Ready For Anything: The Come Up- FlyKingi Interview

Ready For Anything: The Come Up- FlyKingi Interview

Making his first appearance on the IAHHM platform the self-proclaimed first openly gay battle rapper, FlyKingi is dropping a new single called “Superfly” from his upcoming project The King in I. The LA native is fearless in his pursuit in success and isn’t worried nor does he care about what other rappers think of him. 

After making appearances on the Bad Girls Club, Power 106 and with an upcoming appearance on MTV for a Nick Cannon show, FlyKingi feels the timing is perfect for his new single “SuperFLY“. While he’s found his way to TV on several occasions with ease, it hasn’t always been smooth sailing for FlyKingi as he has pursued his dreams of finding success in Hip-Hop while breaking barriers.

“I started rapping in High School in the 90’s, I used to rap in cyphers back when that was popular. After high school, I joined a rap group, but that didn’t pan out, so I did my own thing for my first solo mixtape which was hosted by I Love New York from Vh1 fame. Now just a few years later I’m about to release another project called the King and I. I’ve always been very inspired by Hip-Hop, from the industry to battle rapping, I love the culture, so it’s dope to get the response that I’ve gotten lately with my music by building up my battling skills,” FlyKingi said.

FlyKingi rose to prominence on the LA battle rap scene via Grind Time’s Rap Battle League, but it was just a few years later that FlyKingi was battling rapper after rapper on the LA Battle Groundz rap circuit.

 

Taking on opponents in the face of what he calls “blatant homophobia,” FlyKingi impressed the judges and built a name for himself on L.A.’s battle rap scene with clever lyrics and a good sense of humor that eventually got him booked across the map.

“I always was a fan of battle rap from Smack to King of the Dot. After watching videos on YouTube and going to battles for a year or so to get the hang of things, I decided to try it out,” FlyKingi explained. “Then after I joined a few battles I was getting booked in San Francisco and LA and I got my chance to battle on LA Battle Groundz,” he said.

“I was becoming the first LGBT battle rapper, that was openly gay. Others aren’t out yet and I began to get a lot of opportunities because I was out. So it just became this thing to where recently I did a battle with eHart and it was featured on World Star Hip-Hop. It was the first time that an openly gay rapper had their battle featured on World star,” FlyKingiexplained.

While he also knows that he has a lot of work ahead to reach his goals, it’s clear breaking barriers is what FlyKingi does, so expect to hear more from him in the coming weeks and months as he appears on MTV and on the battle rap circuit. Now with the support of IAHHM, Flykingi is looking to turn the corner and become a prominent threat among mainstream artists in the rap industry. Already breaking barriers, “The King In I” album, along with some visuals (music videos) should position King well for 2019. We had some time to catch up with homie in our traditional Q&A style. Connect with Flykingi and stream “SuperFLY” here. Where will Flykingi end up at the end of year rankings? Leave comments below and let us know what you think. 

 

WHERE DOES DRAKE RANK IN YOUR BEST OVERALL RAPPER LIST? WHAT DO YOU THINK THE PUSHA T BEEF DID FOR BOTH PARTIES? 
Drake is like running music overall at this point. He needs to be his own genre! Him and pushpa are both legands so I think the back and forth was entertainment for the culture.
FAVORITE HIP HOP GROUP OF ALL TIME? 
Salt & Peppa!

WHAT HAS THE HARDEST OBSTACLE AS AN INDEPENDENT RECORDING ARTIST BEEN? 

Probably promotion and marketing it hard to get good footing in this industry.

WHAT PLATFORM ARE YOU USING TO DISTRIBUTE YOUR MUSIC AND WHY? 

I use tunecore. I have been using it for years and years and it is a great way to get your music on the market especially when everyone has a streaming subscription these days.

HOW MANY ARTISTS HAVE YOU COLLABORATED WITH LOCALLY? 

So many! I recently did a record with Capotol Records recording artist August Bleu that’s about to drop. Record is crazy so be on the look out.

HOW SERIOUS ARE YOU ABOUT MAKING A LIVING FROM MUSIC? ARE YOU A STUDENT OF THE GAME? 

I’m very serious about my brand overall.

WHAT IS LACKING IN HIP HOP MUSIC THAT YOU THINK YOU CAN CHANGE? 

I think originally, lyricism and the overall craft in itself is missing. People are making songs to sell instead of making songs that sell.

IN ORDER, RANK YOUR TOP 5 PRODUCERS IN THE GAME RIGHT NOW? 

Dj mustard, Mantra, pharrell, David Guetta, The Storm

FAVORITE ALBUM SO FAR THIS YEAR? 

Probably Scorpion

IN ORDER, RANK YOUR TOP 5 RAPPERS IN THE GAME

In the game currently… Jay Z, Kendrick Lamar, Drake, YG, Ty Dolla

IF YOU COULD COLLABORATE WITH ANY SINGER MALE OR FEMALE FOR A JOINT ALBUM WHO WOULD IT BE? 

Kelis I love that lady man! She is so amazing people dont understand

DO YOU THINK THE STREAMING ERA IS HURTING OR BENEFITING ARTISTS THESE DAYS? 
I think with anything you have to take it and make it work. Streaming is hurting album sales but you gotta take that and sell merchandise, book shows, tour, so it’s all about how you look at it.

WHAT WOULD YOUR ADVICE BE TO ASPIRING ARTISTS FROM YOUR AREA?
 
Be yourself, be authentic and learn as much as you can. Things will happen when they are suppose to.

Where are you from ? 
Straight outta Compton!

-How did the crew get started? 

I started in a hip hop group which disbanded and then I started to do my own thing.

-How did you choose your rap name ? 

I have always been in to monarchy and my friends and family used to call me king so I came up with Flykingi and havent looked back.

How will you change the industry? 

I will be the first of my kind. I am influenced by allot of people. Ludacris, Busta Rhymes and many more but there is only one me you can look at my artwork before even listening to see that.

-What motivated or inspired you to record your last project? 

I have always been inspired by the blaxploitation era. So movies like super fly and the wiz etc so this is a very funkadelic era. My new song is out called “SuperFLY” and it is some of my best work yet!

-Has there been any time in your journey where you felt like pursuing something else instead of music? 

No I am a born entertainer this is who I am and what I will pursue and conquer straight to the fucking top!

If you had one song of yours to perform on national tv which would it be? 

My new smash single SuperFLY the world is gonna love it!!

If you were offered a perfect distribution/sponsorship from every major company in america which company would suit you and your brand the most? 

I would say Capitol and Atlantic based on the brands the have made popular and legandary and my esthetic.

-What is your favorite movie? Favorite actor? 

Favorite movie is Low Down dirty shane and favorite actor is Will Smith.

-Name 3 things that make you unique as an artist? 

My charisma, the way I approach records and my personality.

-Any projects in the works?

My new single “SuperFLY” is in stores now. My album “The King in I” drops this fall and my new fragrance “The King and I for men and “The Queen in i” for women are dropping this fall also.

-What are your rates for features? 

Please email teamflykingi@gmail.com for all inquiries.

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