Kaotic The Castaway is known for his illmatic flow and chaotic blend of words. Born in Portland, OR, Kaotic proves that life is what you make it, even with a hard upbringing. Opening up for major acts such as Jay-Z, Eminem, MIMS, Hurricane Chris, Dorrough and MGK, shows that Kaotic is on the rise.
Hello Kaotic The Castaway! Before we talk about your music, let us know which city you rep and how the Hip-Hop scene is there?
I proudly represent the Emerald City, The Town, 2-0-6, Seattle! The underground hip hop scene in Seattle is huge, and the hip hop culture itself has a strong community throughout the northwest. There’s graffiti everywhere, break dancers in the middle of downtown, DJ and Emcee battles on the streets as well as the stage.
What was the moment that you knew music was your dream?
Music was my dream before I realized it. The people around me realized it first. I was 19 years old when I saw how my music affects people emotionally. My song “Letter To Kasonova” is a good example. That was a letter I wrote to my cousin who’s been doing 26 years in prison since we were 13. Everyone who knew anyone in jail told me how much that song meant to them. I saw how people related to the reality of my lyrics, and I knew I wanted to make more music for them.
How did the environment you grew up in influence your music?
Being able to rap about your surroundings is the difference between rappers and artists. As an artist, I paint a picture of what I see on a day to day basis. On 260th and Pacific Highway, the police slammed me on cars, pulled guns on me for walking down the street and had me down on the concrete. My family members have been harassed, shot, and beat by the police without reason. This environment inspires song like my new single Murderers. Every song has its own story behind it based on what I was going through or what I saw at that time.
Where do you get your influences from when crafting music in general?
Generally, I’m inspired by emotion. If I’m angry, sad, happy, or excited, I’ll write. My boi Red was like a brother to me, and when he died I wrote “So I Prey”.
So Kaotic The Castaway is your rap moniker, how did you come up with that name?
My homies gave me that name. I was always spitting rhymes everywhere I went. I started battling other emcees in downtown Seattle and someone said I was Kaotic. The name stayed with me ever since. The Castaway was added not long after because I’ve traveled around the country my entire life. Seattle is home, but I’ve done music in Portland, Los Angeles, Killeen, Texas, Detroit, Cincinnati, Atlanta, and many more cities in the US.
For those who are not familiar with you yet, how would you describe your sound?
I’m definitely versatile when it comes to what I write, depending on the situation I was in when I wrote it. Raw Hip Hop is the best way to describe it. “Get Off My Blocc” is a song about making money on the streets of Seattle, whereas “Symbol Of Hip Hop” expresses the drive of making music.
What would you say sets you apart from other up-n-coming rappers or groups in the game at the moment?
If you listen to 10 rappers on the radio today, then listen to one of my songs you will instantly see that I’m different. I’ve got a lot of respect for every hip hop artist in the game, young and old, but I can add substance. I have concepts, vocabulary, complex rhymes, originality, and strive to make every song better than the last. There are other artists who share these qualities, but it’s few and far between.
What do you bring to the table that hasn’t been heard and seen before?
You’ve never heard or seen the amount of different topics I give you in my music. How many rappers have songs about money, women, and selling drugs to survive. We all rap about that, but I also add real life situations and offer a solution to the drama we all go through. “The Untold Story” is about domestic violence and “The Untold Story Pt. 2” is about forgiveness. No artist has ever done that with their single.
What is your label situation looking like?
We’ve caught the eyes of major record labels and I’m proud of that. We have distribution with Island Def Jam and that gets our music out. D-Tox Entertainment is one of the best independent labels in the world.
Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
Five years from now it will still be all about the music. We will have our unique sound heard all over the world. We will have more talented artists on the team and produce a lot of great music.
Anything else you would like to talk about?
We are starting a sub-label and introducing a new artist very soon in the R&B genre. She’s an amazing artist and it’s just the beginning. Castaway Life Entertainment in association with D-Tox Entertainment is making major moves. Get ready! My homies Seazer and Hard Luck from Bad-N-Fluence are making noise in Seattle too. My boi D-Fresh Beatz is down in the A making some dope beats. We have a strong team!connect
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