Californian rapper Kid Ink is over half way through his independent tour of Europe and is amazing fans old and new with his high-energy performances. The tatted rapper performed tracks such as Time Of Your Life, Is It You? and Walk In The Club to an excited packed out HMV Institute.
After the show, Yo! Raps were invited backstage to quiz the rapper on life on the road, his love of tattoos as well as offering his verdict on the recent Roscoe Dash outburst.
For an independent artist to sell out venues in a different part of the world is no small feat, and Kid Ink along with his Alumni team appear to be enjoying the success. ''I'm loving Europe, I'm having the time of my life!" said Kid Ink when asked about the European tour so far. "I got a taste of it, in February I went to Germany and Paris, it invited me to the idea of the rest of the shows being real big. The first couple of shows have proved its going to be a fun tour!"
After Roscoe Dash's recent outburst at Kanye West and Wale for not crediting him on Cruel Summer and Lotus Flower Bomb, the CEO of Tha Alumni Music Group DJ Ill Will took to Twitter to claim the rapper is not as innocent as he is making out, claiming he had previously stolen one of Kid Ink's demo tracks.
"This guy Roscoe Dash is crying about not getting album credits... the same guy who stole a Kid Ink demo and put it on his album without paying us. #Karma," Tweeted DJ Ill Will.
Kid Ink admirably refused to go at Roscoe Dash when questioned on the subject and says he is just concentrating on elevating as an artist and enjoying the tour.
"I saw on his Twitter he was talking about Wale and Kanye West, my Twitter has just been all about Europe and shows!"
Covered from head to toe in tattoos, Tha Alumni artist said he began getting them from an early age and has not stopped since. "I started around 16 years old. I went with my mom for my first tattoo, I just wanted to get the biggest tattoo in school! I got addicted, I can’t wait to go home and get tatted. They all represent a time, when you look at the tattoos you remember what was going on during that time of your life, it’s a great way of keeping memories."
Kid Ink recently featured on the acclaimed XXL Freshman cover and has since gone from strength to strength acquiring and strengthening an already prevalent fan base. The young artist is leaving a big impression on every city he reaches and with the artists clear passion, maturity and undoubted ability Kid Ink and Tha Alumni are only going to get bigger and bigger.
We at Yo! Raps certainly predict nothing but big things from Kid Ink in the future!
- By J David