Interview: Kirko Bangz Talks "The Trillest Tour", New Album, "Hoe", and More
Fri, 07 Mar 2014 15:32:38
"I'm ready for my big chance," smiles Kirko Bangz. "I feel like I've been preparing for a big fight! Now, it's my time."
His time clocks in with his forthcoming new album, Bigger Than Me. On his latest single "Hoe" featuring Yo Gotti and Y.G., the platinum-certified Houston MC unleashes an unshakable hook and some sharply slick bars, illuminating his talents yet again. Kirko brings a new fire to hip-hop, and it's going to burn brighter than ever once Bigger Than Me hits. He's not just getting ready for a big fight as he says, but he's getting ready to win.
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, Kirko Bangz dishes on the Trillest Tour with Bun B, his new single "Hoe" featuring Yo Gotti and YG, Bigger Than Me, and so much more.
What's the story behind "Hoe"?
I'm just blessed, man. YG sent me the jam, and I got on it. I thought, "Man, I want to get Yo Gotti on here". I sent it to him. He sent it right back to me, and we made it happen. I was being a good person, and God looked out for me.
What ties Bigger Than Me together?
I feel like my story really brings everything together. It's the story of growing up and what I've been doing for the past three years. I had the hit record, and now it's like, "Well, what are you going to do now?" Well, I'm still here for some reason. I'm supposed to be here. When you hear it, you're going to understand why it's called Bigger Than Me and understand my story. It's going to bring us that much closer.
When did you first think of that term?
It was probably when I first got a Twitter. For some reason, I just put it in my bio. Ever since then, I've been rocking with it. When I had to come up with a title for the album, I was like, "Bigger Than Me".
Are you looking forward to The Trillest tour?
Oh yeah! It's going to be crazy. Before the tour was even talked about, Bun B and I did the "Triller" record. It's dope for me to be alongside the legend. It's a stepping stone. It's a dream come true. I'm a part of the Houston movement with Bun B, Pimp C, UGK, Paul Wall, and Slim Thug. I haven't done as much as they did yet, but I'm in there. I'll always be a part of that movement. Right now, I'm working to keep it alive.
When did you first get into Bun B?
I had to be a kid. When I was young in Houston, all anybody jammed was H-Town artists and "screw music". In Houston, there are so many squads, rappers, and cliques. It was especially that way back in the day. You don't get on it one at a time. It's everybody. You had your picks.
What do you like about performing live?
I like it when girls are screaming for me [Laughs]. It makes me feel really player-like. I enjoy being out there, delivering my songs, and putting a face to the music. I think a lot of people still don't even know what I look like. I'm putting my emotion out on stage so people can actually feel me. If you feel somebody's art and you see them perform it and they aren't feeling it, that's one of the first things in the game. I want to give people the message and let them feel my emotion behind it.
When did you come up with the name?
I was younger. My grandma used to call me Kirko. For some reason, I don't know why when I got older I had a few names like "Captain Kirk" and all of this weak shit. I wanted something with Kirko. I thought Kirko Bangz would be dope. I had it on my MySpace for a minute, and I ran with it.
Is storytelling important to you?
I want you to hear how I can tell stories. I want you to hear how I can make these records about these females and make them feel every way I can. I want you to feel my magic. I want you to respect me and my artistry.
What influences you outside of music?
Growing up, I never watched TV or movies or anything. Lately, I've been watching TV and movies like a motherfucker and kicking it with the homies. I've been working out a lot lately and doing things to better myself. I can't better one side of you without the other. I'm trying to get my values together and be with my friends and family. After this album and tour, I won't be home much, and a lot of things are going to change for me. I want my foundation built, and I want to be strong enough to deal with everything coming my way. I've been watching Netflix. I just got hooked on Prison Break. Don't watch it unless you've got a whole lot of time.
Did you enjoy "Hoe"? What's your favorite song from Kirko Bangz?