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Los Angeles, California, United States | INDIE

Los Angeles, California, United States | INDIE
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"Interview: Khao310 "The Commencement 2.0""

'Straight Outta Compton' comes it's newest Hip Hop artist, Khao310. Learning from the greats before him, Khao310 is on the road to creating his own legacy and achievements. With the recent release of his first EP called "The Commencement 2.0," learn about his roots and how he turned his dreams into a reality.

What was your childhood like growing up in Compton?
It was definitely tough, being exposed to so many "negative" elements at a young age, it made me grow up fast. A lot of things are just the norm... gangs, violence, drugs day in day out. You have to have thick skin and an iron heart, Darwinism at its finest... survival of the fittest.

When and what made you start rapping?
I started rapping in the eighth grade, it was random really. I have always been heavily into music. One day I was in class and just started jotting down a rhyme, it was a release for me put... my anger on the page instead of lashing out on the world.

Who are some your musical influences?
The most influential has always been 2pac, but DJ Quik, Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes, Big Pun, Dr. Dre, the list goes on. I listened to a lot of artists and took bits and pieces to create my own style.

How do you feel about the rush of new talent coming from the West Coast?
I love it, I think we have broken the stereotype of the "typical" West Coast artist. The sounds are different, the stories are different, its not just about being ‘gangsta’ we have become way more versatile in this new era.

What makes you different from the other new West Coast rappers?
What sets me apart is my versatility. I strive to break myself of all limitations. I want to be able to work with any artist from any genre on any instrumental.

Now 2012 is an election year, Do you have an idea who your voting for?
Right now I'm still behind Obama, I hope he can finished what he started, and accomplish much more. I don't think he is getting the support he truly needs from congress to get his policies established.

What are your thoughts on the 'Trayvon Martin' situation?
It's a very tragic situation, it reflects our American history as a black people we never get a fair balance of justice. No one should be shot and killed if they are unarmed, but it happens over and over with the same results, nothing.

What should make people want to buy "The Commencement 2.0"?
It's something new and different, its personal, its passionate. It's the first chapter of a best selling novel.

Are there any artists that you would like to work with in the future?
There are plenty: Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars, Miguel, Chris Brown, Kid Cudi, Curren$y, B.O.B., and more.

What is the message you want people to receive from your music?
That the situations you are faced with don't define you; they mold you. You can accomplish anything you want if you have the drive to do it.

What advice would you give other aspiring musicians?
Never stop working, have faith in your talents, let the negatives motivate you to be even more successful.

Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
A legend, receiving someone's life time achievement award. Having my own businesses in operation and continuously changing the game.

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"Movement Musiq Recording Artist Khao 310 Releases Debut Album The Commencement 2.0 on iTunes"

West Coast Indie Hip Hop lyricist, KHAO310, drops his long-awaited freshman album ‘The Commencement 2.0’ worldwide on March 13, 2012

Los Angeles – Dubbed “The Mayor of Compton” by West Coast rap legend DJ Quik, KHAO310 may be a new addition to the music charts, however he is no stranger to the hip hop world or the stage it birthed. Opening for artists such as Kurtis Blow and heavy-hitter Kendrick Lamar; and a Sound Check feature in XXL Magazine, KHAO310 is cementing his path to the music major leagues with each lyrical bar he spits. After years of hard work and persistence, KHAO310 is ready to release his freshman album The Commencement 2.0 on iTunes March 13, 2012.

The 10-track EP features the scorching singles ‘Lets Roll’ and ‘I Like It’ (feat. Dezi Fab,) which KHAO310 performed before an electrifying sold-out audience at the world-renowned A-Whiskey A Go-Go venue in Hollywood, Calif,. The Commencement 2.0 will also include the fan favorite ‘Stay High’ track, which promo video teaser received over 6000 YouTube views within the first two days of its Feb 18, 2012 release.

Born and raised in Compton, California, KHAO310 has been pursing music for over 10 years and prides himself on being able to adapt and remain flexible as an artist. With a musical sound and style reminiscent of Tupac, Jadakiss and Fabolous, KHAO310’s inspiration begins with the west coast greats such as DJ Quik, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Mack 10, WC and N.W.A.

