We had the good fortune of connecting with Kenny K. Royal and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kenny, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I feel that taking risks is a big part of growing and evolving. If you stay in your comfort zone you will miss out on experiencing a lot of things that could push you forward in your personal or professional life.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I started rapping, honestly, because I can’t sing. I wanted to write music and because i cant sing I tried my hand at rapping and really loved it. Wrote songs off and on for a while and finally decided to put my music out there and try to make something of it.
I was inspired by a lot of rappers like Lil Kim, Nicki Minaj, Missy Elliot, because i loved their styles. It was difficult for me to be inspired by male rappers because they weren’t as creative as I felt their female counterparts weren’t afraid to be. There were artists like B.o.B and Pharrell that I LOVE, but it was only handful of them.
I felt it was time to release some music into the ether because queer artists in rap is still taboo and I feel we need more queer artists to occupy the space to show that we are just as good and get rid of a lot of stigma that I feel holds us back in the industry.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’m a huge home body so I don’t go out too often, but there’s a place called Casey Moore’s Oyster House in Tempe, Az that is such a chill spot that my friend’s and I all love to meet up at and catchup. And If it wasn’t for the pandemic right now I would frequent the Alamo Draft House to see a lot of these great movies that are coming out.
Typically, if I’m really out exploring it’s to scout a location for a photoshoot.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I dedicate my shoutout to my best friend Kimokeo, who is a large reason as to why i started making music in the first place.