If you have a SOB x RBE chain hanging around your neck, chances are you’re not only part of the family, but you can spit also. Insert 20-year-old KiingRod, who surprisingly only started rapping one year ago. While most rising artists grind for years and years to hit their first million, the Bay Area native already has several. Read more…
Being from Vallejo means surviving by any means necessary, which is the exact grindmode mentality you hear in his music. Now, he celebrates with a new mixtape titled Just the Beginning, home to standout single “Bank Roll” featuring YBN Nahmir. Fitting to the name, the project serves as the perfect intro for what’s to come.
For those who don’t know, who is KiingRod?
He’s a part of SOB x RBE the music label. He grew up with everybody, but took a little longer to get into the music game.
Where do you fit in the realm of hip-hop and R&B?
Probably more on the hip-hop side, because I’m more on some rapping shit right now. I’m more trying to get my point across.
What is the point that you’re trying to get across?
Shit, really that you can do whatever you want, if you just put your mind to it.
How does being from Vallejo play into your life and career?
It’s just a little harder to get by. If you’re independent, you can really only depend on yourself. It’s just more of a struggle than other people go through, so you got to get by how you get by.
How important is it to come to LA as an up and coming artist?
Really, I fuck with it a lot because I ain’t used to come to LA a lot. But ever since I started doing music, I started coming out here a lot. I fuck with it. I fuck with LA.
At what point did you start doing music?
It’s probably been a year now.
Yeah. Only a year.
At what point were you like, “Alright, I’m going to start rapping”?
Basically I just started seeing my brothers start, and it was going good. The group in general started progressing a lot, and they kept trying to get me to do music with them. So I finally started to. I recorded my first song, and it did more numbers than I thought it would do.
What were you doing before that?
Anything I could. [Laughs]
Did you go to school? Were you going to go to school?
Nah. School wasn’t really an option, and neither was a job. I was just getting by.
What’s the inspiration behind your name?
I don’t know, I feel like I’m a king. So I’m going to just live like a king now and do what I got to do. And take over this music stuff too.
“Bank Roll” with YBN Nahmir is a slap. Talk about the dynamic in the studio.
I’ve known Nahmir for a minute. Basically, even before he blew up and everything, he was in contact with us saying he fucked with the music. He just fucked with us in general. We’ve been fucking with Nahmir before a lot of this music stuff. He’s always been cool. That’s my n*gga.
Can you talk about the dynamic in the studio? Because, he really blew up.
Yeah, he blew up fast. Really, he’s busy on tour and stuff. So right now, I had just recorded my part of the song and sent it over to him. He knocked it out quick and sent it back. I’m pretty sure there’s a video coming soon. When he’s off his tour, we’re going to shoot a video here in LA.
You recently released your Just the Beginning mixtape. What do you want fans to get from your story?
I feel good. I feel like it’s just the beginning. Everybody’s going to start catching on and start fucking with me a little bit more, because I’m showing more of what I can do.
Can you preview what’s to come?
A lot more shows, a lot more traveling, and a lot more music. I got a couple more tapes that I still haven’t dropped.
Talk about your relationship with SOB x RBE.
Basically, it’s a family. We’re with each other every day. We talk about everything. We grew up together. We do everything together. It’s more than just a music group, it’s a family — like brothers.
What’s the best memory you shared with them?
We make new memories every day. As long as we’re living and traveling, we’re making a new memory every day.
Give me one.
Probably when we were in Atlanta on our second tour. We didn’t have no smoking room, so we were just in the bathroom hotboxing it with the shower on, trying not to let the smoke out That was a good memory. It was hot as shit.
What is your take on the music industry?
I think it changed a lot, but it is what it is. You listen to who you listen to and everybody likes what they like.
What are some of your goals?
Main goal is to just keep growing and get more stable. I want to move out here to LA sometime. That’s probably the main goal, I want to move out here.
What’s a normal day in the life? Walk us through.
It’s fa sho going to be a late night, so it’s going to be a late morning. I’ll probably wake up late, then I’ll go meet up with somebody (one of the group members). We’re going to go about our day. Whatever happens, happens. If we got to go to the studio that day, if we’re just going out to eat, or going to the mall — just fucking around really. Now, we can experience more stuff. We can live a little bit more.
3 things you need in the studio?
Water, food, and weed.
How does bay weed compare to LA weed? Is it the same shit?
I don’t think it’s the same shit. LA weed is different. Maybe because I’m used to Bay weed too, so it hits me a little more. I fuck with it though.
Favorite song to perform in a set?
They be going crazy to “Knockdown.” That’s the first song I dropped. They go crazy for that. It touched like 6 million on YouTube.
What’s the best encounter you had with a fan?
Probably when somebody asked me to sign his shoe. He was just sitting there taking off his shoes off trying to get me to sign them. It was hella funny. He had a picture of me on his shirt and hella shit. It was cool to see.
Who’s the most played artist on your phone?
Probably G Herbo and DaBoii.
I’m obsessed with Swervo! What’s your favorite song?
Probably the one with Chief Keef. That go crazy. I fuck with the tape. I feel like he came back to his old self.
Really, I got the one with Philthy Rich. That’s the one I wanted since I started rapping. Probably the only collab I really want is Herbo.
Anything else you want to let us know?
Shit, go get my tape, Just The Beginning. It’s out now. I got a lot of upcoming shows and we got this next tour with Quando Rondo. There’s a lot of shit coming.