24hourhiphop.com gets a chance to sit down with King Karlemagne upcoming recording artist out of Massachusetts. King Karlemagne talks about his backround, new music, his take on hip hop, and lastly what he has coming up for 2014. Check out what he had to say and let us know what you think!
24HHH: Intorduce yourself to everyone that doesnt already know who you are?
KING Karlemagne: I was born in Cameroon; that’s in Africa for those who aren’t too map savvy [laughs]. My family immigrated to the United States when I was nine years old and settled in Malden, Massachusetts (a city on the outskirts of Boston). Having to adapting to a new country, language, and culture in general, writing became a way for me to express myself… and practice my English at the same time.
24HHH: Before we get into your music, can you describe your history about how you got into the music business and what inspired you?
KING Karlemagne: I like to think that I was born an artist; I’ve loved to draw. I was attracted by art early on through African music that played back home growing home. But how I got into Hip-hop was during my family’s first couple of years in States, since my mother had a really hectic schedule, my younger sister and I spent a lot of time at the YMCA after school. At the time there was bootlegger not too far from there, and I’d always see people going in the store arguing over everything; rappers, mixtapes, fashion, sports, you name it!
One day I wandered in there and came across a bootleg of G-Unit’s Beg for Mercy album. The guy told me it wasn’t in stores yet – so he claimed to have the ‘exclusive’. Now mind you, this is 2003 and 50 Cent is all that my classmates are talking about. So because I’m the weird African kid that nobody wanted anything to do with, I was buying it to give them a reason to talk to me – to be cool!
It didn’t work out how I thought it would, but the aggression on that album man – songs like “My Buddy”, “I’m So Hood”, “G’d Up”- it almost felt like they were screaming out all that rage and aggravation I’d had built up in me over the years for me. I then decided to start creating [music] for myself, and I haven’t looked back since!
24HHH: What was the hip hop scene like for you growing up where your from?