Edmonton, AB – K-Blitz is highly versatile when it comes to translating his passions into lyrics. Whether political, sexual, humourous, or classic, K-Blitz is a force to be reckoned with. Currently residing in Edmonton, Alberta he has become a local favourite on the airwaves and is well on his way to making himself more known across the country. Stay tuned.
HipHopCanada: Hey K-Blitz! Thanks so much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to have an interview with us here at HHC! So how are you doing?
K-Blitz: How am I doing? I’m good man, you know, I’m working, that’s how I’m doing. I got my solo album Top Floor coming out, just in the middle of mixing and mastering. This is what I consider my second solo release album, I’ve had several but this one’s got commercial success. I consider it my sophomore record. We’ve got the Grim Empire project happening. Sonik and myself have our duo album coming out. Lots of radio joints, mixtapes dropping left, right and centre. Within the next 4 months I should have about 4 projects out, over 100 tracks for my fans to enjoy.
HipHopCanada:Since this is your first HipHopCanada interview, tell us a bit about yourself.
K-Blitz: Well I’m 25. I’ve moved all over the country [but] was in Ontario most of my life. Made my big first splash in London, now I’m out West and repping Canada to the fullest. People who don’t know me will know me very soon. I want to do this for the rest of my life, grew up with soul and funk, trying to take this game and do it new. I want to show the world we have a lot of talent to offer in Canada and bring some other artists with me while I’m at it.
HipHopCanada: You have some shows coming up. March 27th at the Encore Club in Sherwood Park and April 3rd at Avenue Theatre in Edmonton. What are your expectations?
K-Blitz: Yep, Yep, March 27th is a benefit show for the Youth Emergency Shelter Society. When I was a kid I was in Peterborough, and didn’t live at home. I stayed at the shelter for a minimal amount of time. I love to give back to my community so anything I can do to help, I’m down. We got the radio stations involved, and we’re getting our community involved. As far as expectations we want everyone to help the kids and enjoy the show. Any show you see where I’m performing bring your ass on out.
HipHopCanada: How does it feel when you hear your singles playing on the radio?
K-Blitz: It’s been happening for a couple years now but it never gets old. I get mixed feelings. It’s a step in a positive direction, you [can] feel the pride that people are listening, but at the same extent you feel that your music is good enough for the radio but you wonder why you’re not signed yet? All I can say is it’s just a step in the right direction. You start to realize that you’ve just got to keep pushing forward. Don’t slack just because you’re getting a bit of fame. There’s always room for improvement but I’ve got to say it’s quite the rush.
HipHopCanada: You seem to have a bit of beef with another cat named K-Blitz, what’s going on with that? How did that all start?
K-Blitz: Dude’s a clown… that’s as far as I’m going to take that. Beef is beef in general I don’t have time for people that hate. When people hate at least I know I’m doing something right because they have my name in their mouth.
HipHopCanada: Your first self titled album had a lot of emotion in it. Was it a rough time in your life?
K-Blitz: Yeah, you could say that. Every album is an emotional time in your life, whether it’s good, bad, happy, or sad. I was trying to figure out who I was. My album In The Building… I was a bit pissed off so that came through and now my album Top Floor I’m smiling and laughing. Real artists try to show how they feel through their music, when you hear a K-Blitz record I try to make it so you feel like I’m having a conversation with you and you alone to let you know how I feel. That’s just my perspective on it.
HipHopCanada: From about 5 years ago to now some things have definitely changed for you. How is this affecting your music? Negatively? Positively?
K-Blitz: I don’t hold a grudge, I’ve grown. If Snoop Dogg was still talking about 187 on an undercover cop I wouldn’t be listening to him now. I didn’t buy the new Eminem album because he’s 40 and that’s not what he’s talking about. If I was still bitching and moaning about the same stuff from 2 years ago I would be a loser. I mean I’m always going to be cocky but I’ve grown with my music and my attitude. If someone bought my record 3 years ago and one tune helped them out I would hope this recent album would do the same.
HipHopCanada: If you had the chance to ask your favourite artist one question, who would it be and what would you ask? Why?
K-Blitz: Oh man… I have a lot of favourites and questions. I’d have to say if Michael were still alive I would love to sit down with him and ask him how to create a phenomenal song. That dude could write EVERYTHING, music, lyrics, I even have a tribute song to him. Not even for publicity, just because I grew up with listening to him he’s an inspiration to many.
