HHW: Introduce yourself to our readers, let them know your name and where you’re from.
KK: My name is Keary Kase. I’m a rap entrepreneur from Portland, Oregon
HHW: Why did you start to do music?
KK: I started recording music when I was 7 years old with my friend Micky. We used a vintage 6 button tape recorder to capture what we were doing. It was mostly banging on things and making noises. It kinda sounded like repetitive native chanting.
HHW: When did you know that it was actually going to be your career?
KK: I didn’t consider rap being a career until long after I made a name for myself locally. I always had other things going on as well. I used to make jewelry and sell it at the Portland Saturday Market on the weekends to make money and get numbers.
Me and this dude T-Rock would go downtown and do dance routines on Broadway to get the females attention as they cruised by. If they stopped we would jump in and see what was on the menu for the day.
We discovered freestyles organically. We would go back and forth just to keep it going for the whole song. This group that was poppin during that time, called One Posse, liked the way we did freestyles with a chorus. They saw how we always drew a crowd wherever we went and let us open for them. We called ourselves “The Two.”
This other kid named Pete Miser saw what we did and started making beats for us and recording our freestyles over them. We took one of the bros from One Posse and formed a group called Quadralyrical. By this time we developed a following and started getting booked for shows. That’s about when it happened.
HHW: If you could get advice from any artist in the industry, who would it be and why?
KK: I would talk to Jay Z. He seems to have had it all figured out from go. As far as I have seen, he has always made non- emotional decisions in shaping his career. I can’t think of any artists who have managed to stay relevant and on top for as long as he has. Someone might say this rapper or that rapper was on top while J had a record out but if you look at the tours during that period, Jay Z would always be the headlining act if he was on the bill. Jay Z has also made a number of smart investments outside of music that have bolstered his financial success. He also married Beyonce. She’s not my type though.
I would talk to Kanye too, even though everybody says he’s crazy. Maybe he will be crazy enough to show me how he and J became billionaires.
HHW: What or who influences your music?
KK: My music is influenced by living life, the people I encounter and the experiences I have along the way.
I like seeing people who have no business being where they are but there they are, none the less, making it work. That inspires me.
HHW: Has anyone helped you or guided you in getting your foot in the industry?
KK: I guess so but not intentionally. I mean, it’s like favors you know. If I have something that somebody needs I give it to them. I know how to get it back but they might not be able to get it without me. I help people get ready for the road they are setting out to conquer. When our paths cross again, maybe I’m the one who needs their help. Blessings beget blessings.
HHW: How many albums have you released?
KK: I’ve released 3 full length albums, 2 mix tapes and numerous singles. I focus on the singles now like I used to see albums. An album of unsolicited material is a waste of time.
HHW: What differentiates you from other artist?
KK: I don’t have any boundaries, stylistically. I also create my own opportunities in business. A lot of artists want to define themselves with a niche or preset vibe. I see artistic value in all styles. It’s the way they are presented that makes them a go or a no. Artists adhere to all these dos and don’t dos then I come back in doing all the don’t dos and make it work. Fuck the rules.
HHW: How can artist looking for a feature get in contact with you?
KK: If you are an an aspiring artist, a professional or an investor, we can talk about all things related to music business via email. firstname.lastname@example.org Also follow me on IG @e1eve1even
HHW: What do you hope to get out of your involvement in the music industry?
KK: Music is my meditation. I’m just in it for the balance.