IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What city and state are you from?
CASSIUS K: That’s kinda complicated because we moved around all the time but I’m Texas born Louisiana raised. Born in Texas City, raised in Houston, TX, raised in Ville Platte and Lake Charles, LA. These are my cities I claim them because that’s what I know! Spent at least 6-7 years in Each City. I moved back to Houston after college.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?
CASSIUS K: Music has always been a part of my life and background. My grandmother being a minister, always played the piano at church, and was considered a strict choir instructor. My mother on the other hand has a wonderful singing voice and of course my grandmother made her exercise that in church. I mean she could hit any note from any song, and my father has played his trumpet in church since I was in diapers. So the music was always in my background, but I was blinded by my passion for sports.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Why do you want to record and release your own music?
CASSIUS K: Well that’s easy, To make money! I am making these industry moves because I want to set my daughter up for college and set up a plan for my family. My music will help me accomplish these goals. It’s all about longevity and keeping my music relevant. I have been told that I have a lot to offer to the music industry, as far being a song writer and developing influential music. I have been told to create music for myself, because not everyone will like what you have to say, and make sure I back up what I say.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?
CASSIUS K: My tracks come from my emotions. Whatever I am feeling when my juices flow, that is what comes out. My songs can be based on anything from hip-hop, rap, blues, or whatever. This is a tricky question for me because my songs are all about me and my life, which retain my emotions. I have only been rapping for two years so even at 30, I’m still learning to control express these emotions the right way and not over due it, ya feel me?
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who is your fan base directed towards?
CASSIUS K: My fan base is directed towards people who show love for all mankind, individuals who understand struggle and understand the value of life. My fan base doesn’t have an age minimum or limit because my music is for the world.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?
CASSIUS K: I have been influenced my Michael Jackson, Cee-Lo, Juvenile (The Hot Boys) Really all of Cash Money Early year 2000 hits, 50 Cent, Phil Collins, Dr. Dre, and the old school rhythm and blues hits. And not all of my influences are song-based. I admire the business ventures of most of these individuals as well.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?
CASSIUS K: If I had to explain my music to individuals, I would beg them to just listen to it first, then let me explain. I think the conversations and the explanations would be a lot smoother, because I really think my craft is still kind of unorthodox.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?
CASSIUS K: My attitude. I can be enthusiastic and positive. I love to engage and be friendly. I let my personality show through. I am approachable. I engage with others and show a genuine interest in their lives, and their thoughts. I pay careful attention to how I express myself, not only in formal written communications, but also in e-mails, on the phone, and in face-to-face conversations. I am very confident, respectful, and clear in all of my communications. I have learned to be a better listener as well. I give my full attention, maintain eye contact, and try to really understand and absorb what people are saying. An attentive, respectful listener is a rare commodity. I love developing stellar communication habits because they go a long way towards differentiating yourself.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?
CASSIUS K: Currently I about to release the long awaited PAGE 1 MYXXTAPE. It’s been put back for a year due to individuals not keeping they word, but it’s finally about to happen, and I can not wait.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals?
CASSIUS K: I want to make money in entertainment and survive while setting up my grand-children’s future. My only goals in life.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
CASSIUS K: I see myself directing movies and helping other aspiring artist succeed without being screwed over by anyone. I love brainstorming movie scripts and story lines. I eventually want to have my own movie studio and produce my own movies. I love being creative and this will keep my mind flowing when I get my grey hairs lol
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
CASSIUS K: Awesome, YES! Please hit me up. I’m goofy and childish and love to interact with my fans and new people via social media, @cassiuskendrel on Facebook, Twiiter, and IG. I love fan mail as well. ..Send to KENDREL06@Gmail.com