HipHopCanada: So you’re originally from Montreal, moved to Ontario, and now you’re in Alberta. What do you feel the differences in hip-hop are in each province?
K-Blitz: I love Montreal, it’s very European, the party scene is unmatched. I’m not heavy there yet but I hope to be. Ontario is basic; its Canada’s New York, a lot of screw face, a lot of hate, [but it’s got it’s cool moments]. Out here in Edmonton it’s a lot of “Lyrical, Miracle Whip, Rap” ya’ll know what I mean. There are artists out here doing their thing though, mad respect!
HipHopCanada: After listening to a lot of your tracks I noticed you have many different styles. Is there one style in particular that you prefer?
K-Blitz: No. That’s why I love music so much. I love to do different styles at all times. A lot of people disagree with that because they say you need to find one thing and stick with it but I don’t like to limit myself. If you want to be in this game you better be a master of your craft, to me that means every aspect of hip-hop in general. At the moment? I’m on that smiling rap stuff; I don’t want to get in front of a mic unless I can smile.
HipHopCanada: What should we expect from you for 2010? What do you expect from us as fans, listeners, and artists?
K-Blitz: 2010 I’m making moves, period. Its real business for me, I’ve done the leg work. I have a manager now along with booking agents in the states. We’re shipping off Top Floor to all labels and stations. We’re shooting videos [too]. I don’t expect anything from anyone. It’s all on me, I just hope everyone enjoys my stuff. I have to make the people WANT to buy my stuff, if you feel me? Support a brotha! If you don’t feel me then you’ll feel me eventually.
HipHopCanada: Any plans for a tour?
K-Blitz: We’re trying to work out one for the west coast right now but we’re looking for options. We have shows but nothing solid on the tour tip. I am however attempting to get on the warp tour.
HipHopCanada: What is your favourite song that you have recorded so far?
K-Blitz: I don’t know. I love them all. I have favourites for different reasons. “Oh Ya” is talking about violence and why people are shooting each other up in the club… I don’t know Ya’ll pick one! I’ll roll witchu!
HipHopCanada: What are your inspirations when you write, or record?
K-Blitz: Whatever is going on in the moment! I’ve written love songs, all I had to do was look at my lady, I’ve written sad songs, all I had to do was look out the window, just depends on what the world is giving me at that moment in time.
HipHopCanada: I’ve had the pleasure of seeing you perform. Phenomenal! You have so much energy! What gets you amped up before a show?
K-Blitz: Being on stage to me is like a drug, I’m not an alcoholic, I’m not a drug addict I’m a stage-a-holic or whatever you want to call it. It’s the hugest adrenaline rush in itself. There’s nothing better than knowing you have the ability to make people feel your emotion. Like when people start rapping my lyrics with me? It’s powerful. I feel like I brought everyone here, I might not know them on a personal level but we all came together and we’re enjoying life in that moment. I feel like this is where I’m supposed to be. Plus you’ve got to give the people what they paid for. There’s been times where I didn’t want to go on stage but the show must go on. Don’t want to disappoint anyone because then they might not come back. Whether it’s 5 people or 500 people I’m the same either way.
HipHopCanada: Last question, what advice would you give to other aspiring artists such as yourself?
K-Blitz: If this is what you do then do it, go for it, but before you get into this rap game don’t think it happens over night. It’s something that you have to work at. The one thing that bothers me more than anything else is when people expect it to just come to them and don’t want to put the work in. Even an hour or 2 a day promoting yourself and recording and writing will help. Don’t come into this game half ass, make sure this is what you want to do. There’s going to be haters there’s going to be lovers but like I said before just make sure it’s something you want to do.
HipHopCanada: Any shout-outs?
K-Blitz: Shout-out to HHC for letting me do this interview. Canada in general, Grim Empire, everybody that I’ve ever worked with, anybody who’s on the new record and for everyone I’m doing things with in the future. Anyone who wants to do work with me, get at me! All the radio stations that are playing my stuff right now. Shanna Robinson AKA Platinum Voice for always hooking me up and being real with a brother. EVERYBODY! My family, the haters, last but not least my son. Everything will be aiight one day I love you. Thank you.
Written by Shanna Robinson for HipHopCanada