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Twin Rapper Duo Kenron on Dreaming and Achieving Big

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Ron Roze and Kino, the twin artists from Baltimore that make up rapper duo Kenron, have come a long way since they first took an interest in turning their passion for music into a career. While music was always both a source of joy and coping mechanism for the twins in childhood, Kenron only just started making music in December of last year. Now, they have almost 10k streams on Spotify and 2 hit music videos with over 190k views on Youtube, seeing one of those records, “Getaway”, become viral on TikTok.

With 2 albums—including their first, “In My Feelings”, set to be released tomorrow—and new visuals on the way, they continue to inspire their audiences with their music and careers and hope to give back to their families and community in the process. 24HipHop had the chance to speak with Kenron about their sound, goals, and passion for music— everything that makes them next up in the music world. Read our conversation with the twin rapper duo below! 

Describe your sound and musical style. 

Our style of music is melodic and has a reggae type of rhythm and beat style most of the time. This [is] what our fans have told us. We found it ironic because our family is Jamaican. We guess it’s in our blood.

Where does your musical inspiration derive from?

Growing up, we never really had fun like all the other kids. Our mother struggled in the home during the week after she moved us to Baltimore County. She used to play Michael Jackson when he performed on TV, and we would always get so excited, dancing, singing, and running around the house. Our mom used to come home stressed everyday, but our spirits were lifted when we watched Michael Jackson. And on the weekends when we would visit our father and grandmother, we saw violence, mental health issues, and depression. Due to mental health issues and street ties, we experienced and saw a lot of pain and hurt every day. All we saw was sadness and anger in the people that we loved dearly. We studied and understood this pain, and used it to inspire our father. We used to sit in the car for hours listening to Tupac, Jeezy, Dipset, and The Lox with our father while he reminisced on his hardships. Seeing the effect music had on our father emotionally, we started writing music together just to rap it to our father. It would always make him cry and give him joy and inspiration. Eventually, making music for our father’s happiness became our passion because it was a way for us to express ourselves in ways we didn’t know how with a conversation. Music pretty much became our coping mechanism.

When were you really moved to be involved in music?

Seeing our mom be so independent while living in a room the size of a closet hurt us. That’s when we really became ambitious. We said we’d raise money to get a laptop and start recording music on a Macbook. We used Garageband. We realized we needed more money to make it in the music industry, so we made an agreement in 2014 to graduate college to get the funds to take care of our family and pursue music. 4 months after graduation, we hit 195k on our song “Getaway” in December of 2020 and met many big names in the industry. That’s 6 years of having a passion and a promise, and we’re actually fulfilling that promise. We meant what we said and we’re going to accomplish it.

What are some of your favorite highlights/memories that you have from being in the industry?

When we did our second performance in a club, it was a movie. People we didn’t know were singing our song, women [were] screaming, it felt like we were superstars already. Older women [were] telling us their children listen to our songs everyday. Children [were] running up to us in the mall to take pictures. Definitely a great feeling. The last few months have been a rough ride, but we’ve had some great moments. We got to travel a lot, and went to events hosted by Carlos Brown called “Real Network Promotions”, [where] we got connected with good people in the industry and got to speak with and meet some big names. Big shouts out to Carlos. We’ve also been shooting videos in California, traveling with our brothers, and most importantly, learning from a lot of our mistakes. But the best moments so far are after we achieve any accomplishment in music. We see our mom get inspired that we may actually be someone one day. Nothing tops that glimmer of hope we can provide for her and our siblings.

What community events have you contributed to/in?

We used to contribute with the Growing Griots years ago, a program dedicated to the youth of Baltimore city. It was all about learning how to conduct yourself as a Black man and inspire the youth through storytelling. We also used to be involved with mentor programs to help the youth with guidance in school. We also used to have foster children live with us to give them some guidance. All we do is try and help people for the better.

What do you represent? 

We represent being misfits. We struggled with many hardships and insecurities that ended up sparking a level of ambition to prove something to ourselves— starting at the bottom, being the laughing stock at schools for wearing the same clothes for three years, being awkward, not being able to read or write properly in elementary school, teachers telling us we wouldn’t be anything in life, family doubting our dreams, and seeing every father figure we looked up to die, get locked up, or become junkies and alcoholics in front of our eyes. All the people we looked up to were illusions, so now we’re on our own trying to figure out who we are and how we fit into this world. Being misunderstood all of our lives is a part of who we are, and we’re sure most people in the world feel that way too… We are the roses that grew from the concrete. 

What advice do you have to youth who want to pursue a career in music?

If music is your primary passion, go for it! Stay true to yourself and sound, be unique, and block out all the negativity that comes with it, whether it’s from friends, family, or strangers. People will be negative towards your music and passion, but just be fearless and stay out the mix. It’s your life. Do what makes your heart and soul happy. If you’re not passionate, don’t try it. It’s a dirty game and it’s tough. We’ve gotten snaked a few times already. Fearless people can make it in this industry, but only with passion. Passion creates a purpose in your life, so no matter what, it must be pursued.

Is there a motto or quote that you live by?

Our slogan is “Grind now, shine later”, and for good reason. We represent the hard times, and showing that you may have to struggle and sacrifice now in order to enjoy and get what you want in life. This represents our life and message to others. All our life, we’ve been grinding. We’ve had some fun moments, but we’re still not shining. The shining part is what we’re chasing.

