Kiyahotpeppa is on a mission to become Birmingham’s first hip-hop star. I hope this is one of those songs that open the door for the rest of the emerging artists from around here. Where I’m from, nobody is famous. We’re one of the last states to get someone famous. And I feel like if one person can make it, then it’ll become like Hollywood because we’ll start drawing attention to all of the talent here.”
Kiyahotpeppa hopes to be that one person who starts the ball of success rolling for his city. He’s been in the music industry for more than 10 years, and the sound he has developed is definitely unique. A blend of a thick southern drawl and witty wordplay combined with hard-hitting beats makes him someone that sounds like no one else. Adding a new flavor to the hip-hop culture, this gangster rapper serenades the audience with lyrics that are meaningful and relatable.
“It’s true that the world is in a dire need of inspiration,” he said. “This isn’t something you can achieve by simply listening to galas of another utopian galaxy. I guarantee authenticity and realism in my creative art. And you’ll hear my thoughts and feelings in ways that will connect with thousands of listeners out there. I’ll show you how I’ve squeezed out lemonade from the sour lemons that have been thrown at me.”
And Kiyahotpeppa has definitely had his share of challenges thrown his way. For instance, in 2000 he was at a gas station when a drive by shooting occurred. Stray bullets ended up hitting him in the head. After that experience he started fully diving into music. And since then he’s been steadily building up a fan-base that is hooked on his authentic and unique music. He’s won numerous trophies for Best Song and Hottest Indie Artist of the Year, and he’s collaborated with well-known artists such as Scarface, Shawty Lo, Pator Troy, Bun B, Young Scooter, Dirty Boyz, Eightball and MJ, and many others.
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