Live in London
Recently taking to the stage at London’s Electric Ballroom, PAUSE captured artist Kid Ink during his performance in the capital before sitting down with the California native to talk all things music, fashion, future & more.
Describe Kid Ink in three words for when he started his music career and another 3 for Kid Ink today.
Hungry… creative… and broke.
(Laughs) and now?
Hungrier… more knowledgeable… and just a fan, a fan of the culture.
Is there a limit to winning once you’ve sold over a million hits? What keeps an artist going?
I guess if a million hits is your goal then you can probably get settled, I really didn’t do music to sell a million records necessarily, I just wanted to do music as my job because it was something I love, and I felt like I was content with doing that whether the money was millions of dollars or thousands of dollars or hundreds of dollars, just as long as I was able to pay my bills, feed myself and be able to do music and do what I love so, from there I don’t think, well for me personally, when you get to certain heights that it makes you less appreciative or less motivated.
I think there are still so many limits, I guess maybe the people I looked up to coming up have done so many different things that I haven’t done yet that are still motivational things. A lot of things are going on and then it’s also just a new generation of music, it’s new ears, it’s new people listening, it’s new award shows, new organisations, it’s all kinds of different things, the times change and you get motivated to do other things whether it be score movies, or have songs or movie soundtracks, make video games, and I still haven’t won a lot of awards or nothing like that so you know those are still things I wanna do so, I stay motivated and have faith and keep working the same way I always did.
When you say Germany, where in Germany?
Hamburg, Berlin, we started a tour off in Germany, we’ve been to a couple of new cities this time, a couple of different areas, but I’ve been all around Germany for the last five years which was dope, when I was coming out to Germany I was doing mixtapes, I wasn’t signed to a label or nothing. When I went and I think I did two European tours before I signed with a label and they were like how are you doing this, we can’t even get our major label artist to go over there.
So it was just something that grasped the attention of everybody and they were rocking with it, I can’t really say how everything came about but it was dope to be flying in and out and feeling like this is nothing but a second home.
What’s the most expensive piece of clothing or accessory you bought?
Jewellery for myself, the most expensive piece I bought was this chain. When I first, I went and bought a really big chain, a $100,000. It’s my baby. The most expensive clothing I bought was probably the Yeezy 2’s, the Nike ones, I think they were like $3500?
I don’t pay that much for shoes, I guess it’s not a lot, but $3500 for some shoes is low-key a lot, but now they’re worth like $5000 so it’s dope, and I really wanted those so I grabbed those, that’s probably my most expensive clothing purchase as far as for shoes. For jackets and stuff always range $5-7000, sometimes $10,000 for a jacket.
And Quavo just collaborated with BoohooMAN, would you ever consider collaborating with a fashion brand?
Yeah definitely, I actually know the people over at BoohooMAN, they tried to see if we could do some stuff too, they had some ideas, they’re supportive over there with the team over there, but I definitely want to try some collabs with people.
Right now, I’ve been thinking about the way it is that I want to attack that, I still want to kind of show and prove more, and have designs and stuff ready before I start collaborating with somebody just so I can be in a controlled position and not just be somebody being used as a face for something they already want to put out.
How many tattoos have you got and if you had to remove one, which one would it be and why?
I have a lot of tattoos, pretty much 90% of my body has tattoos. If I had to remove a tattoo, I don’t know, I try not to regret any tattoos because they all have meaning and moments, whether or not you like what it was at that moment or if you felt that it was childish, then you feel like ah when I got it I remember this and that so it’s almost like a music playlist that makes you remember different things.
But I would just get my symbol here which is my logo for the label, I’d probably get it redone because they scarred me up. This ‘A’ right here, it’s a little scarred up, people just think it looks like a design but it’s supposed to just be straight black.
One word to describe the music industry in the last ten years?
Open-minded. I think that every year, people just get a little bit more open-minded to different types of music, styles or looks or fashion. Everything’s been moving kind of fast. Maybe so like not the last ten years but maybe like the last 5 years you can see everything just moving fast, there’s not a lot of styles that are lasting, producers they’re going in and out, artists are going in and out, a lot of stuff is just going in and out, there are definitely people who make their stand and last through it but it’s just a lot of content in the last five years.
It’s dope though. People getting to feed their households but at the same time do better things and also just open their ears and minds to just be creative, try different things, whether it be the new kids doing autotune and changing the melodies up and rapping over different kind of beats or doing country songs, people just figuring out how to come out with their own language it’s dope instead of copying, well I mean still people copy and repeating but you can see the ones who are doing it.