Stay tuned for Kenron’s first project “In My Feelings” to be released tomorrow with a new visual! You can stream and watch Kenron’s music and videos on Spotify, Apple Music, and Youtube, and keep up with them and their work by following their Facebook and Instagrams @Kenron_Roze and @Kenron_Kino!

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ATL’s Skuffle Raises The Bar On New LP, ‘Rubberband Skuff’ 

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ATL’s Skuffle (@skuffle_) is back with a complete project jam-packed with hard-hitting production and gritty bars. The Georgia-bred MC grew up in a single-parent home and is no stranger to obstacles. After spending time in prison, he has progressed to making it out and creating the music that he hopes changes his whole family’s life. 

Drawing inspiration from the streets and his family, Skuffle is motivated to make it to the rap game’s top. His ear for production is helping him secure a fast-growing fan base in the ATL region. His latest LP is ten fire tracks with only one feature throughout the album. Visuals for singles like “Captain” and “50 Face Skuff” are still gaining some traction on YouTube. Rubberband Skuff is a solid statement to start Black History Month. He’s putting on for all the street rap legends before him.

Today, press play on the latest album, Rubberband Skuff, from ATL’s fast-rising street lyricist!

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Watch Tyler Loyal Step “Back In Dat Mode”

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Following the single’s premiere on the NFL Network ‘Sunday Spotlight’ segment earlier this month, So Rebel / AWAL signee Tyler Loyal (@TylerLoyal) unloads the Erikson Corniel (@EriksonCorniel) directed music video for his Sonni (@sonnimade) produced banger “Back In Dat Mode.” Surrounded by his day ones, Tyler rides around the city decked in a winter Supreme coat making it clear he’s officially outside again. [Image SourceYouTube]

Explaining the song’s central message in a statement to the press, the Beantown native explains:

“I’ve been at my lowest, living off Cup Noodles and cold cut sandwiches. I’ve also been in the presence of financial freedom. Both experiences brought me to the same conclusion, I need to get rich. I made a promise to myself at 8 years old that I would be the one in my family to break the barrier and every day I live on this earth I’m trying to get myself closer to that end goal. This song is for the hustlers. It’s what it feels like to be fed up with your current state, get up and get to the bag.”

Tyler Loyal is a Boston born genre bending artist, songwriter, and producer who holds an air of composure and confidence over every track that he touches. Having a passion for rapping since the age of eight. The Massachusetts native made his debut as a teenager in 2017 with his single “Better Off As Friends“, via SoundCloud, which accumulated 300K+ streams, with barely any promotion. As Tyler continued to develop his craft he would release in the following year his most played song across several platforms “The Bottom“, which helped solidify his buzz as an artist, especially in his local area. 

Consistent work and development continued the following years, and brought more well-received material such as “Enemy” in 2018, before he turned up the heat with several releases in 2019 including “Options,” “Gone For The Summer,” and the Jay Gwuapo featured track “Level Up.” Determined as ever, with more to prove Tyler linked with rapper Jay Critch for his early 2020 single “Hit Me leading into his debut project ‘When You Decide‘ in 2020 and the follow up project ‘Nova‘ in 2021; which featured standout cut “PSYCHO.”

Watch “Back In Dat Mode” and stream the record’s audio on your DSP of choice below and follow Tyler on Instagram | HERE

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Allison Kane, First Lady of Hip-Rock: The Name & Genre You Need To Know

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Beauty, brains, talent and clearly on the road to greatness, Allison Kane is currently on tour and possibly coming to a city near you. Who is Allison Kane, you ask? Well, if you don’t know the name, it’s time to get familiar.

The Oklahoma City bombshell is a self-produced singer, songwriter and all-around entertainer. Inspired by the likes of Eminem and Pink, Allison brings an infectious flavor that attracts the masses like a moth to a flame. Crowned by many as the “First Lady of Hip-Rock“, Allison Kane brings a bold and sensual high energy to the stage; her style oozing of a balanced blend of Hip-Hop and Rock. 

Hailing from humble beginnings, Allison realized she was musically talented at the age of 12. She began listening to music from the 70s, 80s and 90s, and writing songs of her own. Music was not only a passion, but an escape from hardships and the bullying Allison would experience by the other kids at school. The bullying hurt, but Allison Kane would not be defined by it. More focused and determined than ever to follow her dreams, Kane went to her school counselor and managed to successfully skip a year of high school and graduate her junior year. She had already been living on her own since the age of 16, when her mom remarried, so she was now ready to fully spread her wings. 

Allison moved to New York with dreams of making it big, under the impression that this would be an easy task. However, life did it’s number, and she quickly found herself out of money and homeless, but she would not accept defeat. Battling depression, waiting tables, hustling for her dreams, Allison could write a book on what it truly takes to climb the ladder to success. It is her consistency even in trying times that afforded her the opportunity to share the stage with the likes of Tay MoneyKodak Black and Kevin Gates; and just a year into going full throttle with her music career, Allison Kane is taking off.

As a buzzing artist on the rise, Allison has amassed over 15 million streams on Spotify in 2022, and we predict her numbers will continue to soar this year. Kane aspires to collab with Cardi B, Taylor Swift, Eminem, Amy Lee and Pink in the future. She prides herself on hard work and consistency, and believes one must trust the process. When people think of Allison Kane, she wants to be remembered as someone who paved the way for others who may be disadvantaged. Three words of advice from Allison Kane, “Never give up!”

Follow AK on Instagram @iamAllisonKane and stream her latest below.

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