Chattanooga, TN is filled with talent. Today, we’re happy to bring forth an artist who has managed to make a name for himself all while building connections to help elevate this music. Kay B Brown makes his debut on our page with his brand new project, “Goat Season.” Hosted by Memphis’ own DJ D-Whit, we had some time to catch up with Kay and talk goals for 2018, motivations, and much more.
swidlife: How did you start rapping and what gave you the motivation to stay with it?
Kay B Brown: My journey in music first started when I was 7 years old. My stepfather was the road manager of a local record company based out of Chattanooga, Tennessee and on many occasions, he would take me with him when he was working. Over time I fell in love with the whole process of making music and decided that was something I would like to make a career out of one day. I’ve been into music for 20 years but only at a serious level since 2015. I’ve quit over 100 times but the one thing that motivates me to stick with it is my family. I love to make them proud and provide better opportunities that we didn’t have when I was growing up.
swidlife: What are some of the biggest mental tools you can obtain to be successful in
Kay B Brown: Understanding that my emotions are my emotions and I shouldn’t apologize for how I feel. Also, being careful and mindful of the energy I give off to the universe. Every time I speak negative, I’ve had bad things to happen to me but every time I speak positive, I’ve had many blessings to return in my favor.
swidlife: Do you have a favorite musical project that you’ve worked on?
Kay B Brown: Story 2 Tell EP is by far my favorite project because I put my all into that project like literally blood, sweat, and tears. I spent over 8 months making the project and now I look back on it I can say it was worth every single penny.
swidlife: What do you like to do for fun outside of working on music?
Kay B Brown: Music is really all I know but outside of music I love spending time with my family. I come from a tight-knit family so any chance I get to spend it with them I’m taking it!
swidlife: How would you describe your sound?
Kay B Brown: My sound is a mix of the streets and the church in one. An overall positive message but with a street edge which people from all walks of life can relate to. Straightforward and to the point, I’m that fresh breath of air the industry has been “feening” for.
swidlife: Are you currently working on some new music?
Kay B Brown: Yes, I’m currently working on new music. I just released a mixtape on New Year’s Day 2018 called “Goat Season” with DJ D Whit which happens to be my official DJ. I plan on releasing another project sometime in 2018 to give people more music with visuals to go along with the songs.
swidlife: How often do you record new music?
Kay B Brown: I record as much as I can when its time for me to. I don’t spend excessive time in the studio because I feel there’s no need to. I write on average 2 or 3 songs a week and after I memorize them and get everything down pact I’ll go to the studio and lay down the songs and leave afterward. & Repeat the same cycle over and over!
swidlife: What would you say is the toughest part of being an artist?
Kay B Brown: Being accepted by the masses and how to stay relevant in today’s society with everything being so trendy nowadays.
swidlife: What’s your take on the current state oh hip-hop?
Kay B Brown: I love the current state of hip-hop I think it’s evolving into something much greater than we will ever know. Hip-hop is a universe and there’s no right or wrong way of doing things. I can’t say I agree with everything that’s going on but I can appreciate it and accept the fact things never stay same.
swidlife: As an artist, do you have certain plans you’re trying to accomplish this year?
Kay B Brown: Yes, in 2018 I want to establish myself even more as an artist. I feel I’ve done everything I can do on a local level so I want to spread my wings and take my talents and travel across the country. I want to expand my horizons, meet new people, do more shows, and continue to help those who want to be helped.
swidlife: How did the project, “Goat Season” come together?
Kay B Brown: Goat Season came about the last 2 weeks of 2017. I had an idea so I called D Whit and told him let’s drop a mixtape and he said let’s do it. Goat Season is a collection of industry instrumental freestyles, original unreleased songs, and features I’ve done with other artists from Chattanooga. It took approximately 2 weeks to complete and it was released on New Years Day.
swidlife: Memphis has a rich history when it comes to music, what are your connection with DJ-Whit like?
Kay B Brown: D Whit is my personal DJ and good friend of mine. We also work together with a nonprofit organization, HipHopCha, based in Chattanooga, TN. We have a lot of respect for each other so we wanted to come together and bring back that early 2000’s mixtape feel.
swidlife: What do you hope people take away from your recent project, “Goat Season?”
Kay B Brown: I just want to show people that I can actually rap outside of making conscious music. I want people to see a different side from what they saw on Story 2 Tell. I’ve done a lot since my first project and Goat Season is an update of what I’ve been doing for the last 17 months.