Moe: Thank you so much for just joining us. It's really a pleasure to speak with you. I love your song 06. That song is raw! I enjoyed the way that you went from dropping the lyrical -verses in it, to how you closed with a very melodic Neo Soul kind of vibe. What was the inspiration behind that song?
Kease: Well, the inspiration around the song was basically based off of a relationship that I had with one of my high school girlfriends. I would say she was my high school sweetheart. She was more like my second girlfriend. We were both 17 at the time, and 10 years later, we pretty much hooked back up. I guess my writing, initially, when you listen to it, it might sound like something else, but after the explanation, you will hear more. It's just about a relationship with a younger counterpart of mine...well, older friend.
Moe: On that track you started off with very powerful verses. It is very poetic. It is a lyrical story that ends with a nice mellow ending. Why did you choose that type of closing on 06?
Kease: Well, with me, I consider myself a very versatile artist. So whenever it comes to switching up, if it definitely strikes my interest, I can switch up in production.
Moe: I see you're definitely a multifaceted artist. You're the type of person who can walk into an empty room, but you already imagine how it's supposed to look. Is that how it is with your music?
Kease: I actually write pretty much 24/7. So, yeah, it’s kind of like music. You kind of know my vibe. That’s pretty cool. As far as that goes, it’s more just taking time and patience on my delivery and my material. So, when it comes to just thinking of other notes or differently deliveries, it just comes within silence.
Moe: Wow. I want to talk to you about a couple of things that I read. I read a statement you made on Instagram that I loved. The statement said, “I feel like I got the spirit of Tupac in me at times, not going to lie, I can feel a change.” Can you talk to me about that? Are you in the middle of what you feel like is some sort of awakening? What's happening with you?
Kease: I wouldn't say an awakening. I would say more of a notion of believing in his work ethic and his spirit. His delivery in itself. Whenever I think of Tupac, I think of a model in which I really cater my life around . I always rode with my stepdad going back and forth to Fort Worth. I remember him going back and forth to Fort Worth and he would just play Tupac, Scarface, just a lot of things, Tupac was like a main stay. Just a lot of things, but, Tupac really grew on me. Whenever I went back to his older material as I got older and more in depth with my artistry, it really turned out that he was a lot like me in so many ways, that it kind of shocked me. I just feel like he's a brother and he devoted a lot to the culture.
Moe: It’s very interesting to me, because since we have been on the phone, even though it’s been a short time. I can see that you are a very conscious brother. What is it that you want to present with your own voice? Even though you mentioned your love and respect for Tupac, what kind of message would YOU like to relay as far as your music is concerned?
Kease: Just pretty much to be yourself. To be a change. To be a light. To be able to engage with the audience as people, and to be able to adapt to the environment of the people as an artist. Life changes every day. We don't move the same way every single day. So, I believe that growth and development is definitely something that I would want to preach about, when it comes to the culture.
Moe: Wonderful. I was reading that you have a recent project called, “Sky High”. Now have you dropped that yet or is it something that's under development?
Kease: Not yet. It's pretty much something that I have been working on for a while. It’s pretty much a die-hard situation that I have dealt with that comes along with building a project. I have slipped so many times on just delivering the right product, and so actually, just a few days ago, I figured I pretty much had it wrapped up. It was pretty dope. I think I am going to see a lot of good feedback off of, “Sky High.” It’s definitely coming soon.
Moe: Looking forward to that. What was the concept behind “Sky High?” Like what does the title mean from an artist's perspective?
Kease: From an artist perspective, I look at “Sky High,” as being able to reach your high point in your success. I think that it's always something that we have to approach whenever it comes to bettering yourself. Whatever that you do best, whatever that your purpose is, you have to stand above it all. If you're above it all, meaning everything that could take you down or keep you away from your purpose, you are on top. You are sky high. You're on top of your shit. That's the message for, “Sky High.” Be your own boss. You are on top. Yeah. All that.
Moe: I love that! I actually loved the fact that you said that it's taken you a while to put it together. Obviously it's one of those things were very passionate about and you wanted it to be what you felt, I guess, was worthy of releasing. Is that what the situation was, or am I missing something?
Kease: It's more of just editing and revising until I feel comfortable with releasing it. That’s why I really can't put a firm date on it.
Moe: I definitely understand that. The quality of your product is extremely important. It goes with the territory of being an artist. What is your favorite part of being an independent artist?
Kease: What I love about the music so much is being able to create. Being able to, I guess pave your imagination into existence. No one knows who you or how to rap the same way, you know what I'm saying? Until you lay everything down on wax, I believe that’s what you’re looking forward to. That's when you're able to see yourself in your own life. I mean for an artist it is really regenerating just to simply write in a journal. Days down the line you may go back to that and feel the same way. It pretty much enlightens you to the point to where, you know that you'll touch other people in that exact same way. So yeah, it's basically uplifting, being able to see yourself for who you are.
