INTERVIEW: Kage Of G.O.D release debut album ‘ Slave 2 the Dolla’
Q: Please introduce yourself to the readers and how you first got into this field of work –and who were some of your influences growing up?
I go by the name Kage Of G.O.D. Iʼm a rapper from Long Island, NY. I first got into music because my older brother would always show me CDs of all the new music he was listening too at the time, and Iʼd listens to it and wishes I could rap like them. I admired the skill rappers as Cassidy and Camron had back then. Then when I got into high school one of my homies would always want to freestyle while we were in the cypher smoking, and for a while, I was too shy to put myself out here like that. Then one I got the courage to start spitting and everyone was amazed at how good I was at it. From then on I started writing songs, recording them on GarageBand, and puttin then out, I wanted people to know about my music. From then !. I. J. on I just got more and more serious about it, and it started to change from a hobby to a potential career.
Q: What kind of training have you had, if any?
To be honest I never had any professional training when it comes to music. I learned how to sing, engineer, and mix through trial and error. I kinda just bought pro tools and figured it all out as I went. Some of my earliest records donʼt even have any reverb in it, vocals uncompressed, I look back on it like yo I canʼt believe I thought this was okay. Professional wise though I am a certified EMT so that's always good.
Q: What has been your favourite project to work on so far?
My favorite project so far has to be my debut album “Slave 2 The Dolla”. I have been working on this project for about 5 years now, and it depicts a lot of issues I was dealing with at the time and J. U. V. W. surprisingly things Iʼm currently dealing with today.
Q: What sports do you enjoy watching?
Iʼm not really too big on sports like that but I like watching basketball a lot, the playoffs especially. I need my guy Westbrook to get a ring already. Football I only watch the SuperBowl, and baseball I can watch if Iʼm there, I canʼt watch it on TV.
Q: What has been one of the biggest highlights/achievements of your career?
So far the biggest achievement of my career would have to be my single “Like This” getting 12,000 streams on Spotify in the first 4 days it was released. that was big for me because itʼs like my music is finally starting to pick up momentum and people are starting to tune in. Itʼs a great feeling.
Q: If you had a chance to work alongside anybody who would that be?
I would love to work with Jay Z. I think heʼs someone that I could learn invaluable W. _. `. !a. !!. information about the music business from.
Q: What projects do you have coming up?
I have a collab R&B/Rap album with one of my artist thatʼs set to be released around Valentineʼs Day next year. Iʼm also working on an EP thatʼs scheduled to be released sometime around October.
Q: Who is your inspiration?
A person that continues to inspire me is my father, he is a person that I greatly admire for his character. Music-wise though Max B has to be my greatest inspiration. His music has always evoked emotion from me anytime I listen to his songs. I feel the pain in the lyrics.
Q: What’s the most interesting thing you’ve read or seen this week?
The most interesting thing Iʼve read this week has to be the book “The Alchemist”. If you know, then you know. That has to be one of my all-time favorite books.
Q: What are your favorite venues to perform in?
My favorite venue to perform !!. !I. in so far has to be Revolution Bar & Music Hall In Amityville, NY.