Nameless Kx [Profile]
Toronto, ON – Our latest Prolific Profile highlights the development and humanitarian efforts of up and coming Toronto rapper, Nameless Kx. Find out the inspiration for his project #40Dayz/40Nites, and what he’s working on now. You can read the full Q&A after the jump link.
Nameless kx: Q&A
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HipHopCanada: How do you describe your sound on this project?
Nameless kx: The project is a mixture of two emotions really, pain and anger, and I feel that’s reflected well. I definitely put more focus into the production and, with the help of both Canadian and US producers, the sound came together quite well. If I had to compare the duality of production I would say it’s like T.O. ambient sounds meets NYC borough production, ya dig? And that’s exactly what I’m looking for. I wanted to contrast the sound and that’s partly why the mixtape is called #40Dayz/40NItes.
HipHopCanada: What events in your life inspired elements of this project?
Nameless kx: Generally speaking, struggle and loss mostly. I’d rather keep these personal issues aside but I’ll say that when you lose those around you that you love, whether it be a friend or a family member or a wife, whether it be a death or disloyalty, it’s kinda hard to keep it out of your lyrics. Artists work with the emotions within them so those emotions were ever present when I started the writing process. And the struggle of course, because life doesn’t care if the chips are down on you… the rent is still due, the bills still gotta get paid and you gotta excel and self actualize regardless. It was those types of life situations I was dealing with at the time and still am a bit.
HipHopCanada: Where did you record this project and how long did you work on it?
Nameless kx: The project got recorded all over really: several studios in the GTA, Kitchener, Ontario and at my home studio. We also got some studio time in Barcelona, Spain and Athens, Greece over the summer. The entire project took like 3 months to complete simply because my availability to record was a little messed up this time around. But if you add up the hours I put into it then you could say I did it in two, three weeks.
HipHopCanada: What is your message on this project?
Nameless kx: Glad you asked. As I mentioned, during the recording phase of the project, I was dealing with certain life problems that were keeping me from progressing and rising back up on my feet until I finally realized that my problems where nothing in comparison to that of so many other people. From that point on I decided that I was gonna dedicate my project to people with the worst type of problem: those who have no home, or shelter, or food or warmth. That’s why I decided to donate 1 non perishable food item to the Toronto Food Bank for every mixtape downloaded from DatPiff.com.
As far as the content and the message of the mixtape, it’s really about motivating people to keep pushing and keep striving forward regardless of what attempts to hold you back. I want people to hear the words and feel like I’m talking about them and their struggles and their lives. Like, if they could say it themselves on wax then it would sound just the way I put it down.
HipHopCanada: What is your favourite song on the project and why?
Nameless kx: Hard to say, but one of the stand out tracks for me is “Blastin Off” featuring JiXX because the energy of the joint is so high and the lyrics are along the lines of the project: bold, defiant and about standing in your place regardless of what you encounter. That there could sum up the entire project.
HipHopCanada: What do you hope this project achieves for you?
Nameless kx: Really, all I want to do is some good for my community through my love of hip-hop. As people, we all receive from others and a lot of the time we receive it freely. I wanted to give something back freely. Not just in the form of music but something tangible like a warm meal.
As far as the career goes, man, I just want people to hear it n say “that boi there is dope and them joint are real.” I wanna hear ‘em bumpin’ them mixtape in the whip.
HipHopCanada: Do you have any shows coming up?
Nameless kx: Not at the moment no, and actually I like it better that way for now. I’ll perform at shows but the situation gotta be right. If it don’t make money it don’t make sense.
HipHopCanada: Which artists/producers did you work with for this project?
Nameless kx: We got production from Superville, Neo Tempus, TJay, Aaron Soch, and Automatik, who works with the Diplomats. Umm there’s Hood Famous outta Philly, Aktual from ATL, Twins from outta the Netherlands and few other producers. No disrespect if I didn’t mention the other producers. Can’t remember everyone.
For artists on the project, I mostly divided between Toronto and Atlanta. From Toronto we’ve got Tommy Spitz, JiXX, Neo Tempus, Jimmy Rythme, Fenaxiz, MPhaktor,and Beast. From Atlanta, I summoned my entire Outlaw fam and affiliates so we’ve got Young Noble, Aktual, Tey Martel, Zayd Malik, Young Buck, not to mention Tray Davis.
HipHopCanada: Do you feel this is your best work thus far?
Nameless kx: Among the best definitely. Emceeing is like any art form; the more you work on it the better you get right. So ya it’s definitely growth.
HipHopCanada: Any last words for the HipHopCanada online community?
Nameless kx: The mixtape is called #40Dayz/40Nites, hosted by DJ Dames Nellas and Young Noble Outlaw. It’s out now on DatPiff for free and if you download it, I feed a hungry mouth in our city on your behalf. Good music and an even better cause! Keep supporting Canadian hip-hop and thanks to everyone who supports me.
Nameless kx – #40Dayz/40Nites
Released on DatPiff.com on September 27, 2012
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