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"Kayohes: Stress City 2 (2012) / V3RB: Standing Ovation (2012)"

It’s kinda odd; when I left K-Town, I moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico. I guess Kayohes made my same journey backwards, coming from the 505 to Germany where he got connected with BTG83. From what I’ve heard, BTG has a theme of bringing something different to their hip hop. When I lived in Albuquerque, the vast majority of the local rap scene that I heard was very gangsta, very La Raza, very… well, what Kayohes isn’t. From the first track of STRESS CITY 2, Kayohes references skateboarding (“Mercy, mercy, this city tryin’ to hurt me / no banks, no spots, why is this city cursing?”) instead of moving weight. He still tells you about the streets he’s from, but he rises above that average wanna-be gangsta that so much hip-hop aspires to be. He also doesn’t feel the need to have to tell you how much better he is than you, he lets his flows speak for themselves: “What makes an artist hot? What makes an artist flop? I don’t know. All I know is: the mic, I gotta rock.”

I truly believe that the hip-hop emcee is the most prominent poet of our generation, and the vanguard of a vanishing art. Sure, people still write “regular” poetry… heard any lately? Can you name any up and coming poets? Unless you are a contemporary literary buff or professor, or you’re into the poetry slam movement (which owes a lot of its existence to hip-hop in the first place), you probably can’t. Being as I hold the emcee in this all to important position as the last hope for the art of poetry, it literally pisses me off when I hear the shit on the radio and Mtv (do they still play music?) that gets presented to the masses as rap. This is why so many people say that they don’t like or understand hip-hop, that it is just a bunch of noise, or that it isn’t “real music.” When done wrong – and a lot of commercial, popular rap is just that – hip-hop can truly suck, but when done right it is poetry enhanced. It is the merging of two creative arts into one conglomerate that is much greater than the sum of its parts.

Kayohes is a poet. He has a laid back, easy flow that sounds like it just effortlessly tumbles out of his mouth onto the beats 83 Sound has fashioned. He can tell stories both autobiographical (“Journey” is amazingly personal) and hypothetical, with incredible ease. His rhyme style is not twisted and super-complicated, his delivery is not machine gun speeds, but what Kayohes does is consistently maintain solid delivery throughout SC2. His subject matter is, more often than not, heavy; whether he is talking about his own life and struggles or about the struggles we go through as humans, Kayohes doesn’t waste a lot of time on posturing and posing on SC2.

83 Sound’s production team kills it with SC2. There is not a single track that I did not enjoy, musically. The production is made up of complex beats with full instrumentation; keys and strings and horns. Horns are a wholly underutilized piece of the production puzzle in hip-hop, and I was glad to hear them featured a bit more prominently on SC2. The horn backbone that “Awake” is built around brings a level of braggadocio directly to the production of the track; not like that guy that talks big and gets his ass kicked, braggadocio like Ali, backed by substance.

Overall, SC2 is a great album. Smooth flows, heavy subject matter, head-rocking beats, and an enlightened emcee add up to a strong entry into the canon of intelligent hip-hop. There are no tracks on SC2 that I would expect your stereotypical, every day rap fan to blast from the subs that take up way-too-much of his trunk. For true hip-hop heads, people that have some understanding of history, sociology, politics, and music theory, or those that really enjoy a “unique” emcee with “ill lyrics” (‘cause Kayohes has ‘em), SC2 has the potential to go down as a new classic album. - http://lownobudgetreviews.wordpress.com

"Kayohes Interview"

I2G chilled with Kayohes for an exclusive interview. We discuss his start in music, his inspirations and much more so check it out.

Kayohes, Thank you for dedicating the time for your fans to get the chance to know you even more! I personally love to think every voice has a purpose, what is yours?
Well, I believe the purpose of life is to have a life with a purpose. With that being said, I think music should have a purpose. I try to question certain topics that are not often questioned by mainstream music. There are a lot of issues that are left untouched by mainstream music and I try to voice my opinions on those topics. Such as war, government, police brutality, and our education system. If you listen to Stress City 2, you can hear those lyrics. I also try to get personal with my music. I think it’s important to let people hear your stories. I did, most notably, with Journey and Stranger. A lot of the time you hear these songs that really have no substance.

The music doesn’t give the nutrients people need to relate. I guess it’s fun to talk about partying and drinking but those don’t create discussions that will help build a healthy community. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve done those types of songs and I often think about them and regret doing them. I think it’s all about balance. I do hope my voice is positive and that it helps the listener think. I always tell people that I want someone to be inspired and write a book based off of my songs. It’s one of my mind states I have when I write. So, I try to make my voice informative, controversial, and inspiring. Having fun is in there somewhere. For the most part I want to inspire people, in a positive way.

We hear on your newest project Stress City 2 on track Journey about the struggles you go through for being mixed with white and Mexican. Can you tell us how that made you who you are?
I was born here in Albuquerque, New Mexico, but my environment changed quickly as a result of my father getting a job with the Department of Defense as a school nurse for military schools overseas. We lived everywhere, from Japan to Germany. I didn’t grow up around my other family members such as cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents. I think that had a big affect on my upbringing. People probably don’t hear about it too often, but the military communities run heavy with racism. I grew up hearing racial slurs on a regular basis. I was called a wetback before I even knew what the word meant and at that point I knew I was different, culturally.

