Kaotik is a 17-year-old rap artist with a dream. He is holding steadfast to it and represents an example of what rap music can be. He joins the next wave of rappers to come from Chicago. He has something to prove and we had a chance to talk to him about who he is and what inspires him. Check it out below.
Tell us who you are.
Well, for those who don’t know me, I go by the name of Kaotik. I’m a 17-year-old clean hip-hop artist who is from Chicago. In addition to rapping and my music, I also act. I love what I do! It is my passion.
What is it about what you do that makes you unique?
One thing about me that is unique is that I don’t cuss in my raps. It’s hard to find artists like that because it’s become popular for rappesr to do, especially rappers at my age. I also want to give back. I have a nonprofit, Kaotik Cares, bringing awareness to teen bullying.
How did you get started in your profession?
Well, hip-hop has been around me all my life and the people who raised my taught me a lot about hip-hop. So ever since I was little, I wanted to be a rapper. At the age of 12, I finally got in the studio and recorded my first song thinking it was going to be a hit and my mom thinking I was just getting the whole rap thing out of my system. But that’s not what happened for either of us. So I ended up auditioning for a show and made it on the show. And after that, one thing led to another!
What would you say is the most challenging aspect of what you do?
Finding good beats to rap to. A lot of producers have a similar sound and I want something that’s different that’s going to make me stand out. I want to be the best, and to be the best I have to have the best music.
Who are the biggest personal and professional influences in your life?
I would have to say my personal influence is my mom. Her work ethic and drive [are] unreal. She has supported me from the time I told her this is what I wanted to do! My professional influences are Jay Z, 50 Cent, and Dr. Dre because those artists are some of the most Influential people of today’s hip-hop game and just their business decisions are something people should take note of.
Tell us about the last book you read. Why did you choose it?
Hoops by Walter Dean Myers. I chose it because I’m a big basketball fan and I found it very interesting. I also played basketball, it’s a good sport to teach you dedication and how to work hard.
What encouraging words do you have for our readers?
Keep God first and never ever give up. Most importantly, you have to stay true to yourself, do what you love and people will love what you do.