IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What city and state are you from?
MISVNDERSTOOD: We are from two different states. Knahledg is from the south side of Chicago, Illinois. He spent most of his summers there in between the amount of states he moved from. Most of his family is spread out through Chicago until this day and he visits very often. The same goes for King Doss, except he is from Cleveland, Ohio. We both love and miss our cities very much and hope to one day make our cities proud to scream our names.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?
MISVNDERSTOOD: Our music background mainly leans on J Cole and Wale due to what and how they rap. With mixes of those two lyricists and addition between our own styles, we are able to tell stories about what we’ve experienced throughout our 20 years of living.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Why do you want to record and release your own music?
MISVNDERSTOOD: Rather than talking about the popular topics of money, females, drugs and violence in the ways that most of the artists do today in the music industry, we aim to explain what it’s like to grow up in our cities and to witness what we have. In other words, stepping inside our shoes and feeling exactly what we felt. The pain, agony, heart break and many other emotions that many Americans are fortunate to not have to experience. We want to use music so the world can relate and also we hope to take music back to its roots.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?
MISVNDERSTOOD: Our songs have many meanings all in one. At one point they talk about current events in the music industry, or it could be talking about how a girl did one of us wrong/how we want the girl, even to real life situations between us and what happens on the streets throughout Chicago and Cleveland.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who is your fan base directed towards?
MISVNDERSTOOD: We aim to reach as big of a fan base as we possibly can. So instead of just doing rap music, r&b, or hip-hop, we try to reach every single genre and satisfy millions of people around the world and be known as the most versatile artists that have been seen in years, possibly since Outkast.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?
MISVNDERSTOOD: Outkast, Wale, J Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Drake, and many others are definitely just a slim few of artists that we look towards as influences. The biggest influences though are God and ourselves. We listen to our own music more than any other artists because we feel the more we study our craft, the more we can better ourselves and make every song we make better than the last. God is another big influence because he is the reason we are able do what we do, simple as that. It was because of God that we found our talent for music and why we are able to keep bettering ourselves.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?
MISVNDERSTOOD: Our music is simply described as a book. There is a beginning, middle, and an end. Everything flows together and with every word that is said, it pulls you in, deeper and deeper into the story that is being told. Every track is just another chapter to our lives and the audience is just listening to the verses like the pages are just flying by, one by one.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?
MISVNDERSTOOD: The reason we stand out from other artists is that we are not trying to follow the current trend that is in style as of right now. Many artists’ songs that you hear are talking about the drugs they do, the women they sleep with or how they will kill you or the gang they supposedly ride for. For instance, how many times do you listen to a Young Thug track and hear him talking about bloods, guns and females? Pretty much every line. When it comes to us, all we want to do is tell what we are about. Sounds very simple, but if it was, why can’t every artist do it? With great word play and many exceptional ways to say a simple line, we are a different breed of artists.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?
MISVNDERSTOOD: Currently we’re putting together a mixtape. Nothing that has already been released will be on the track except for maybe one or two tracks. We want to give all new material on the mixtape so our audience can’t skip through any tracks just because they heard it months/weeks before. We’re is also working on singles just to release to the public so they aren’t left waiting for however long for our project to drop. We don’t want to lose our fan base in any way, shape or form. This is our job and we take it completely serious no matter what. The audience is buying the music yes, but the real product that is being sold is Misvnderstood.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
MISVNDERSTOOD: Our career goals are simple; being the best artists to be in the music industry, period. In 10 years or even 10 weeks, we do not want to be classified as rappers, we want to be classified as lyricists and/or artists. In 10 years we want to be able to say that we made it for our families, cities and most importantly ourselves. We don’t want to be compared or even put in the same category as any other artist, we want to be known as the very best.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
MISVNDERSTOOD: To hear more from Misvnderstood, you can reach us on Instagram @misvnderstood95_ @king_doss and @knahledg_ .To hear our music, you can access it at soundcloud.com/misvnderstood-95