I am an up and coming rapper named THEKIDHATER from a small section in Roxboro called HATERLAND. I was given the opportunity to get my feet wet in the game by the Wild Out Wake Up Show on 102 Jamz in Greensboro, NC (WJMH) from 2007-2008. I’ve been writing since back when high top fades were in and rapping since Method Man and Mary J. made that hit back in the day.
What Is The Significance Of Your Name?
At a time when every one was saying how much they hated Haters me and my people were embracing the term. Once you grow and your mind evolves, you start noticing things you never paid attention to as a child. When I came in the game I, naiively, believed everyone wants to see you succeed, but that not always the case, especially when you’re new and nameless. Instead of letting the negativity of others distract us, we embrace it , use it as motivation to take the ordinary and make it extraordinary.
Who is your target market?
Im targeting the hard working, underpaid, overworked, unappreciated, misunderstood individuals in the world. Anyone who has a story that has never been told and its million worldwide who have opinions and solutions, but no outlet for their thoughts.
What is your USP? (Unique Selling Proposition) and what sets you apart from other aspiring artists?
The uniqueness of me is that I am me and no two snowflakes are alike, just like no two people are the same. Even though two people attended the same event, the outlook and perspective of the two people vary and differ. So you may think that my story is the same as others, believe me, it’s not. My story and my interpretation of the events that have transpired in my life, has never been heard and it has never been told in the same way I’m going to tell it. I’m not perfect and I don’t mind putting my flaws and my imperfections in front of me and discussing things about life others were afraid to speak on. I’m a little older and age has a way of letting you know you are human.
What single or project are you currently pushing?
I currently have two singles that I’m pushing. The single, “What You Know About”, is a classic song with a nostalgic feel that details the environment I grew up in. It was produced by my good friend William “Blue” Edwards, who I met through I95, and it has the potential to be huge on the Billboard and on the charts. I got the chance to work with another rising lyricist named Gwapo Mosca for the aptly titled, “The Odd Couple”. It’s a song that avid hip-hop fans will love because it brings two MCs who are hungry and only concerned with creating great music.
What Is The Philosophy By Which You Live By?
As long as I see the beginning of the day and make it home to see the end of the day, I can handle anything that happens in the middle. I learned that working 12 hours a day, 6 days a week in the factory. As long as I wake up and close my eyes every morning and every night I can overcome any obstacle that comes my way.
Which Artists Have Inspired You?
50 Cent. It is 2012, and he is worth millions and he is still making mixtapes like he is new to the game. 2 Chainz is showing the world that if you keep working, be patient and stay focused you will end up where you wanna be. Nas is an artist who has seen a ton of success and never compromised his art. He has always made the music he wanted to, stayed true to himself and in the face of conflict he constantly rises above it.
Who Does Your Production?
I have gotten beats from a number of producers, but B Swiss, is the producer who’s beats gave me the confidence needed to succeed as a serious artist. He’s from Roxboro and he produced my first mixtape/album, “Soundtrack to the Recession”. He also produced “New Ish”, the song that turned doubters into supporters. “Blue” has produced a few bangers for me and I have gotten beats from Demonte, JGBeats, Conscious Beats, Dolobeats to name a few.
What Is Your Opinion Of The Current State of the music industry?
Ever since the recession and the drama with mixtapes, the Internet, and free downloads, the artist began to figure out that the “machine” was not needed to make a living in the industry. Artist now view themselves as labels and everything a label does, you/the artist, are capable of doing as well. The music industry and boxing are the same. They are two of the dirtiest, most crooked industries in the workforce. But when boxers see Floyd Mayweather handling himself as a CEO and not just a fighter, it makes them want to do the same. The same is said in music watching Mac Miller, Souljah Boy, Currency and others get bread independently makes other artist want to do the same.
If You Can Change One Thing About The Music Industry What Would It Be And Why?
I would make it mandatory that anyone in any influential position in the music industry be fully informed on past and present issues regarding the business and have knowledge on artist and music from the past.
Are There Any Singers That You Would Like To Collaborate With In The Future?
Fantasia is a singer that I would enjoy working with. Her voice reminds me of Sunday morning Church service or Revival. She has the voice that will make convicted felons cry, plus she has witnessed her share of hardships and the pain she has endured takes her voice to another level. Jennifer Hudson is another singer I would love to work with. I enjoy singers who has the voice to make listeners have a brief out of body experience when you listen to them. I am a fan of soul singers.
What Producer Would You Like To Collaborate With In The Future?
9th Wonder sets a great backdrop for great speakers. What I mean is that if you are an MC with something important to say he will make it easier by providing the score and bringing the ears to a track. When you hear a 9th Wonder beat you know you are about to hear classic work.
What Is Your Favorite Movie And Favorite Book?
My favorite book is, The Alchemist and I enjoy that book because it is the story of a man who is in search of something and finds that the world works with those who work to make things better for themselves. My favorite movie is Friday. That movie is a real movie that is about the life and times of a regular person with nothing to do. Everything that happened in Friday happen to people with nothing to do all the time and I can relate.
What Are Some Major Misconceptions That You Think People Have Of You?
When you are new, people try to compare you to those that came before you, or they place a label on the music that you offer the masses. I have heard people use the term conscious when referring to me and the music I make and I do not agree. Being conscious is definitely not a negative because I’d rather be conscious than unconscious, but when dealing with music, it limits the type of music fans will accept from you. When Missy Elliott first came out she had a single called “Hotboy” that Q Tip was featured on and he was rhyming about guns. Critics and fans who new Q Tip from the …Called Quest days had a fit because that was not the Q Tip they had grown to love. I deal with various issues, feelings, emotions, and situations in my work. I have songs that will make you want to workout and others that will make you want to have sex. I have songs that make you want to have fun and others that motivate you to get money.
What Is Your Favorite Part Of Your Live Show? How Has It Evolved?
15. My favorite part of my live show is watching the expression of the audience after the first verse of the first song is over. You can tell instantly, whether they are rocking with you even though they seldom clap or put there hands up when I say so. I can tell when I have their attention and I can tell when I don’t. I have been paying attention to other artists and their stage shows and I have picked up a few tricks. My stage presence, breath control, and my mic control have improved since I first started performing. I try to mix the energy level of Busta Rhymes with the controlled, but cool temperament of Jigga.
What Is Your Lp Going To Be Like?
Crazy with a K and not a C. I am a student of the game. I have unofficially been interning for this position since I was sneaking in elementary school sneaking in my sisters room to listen to the tapes she had. In her room I heard Nas’ “Illmatic”, ATCQ’s “The Low End Theory”, “Only Built for Cuban Linx”, Get Rich or Die Trying, Eric B. for President, Ready to Die, Mary J.’s “Whats the 411”. I have studied the difference between classic cds and good cds and I have analyzed the DNA of some of the greats. With that being said I feel that I can create an LP that becomes the highlight of a period in time.
What is your website?
My website is currently under construction, but for bookings, collaborations etc. you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can follow me on twitter @thekidhater, you can check me out on facebook.com/thehatenation, and you can check my music out on reverbnation.com/thekidhater and soundcloud.com/the kid hater.
Any Final Words For The People.
My name is THEKIDHATER, I represent THEHATENATION, and I am from Roxboro, NC!!!