008. We were doing our thang! We were getting radio play from our songs off our mixtape on the local radio station and after we were finished with the album we started performing at clubs and out of town venues. While all that was happening we were working on another album called Eviction Notice we dropped that in 2010. I(Cokpit) had started learning how to make beats on a DAW(Digital Audio Workstation) called Reason in 2008 so, when this album came around I produced some of the tracks on it and JDubb recorded and mixed it. We put a lot of work in to get where we’re at today and we realize we still got a lot of work left but, this is what we were made for. See we came from freestyling to making full songs, from recording on a boom box to recording in Pro Tools, and from recording in our home studio to performing live at outdoor events and clubs. From our music background to our vocal forefront, we have found ourselves thru music.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?
2KP: Our songs are about giving the listener our perspective on life. They’re about motivation when you can’t seem to find it. Pain and pleasure. The things we’ve witnessed in the hood. Our songs are about where we’ve been and where we are now. Our songs are about being a voice for the people who have so much to say but, just don’t know how or too afraid to say it. Our songs are also about enjoying life. Our songs aren’t meant to bring you down they’re meant to lift you up so you can keep grinding. Our songs are about everyday life thru the eyes of Cokpit&JDubb.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your favorite song to perform and why?
2KP: All of them. Seriously, if we just limit our favorite performance to one song then, what would that mean about the other songs we perform? It would mean that we don’t put our all into any of the other songs we perform. That’s not what our fans deserve. We owe it to ourselves and our audience to make every song we record and perform our favorite. So we don’t cheat ourselves or the listeners because, without them there is no us.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What has surprised you the most in the pursuit of a career in music?
2KP: What has surprised us the most? The influence we have on those who listen to our music. We have received emails that just made us want to get back in the studio and do what we do. Just to know that somebody out there starts their day off with one of our songs is crazy. Knowing that in return, motivates us. Instead of being cocky about it we are humbled by it.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?
2KP: We would have to say, the local talent in Amarillo when we were coming up. Like Spectak, Super Marcus Styles, Cat Daddy, Awol, just to name a few. We have some influences from mainstream artist too like, Biggie, a little 2Pac, Do or Die, Twista, Outkast, some Goodie Mobb, 8ball & MJG, Bun B, Nas, Busta Rhyme, Ludacris, some Bone Thugs n Harmony but, the local talent in Amarillo really got us into making actual songs. The people that were around us kept us motivated and, not just family and friends but outsiders also. Strangers to our music loved our sound and that let us know that we had what it took to make music our career, and we’ve been on it ever since.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?
2KP: We would have to say that our music doesn’t have just one certain sound. Our music has an inspirational, keepin it real, grind hard or go home, I can’t wait to get home to you baby, sexy, club, mind stimulating type of feel to it. It’s a Twista, Ludacris, Do or Die, and Outkast kind of vibe. All in all the best way to describe our music is contagious. One person will listen to our song and they just won’t be able to keep it to themselves.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?
2KP: We’re not afraid to do something different, and we’re not afraid to be different. There are no boundaries on what we can do. We don’t limit ourselves to just one genre or one thing. In other words, we don’t have a comfort zone. From producing our own tracks to writing a script for a skit. We truly believe you get out of it what you put into it. We don’t conform to pop culture because we are trendsetters. We don’t look for permission to be ourselves.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What would you like to see changed in today’s music industry?
2KP: The creativity of the artists. It just seems like everybody sounds the same. We have more artists now than we did back in the 90’s, and they were more creative with their music than the artists of today. Another thing we would like to see changed is, the industry’s influence on the artist work. The industry has so much control over the artist sound, that their music eventual starts to sound like you’re listening to the same track every time they come out with a new song.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects that you are currently working on?
2KP: Finishing up our album R.A.P. Musick. That’s our main focus right now. We just really want to put all our energy into making a real good album. We’re putting a lot of time in on this one. After we’re done with this then, it’s on to the next project. Another mixtape maybe? Only time will tell.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
2KP: Well, our career goal back when we were kids was to get signed and make it in the music industry. Now, our career goal is to start a legacy. You know, something momentous that says, 2KP is still here long after we’re gone. We want to make a mark in the music industry. To put our stamp on it, if you will. To become legendary, not just artists names that have been forgotten or lost in a file cabinet. Where do we see ourselves in 10 years? Juggernauts of the music industry. We see ourselves giving artist the knowledge and the opportunities that we didn’t know about.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
2KP: You can access our music at: unsigned.com/2kp—soundcloud.com/2kp—reverbnation.com/2kp
You can contact us at: facbook.com/2kansasplayaz—twitter.com/2kansasplayaz—firstname.lastname@example.org
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