Nameless Kx [Prolific Profile]
Kitchener, ON – Our latest Prolific Profile is with an up and coming artist named Nameless Kx who is currently promoting his debut album, Nameless Begins/Ends. Check out the interview with the MC, who hails originally from Toronto, after the jump.
Q&A with Nameless Kx
HipHopCanada: How do you define hip-hop, and where do you feel you fit into that definition?
Nameless Kx: For me, hip-hop is poetic expression of our feelings, emotions, circumstances and realities. Whether it be political, social, economic or personal in nature. My lane in the culture is simple, I wanna reach out to as many listeners as possible and offer them a message of hope and motivation to better themselves and keep pushin forward. Thats my lane.
HipHopCanada: What drives you to stay in a business that is rarely profitable and highly competitive?
Nameless Kx: Money is just one by-product of this game. But realistically its the love of the artform and delivering an important message to people that drives me. In these times, rapping to get rich is like hittin the lotto, so you gotta keep a plan B. You still gotta hustle in ya own way. Besides, if money were the only reason to rap, then I’d be as shallow as the rest of them out there.
HipHopCanada: Where are you based specifically?
Nameless Kx: I live in Kitchener / Waterloo, Ontario. Im reppin my city, Toronto and Canada overall.
HipHopCanada: How has living there influenced your sound?
Nameless Kx: Im glad you asked. There’s alot of talent out here not only in this genre but other genres as well. Hip-hop in this community is really underground. The sound, the lyrics the culture. Its not flashy or boastful, it’s the sweats and hoodie culture over here.
HipHopCanada: Who is your primary fan base?
Nameless Kx: Anyone who can feel what im saying. There aint no race, age, sex or social demographic trend. I got listeners from Vancouver to St. Johns, down in the US, Germany, Australia, Russia, all over. And that’s a break from the traditional mold because usually an artist will build a regional fan base and expand from there but my music doesn’t follow that trend and for good reason.
HipHopCanada: What tips would you give young artists coming up, or what do you wish someone would have told you when you first started out in the hip-hop industry?
Nameless Kx: Love what you do. You gotta love it, sacrifice for it, hustle hard for it. Accept the good and the bad, those who support you and those who don’t. Learn from everything and don’t let anything get you down. Keep Pushing!! Keep a Plan B cause nothing in this game is promised. This game is mostly business, fulla cliques n industry people so by nature it’s dirty. Keep ya art pure and don’t accept no bs from no one. I’d rather sacrifice a deal then my morals n beliefs.
HipHopCanada: In which ways do you interact with your community?
Nameless Kx: Like I said, I keep a Plan B and it has nothing to do with hip-hop. And my community is a great part of it. Through my work I support community groups and associations that better life for everyone. Its really great to give.
HipHopCanada: Which artists have you worked with that left an impression on you, and why?
Nameless Kx: Probably the most influencial artists that I worked with are The Outlawz. We been working together for a minute and honestly every part of that relationship leaves me in Awh. They’re work ethic, commitment to creating inspirational music, and the support they have given me both in this game and even in personal life situations is unlike any other experience. They’re just REAL dudes period.
HipHopCanada: Which Canadian artist would you most like to collaborate with?
Nameless Kx: Uuumm….thats a tough one cause there are so many great artists in Canada. It’s hard to pick but I think I would most like to work with Classified. I really respect his perspective, his rythme patterns and flow. He’s grounded as an artist and and an individual from what I can tell. Ya I think that track would be special.
HipHopCanada: Tell us about past and present successes, as well as future projects?
Nameless Kx: This album I just dropped on July 20th Nameless Begins / Ends is my debut album. Its been in the making for sometime and Im just really happy with the material and the outcome. We got great collabs with Tommy Spitz, Sese, JD Era, Kim Davis, The Outlawz, Young Buck n more. The first single “Girl Don’t Give Up” is hitting radio nationwide as we speak.
We operate completely independent, from the music creation stage, through to videos, publishing, the label (Eastblock Recordz), distribution, marketing, radio and promo, its all done independently and in-house. So for us to be able to do what we’ve done independently is a blessing. Something were all proud of.
We got videos for almost every track on the album coming and a follow up mixtape in the works before we begin work on the second album. Watch out!!
HipHopCanada: Any last words for the HipHopCanada online community?
Nameless Kx: Thanks for the support! Keep doin what you do and support Canadian hip-hop cause I really don’t see who can compete with the talent up here. 1.
Nameless Kx – Girl Don’t Give Up ft. Young Noble & Aktual
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