Maybe this story comes with a little bias, but hey… its my blog, so I write what I want.
I met Chicago artist, Kyle “Karma” Wallace about four years ago, while visiting one of my good friends.
He was somewhat quiet (at first), raspy voice and low eyes…or… maybe it was just his permanent, sexy facial expression. Either way, it clearly wasn’t hard for him to grab a woman’s attention.
(And I think he’s available now, ladies!)
But anyway, I overheard Karma talking about his music, and some of the opportunities he had experienced; opening up for artists [such as: Twista, Do or Die and Rico Love], and other artists who inspired him.
He was humble.
Though Karma wrote poetry back during his high school days in the ATL, he admits that his love for music really came during his final deployment with the U.S. Navy in 2012. He was so serious about perfecting his craft, that he purchased studio equipment, and had it delivered to the ship. By that time, he had already started sharing his raps around fellow sailors out on the smoke deck…(after all, they were his family as he traveled around the world to places like Spain, Colombia, Cuba, Jordan and Bahrain). They gave him the added honesty and support to keep at his music.
Kyle “Karma” Wallace took the time to talk about his past, inspirations and rap vs. hip-hop with Rated-Ransom, and what’s up next.
RR: When did you start [rapping]?
Karma: I STARTED RAPPING IN 2012 ON DEPLOYMENT WHEN I WAS IN THE NAVY. I WROTE A LITTLE BIT OF POETRY IN HIGH SCHOOL TOO
RR: Who are some artists that inspired you to rap?
Karma: OUTKAST, EMINEM, PUFF, NAS. THAT’S JUST OFF THE TOP OF MY HEAD RIGHT NOW…
RR: Who are some artists you’ve opened up for?
Karma: TWISTA, DO OR DIE, DREEZY and RICO LOVE
RR: In the past 10 years, who would you say the hottest mainstream “rap” artists have been?
Karma: WAYNE, KANYE, T-PAIN, T.I., JAY-Z, and LUDACRIS
RR: What’s your music genre brand?
Karma: HIPHOP/RAP FOR NOW…
RR: Do you consider your music — rap or hip-hop?
Karma: BOTH, I JUST WANT TO MAKE GOOD MUSIC. I MIGHT MAKE A POP SONG WHO KNOWS. AS LONG AS IT SOUNDS, GOOD I’M COOL WITH IT.
RR: Do you feel there is a difference between rap and hip-hop to you? If so, explain.
Karma: YEAH…HIP-HOP USED TO BE ALL ABOUT LYRICS WITH CREATIVITY. SONGS MEANT SOMETHING BACK THEN — NOW IT SEEMS IT’S JUST CATCHY LYRICS ON A NICE BEAT.
DONT GET ME WRONG, IF A SONG IS GOOD, IT’S GOOD… BUT I FEEL LIKE SOME SONGS THAT ARE OUT NOW, ARE TRASH.
RR: What are your upcoming music projects? — When should we expect to have access to them?
Karma: “KRUIZE CONTROL” THATS MY NEXT PROJECT. HOPEFULLY I WILL HAVE IT READY BY WINTER 2018…YOU’LL SEE IT WHEN IT’S READY.
RR: Any Concerts/Performances coming?
Karma: I JUST MOVED TO ATLANTA, SO WHENEVER I HAVE THE TIME AND CAN GO, I’M THERE. I’LL ROCK THE MIC FOR A MINUTE.
RR: Name some artists across all genres that you’d like to work with?
Karma: KANYE WEST, ANDRE 3000, J COLE.
A NEW ARTIST I JUST HEARD OF IS XXXTENSION. HE SURPRISED ME WHEN I HEARD HIS ALBUM. I’D WORK WITH HIM TOO.
[Pretty Much] IF THEY HAVE A GOOD VIBE I’LL WORK WITH THEM.
RR: Advice for [other] rising artists?
Karma: CONSISTENCY IS KEY. KEEP GROWING, KEEP GRINDING. DONT LISTEN TO ANYBODY IF YOU DON’T WANT TO.
MAKE YOUR OWN MISTAKES.
LEARN FROM THEM… AND ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS BELIEVE IN YOURSELF.
Kyle “Karma” Wallace’s current album, “First Round” can be found on SoundCloud @ 23_Karma.