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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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Adam Ness Impresses With Silky New Single “Houzkatz” Featuring Durand Bernarr

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When it comes to the silky-smooth sounds of Neo Soul, there are no finer artists than Adam Ness. Raised in Detroit but now based in Chicago, he is the epitome of a fully-formed talent who is intricate, refined and simply sublime. He’s back with new music, and this time he delivered “Houzkatz” with talented R&B artist Durand Bernarr. The song is a masterpiece and puts Ness’ talents on full display.

Benefitting from an education in Gospel, the lush sounds that tug at the emotional heart strings gave him the building blocks to pursue a career that is delivering music of the highest quality. Touching people on both a spiritual and musical level, he has uniquely developed a style that sits comfortably alongside artists like Frank Ocean, D’Angelo, Maxwell and the eternally brilliant Erykah Badu.

Lush harmonies, deep grooves, inspirational lyrics and fresh perspectives await the audience as Adam delivers on every single promise he has ever made. Destroying stereotypical storylines with his sumptuous songs, he is building on his first critically acclaimed album released in 2019 titled ‘Sagittarius Volume 1’.

Completing the emotional circle, ‘Sagittarius Volume 2’ is about Adam’s journey through young adulthood and a testament to an artist led by the flames of desire. Meticulously crafted with exquisite touches, the album is a clear example of why he sells out venues in Chicago and beyond.

With nearly a million plays on Spotify alone, audiences are beginning to take serious note of Adam Ness as his music is undeniably spreading the positive message the world needs right now. His humility and burning desire to share a message of love, peace and hope transcends the every day challenges that people endure. There is so much beauty in his work that it is hard to imagine a future without it.

“It’s ok to be yourself and get the things you’re deserving of. Being soft doesn’t diminish your power. It elevates and inspires.”

Be sure to check out “Houzkatz” below.

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New Music : AQ – “Too Comfortable”

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LA native AQ is bringing all the vibes this summer. His newest track, “Too Comfortable” just dropped and is setting the tone for what audiences can expect from him going forward. The song is definitelya vibe and showcases how AQ is taking his talent to new levels as an artist. The new visual takes place on the beach, where AQ is seen catching a vibe and singing to a woman, telling her not to get “Too Comfortable.”

AQ credits growing up in Los Angeles as the reason for making him who he is today. He says that a large part of his storytelling references the experiences he’s had in the city. “I want people to hear the sincerity & passion in the music,” AQ shared during a recent interview. “The way I talk, the slang I use in my songs, the places I reference in the music. When I think of LA as a whole, I’d say I am the city, the city is me. I love Los Angeles, it made me who I am.

The former basketball player-turned-recording artist is on a mission to get to the top with his music, and tells stories through his experiences in Los Angeles to help drive that narrative. “LA plays a major role in the way I make music,” he said.

“The LA dance culture is huge for me, I grew up partying, going to house parties, teen clubs and we would really dance at the events. So the beats I choose definitely have a certain groove to them that I want the listener to be able to dance.”

As seen in recent records such as “Top 10” ft. LA Higgz, AQ is no stranger to the life of the party and wants his music to help people have a good time, whether they’re at a party or vibing and driving down PCH. “Too Comfortable” is just the latest piece of work from the emcee and is just the beginning of what he’s prepared to do

. He still has a main goal of wanting listeners to “feel something” whenever they hear his music, no matter what that feeling may be. He will be releasing his full length project ‘Hollywood Hurts’ on October 8, which will see features from Casey Veggies, J. Star, and WaveMVP. In the meantime, keep up with all things AQ by following him @aquinn_ on Instagram! Check out the video for “Too Comfortable” below.

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John Michael drops debut single “Bad Babe” paired with new visual

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John Michael has unveiled his debut single “Bad Babe” paired with an enticing music video to match. The single provides listeners a feeling of nostalgia, displaying an early 2000s pop feel and a smooth R&B sound that is still modern, connecting both Y2K and today’s generation of music. As John Michael showcases synchronized choreography, sleek vocals, and a romantic storyline, the multi-talented artist from Arkansas has plans to shake the world with this new release.

“The song “Bad Babe” is about when you’re out having fun, and then you meet someone. Then it becomes about just you and them,” expressed John Michael in a recent interview with Remixd Magazine. “Creating the “Bad Babe” song and music video has been one of my proudest moments. From writing, recording, choreography, and all creative aspects, I’ve had my hands in everything. This is my baby.”

Rising artist John Michael has a promising career ahead of him. Once a professional dancer, he has worked in movies, television shows, commercials, award shows, and even tours. With his previous past in the entertainment industry, John Michael has now transitioned to becoming a music artist and doing so effortlessly well.

“Honestly, it’s been a progressive journey,” he said. “The more I grew and worked with different people, the more I realized how much I loved this; and when I wrote and recorded my first song, I was ready to fully dedicate myself.”
The single “Bad Babe” was written by John Michael and Harold Kalibala aka“Eros”, produced by Brandon Miranda, and vocal produced by Mishon Ratliff. The team certainly has a hit on their hands.

“I just want people to kick back, remember great times, create new memories, enjoy the vibe, and have fun.”
With plans for new releases in the future, keep up with John Michael on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube.

Be sure to stream “Bad Babe” out now on all platforms, and watch the music video below!

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