I was inspired to do an interview with Big K (aka Killah Kizzle) when I witnessed his dedication and consistency when it comes to his music and constantly improving his craft. Check out what he had to say about his music and his time in the military below.
Q: Tell our readers a little bit about yourself and what led you to pursue music?
A: I was born in Gulfport, Mississippi and moved to Jackson when I was 9. I moved to Las Vegas, Nevada April 2012. I was watching Rap City on Bet when I was young and it motivated me to freestyle and write. I was writing rhymes just to be writing them when I was in the 8th grade. My cousin from Memphis, Tennessee was a producer who influenced me to keep writing and take it more seriously. I never stopped ever since then.
Q: Who are your musical influences?
A: My musical influences are Tupac, Ludacris, Chamillionaire, B.G., Juvenile, Busta Rhymes UGK, The Clipse and DMX. Master P is also my influence, but more on the business side.
Q: Do you have any current or upcoming projects people should check for?
A: Yes. I dropped plenty of mixtapes online & offline including I’m Just Getting Warmed, Target Practice and No Handouts. I’m working on a joint mixtape with Hash Beatz entitled 100 Rounds 100 Pounds. I’m also going to work on a couple of new singles as well.
Q: You joined the military at a young age. What branch and what inspired that decision?
A: I joined the United States Marine Corps in 2003. I went to boot camp a few days after my high school graduation. What inspired me to make that decision was the challenge. I wanted to see what my limits were physically and mentally. I wanted to also experience how everything was outside of Mississippi. I wouldn’t have moved out of Jackson sooner if I didn’t experience my surroundings outside of it. I also wanted to have something to fall back on just in case the music situation didn’t work out.
Q: Where were you stationed and can you tell us a little about it?
A: I was primarily stationed in Jackson, Mississippi. I was a reservist, so I went to the unit there for drill one weekend a month. I was temporarily stationed in different bases for training and deployments such as 29 Palms, California and Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
Q: Did you have any deployments in other countries? If so how was that experience?
A: I deployed to Iraq in 2005 and 2007-2008.
The experience was both good and bad. I seen a lot and done a lot there.
Q: What opinion did you walk away with of the overall policies of the war and the military?
A: My take on it is that they had a good motive as well as a bad motive for that war to keep going on for a long period of time. The good motive is that they wanted to help the people out and protect them from terrorists.
The bad motive is that they wanted resources(foreign oil). Everyone has their own motives these days.
Q: Did your time in the military influence your music at all?
A: It did somewhat. Being in the military made me more disciplined in putting in work on my music. It helped me become more confident into being able to face anything even when I perform. My deployments also helped me mature a lot and appreciate life more.
Q: What’s your favorite thing about doing music?
A: When I create or listen to music, it gets my mind off of things when I get stressed out. It puts people in different moods. Whether it’s turning up, smoking a joint or making babies.
Q: What’s next for Big K?
A: Besides the new projects and singles, I’m also working on getting together more shows. I have a few shows this Spring and I’m going to also do a tour this fall. I’m working with better promoters and agents this year, so hopefully this year will be more successful than last year.
Q: How can people keep up with you online? Any links you wanna share?