Promenading on beats and dope lyrics, conscious hip hop artist, Kyle Knight, promises to bring somet
Knight said that Hey Sister is a beautiful declaration for women’s empowerment everywhere. It touches on the sensitive subjects of drug abuse, sex-trafficking and prostitution, while giving one phenomenal woman the power to overcome those ill-fated scenarios gallantly.
He was inspired to write the lyrics because of his observations while living in New York.
“It was definitely being in the streets, and seeing women selling their bodies for prostitution. Also, living right here, on earth, with The Truth— “The global climate changing, global warming and government plans. The truth is kept from the people. It’s all from the experience, and it’s all things that I’ve experienced in life."
Knight’s flow is exonerating and premeditated. He’s got a “stay-woke" vibe that's bouncing on the rim of righteousness.
Hey Sister Official Video featuring violinist Monique Brook Roberts of TruVibe.
The rhymester believes that his music is a little different from most conventional artist.
“What got me into this is my own experiences, and having a great passion for music, a great passion for songwriting, and just seeing how creative I can be.
We live in such a time and era where as a hip hop artist, you have to be different than the next artist.”
Knight said the originality of hip hop and rap music is lacking, in addition to the talent is lacking as well.
“I feel that there is a mixture of both—the originality is lacking. I feel that the talent is lacking, your personal thoughts, personal feelings and lyric writing, and song writing, that’s lacking."
His strong convictions come with good reasoning. Knight actually grew up in the star-lit city of New York with his dad, David Knight, who happens to be this big time super-producer.
His dad worked with many artists dating back to the 90’s. His production includes music with Chuck D., from Public Enemy, as well as SWV and Q-Tip.
Although Knight is creating his own compositions, with concrete affirmations and sonnets, it’s clear that his instruction for the subculture of rap began within the corridors of his own home, during the time when folks knew the bestiality behind rappers like EPMD and Eric B.
If he could perform with an artist, it’d have to be Nas—the ‘Illmatic,' Kendrick Lamar, and Bruno Mars.’
Knight said that he prefers listening to music from Jay-Z’s other albums like The Black and Blue Print.
Knight is inspired by other savvy’s as well.
“Of course, my personal influence is definitely Barack Obama. I read his whole book and it’s outstanding; just seeing that he didn’t get married until he was thirty-one-years-old, and then he became President. I thought that was outstanding.
Outside of music, I’m also into actors and things like that too. I’m definitely trying to get into acting. The music is doing great, but acting is something in the future that I can definitely see myself getting into."
Knight allows himself to be enthused by the life movements around him—he assembles sensible goals that aren’t overly exaggerated, but they still support the overall stimulus for his music.
“My goal for my music is to put a great message out there in hip hop. That’s the goal for my music. The other goal for my music is to have an excellent catalog of, get up off your feet, have you dancing, have you feeling good, bumping tunes in your car—it’s just to have an outstanding catalog. That’s definitely in the future plans, as well s going for a full-length album.
I plan to do a mixture of hip hop… Right now, I’m doing conscious hip hop because that’s my strongest foot out the gate. I love conscious music. I love a lot of conscious music from J Cole, I love conscious music from Nas. I just love conscious music—But in the future, I’m going to do R&B, rap, and I’m going to be doing a whole lot of things.
Speaking of insomniac music, Knight said that he is definitely creating justice with his tracks.
“Oh, I’m definitely doing justice. I’ve had women come to me, inbox me on my FaceBook, and call on my phone, to tell me, Hey Sister is a deep women’s empowerment song. I have women in my family who told me they were moved by the lyrics and tracks of the song.
I definitely feel that The Truth, a political song, people are aware of that. It’s doing fantastic out there. It's raising the awareness and the consciousness. It’s making people dance, and it’s making people feel good.
We’re using a live production. We have a Rastafarian soloist, and a violin solo in The Truth. People love the hip hop verses and the banging beats that we have. Right now, the response is overwhelming, and we’re loving it.”
Instrumentals versus the voice box… “It’s funny that you say that cause I feel what we discussed before about hip hop lacking originality. Now, what I know as a songwriter, all my life from doing music from the 90’s until now is that originality is songwriting and getting to know yourself. Originality is also an instrument too. It’s also in the sounds of instruments. It’s good because I know all of my sounds by heart, so when I get with a producer, and I’m hearing the violin on the end of Hey Sister, I can communicate how I want it done on the track. You have to know your sounds very well, and you really have to know what you’re hearing on the track so that you can communicate how you want that instrument played on your track."
While on the narrative of palpitating music, Knight said if his life were a dope beat, it’d pound to the rhythm of Lou Rals, Trade Winds.
“The trade winds are always changing, and the trade winds are always changing our times, and when our times are changing, you have to go along with the times.”
Going with the course of time is just another experience that Knight endured recently.
"Okay, this was at Harlem Week… I had two songs to perform, The Truth, and Hey Sister.
When I performed The Truth, I performed about 4 measures of the song—it was the first song that I performed, and the music got cut off, " Knight laughed innocently.
“I couldn’t believe it. I was up there and my energy was pumping, and the crowd was cheering, and the music cut off. You know you’re professional when you keep going.
I kept plowing ahead. I kept rapping and the audience started clapping, and I just jumped into those claps and into the audience’s rhythm. It was better doing the song then when it was up against the original track. When they put Hey Sister on, after that track and, I got the best response at that event.
That was definitely one of those experiences that I had to share with you.
Knight had a serious blunder that he made light of. He jumped on queue as though he were performing for the MTV Awards. In that moment, it was all about the snap-back.
“You gotta keep driving through, and nothing can stop you. Even people who are not doing what you’re doing, they don’t believe in your vision, and can’t see your vision— They can’t stop you. When you’re highly motivated and coming from the heart—When you’re working form the heart, they can’t stop you."
Addressing the naysayers while talking about that faux pass, Knight said that it was difficult to get people to believe in his work.
“I had neighbors telling me that what I was going to do, it wasn’t going to work. I had people that I loved, who I thought had my back, that supported me from the beginning; and because it didn’t happen right away, they just kinda faded off. Of course, I’ve been through the name calling, and people trying to hurt me… Other than that, I just give them the cold shoulder. If you have a plan, you know what you believe in, and you believe in yourself... then, go out there and make yourself successful.”
Knight is referencing dream killers and pessimist that really didn’t support his vision—And instead of listening to their claptrap, he became fearless in his pursuit of being an extraordinary artist. One, whom used lack of fear to obtain his goals.
The artist describes his interpretations of fearlessness rather uniquely.
“Fearless, to me, that was last week at Harlem Week… Fearless, to me, is having no boundaries, and no limits. Fearless, to me, is going with your gut. Fearless, to me, is not caring what people think about you. Fearless, to me, is not letting anyone stop you. Being fearless to me means being yourself while everyone else is out there following.
In closing, Knight said that he wanted to leave our readers with ‘The Truth.’
The Truth Lyrics: Guitar solo by Peter Griffo The EP is co-produced and co-written with super-producer, David Knight (Single released May 2017).
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