My brother and I didn’t learn Spanish from our mother, but that goes back to my grandparents not wanting my mother and her siblings to learn it because of the racism going on at that point in time. Sometimes I was too white to hang out with the Latino/Chicano youth and other times I was too brown to hang out with the white youth. It really made me respect cultures for what they were and it also made me want to learn more about the world. Why is this racism happening? Why are people suffering? Why are communities being torn apart? Those questions really made me a different person and I think I’m a better person because of the experiences I had growing up.

What fuels the drive that pushes you when you’re overwhelmed?
When I’m overwhelmed I often have to think about experiences that I’ve had thus far. I’ve dedicated a lot of time to music and I think to stop would be just a slap in my own face. I look at the drive of the youth coming up now, and I get re-inspired so to speak. The business of the industry is something I loath but I just continue to make good music. It’s like this situation, where you hit me up to do this interview, I get re-inspired. Being overwhelmed is just part of the “game” I guess. If you can overcome it than you know this is for you. When you see people quit, you know they were doing music for the wrong reasons. I know I am doing it for the right reasons, so I just pick up and keep going.

What/who introduced you into hip hop ?
I’d have to thank my brother for that. He brought home Cypress Hill and Naughty By Nature cd’s home one day. I was in the 4th grade. We grew up on classic rock. To hear those songs by Cypress and Naughty By Nature was like…..What the fuck is that? How do they do that? It was new to my ears and I loved it. My dad also helped because he would hear what we were listening to and he would say, “Ahhhh, thats an Al Green sample or a Van Halen Sample.” I had to get to the root of how the music was being made and sampling blew my mind. The history of Hip Hop interested me.
How can you be contacted and where is your music located?
Please, hit me up on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/stresscity.
Twitter @kayo505.
You can find my music on youtube and also bandcamp.com

Is there anything you would love for your fans to know? any shout outs?
Shout out my city, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Bridging The Gap Music. 83 Sound. Thanks Illuminati2G for this opportunity.

- www.illuminati2g.com

"Kayohes, Local Hip Hop Flavor"

Kayohes is an MC and producer from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Early on in life he was influenced by his dad that would always play classic rock and his mother who played Latino music. One day his brother brought home a Naughty By Nature CD as well as a Cypress Hill CD for them to listen to. Once he heard the CDs he was hooked, becoming engulfed in hip hop and rap from that point on.
During middle school he would always work on his creative writing. Eventually it turned into song writing and soon into hip hop music. At seventeen, Kayohes began recording music at home on his brother’s stereo with one mic and recorded straight to tape to any instrumental he could find.
One day a friend took him to a studio to help him get more serious about his recording. Kayohes music went to a new level and began to help him get ready to perform.
During his college years, Kayohes went to school in Mannheim, Germany. While he was there he started to meet others interested in the hip hop scene. They started to play shows, tour, record CDs, and traveled Europe playing the hip hop music they loved. His first recording was Stress City, helping him get his name out there and attracting more attention from the hip hop community.
Besides playing music in Germany, Kayohes was a Youth Counselor at an Air Force base. His job helped him to start pursuing a degree in Education in order to help the youth learn to live a more positive lifestyle by his inspiration and teaching in their lives.
After Germany, Kayohes came back to Albuquerque and recorded his second CD Stress City 2. 83 Sound out of Germany, Bridging the Gap Music, and Misfit Media have all helped promote Kayohes and record his music since he has been back. Currently Kayohes is working on a new CD, but strives to make the perfect songs and work at it until he reaches his potential.
In the future, he would like to live off of his music. It may be unrealistic and the scene may be over saturated but he is willing to sacrifice what it takes to get there. He also is finishing his Education degree and hopes to continue to educate the youth as well as perform.
In life he believes that you must be willing to sacrifice and work hard. People don’t explain what that means, but it usually requires staying up late, working long hours, sacrificing time with your friends, family, and significant others, and sacrificing money. In spite of that you must never give up no matter what. If you lose once, doesn’t mean you will lose again. Just keep trying.

Check out his music here:

https://www.facebook.com/stresscity?fref=ts - www.ioburque.com


Kayohes-Stress City 2: Full Album Released in 2012.

99 to 1 Remix with Marcel Cartier, Jasiri X, Ed Greens, and Melissa Melodee http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hx75Fle2yxY

Changing Weather- with Marcel Cartier and Stic.Man of Dead Prez

Produced for V3RB and Slim Kid of the Pharcyde for V3RB's Solo Album

Peace- With NYZE GNN Mixtape

Featured on Dahhm Life's New Album currently in produtcion



If you have ever dealt with stress in experiencing losing a loved one and felt happiness in accomplishing your goals, Kayohes, was right there with you.

"I've felt the pain of seeing people come and people go but have also felt the joy of having family at my side at all times. My family, my music, and my education are the most important things to me right now, take those away and you have no stories, you have no songs."

Hip Hop music has always been a territorial scene. New York, Los Angeles, Oakland, Atlanta, Texas, Miami, and the list goes on. Each territory has their own unique sound and unique upbringing that makes artists from those areas stand out. Albuquerque? New Mexico? Has its own unique sound and upbringing but not like those other cities mentioned.

"I'm from Albuquerque, New Mexico. This is my blood flowing through these desert streets. Did I grow up here, no I didn't, I grew up in 6 different countries: Japan, Germany, Spain, Portugal, and Cuba. My sound and upbringing are even different than Albuquerque's. What sets me apart from other artists are my experiences.

Influences: Cypress Hill, Talib Kweli, Chino XL, Rass Kass, Common, Van Morisson, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez.