Hailing from South West London, King Dee releases his brand new track ‘In My Zone’. We speak to the talented rapper about the new single, his influences and his experiences in the Hip-Hop industry.
Growing up in London, what artists influenced you to start a career in music?
Growing up I was very much into RnB, it was something about the passion behind the music which always drew me in. Artists such as Beyoncé & Chris brown. As far as Uk artist I listen to growing up I would say N‑dubz & Chipmunk were heavily influential on me. As I started getting into music, the main artist was Lil Kim as she brought a sense of dominance and power in her music, she demanded you to listen to what she had to say & she’s had the biggest influence on my music.
Your latest track ‘In My Zone’ is based on a past relationship, tell us a bit about the track and how Hip-Hop helps you express yourself during difficult times.
In my zone is a final product of many songs from me trying to have the right words to speak on my first and only relationship. I needed the right song for people to hear how I felt as I wanted them to visualize my lyrics. HipHop is a perfect way for me to express myself creativity, I feel it releases energy in myself that needs to be set free into the world.
Tell us about the concept of the music video, what was the process like in creating it?
Whenever I record music I tend to seclude myself and in terms of being “in my zone” I need to block out any outside distractions and have tunnel vision. So I decided I would rent a hotel, bring my equipment and have the feel that I needed to get away to reflect on the situation & I believe I translated that into the video. Putting yourself back in that vulnerable state can be difficult but I knew it was something that had to be portrayed so everyone can see & feel the video.
If there is one thing you want listeners to take away from your music, what would it be?
I would want my listeners to understand this is my journey, these are the things that I’ve been through in life & the best way for me to deliver it to you is to always be authentic and TRUTHFUL. I may hurt someone’s feelings but it will hurt me more keeping it inside. A rap judge once said Be yourself and say how you feel when you get on the mic because you never know who’s listening.
You have been open about your sexuality, and being bisexual, how important is it for you to break certain stigmas within the Hip-Hop industry, and have you faced any challenges?
I think it’s very important for me to break Barriers that are held by people who don’t wanna see people like me win just because of my sexuality… if you never saw my videos and just heard my voice you wouldn’t think any different. I’ve had a producer tell me that he mixed my track one time & everyone loved it. The moment he showed them my Instagram everyone started back tracking and that’s a clear example of my previous point. I would never let anyone stop me from chasing my dreams and getting to the point in my career where I need to be. You may not like my sexual preference and that’s okay. Just respect me as an artist.
What was it like performing at UK Black Pride? Tell us a bit about the experience and how you got involved?
Black pride was amazing and a life changing moment for me. Believe it or not that was my first ever performance. I said to myself if I don’t put myself out there and perform I’ll just be another artist that just releases music for nothing. So I took a chance and I applied and when I got accepted I was overwhelmed with joy. Having my first performance on such a huge stage in front of Hundreds of people really set the bar for me. This is what I need and I want to do it all the time. I believe I was the first male rapper to perform at black pride as well.
What other music have you got coming out and when?
I have my very first EP coming out in August ! This project really means a lot to me as it has such a unique amount of sounds that sonically blend together so well that shows all sides to me. This is something I’m really excited for the world to hear.
Where can we follow your music?
The best place to find out what’s next with Myself Is to follow me on Instagram at Kingdee3, I have a linktree attached in my bio which gives you access to all my social media pages and music. I’m on all streaming platforms so all you need to do is type in King Dee.
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