KING Karlemagne – 24hr. Hip-Hop Interview

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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?

 

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And So A Journey Began…

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Seeing as how I’ve worked on this since high school, it would almost be needless to express how delighted I am to finally be able to share this project with the world. It’s not perfect, but that’s all the more reason why I found it so necessary to share. When I first met the big homie Phel (@PhellaDaFam) we always used to talk about documenting my progress – and I feel these songs do just that. Listening to the evolution from this to ‘Foreign Exchanged‘ (last year’s mixtape that I am planning on re-releasing within the coming weeks) have really gotten me excited to get started on ‘Foreign Exchanged 2‘ (but more on that later).

Having done the artwork myself, sitting through the mixing process with Gwap (@2Fli2Ccare)  , and so much more, I am pleased to present you this thing that I’ve spoken of since the blogspot days. As always, special thanks to  J. Rob (@JRobonthetrack) who engineered this project from top to bottom out the goodness of his heart, and was still very instrumental in the final hours as far the getting the ever so talented Ms. Sherrell Rowe (@SherellRoweShow) to bring ‘Love Letters’ to life in the final hours.  Without further adieu, I present you with ‘Foreign Exchange… And So A Journey Began‘.

P.S: listen to it don’t just hear it.

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Macklemore X Ryan Lewis – Otherside [Remix] (ft/ Fences) [Music Video]

The subject matter in this song goes along the lines of what I was saying in my previous post on how music, Hip-Hop in particular, can have an influence (good or bad) on gullible kids… Also being hands down the DOPEST thing I’ve heard from a new artist in a loooong time.

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The reason why I even checked the video out was that new XXL’s Freshman Class Cover. I once had serious aspirations of making it on to one these one day, but later concluded that much like MTV’s ‘Hottest MC’s list’, it is strictly based on the opinions of whoever is sitting in that room at the time and nothing else… Then again, this could just be the hater in me talking.

Congrats are still in order though!