In The Spotlight: KASH

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Today, we have Caribbean/hip-hop star KASH! Born and raised in Called, Curepe in Northeast Trinidad, the artist admitted that he came from humble beginnings. However, he was inspired and motivated by his parents’ strong work ethic. “I saw my parents work and hustle every day, especially my father who had more than one job and had a natural ability to invest his earnings,” KASH said. “Seeing this, I was always intrigued by different ways of making money.” KASH’s love and appreciation for music began at a young age, as he was exposed to a variety of genres from hip-hop, reggae, and dancehall to rock and alternative. He would often visit his cousin’s house as well and watch shows like Rap City, 106 & Park and TRL, which further sparked his interest in music.

The rapper finished high school, and then went to Miami Dade College, receiving a degree in finance. There, he took a course in music, which began his first learning experience with musical instruments. Inspired by artists like Michael Jackson, Tupac Shakur, The Notorious B.I.G, Vybz Kartel, Beenie Man, and more, KASH got his start in music in October 2014, after attending DePaul University in Chicago for an advanced degree in math and computer science. In addition to those artists, he admitted that his various life-changing experiences back in Trinidad are used in his music as well, “from losing friends and family members to gun violence to becoming educated and successful, and being able to travel and see different cultures and places. He also includes his experiences with women and his own family, including his daughter, in his music. “I would say my music represents me and my various experiences in life, whether it be negative or positive,” KASH said.

Though the artist worked in finance for two years after graduation from DePaul, he realized that it wasn’t what he was meant to do. He moved with his family back to Miami, realizing that music was his true destiny. KASH started recording earlier this year with Atlanta producer GoGrizzly, recording his tracks “Hunnit,” “Right Back,” “Buff Bay,” and “7 Figures.” It was a process that he admitted was very intense for him. “I was basically locked in the studio for three to four days, constantly recording,” KASH said. “I knew I had an ability to come up with concepts and write quickly, but this process definitely increased my ability to record and create good music.” Afterwards, he went on to work with Ducko McFli, creating tracks like “Mr. Popular” and “KASH.”

Currently, KASH is working on his EP, The Takeover, which he says showcases his story of coming to the States and becoming successful in different avenues. The artist also said that the sounds on the project will be completely different from anything else out. “I enjoy making each track unique and putting together a masterpiece, which I believe The Takeover will be when completed.” he stated. KASH is also in the beginning phases of a follow up EP as well.

In terms of what sets him apart from other artists, KASH cites a variety of things “from culture to education, experiences to ambition, [and his] accent to flows and melodies.” In the future, he wants to develop himself as an artist, and become one of the greats in the industry!

You can hear more of KASH’s music on SoundCloud. You can also follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

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