Kye Colors is a creative out of Kansas City, Missouri who I have been familiar with for almost three years now, I am a big fan of his material so when he was recently in Chicago for a performance, I invited him to the Lyrical Lemonade headquarters for a brand new visual/written interview for our website! Kye Colors is just barely out of his teenage years but you wouldn’t be able to tell with how good that his music is, he sounds like a seasoned veteran in the game but he’s truly just getting started. Kye Colors has the perfect mix of rapping skills & singing abilities within his style, not to mention that he produces all of his own instrumentals, this kid is a talent that you need to keep an eye on. Take some of your time to read/watch our new interview with Kye Colors, and if you enjoy his sound & style then follow him on socials below!
EM: What’s your usual process like when you are making songs?
Kye: I usually start with the beat then it leads into humming or singing, it don’t even really be words just mumbles. Whether I am just singing or freestyling it, I can write a song backward, it really just feels like it comes out of nowhere.
EM: I’m curious to know if your hometown has inspired your music?
Kye: I always looked at my city as the underdog, whether it’s like the sports team or even with music. Artists don’t really book their concerts there, they call it a ‘flyover’ state, that is how Missouri is looked at. I felt like I represented that underdog, a rose coming out of that concrete.
EM: What advice do you have for rising KC rappers?
EM: How would you describe your music to someone who has never listened to you before?
Kye: It’s smooth, you are going to hear a lot of storytelling. It’s soulful whether it’s in the production or the words that I write
EM: Who are some of your biggest musical influences?
Kye: Jay-Z, No ID, Kanye West, Pharrell, The Neptunes, NWA, Mase. When it comes to the new age I would say Travis Scott + Playboi Carti.
EM: How do you go about choosing the beats that you want to work on?
Kye: When I listen to a beat on somebody else’s song, I think like “okay I can’t really hear this beat meshing with anything else”.
Whether the bassline or an instrumental chord or a weird sound that stands out to me, it’ll tell me that it’s distinctively made for Kye Colors.
EM: How did you come up with the name Kye Colors?
Kye: Well, my name is J’Kye so I just chopped the J off. As for the colors part, that came from like how colors can describe personalities, I would say mine is very colorful & vibrant. I also feel like you can hear that in my music, you can hear the colors through the sound. You know how people say they feel blue or feel grey, basically, that’s the idea.
EM: Your song “Talk About It” immediately stood out to me. What inspired that song?
EM: How would you say your music has evolved?
Kye: I feel like my music is starting to appeal to the majority, I started thinking about everyone else around me, and the stories that I can tell + how they relate to people.
EM: You produce your own music, who are some of your influences on the production side?
Kye: No ID, Pharrell, Tyler The Creator, IllMind, The Alchemist, Metro Boomin, Teddy Walton, Just Blaze, J-Dilla, Q-Tip
EM: Can you talk about your upcoming project Wasteland. Both the idea around the project + how you came up with that title?
Kye: Wasteland is a term that I use for Kansas City, KC has been called ‘killer city’ in the past but I thought of the term wasteland + I thought it was a more appealing way to say that. Another reason I call it Wasteland is because growing up everything was taken away from us; buildings, schools, attractions, etc. Where I grew up in south Kansas City we didn’t really have much to do aside from street related activities, so my experience from that will be on the project as well.
EM: Do you have a personal favorite record of your own?
Kye: “House Party” is the one for me, that’s when I started incorporating the whole storytelling factor into my music. Plus it’s common, last year I was at a house party that got shot up, it relates to more people than just me.
EM: I want to ask you about ‘Pack In The Mail’ studios & what that spot means to you.
Kye: That studio is the shit, shout out to JB. I recently started working with them and it’s been a great experience, I feel like it has taken me to another level that I haven’t been to. I feel like that space will be resourceful for more than just me, plenty of Kansas City artists will benefit from that space.
EM: Are there any other artists out of Kansas City that we should be aware of?
Kye: A’Sean, Ray Muney, DADUWORLD, D-Walk and MB58.
EM: As a lifelong Kansas City Chiefs fan, how does it feel for your team to have won the Superbowl?
Kye: The whole underdog statement I made, we really been getting our ass kicked every Sunday every year for the past fifty years. It still doesn’t feel real to me, but for the city it’s huge, I feel like we are going to get another one soon.
EM: Larry Johnson or Priest Holmes?
Kye: Priest Holmes for sure
EM: Who is your favorite Chief of all time?
Kye: It’s between Marcus Peters or Tyreek Hill. I liked Peters because of his character, it’s out there and it’s just him.
EM: Are there any Chicago artists that you want to work with?
Kye: Polo G, Rockie Fresh, No ID, Tobi Lou, G Herbo, Kanye West and BJ The Chicago Kid.
EM: What can our audience expect from you in 2020?
Kye: Other than Wasteland, you can expect two more project releases this year. I don’t have much to say about the next two but just know that they sound very good.
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