Working heavily over the past few years opening for the likes of T-Pain, Ying Yang Twinz, Tech 9, Whitney Peyton, Spice 1, and Andre Nickatina, S.O.K. has been spreading their blue collar hip hop, creating enough buzz to secure a meeting with Def Jam Records this last year. In July of 2016, State of Krisis completed their second headlining tour spanning 10 cities in 11 days. High energy, thought provoking, 90s flavor hip hop are words to describe State Of Krisis.
Armed with captivating performances, strong delivery, and thought provoking lyrical content, State Of Krisis breaths new life into the music industry. State Of Krisis is one of the more exciting new hip-hop bands in that they combine a lot of styles. There is a groovy hardcore vibe, combined with a rap rock feel, and yet the band knows how to create spacey dynamics and clearly has chemistry as an organic unit.
With their second studio release “Chaos Theory”, State Of Krisis returns to the scene with a force of lyrical prowess and a variety of songs to appeal to any crowd. Known for their live performance, SOK has steadily grown into one of the premier hip hop acts from Washington state. With plans to hit the Festival Circut in 2017, SOK will soon stand toe to toe with today’s top hip hop artists. Enjoy the ride. Welcome to the State Of Krisis
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What city and State are you from
STATE OF KRISIS: State of Krisis is comprised of 3 members from throughout Washington State. From Centralia, Washington, known as Hub city located between Seattle and Portland is where front man Jason “The Krisis” Kennedy is from. Just a half hour north from Lacey, Washington hails Jason “Jack Skiles”. Named after Skiles, a progressive city in Western Washington. Mark “Reverend DarkBlood” Hopkins is from the eastern side of Washington known to perform over the past many years in Spokane, Moscow, and Pullman. Pullman is where the three roads intersect on the beautiful WSU campus where all 3 members met in 2013. Now with ties from all over Washington and so many places to call home, it’s safe to say that the State Of Krisis hails from the Great Northwest.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your Music Background
STATE OF KRISIS: “Reverend DarkBlood” has been a fixture in the Washington DJ scene for the last eight years. Proficient in “Scratching” Reverend DarkBlood has a musical background that includes rock, metal, hardcore hip-hop and even horror core. However the Rev. has performed in the hip-hop and EDM scenes as well.
“Jack Skiles” has been writing and recording music for the last five years. With a heavy influence from 90’s hip-hop and deep lyrical content, Jack derives his music from his personal influences and experiences. With a fondness for classic rock and old school hip hop, Jack Skiles brings a very different element to SOK.
“The Krisis” has been performing and creating music for over 10 years. From a town based in rock and roll and a heavy background in musical instruments such as the bass, guitar, and drums, The Krisis is affluent in many musical styles. A one-time front man for a local rock band and a 6-year solo hip hop artist and even a stint in the locally famed “Gonzo Family” for 2 years, The Krisis has remained in the limelight of Washington. Grunge, Rock, Hip Hop and EDM are the styles that create The Krisis’ unique sound.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Why do you want to record and release your own music?
STATE OF KRISIS: State of Krisis has a duty to the blue-collar fans that support them to keep releasing music. All the members of SOK are full time workers in the community and stand side by side with the middle / low class of America. “A break from the day. A break from a life,” that is what SOK strives to do for their fans and people worldwide. SOK believes that this amazing gift of making music is something that they need to continue to share with the world on a bigger and bigger platform. SOK believes that their songs can change lives if not for one person, but rather millions. If we can prove to every single person out there with a dream and a hard road ahead that they can make it. The mission is accomplished.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?
STATE OF KRISIS: The topics of their songs range on each album. Whether its songs of female empowerment ‘Red Lights’, or songs of the political system and the depths that we are headed (Chaos Theory, To Be an American’, State Of Krisis always delivers with empowering lyrics and ideas. Even when they lighten up a bit on songs ‘Without Sayin’, ‘#GrimeWitIT,’ ‘Minutes’ SOK still manages to deliver some sort of message. A soft solemn side can be show on ‘Adams Song’ telling the story of a fallen friend, or ‘Pages’ where Krisis talks of his kids and past transgressions. SOK is however known for their live performance and the ability to share the stage with any other performers weather it be rock, hip-hop or even comedy. With party anthems like ‘Vodka and Whiske’, ‘Already Tipsy’, ‘We Came Here To Party’, SOK shows their exciting college atmosphere, still all the while dropping in a bit of knowledge along the way.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who is your fan base directed towards?
STATE OF KRISIS: SOK is directed at any human being that works everyday, takes care of their family and is looking for a break to the monotony. SOK does aim at the 16 to 36 crowds of both males and females. The musical tastes of SOK fans range as widely as their influences, thus making it even easier for State of Krisis to perform with such a wide variety of artists. “Blue Collar Hip Hop” is what one A&R has said to describe SOK’s target audience.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences
STATE OF KRISIS: Rush, Ice Cube, 2 Pac, Nirvana, Depeche Mode, Tool, B.I.G., Mos Def, Alice in Chains, Stone Temple Pilots, heavy metal, hip hop, rock and even country are the many influences of State of Krisis. Rooted in the Northwest it’s hard to ignore the “grunge” sound to SOK. With so many influences the sound of State of Krisis can constantly change and evolve. So in a nutshell the greatest musical influence of State of Krisis are themselves.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music?
STATE OF KRISIS: “Blue Collar Hip Hop” is how SOK describes their sound and their music. Songs that can make a person physically bounce and move as well as move their mind as well with the relatable lyrical content. Grungy, energetic, thoughtful and real are all words to describe SOK unique sound.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?
STATE OF KRISIS: The colorful personalities and high octane live performance is what sets SOK far and above the rest. Krisis is known for climbing the highest point on a stage while Jack Skiles rhymes in triplets and Reverend Darkblood scratches on the tables. Hands waving and fist pumping, SOK will be heard many times igniting the crowd to “Make some noise!”. With a performance to pair with the off the wall antics of the SOK members in real life with the fans and in the public, its impossible to miss them. Whether it’s giving away half gallons of whiskey to vets in downtown New York or walking around Paradise Festival in a bright yellow “Fuck Donald Trump” shirts, or even just filming random music videos with fans in each city, State of Krisis is undeniably a fan favorite.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are the upcoming projects you are currently working on?
STATE OF KRISIS: With a new album “Chaos Theory” in full promotion, State of Krisis is focusing on finishing up the year strong with show stops with Tech 9, Rittz, and Jarren Benton. Furthermore 3 videos from the album are currently in the works for release before the end of the year. Over the winter ,State of Krisis begin booking their 3rd headlining tour in 3 years, this time aiming for over 13 states and 22 cities to begin in June of 2017.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Where do you see yourself in 10 years / career goals?
STATE OF KRISIS: State of Krisis envisions themselves still performing live shows and making music in 10 years. By then with multiple Grammy and awards under their belt they will look to mentor and help influence the next batch of artists coming up the pipeline. Music is not a hobby to SOK it is in their blood. An instinct. Something they have to do. Ultimately with a goal of playing a worldwide tour and selling out the local football stadium, Quest Field, State of Krisis doesn’t plan on stopping until they are reached.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music?
STATE OF KRISIS: Website: