Kilevrah Cash - Interview
1. Tell us your rap name and where are you from? My rap name is Kilevrah Cash and I'm from Kankakee, Illinois.
2. What made you start making music? My late uncle Rod, his rap name was Krooked, influenced me. He use to create music as well and he was the first person to encourage me to keep writing raps.
3. Who are your influences? My Uncle of course. As well as Scarface, Common, & Lupe Fiasco for their story telling ability. Also they're ability to influence a person's mood to focus on real life issues. Master P, Jay-Z, & Ice Cube influence me business wise. They always make me wanna be the best hustler I can be.
4. What is your take on the underground rap scene right now? My take is there is good and bad with it. The good thing is its organic and there's a plethora of different sounds. It allows hip hop to grow when we can reach the people who like different sound scapes. It's also bad because some feel entitled because they're talented but don't feel like they need to put in the work. The internet has a lot of people fooled into thinking everything can happen overnight but that's not always the case.
5. What are your goals for 2019 regarding music? To finish mixing and mastering my project to have it out by February 2020. Finish up some additional paperwork for these tours in 2020.
6. You have 1 person to thank who would it be? Not to be arrogant but I would like to thank myself if I'm only able to thank 1 person. I've had many detours on this journey in life but I remain focused on the destination. Anger issues, depression issues, losing family to the streets and prison system. It's a lot to deal with but I stay focused.
7. What is your process for recording music ? I get the beat first, then I write the song, make sure I go over it well to avoid a lot of mess ups during the recording, & then finally record.
8. Any upcoming projects or singles fans should be getting ready for? I have a project dropping February 2020 called "The Badlands." Features with Skyzoo, Rum Nitty, Trinidad Cardona & more. Production by Robert Denir0, Sottie Barnett, The Key Majors, & SoundsUgly.
9. What is your favorite part about being an artist/musician/rapper? Putting my thoughts, feelings, & perspectives on record and have people connect with it. That's the best feeling to know that I'm not alone in feeling how I feel. There's so many people in the world that feel the way I do and I wanna connect with them.
10. What impact do you want to have on the world? I'm not here to impact the world but I am here to leave gems for those after me. I just want to provide an example to the ones under me to strive and do more with themselves. Show them no matter the odds you are the master of ur destiny.
11. What are your ambitions with music is this just a hobby or is this a full blown 24/7 lifestyle your embodying? It's a lifestyle fasho. I'm a fan of hip hop first and a contributor second. The culture is bigger than me and I just want to be a part of it.
12. Who is your favorite artist in the rap game right now and why? My favorite rapper of all time is Scarface but my favorite right now in today's game is Benny The Butcher.
13. what does the music you create make you feel? It makes me feel emotional at times. Just because I talk about so many real situations that actually happened. It's almost like going back in time and reliving that pain again. But it helps to get it out otherwise I would go crazy lol.
14. why is music so important and dear to your heart ? It's my vent. Many people I've grown up with kind of threw their lives away due to so much built up pain without any outlet. I feel I would be dealing with the same issue mentally if I didn't have music as my outlet.
15. Taking this as a passion what works best with you for endeavors you may face (regarding to music)? Smoking kush and vibing in the studio with my engineer. Some of the biggest problems become so much smaller in there. Just the ambiance of the music playing and it's dark without distractions. My delivery and recording is so much better when it's like that.
16. whats your best collaboration experience with another artist or producer? My best collaboration experience so far would have to be with Skyzoo. I'm already a fan of his and for to give me that feature was surreal. He came to the studio with me and he even shouted me out on his set when he performed later that night. He a real good dude, hoping to work with him again someday.
17. who does all of your cover art or do you make your own? My cover art is either me or my homie Klassic. He's a super dope artist. We're going to be collaborating again soon for my merch so be on the lookout for street conscience art.
18. who makes most of your beats or production? It's a tie between The Key Majors, Scottie Bennett, & SoundsUgly.
19. who is one artist you wish to work on music with and why? One artist I wish to work with is Buddy. He can sing and rap. I just feel like we could put 2gether something dope. Some of our content is similar.
20. who is one producer you wish to work with and why? One producer I wish to work with is Alchemist. If possible I would like to do a project with all of his production. I want to be in certain conversations in Hip Hop amongst the lyrical masterminds. I feel I would get their attention with a project with Alchemist because how respected he is amongst them. Plus his beats are hella dope.
21 do you have any upcoming shows in the next couple months ? I have a tour coming up in May with Landon Wordswell. We're going to be in Texas, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Oklahoma, & a couple other states.
22 for people who havent heard of you what sets you apart from other artists? The time I put in. My lyrics, delivery, song selection, & performance is just different. It's the perfect combination of old school and new school. It has potential to bridge the gap between old and new school.
23 at the end of the day what does music mean to you ? It means everything. Since I was a little kid I've always been overly fascinated with music. I was even in band in 7th and 8th grade but I sucked lol, so I quit band and just focused on writing the music. I then got the confidence to record it and its been a rap since. It helps me define how I feel, it helps me connect with people, & its just overall good feelings.
24. Any live shows or projects you got coming up? Tour in May with Landon Wordswell. My project "The Badlands" will be releasing in February.
25. Where can the people that checked out this interview find you? Twitter: @kilevrahzarea / Instagram: @kilevrahzarea / Youtube: Kilevrah Cash / Soundcloud: Kilevrah Cash.