THE EARBUG: Kilo Kish

In the world of hip-hop, there is a new world order emerging. You can either go the way of Young Money and Lil Wayne with traditional, radio-friendly hits, or you can go the way of Odd Future and get abstract and a little deeper. I recently started the journey into the Odd Future side and through Casey Veggies I found one of my new favorite artists: Kilo Kish.

Calling Kilo Kish abstract is actually an understatement. Her music reminds me more of spoken word than anything else, set to smooth, sexy hip-hop beats blended with modern synth sounds. She’s the new American girl, Orlando born and Brooklyn based and a jack of all trades. Kish studied art at the Pratt Institute, worked as a model, a cocktail waitress, an intern and eventually graduated from the FIT.

Her music resembles the mish-mosh of arts and creativity that she represents. She got into music when she lived with friends who had a studio in their apartment and just started playing around with it. She claims that she’s just now getting comfortable with listening to her own music and talking about it.

Kish is on the cusp of something great, without a doubt. Some of her breathy vocals remind me vaguely of Lana Del Rey without the high drama stories and music. She sings about love, friends and the modern relationship.  Her 2012 EP “Homeschool” dropped last spring to major buzz thanks to her work with Odd Future member, The Internet. It showcases her mellow, disarming vocals and nonchalant attitude towards rap in a successful collection.

The “Homeschool” mix tape is available online for free download, and Kish recently released “Navy” as a single on iTunes. If you’re looking for something fresh and new in hip-hop, Kilo Kish is the girl to check out.

Must-Listen track- Navy

When you’re over a relationship- Julienne

Drive to- Hi School