In Conversation with: Kikky Badass

Kikky Badass - Award winning Zimbabwean Hip Hop artist

Kikky Badass is a 25-year-old multi-award-winning artist who is very passionate about life, music and family. I am a is a sister and friend to many and I live by what I believe in and I stand by what’s right for me. Check out my latest album, Bloodline.

What was the first song you ever made?

The first song I ever made was in 2013 when I was signed to Bryce Nation. I was singing from a little book I used to write my songs in. I know the people I learnt with in high school will remember that book. It was called, If Life Was A Fairy-tale’ it was about life and how you can make your dreams come true. I am such a dreamer and I live in my own little world, I remember Elton Bryce wanted me to change a couple of lyrics and I had to stand my ground. I felt if I removed those lyrics, I wasn’t being true to myself and he listened to me, I guess I have always been a hot-headed person.

Who are your music influences? 

Being a 90s baby, I grew up listening to Jay Z, Naz, Diddy, EVE, Lil Kim then the Nicki Minaj era came. There are a lot of people who influenced me, I love conscious rappers; I love Black Thought and I love Method Man from the Wu Tang Clan, shout out to Marcus Mafia for putting me on to his music. I believe their music; it speaks to me.

What made you choose hip hop?

It’s always been part of me and my friends helped me see it’s a genre that matches my personality, shout out to them.

How was it working on your album, Bloodline

It was very challenging because I had to record in the night most of the time and I was rushing because schools were opening. There were a lot of things going on, but it came through for the better and it was a success.

Kikky Badass

What were your highlights of the process?

The sleepless nights, because I love my sleep. Not sleeping to make sure the album came out how I envisioned it was a lot.

What do you hope people will get from listening to your music? 

To believe in yourself no matter what people think about you. You have the power to be whoever you wanna be if you believe it in your heart, even the Bible says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” I hope people listen to my music and see me as person who lives by their own expectations.

Who has been responsible for nurturing your music talent? 

My parents have both been very supportive, but you know how African mothers are, my mum wanted me to take the gospel route. They loved seeing me singing in church, they would buy me CDs. They really helped nurture my talent.

What have been the highs and lows of your music career so far? 

There as so many highs, but mainly the fact that I’ve grown as an artist. As for the lows, there’s this perception of me from people and that makes me sad sometimes.

Who have been the most memorable artists/producers to work with?

It would have to be Crooger, Lioness, Holy Ten, R. Peels, Gt beats, every artist I worked with on that album is memorable and I appreciate all of them. As for the producers I have to say Jamal for the wonderful production and JohnTheProducer for the insane beats.

Who would you like to work with in the future? 

I would love to work with Casper Nyovest, there’s just something about Zulu that I love hearing on songs. So, I would love to work with Mufasa.

What’s the soundtrack to your life?

Never Again, from my album. I was talking about journey with depression and talking about how I’m human enough to have been heartbroken at some point. I have had boy problems too, I’m just human, so I love that song.

How have you keeping busy during the lockdown?

I’ve been writing songs and poems; I love writing poems.

How would you like to be remembered?

As the girl that did her thing regardless of what the world said.

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