“I got to stay on top of my game, if not, I’ll fall off or slack and I don’t want to do that. I want my fans to be pleased consistently, I don’t want to plateau as an artist,” says Khao310. The Commencement 2.0 is a labor of undying desire, commitment and progression from KHAO310’s recent mixtape, The Commencement – The Street Album, was released in April 2011 and featured collaborations from Ab-Soul of Top Dawg Entertainment.

The Commencement- Street Album featured 18 hypnotic tracks including ‘Leave With Me’, which reached a staggering 16,000 MP3 downloads and over 5,000 Youtube views. In addition to ‘Stay High,’ tracks ‘Funktion’ and ‘Day In The Life’ amassed over 15,000 download combined. KHAO310 also received great popularity with his 2010 CPT2K10 Mixtape (Hosted by DJ Far.) CPT2K10 featured the hit single ‘Golden State of Mind,’ gaining over 10,000 YouTube views. Also, KHAO310 experienced significant achievement with his ‘I Do This’ Kendrick Lamar cover, which exceeded over 6,000 YouTube views.

Movement Musiq Record Label and iTunes will release KHAO310’s The Commencement 2.0 Album to the public on March 13, 2012 for the retail value of $9.90.

For more information please visit KHAO310 or Movement Musiq.

Watch KHAO310's ‘Stay High’ Promo Teaser:

- The Rising Hollywood


"KHAO310 – The Commencement 2.0"

Dubbed “The Mayor of Compton” by West Coast rap legend DJ Quik, KHAO310 may be a new addition to the music charts but he is no stranger to the hip hop world or the stage it birthed. Opening for heavyweights old and new through the years such from Kurtis Blow to Kendrick Lamar – not to mention a Sound Check feature in XXL Magazine – KHAO310 is cementing his path to the music major leagues with each lyrical bar he spits. Now after 10 years of hard work and persistence, dude dropped his debut album, The Commencement 2.0, on March 13th and it’s a certified banger.

The 10-track EP features scorching singles “Lets Roll” and “I Like It,” along with the fan-favorite “Stay High” track (the video teaser received over 6,000 YouTube views within the first two days of its release last month).

“I got to stay on top of my game,” KHAO310 said shortly before last week’s drop. “If not, I’ll fall off or slack and I don’t want to do that. I want my fans to be pleased consistently, I don’t want to plateau as an artist.”

Cop the street album here before showing support on The Commencement 2.0 iTunes page. - Karma Loop


Discography

The Commencement 2.0 EP
The Commencement
Datpiif The Mixtape
CPT2K10 (COMPTON 2010)
California Klick Klackin
In The Hood Like Konkrete

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Khao310 born and raised in Compton, California brings a new flavor to West Coast rap. Dubbed the “Mayor of Compton” by west coast great DJ Quik, Khao310 has been rapping since the age of 12. Growing up on the streets of Compton, gangs heavily influenced him. However, he makes note that he is a rapper before anything else and that is a difference that Khao310 wants to make very clear. In 2004, he realized that rapping was truly his passion and he has been focused on and driven toward, success ever since. Khao310’s influences come from much of the West Coast legends such as DJ Quik, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Mac-10, WC, NWA, and many others that he says have helped to lay much of the foundation for his unique style.

His style is reminiscent of 2Pac, Jadakiss and Fabolous combined with the heart and soul of Compton. Upon graduating high school, Khao310 took his style to the South to attend Winston-Salem State University. There, he was able to develop his individual style by incorporating the gangster rap of the west with the cool bounce of southern rap and the swagger of the East. He prides himself on being adaptable and flexible as an artist.

“Without being versatile you are nothing as an artist I want to reach different audiences not everybody likes the West Coast style, or the East Coast Style, or the Southern style, so I mixed all of them. My music is gangsta, it’s Southern, and punch lines like the East. I feel mixing them gives me an advantage over other up and coming artists because I can speak to more than just my hood, I can reach all avenues of Hip-Hop and not many artists are doing that"

Khao310 is one of the hardest working artists coming out of Los Angeles. Continuously perfecting his flow, he writes daily and has held true to nurturing his talents. "I gotta stay on top of my game, if not I’ll fall off or slack and I don’t want to do that. When I get in the game I want my fans to be pleased consistently, I don’t want to plateau as an artist" says Khao310. Longevity is always on the mind of this talented rapper, no one hit wonders here.