Florida Native, King Ray Real’s talent and range in his own work demand attention. He is praised for his abstract rhyme patterns. So it’s no surprise that he lists a multitude of soul, reggae, and hip-hop artists as his influences. His work exhibits a distinct mix of grimey hooks, dense lyricism, and a smooth flow.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What city and state are you from?
KING RAY REAL: I am from West Palm Beach located in beautiful sunny south Florida.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?
KING RAY REAL: My music background is unique because of the multi-cultural city I am from. Not only are both my parents Dominican, everybody I grew up with were from different ethnic backgrounds. My background consists of everything from blues to hip-hop to bachata to reggae.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?
KING RAY REAL: My songs are about you, him, her, and us. I write about what we go thru in our daily lives. My music is about the constant battle for happiness and financial stability, the ups, downs, good, bad and ugly.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What has surprised you the most in the pursuit of a career in music?
KING RAY REAL: The genuine support and love I’ve received from fans all over the world has surprised me the most. It makes this pursuit feel surreal, almost kind of unrealistic. Which also motivates me not only to strive harder but be diligent as well.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?
KING RAY REAL: Tupac, Biggie, Andre3000, Nas, Lloyd Banks, 50cent, Big Pun, Project Pat, Twista, 112, and R. Kelly.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?
KING RAY REAL: I’ll describe my music as the voice for the underdogs and black sheep. It is for all the people whose efforts go over looked or unseen and undervalued. My music is to inspire all the people who are constantly told ” No you can’t ‘ or ” You’ll never make it.” I want to bring all people from all walks of life together.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?
KING RAY REAL: I stand out from others because I make heartfelt music. I make timeless music that is unique. I create classics that will be loved for a lifetime. My art of story-telling makes every song vivid, and it allows my audience to be able to experience the moment with me.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What would you like to see changed in today’s music industry?
KING RAY REAL: I would like to see the appreciation for music changed. Every artist is different. The industry needs to allow artists to develop before deeming them not good.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects that you are currently working on?
KING RAY REAL: I am currently working on my mixtape that will be hosted by DJ Louie styles. I am also working on some new singles, collaborations, and visuals.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
KING RAY REAL: My career goal is to build a brand properly with a legacy that inspires people to not only want more but to do what needs to be done so that they can live it.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can fans access your music and contact you?
KING RAY REAL: You can find my music Google search ” King Ray Real” and on WorldStarHipHop, YouTube , Spinrilla, Soundcloud and Datpiff. IG Certifyed_Finessin and all booking at firstname.lastname@example.org