Kid Vishis is the younger brother of Slaughterhouse veteran Royce da 5 9, he began rhyming “downstairs in the family freestyle basement sessions” while still at high school before performing at local open mic nights. Such was the public response, word on the street reached his brother who put him to the test one night in the studio in 2003. Fast rising rapper Kid Vishis releases his long awaited debut album “Timing Is Everything” on 22nd July.
Our reporter John Gynn catches up with him for an insight on his career.
Q. On “Coward,” a track from your new album, you’re joined by the album’s sole guest artist, your brother. Some people say you are the “Prince” to Royce’s “King,” how do you react to this, with a grin or a little bit of anger?
That’s awesome to me for people to refer to me as the “Prince” because Royce was considered the “King” before I even started rapping. It’s actually a pretty big compliment for the both of us. I hold my brother in such a high regard that me being the “Prince” and him being the “King” is a great fit and I’m honored to be brought up in the same breath as a legend.
Q. Is it true that NFL Street 2, the video game, was your first paid rap job? Can you describe your initial feeling when you received a paycheck for contributing to such a popular game?
Yes!!! NFL Street 2, I will never forget it, my first 500 dollars!. It was such an honor to be a part of such a popular video game and the feeling was euphoric when I actually bought the game and the first song you heard was me and Royce! Lots of people hit me up like “Yo I heard you and your bro on the NFL Street game”! Truly unbelievable..
Q. In 2014, how do you view the emceeing element of Hip-Hop, has it regained a real sense of purpose?
I think the Emceeing element will never die but it’s not very popular at the moment… That’s why it’s guys like myself who have to keep pushing bars and lyrics down the throat of the masses until the popularity rises again… It’s been at an all-time low for some years now and it’s just time for the Emcee to prevail again.
Q. You’re a pretty versatile artist, what artists inspired this versatility that has been so evident throughout your career?
I’m inspired by lyrical killers… Emcee’s that can spit fast, slow, give you punchlines, metaphors, similes, etc… Royce, Em, Hov, Nas, Big, Big L, Pun, Slaughters, and new artists like Jon Connor and Horseshoe Gang keep me on my toes.
Q. You refer to your new album as “the beginning of a Hip-Hop takeover”… can you elaborate a little further?
I’m more focused on the restoration on HipHop as opposed to taking it over. I don’t mind sharing I just don’t like HipHop being so damn corny! I promise I won’t get violent either unless I’m disrespected to the point where I have to take my respect but I just want people to focus on “More rappin and less antics” and the HipHop world will be a better stronger place.
Q. I read that you are a self-confessed boxing fanatic, are you a Floyd fan?
Absolutely! I love boxing and mma! Floyd is my favorite fighter and has been for years. He is a Master at his craft and there are very few masters in this world so I just have respect highly for anyone who can figure out the sweet science..
Q. Out of all the cities in the Europe that you will perform in during your tour, where are you most excited to visit?
I’m sorry, let me read the question again… WHAT?? ANY and EVERY city in Europe would be amazing to perform in! I think a lot of artists take for granted that it’s a privilege and an honor to be able to get paid to fly to countries and do what they LOVE to do all the time anyway. If it’s a small city or a large city, I’m gonna rock that shit and when I leave I’m gonna have half of Europe yelling “SICK EM”!!
Q. Lastly, one rising star that we should all look out for in the world of rap?
I like Jon Connor from Flint Mi, and The Horseshoe Gang from Long Beach Ca.. These guys are cut from that cloth where Emceeing is very important, being clever with every bar, storytelling, etc… I rock with these guys and they’re family so we are all a part of the same movement, to restore the “Pride” back into HipHop…