Keylow T brings the far North a little closer [Interview]
Prince George, BC – October started off with some of BC’s most brilliant MCs battling it out at King of the Dot’s Uprising, where the atmosphere was filled with the echoes of slick rhymes and sharp-tongued comebacks. HipHopCanada sat down with Prince George native and first time battler Keylow T before the event to discuss his opinion on the current state of hip-hop, entering the battle scene, and his upcoming projects.
HipHopCanada: What influenced you to start rapping, and more specifically, battling?
Keylow: Well when I first started rapping, there wasn’t anything that influenced me, it was more of a thing to do. I started it really young. For the most part it would have been any rapper that was big during 2004-2005. My homeboy Bioson got me into [battling], he figured I was a good lyricist so he said come on down and try it out. I’m trying to put Prince George on the map right now because we got a lot of good artists. I figured KOTD there’s no better way, it’s filmed, there are tons of people, and there’s lots of publicity. That’s basically it.
HipHopCanada: What are your thoughts on the current state of hip-hop?
Keylow: Mainstream is filled with a bunch of people who probably shouldn’t have as much money as they’re getting and the underground is filled with a bunch of people who should be getting more money then they are. There are a lot of people out there who are unbelievable like Tech N9ne, he’s been under the radar for the last 12-13 years and he’s just now getting recognition. It’s kind of a double negative you know what I mean? There’s mainstream hip-hop, you don’t want to get me started on it but underground hip-hop, I think it’s healthy and hip-hop ain’t dead it lives in the North.
HipHopCanada: Besides the fact that you’re the first Northern BC rapper to battle, what is it about your flow that makes you worthy enough to represent Prince George?
Keylow: I got a good rhyme style and my delivery is on point; it’s always been on point since I started rapping when I was young. I’ve got everybody in the street back home texting me, messaging me on Facebook telling me they know I’m gonna kill it because I got the lyrics and delivery to do it. I put on for my city 24/7 all day, everyday. Everybody wants me to represent them so that’s what I do, that’s what I’m here to do
HipHopCanada: If you had the opportunity to rap anybody in the game right now, who would it be?
Keylow: I’d probably try to battle Snoop Dogg or something because I know I would get some good-ass ratings out of it (laughs). I’d try and battle Method Man. I think that he would be a worthy opponent. I know I’d obviously lose but it would be a good experience. And I’d do it just for the experience, not for the win, not for the publicity or anything. Just for the experience to do it.
HipHopCanada: What’s next for Keylow?
Keylow: Well like I said we’re doing a song with Tech N9ne, lots of shows coming up. We just refurbished our whole studio so we’re top notch now. Going to be putting out a new CD coming out soon, can’t release the name of it yet. It’s going to be by Brothers In Arms as a whole group. We’re gonna make sure everyone gets their equal opinion on it and just keep on climbing the ladder.
Interview conducted by Shaheena Azmatullah for HipHopCanada