Slidin’ Thru: Kash Prez

July 30, 2019

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Kash Prez is the “hottest youngin’ on the rise from the Bahamas,” in his own words. Born in Broward County, South Florida but raised in The Bahamas, it was in 2012 when he came back to the States. The East Coast spitter prides himself on being a role model for anybody who’s trying to make it out the streets and make something of themselves. Read more…

Kash realized this music thing was for real when he opened for A Boogie and Don Q on tour, performing in front of thousands of people. A few months back, the 25-year-old landed his first album placement on King Comb’s Cyncerly, C3, on the closing track “The Basement.” As for his own artistry, he recently unleashed “C.E.O.”, an accurate depiction of the boss life. 

What sets you apart from other rappers?
I really set my goal and go do it. I said I wanted to do this music shit, I got on tours, I’m on albums, etc. I don’t think it’s cap. It’s not cap. I’m really a rapper, really doing it.

How would you describe your sound?
Relaxed, nonchalant, mellow, high.

What’s your favorite part about the West Coast?
The West Coast is lit because you can literally walk outside and smoke a blunt. You could do a lot of stuff and get work done. There’s so much you can do, so many studios too.

How important is it to come to LA as an up and coming artist? 
You gotta come to LA ‘cause it’s Hollywood. It’s where everything happens. How you gonna make it if you don’t come to Hollywood? That’s what you see on TV, you gotta get into it. I have a crib out here. That’s how important it is to be out here, I bought a crib out here.

What was the best memory on tour?
Just traveling. That was the first time going state to state on a bus and shit, it was cool. Then I had my first album placement on my little brother’s tape, Christian Combs. King Combs’ Cyncerly, C3. I’m about to go the studio with him later tonight.

How do you know him?
Shit really being in Miami, traveling and what not. We had linked up, I met his older brother Justin. We just went to the studio.

Talk about enlisting Supa Kush on “C.E.O.”
That’s my dog from Memphis. We made “C.E.O.” on a Wheezy beat, that shit was hard. Wheezy Outta Here. We were up all night. Recording all night, and we made the right one. I like “C.E.O.” It’s a lot of people’s favorite song.

What does being a boss mean to you?
Self-made. Doing what you wanna do, how you wanna do it, when you wanna do it. Being able to afford what you wanna do and feed your family. Always gotta be able to feed your loved ones at the same time.

How long have you been doing music?
Been rapping since 2016, so 3 years. Before that, I was just hustling. Living the dream, get money, stuff like that.

What do your parents think of the rap?
At first, they hated that shit. But now they seen me stage, they seen me at Summer Jam in front of hundreds and thousands of people. They fuck with it. They like it. They got faith in me. I’m from an island, so a lot of people really come up to my parents like “yo, your son is doing real good.” They be proud.

What’s the inspiration behind your name?
My name starts with a K, I was like “aight, I get money.” Cash with a ‘K’. Like I said, hottest youngin’ on the rise from the Bahamas. I’m like the president. Kash Prez, President of Bahamas. Bahamian ambassador.

What is it you want fans to get from your story?
It doesn’t really matter where you come from or what you do, you just gotta have your shit together.

How’s the independent grind?
Being 100% independent, no contracts, none of that. You gotta have your shit together. You gotta know who you’re spending your money on, who you’re spending your money with, how to make your money. How to survive hard times, all of the bullshit that comes with it. It’s hard but it’s worth it, because everything is self-made. Like Nipsey said, all money in.

What was Nipsey’s influence on your career?
I listened to him in high school. N*ggas would always hear Nipsey every now and then. I got cool with his homie, BH. That’s my n*gga. RIP Nipsey.

What are some goals yourself as an artist at this point of your career?
To just keep putting music out, dropping music all summer. Be consistent with it. More festivals, more albums.

How important is social media for your career?
Social media is crazy because you really need it. You live with your phone in your hand all day. At least I do, my phone’s in my hand all day. You lock your phone, then unlock it 30 seconds later.

That bad? Are you addicted?
Yeah, I’m addicted to social media. You know your phone’s just always in your hand, listening to music, listening to songs I just made. It stays in my hand.

Who’s your favorite person to follow on IG?
Lil Jupiter. He be having all of the drip on his page. I go on his page like “alright, I’m gonna go buy this.”

What’s a normal day in the life? Walk us through.
Wake up, get ready, smoke a blunt, eat breakfast, then studio. A typical good day for me would be being in the studio all day, chilling, trying to make a song. But if not, just being productive. Get shit done no matter what it is.

3 things you need in the studio?
Need the Ganja. [laughs] Gotta have a Playstation 4 inside the studio. Gotta have 2K going on. Third, just good vibes. Gotta have good vibes in there to make a good song.

What would you be doing if you weren’t doing music?
Shit, who knows. Who would wanna know?

Any other interests or hobbies?
Just entertainment. Fuck around and see me in a movie or something. I feel like I’m good with stuff like that.

What’s the best encounter you had with a fan?
When I perform on stage, you go to your DM requests and really see people be like “yo I seen you on stage.” That should really inspire you because damn, you took the time out to follow me. It’s hard. I really appreciate stuff like that. I reply back to them too.

Dream collab?
My dream collab is a Hoodrich Keem mixtape. That’s my brother. I need it, that’s a dream collab right there. He’s the head of Hoodrich, one of the first DJs.

What advice do you have for an aspiring Kash Prez?
You gotta be serious. You can’t be uptight serious, but you gotta know when to joke around. I joke around a lot, but still always productive. Gotta get it done. A lot of people be like “damn you’re always joking around, how are you getting stuff done?” Gotta know when to turn up, all that.

Is there anything else you wanna let us know?
New music on the way, all summer long. My album Kash Advance coming soon.

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