BEYOND SURFACE LEVEL
CREATOR OF MUSIC
RAPPER , KRASS DA KID
During the day, Wilkye is a 23 years old journalism major and recent grad from FIU. By night he's better known as rapper Krass Da Kid. When he was just 16 years old he beat Donald Glover in a rap battle (see for yourself) and now he's taking a break to re-focus himself after school. I really enjoyed our conversation and think you can learn a lot about self worth and sticking to your vision.
WHY ARE YOU SO PASSIONATE ABOUT MUSIC?
To this day, one of the first things I remember is my older sister, Kemely, showing me LINKIN PARK and all these songs and me actually being able to feel something from it. That emotion always just carried with me throughout my life. So when I started making music I did it because I wanted to give other people that feeling to either being able to relate, being able to feel something, being able to express themselves in a way that normally is impossible. Because I feel that’s where music really helps. It’s able to give people that outlet.
WHAT DO YOU THINK IS YOUR PURPOSE?
It’s the reactions that i get from people from my music. It’s when people refer to me by my artist name, not my real name. I think my purpose is more so to keep on making and creating because I think I was blessed with this ability to be able to talk and see things other people don’t. I don’t want to waste the fact that I can see beyond surface level shit.
WHAT IS YOUR MAIN GOAL?
My end goal is to literally just be able to work at something and not feel miserable about it. Straight up. Because i think it’s a huge issue that a lot of people in my generation settle because this is what they’ve been told to do. Get a job that pays well enough for you to live but what is life if you’re fucking depressed 24/7? I think that’s fucking horrible. Listen that’s just me and I know it’s unrealistic but I rather not be pessimistic the rest of my life. So if I’m able to be put in a position where I can make money the way I want to. To be able to make music the way I want to. To be able to make content the way I want to. That is my end goal.
"Idon't care if it's 300 people or 5 million people. As long as I'm able to sustain a lifestyle where I'm able to make things that make other people happy, that's what I'd rather do."
We’re so used to these models where we are told to work a certain way and that’s the only way we will be able to succeed. But then there’s always these outliers that end up succeeding in whatever they do and the reason they succeed to me is because they’re passionate about it. I think that’s the separation between millennials and previous generations. The fact that passion now is meaning so much more to your work ethic as compared to before. I’ve realized that working for someone else's dream is just not the shit that I’m cut out to do.
"They try to pay you
with Exposure and I
as an artist."
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