Khalid Green was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma on April 26, 1995. He stands tall at 6’5 and really puts on a show for the crowd. As a young innovator, he’s managed to grasp a following of which is continually growing. Six years of progress has made recognition no stranger to this emcee at youth. He has 220,000+ YouTube views, 150,000+ Myspace plays, and 45,000+ Soundcloud plays. Admirable characteristics assist and guide his impressive skills. He believes that without proper morals, ethics, and etiquette, talent is meaningless.
At 15 he stood in the office of an A&R for a branch of Universal Records. At 16 he opened up for Travis Porter and Paul Wall. That following year he opened for Machine Gun Kelly alongside smaller performances. At 18 years of age he opened for Strange Music artists Kutt Calhoun and Wrekonize. Artists such as Dirt Bag Dan, G-Mo Skee, and Kung Fu Vampire soon accompanied his credential of opening acts. Completing his forum of current openings there is also Layzie Bone from Bone Thugs-n-Harmony and the West coast legend Ras Kass. KG also performed at benefits show to help fund money for a 15 year old girl’s rare cancer treatment and has been interviewed live on local radio. Soon he will conduct two headlining performances and participate in a showcase.
He also gained experience performing at local nightclubs. KG opened for YMCMB member Caskey in Oklahoma City on August 29, 2014 and the following day for Juicy J and Lil Jon at Claytons Beach Bar in South Padre Island. In McAllen, Texas he opened up for Snow Tha Product. The following month he opened for Mayday & Murs tour at Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa, Oklahoma. A beach party opening took place in the Rio Grande Valley for Spring Break. KG accompanied a sold out show on the Forest Hills Drive tour of J. Cole. His latest opening acts include performances for Young Thug, Birdman and G.O.L.D (Rich Gang).
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What city and state are you from?
KG THA PHENOM:I was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. My life originated in North Tulsa, but ventured east & eventually south.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?
KG THA PHENOM: Ironically, I am the first member of my family to ever pursue a musical career. I was exposed to a lot from various genres in my youth. My father primarily listened to old school rap & reggae. My mother and sister however listened to R&B and Hip-Hop with a wee bit of Pop. Curiosity in me arose in wonder of how those spectacular sounds were formulated. I fell in love with music before I could even understand it.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Why do you want to record and release your own music?
KG THA PHENOM:I truly feel as if it were a call of destiny. The spectrum of music has its own universe. A universe I feel has much more exploration left to be discovered.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?
KG THA PHENOM: My songs are about everything. I use my intelligence, experience and creativity to relate to people of every criteria & culture. I conduct music in a very open-minded, but articulate manner. Every song is a different journey for the mind, heart, and spirit.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?
KG THA PHENOM: Kendrick Lamar, Eminem, Drake, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Tupac Shakur, Notorious B.I.G, Wiz Khalifa, Lil Wayne, Nas, J. Cole, Big Sean. The list goes on and on. I listen to any and every genre. Every structure of music contains a form, or aspect of something to be appreciated, and something to be taught. Regardless of if I like or dislike it.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?
KG THA PHENOM: Something real, but also creative. Something entertaining, but also encouraging. Something influential, but meaningful. I try to break mental limitations of minds and hearts with a humble, but strong approach.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?
KG THA PHENOM: Where/Who I come from, where I’m trying to go with my career(s), and what drives me to get there. I feel like talent is meaningless without admirable morals, ethics and etiquette.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Tell us about one of the hardest challenges you had to face in your music career and how did you overcome?
KG THA PHENOM:I would honestly have to say building & solidifying a different classification as an artist. Everyone is a rapper nowadays, so it creates a bundle of critics & stereotypes confined to everyone that follows. It’s almost as if you’re guilty until proven innocent. You have to give audiences a reason to believe you’re worth listening to. I started off at 14 years old so it took hard work. I dug deep to distinguish myself by being distinctive. Constantly learning and improving. I couldn’t have done it without my close loved ones, partners, and supporters.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?
KG THA PHENOM:I have an album titled “Retrospect” with 10 plus songs waiting to be pressed up. I’m four songs deep into my newest and best upcoming album titled “P.P.F”, (Past. Present. Future). It will include songs I’m working on featuring artists like Kirko Bangz, K. Camp, August Alsina, and Juicy J. I will also be featuring members/affiliates of my group, NSG.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
KG THA PHENOM:I would love to break records that haven’t been broken, both inside & outside of music. Acting has always been an interest of mine. Writing my own book has been in mind since I was younger. Modeling is also something I would love to try out. I see myself being a pioneer of the music industry, owning my own label. My plan is to plant my roots with musical talent, and then spread my branches into other fields of opportunity. Hell, I want to go however far my talent’s capabilities will take me.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
KG THA PHENOM: Artist Website: www.kgthaphenom.com
Google Play: @Kgthaphenom