Imagine everyday that you are faced with the undeniable truth that you are barely surviving, and at a young age, you had to tap into your survival instincts. Meet SPADE KOSTA a.k.a. ICY who is originally from Chattanooga, TN, and now a long time resident of Atlanta, GA. At the age of 25, Spade Kosta claims both cities as his hometown, and he says it clearly with this statement, “Chattanooga raised me, and Atlanta paid me! So I’m from Chatlanta!”
Spade Kosta became an entertainer because he wants to spread his story of overcoming struggle. He plans on letting everyone know that no matter what you are going through and where you are from, nor whatever your age or race is, there is always someone in a worse situation than you. His songs come from being at his lowest point, having to live without access to water, food & even other people. Spade Kosta is the spokesperson for the reality of life. He has an older brother serving two-life sentences, plus 15 years; so his music is not only about his struggle in life; it’s about the struggle of everybody else. Spade Kosta says, “In order for me to tell you my struggle, I have to tell you everybody else’s struggle first. Then I will show you how I overcame all of it to live a better life!”
Spade Kosta realized that he had a chance to become a notable artist in the ninth grade, but he knew he had to work at it hard, because he wasn’t a natural. Spade Kosta says, “I didn’t have pure talent, I had to bust my ass for this!” What you see today of Spade Kosta comes from a lot of dedication and persistence. He says, “I had to get to the level where people could hear my day to day struggles in my lyrics. I use the same combination for success in the studio (the ‘Yo’), as I did in the streets — work hard & be aware!” Some of the people that inspired him to become a great artist include Tupac and Biggie. Spade Kosta took note of Tupac’s passion and Biggie’s bravado and storytelling.
As a part of Spade Kosta’s development, he has performed at some of Atlanta’s hottest spots that include: Club Blaze; Blue Flame; Strokers; The Gate (J Paul’s); Figure 8; Throbacks; The Crowes Nest; Off Da Bones; Oceans 66; Caliente; Libra; The Zone (Solutions), GME Lounge, etc. He has also performed at Mt. Zion High School Talent Shows and at the Clayton County Performing Arts Center. One of his biggest performances thus far in his career is performing with Future (“Racks” & “Tony Montana” fame) and Trouble at DJ Reggie Black’s Birthday Party. He has also performed at DJ Hershey’s Birthday Party in a lineup that included Cash-Out, Stuey Rock & Mykko Montana along with Jeezy & Rocko being in the audience. DJ Reggie Black & DJ Hershey are major supporters of Spade Kosta’s singles “Money Made Me Do It” & “iSupport The Dancers.” He also has a social relevant banger called “Don’t Shoot (Mike Brown Tribute)!”
Spade Kosta is bringing feeling, reality and pain in his music to the masses. He says, “I’ve been having these same dreams since I lived in the projects.” He is a shining light out of the gutterness of Chattanooga, TN where boys want to be drug dealers and girls want to have a baby or two for the drug dealers. Spade Kosta believes in giving back, so that’s why he has volunteered with Amen’s Corner (A Community Organization helping the homeless in Atlanta, GA) along with visiting Central Gwinnett High School to speak with the football team about leadership and pushing through adversity.
If you didn’t know, Chattanooga, TN is also the hometown of such stars as Usher (R&B Superstar), Reggie White (NFL Great); Samuel Jackson (Actor) and Bessie Smith (Blues Great). Spade Kosta is working hard to earn the right to be mentioned with the greats of his hometown!
As the leader of his No Reason crew, Spade Kosta is poised to make major noise by continuing to build a solid foundation! He completed a 5-day run as WHTA Hot 107.9 FM Atlanta, GA’s BattleGroundz Champion with “iSupport The Dancers,” and has received an even greater response with “Money Made Me Do It!” #MMMDI. It has been highlighted as “Street Flavor” for a week on WJTT 94.3 FM Chattanooga, TN played on other stations around the Southeast. Search “SPADE KOSTA” on http://www.worldstarhiphop.com to view two (2) of his hottest music videos!
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What city and state are you from?
SPADE KOSTA: I am from Chattanooga, TN, and I’ve been living in Atlanta, GA for a
long time so I claim both of them as my hometowns. I reside in Atlanta, GA, but I will always rock for Chattanooga, TN.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?
SPADE KOSTA: My musical background consist of my dad playing a lot of Bob Marley
music while I was growing up, and my dad plays the guitar. He is an original Rasta.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Why do you want to record and release your own music?
SPADE KOSTA: I want to record and release my own music because I want to share my story of a young man coming out of Chattanooga, TN. I want to bring additional substance to the rap industry.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?
SPADE KOSTA: My songs are about being able to overcome struggle. A person being at their lowest point, having to live without access to water, food, and even other people. Looking in the mirror and seeing flaws, but being able to push forward anyway. Being a loner and a people person at the same time.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who is your fan base directed towards?
SPADE KOSTA: My ideal fan base are people that understand and have experienced hard
times, but continue to strive for what they want no matter what adversity they face in life.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?
SPADE KOSTA: My musical influences are Biggie Smalls (Notorious B.I.G.) because of
his storytelling and delivery. I like Tupac because of his passion and emotion. I’m a fan of Jay-Z because he’s a workhorse. The way he came into the game and took over, then transitioned into a great businessman. I see myself heading into that direction. I rock with T.I. because of where he came from, and he is a family guy. I am a family guy too.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?
SPADE KOSTA: I would describe my music as a whole lot of substance and emotional
attachment music. My music is “connecting music”. I connect people from the streets to the suites!
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?
SPADE KOSTA: I stand out from other artists because I don’t hold back anything in my
music. I’m not a fantasy rapper. I’m a reality rapper. I share true life stories and experiences.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?
SPADE KOSTA: My upcoming projects, events, and activities include my next big single produced by Mr. Hankey. I’m shooting new music videos and preparing for 2016. Search “SPADE KOSTA” for my current videos on Worldstar Hip-Hop, Vevo, and Youtube.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals?
SPADE KOSTA: My career goals are dropping my debut album in 2016. I plan to have to
have 2-3 singles on the charts at the same time, and I want at least one Grammy. I look forward to collaborating with music icons, and become an artist that ends up influencing other artist and people in general in a positive way.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
SPADE KOSTA: In 10 years, I see myself working on my sixth project, and helping a few of my childhood friends realize their dreams.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
SPADE KOSTA: People that like and support me and my music may access my music at
cdbaby.com/spadekosta; iTunes.com (search SPADE KOSTA); soundcloud.com/spadekosta; search SPADE KOSTA on http://www.worldstarhiphop.com; http://www.vevo.com/spadekosta You may also check me out on the hottest mixtapes via livemixtapes, datpiff, etc. IG: @spadekosta4real Twitter: @spadekosta youtube.com/kostamusic1
*You may contact me via my management, B. Brown (Bar-Red Entertainment
Group – BREG): 678.883.2734 Business Line; info@BREG1994.com
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