Kingston The Barber
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Kingston The Barber

Long Beach, California, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2017 | SELF

Long Beach, California, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2017
Solo Hip Hop Neo Soul




"Exclusive Interview: Kingston The KRTVE"

What is your name and what city do you rep?

My name is Kingston the KRTVE, im reppin Eastside Long Beach CA.

What is unique about you and your music?

Myself & my sound. I lost my parents young & was raised in the foster system, plus im extremely open about it. I often draw comparisons to The PharCyde & Ab-Soul a lot, which is interesting lol.

What shaped your music?

My adolescence. I spent a lot of isolated time being creative on my path to manhood.

When did you realize you were going to make music professionally?

When I wrote a co wrote a song (Old School) for Gladys Knight with my writing mentor Leon Sylvers lll and got paid for it.

What type of music do you listen to?

I listen to and write all types of music but ive been a hip hop head since birth.

Who, to you, is the most undervalued music artist?

Dizzy Wright. hes so fucken dope. and delivers substance in his lyrics and has been doing it for a while. gotta love em.

How do you prepare for your performances?

Man I just rehearse rehearse rehearse until the show is down to a tee. no 1/2 steppin.

What ignites your (song) writing flow?

I draw inspiration mainly from real life events. so I tend to write when im experiencing a fun or trying time. or witnessing one.

What do you do when you don’t do music (creative or otherwise) and that you are passionate about?

I love basketball, I play around town often. im also into drawing. I love drawing.

Success to you is…

Success to me is finding peace while your living. however it comes. Excape the matrix.

What do you wish you were told when you first started rapping that you think would help anyone recently starting artists out?

Be thorough, patient, and learn the business side of things. This is a DIY industry now.

Any upcoming projects?

My new album "Foster Kids These Days" available on

Where do we find you music / music project? -




The concept of the “Early Bird Gets The Worm” is an old concept. It means "the one who arrives first, has the best chance for success, or to be the first to useful or vital resources. I chose this concept for my brand because it carries the essence of HARD WORK ETHIC & DISCIPLINE! To have a strong independent grind and hustlers spirit. The discipline, as 2Pac rapped, “to be up before the sunrise, quicker than the drug dealers,” and the work ethic to acquire success. In the eternal words of OutKast, “You betta get up! get out! & get something!”

A Rapper, Songwriter, & Barber from Long Beach, CA. Innovative and independent, Kingston started in the business as a writer at 18, Co-writing with then mentor, Leon Sylvers lll on Gladys Knight’s 2015 independent release “Another Journey ” where he helped add lyrics and melody, mainly attributed to the record “Old School.” Knight would go on to perform the record on the now canceled “Queen Latifah Show.” 

Currently working as an independent artist, The Barber’s discography includes a 6 track EP titled "WAVES", released in 2017, and a 2019 full length offering “King Pen” Now Available for digital download on all major streaming platforms.

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