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.
WHAT HAS THE HARDEST OBSTACLE AS AN INDEPENDENT RECORDING ARTIST BEEN?
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?
HOW SERIOUS ARE YOU ABOUT MAKING A LIVING FROM MUSIC? ARE YOU A STUDENT OF THE GAME?
WHAT IS LACKING IN HIP HOP MUSIC THAT YOU THINK YOU CAN CHANGE?
IN ORDER, RANK YOUR TOP 5 PRODUCERS IN THE GAME RIGHT NOW?
FAVORITE ALBUM SO FAR THIS YEAR?
IN ORDER, RANK YOUR TOP 5 RAPPERS IN THE GAME
IF YOU COULD COLLABORATE WITH ANY SINGER MALE OR FEMALE FOR A JOINT ALBUM WHO WOULD IT BE?
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.
-How did the crew get started?
-How did you choose your rap name ?
How will you change the industry?
-What motivated or inspired you to record your last project?
-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?
If you were offered a perfect distribution/sponsorship from every major company in america which company would suit you and your brand the most?
-What is your favorite movie? Favorite actor?
-Name 3 things that make you unique as an artist?
-Any projects in the works?
-What are your rates for features?