Moe: You do a lot of deep things artistically. I've seen a lot of your videos. When you get in your zone, you’re REALLY in your zone. I want to talk to you about this outro that you had on your “Air,” EP. What was that about?
Kease: The EP itself, it was just simply like a mentor song. First, starting off with, let me see, what was it? 7:11? I believe. No, “1:00 PM.” “1:00 PM,” was basically about moving through the struggle. Then it was, “7:11,” which was about being hurt by a woman. Then the third song was pop, which was also about being hurt by a woman. That's why I say that I'm versatile. As far as the outro itself, I guess I wrapped it up with me putting my child on the song with me. He was able to express himself and that's kind of like the direction that I want to go in. Further down the line I would like to attain and establish units of studios to actually put kids in a position to actually create for themselves. So, really the outro was more so for my child.
Moe: Do you think that you instilled a bit of the bug in your child as far as creating music and getting on a mic and things like that? Is that something he seems interested in at this stage of his life?
Kease: Well, I really I think it's more so of a calling. I wasn't able to be the best baseball player, but I know somebody who is good at it all the time. I don't know. Whatever that you're good at, whether it’s Frisbee throwing, cleaning up a car, being able to be the best re-arranger in the world, who knows? It's just more so about letting him be him. Whenever he grows up, then he will know his calling. I'm smart enough to know my child, so I will never lead him astray.
Moe: What is your take on say the music scene today?
Kease: I believe that it's over saturated.
Moe: What is your favorite genre of music?
Kease: It’s Hip Hop. I am a ride or die Hip Hop fan, I was born off of it, and so I have adapted to it pretty well.
Moe: There's is a lot of flack people about mumble rap and this new generation of artists that are coming out, saying it is not real music. I know you are not a mumble rapper, but do you think that Hip Hop is by the mumble rap culture?
Kease: Well, no. I don't think that its necessarily contributing any kind of a detriment to Hip Hop. I believe that people can do their own type of music in their own type of structure because this is free speech. This is music and music is free. Whenever we look at the perception of something being better, just not quite there, we're not looking at the scope of who that person is. Maybe that person hasn't fully developed into their own yet. Maybe that’s what we need to focus on, seeing who these people are within themselves. Then you'll see exactly where that person is. That’s why you have to have a heart when you listen to music.
Kease: I'm just looking at it like it will be more fruitful to just pray, meditate and try to advise the younger generation to get out of mumbling, stuttering, and uttering nothing but bull corn. You know what I'm saying? I'm definitely working my way out of my own design, although I'm not a mumble rapper, I do stumble myself as a human being at times. So even if you're not a mumble rapper, you are a mumble human, you know what I'm saying? It’s kind of hard to perceive what is in someone’s heart. I don't got no beef with nobody.
Moe: That was a very organic and very truthful answer. I can be honest with you and say probably a year ago, I would not have agreed with that answer. Now, as you have said, listening through the heart, my perception is a lot different. We don't know what's going on in other people's lives and you that's their way of expressing themselves and that’s what it is.
Kease: You became my sister today. I really do appreciate that. I want to be able to influence and inspire others through my own downfalls and shortcomings. Everybody goes through them. We all have moments of sadness. There's not a human being in life that hasn't felt any kind of emotion to where people weren’t able to read their emotions. When your eyebrows are down, that means you are sad. When they are up, that means you're probably happy. It’s that black and white for us as humans and not us, as how we're choosing to use our voice.
Moe: You are so right. I think it is very important for a lot of people to hear this and understand that it’s okay to be human and express yourself how you know best to do that. So that brings me to the close of this interview. You're a man. You're a father. You're an artist. You spoke about you working through some of your own things. What kind of advice would you give to anyone who is reading your article today?
Kease: Pretty much start with the children. The best thing that you can do, is do for your child., I'm a dad. Personally the things that I find in my children, I know it's going to be fruitful. Tangibly, I want to be involved in each and every way. As an artist, I would definitely say, just focus on the kids. We all have to die. We are nothing but flesh. So, we need to get our business correct and do what we have to do and stay aligned with God. If we do that, then, everything else is going to come correct. That’s where we are at in life. It’s 2019, and we just got to think smarter and think of the down as up.
Moe: If someone wants to follow you on social media and follow your music, how can they do that?
Kease: You can find me @1kease at Twitter. I'm also @1kease at Instagram. You can also Google Kease the Artists on Google and find me on Apple Music, and Spotify and all of that fun stuff.
Moe: Thank you for your time and wishing you will for all your future endeavors.
Kease: Thank you. Much love. Yeah.