Kiah NYC reps the Uptown area of the Bronx, Edenwald to be exact. Being raised in an open environment he witnessed different walks of life which motivated him to want more. He watched his parents work hard to give him a better life which is his main source of inspiration. As a teen, he would sometimes write lyrics to beats to express himself. He learned to use music as a tool to express himself. His enticing sound is described to be a mix of New York Hip Hop concentrated with bars and melodies. His brand is viewed as the missing piece to the streets and the books. After receiving a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree, he knew he could use music to relate to his supporters and innovate the culture while inspiring the younger generation in positive ways.
He now delivers the video to his most recent record, “No Suits.” In the beginning clip he walks down the streets of New York City, telling his enticing story. Kiah strives to make music that his supporters can relate to and be inspired by. The inspiration behind this record was a mixture of frustration of feeling overlooked, his ambition to showcase his true talent and creativity.
” I was angry because I felt like I was being overlooked. While I am here for the journey, it seemed that things I presumed were on my level were placed out of reach of me and I took it personally. I was reaching out to people who I know I can get next to and I was being ignored. I can take a trillion No’s, but ignoring me is my pet peeve. There’s a bar that goes ” I’ve been cutting some many ties and will probably never wear a suit again.” It stems from that line, having to separate myself from people. In the higher thinking of it, people tend to wear suits when it’s time for business. I’m saying no suit because it is always time for business. Every interaction you have is a negotiation of worth. Have to always be on top of your game. My sound is one that resides in the birthplace of modern day hip hop. Occasionally it takes trips to display the uptown lifestyle and the southern roots. Humbly cocky. The sound that resonates like a light pole. I stand out and shine when the time is right. Sometimes I’m the biggest and brightest thing in the room. Sometimes I’m nowhere close to the biggest and my light is greatly out shined by the accomplishments of others. I will remain in my spot and do my thing when the time presents itself. I want everyone to fix up their face like something stinks only on one side of the room, NY subway gritty. They will feel like the Bronx does more than drill. When I first heard the song I felt liberated from my feelings. I got a lot off my chest. I’m typically a person that lets the fire burn for a while before others feel the heat. One of the reasons I love making music. I can have uncomfortable discussions with a beat and not have to worry about sparring anyone’s feelings. I wanted something with some soul to it. I’m typically hands off when a producer is creating. I give them the mood I’m in and let them go crazy. Working interdependent with one another leads to better chemistry, making better music. I don’t need to hear anything specific. A sample has to talk to me right away. If it doesn’t then I feel like it’s not meant for me. I typically find something about every sample to enjoy though. I love samples that use vocals. The voice as an instrument adds the perfect layer of confidence to a beat.”
Watch “No Suits” here and tell us what you think!