King ready for hip hop throne
HIP HOP MUSIC is growing in Barbados, and one of those enthusiasts looking to make a name for themselves is Brad King.
An aspiring hip hop/rhythm and blues artiste, King believed that soca was the only avenue by which to get exposure in Barbados. And as a youngster at just 14 years old he “tried a thing” while a member of the former Tweedside Boyz and the group even had a Crop Over hit, To Spring Garden.
King, in an interview with WEEKEND BUZZ, said he quickly realised that that genre didn’t fit his persona.
“It was cool for the party vibe but I wanted to really sink my teeth into life through my music and allow my listeners to get to know me on a deeper scale,” King recalled.
That was when he decided that his next move would be hip hop.
The former St Leonard’s Boys’ School student was raised in a home filled with music. His brother was in an R&B group called Ambionx and several other siblings all had some type of experience within the music industry. So from early he knew he had a love for all things musical.
At the tender age of ten, King recorded his first track, then decided to spread his wings internationally by recording with British artiste Strapa.
At age 16 King returned to experimenting with the hip/hop genre. It was around this time that the now 21-year-old said he began to face several typical teen issues. And rather than convey them in a negative manner he decided to put pen to paper and find a more expressive genre to vent his feelings.
“Rap was a better alternative to express myself when things were going downhill. Rap/hip hop was an easier way to explain a situation without causing conflict. I like the scientific part of hip hop. Words are like puzzle pieces and putting them together gives me an adrenaline rush,” the not-too-talkative King added.
While he admitted his career was yet young he predicted a bright future for himself. King said he saw himself touring the world, obtaining Grammy awards, having millions of loyal fans and becoming a juggernaut within the music industry.
He added: “I want to help other musicians through my success and open doors for musicians who are afraid to knock them down. I want to build confidence in the youth and show them nothing is impossible. It may seem like a hard task but if you keep punching and punching, you will get that knockout win. Strenuous task makes the man.”
The St Michael resident said he doesn’t consider any of life’s lessons on his journey to be a challenge. However, he said he would like to see hip hop taken more seriously in Barbados.
“Many of the people in Barbados associated with the music industry are a bunch of procrastinators when it comes to this genre and they always look for the same talent every year, they never look for out-of-the-box talent and never appreciate it until someone from overseas picks you up and signs you.
“I think some of the rappers in Barbados are afraid to really express themselves about the situation . . . . The ones I hear on the radio are not the best hip hop artistes I have heard from this island,” he added. (SDB Media)