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Kid Gospel flying outta Essex

EMPIRE DREAMS: Kid Gospel

A PERIOD of personal growth and reigniting his love affair with his craft are the reasons Kid Gospel took almost a year’s hiatus from releasing any music.

The Essex-born rapper, 19, told Young Voices that he was frustrated with not being able to provide his most loyal fans with any new material for so long, but they need not fear any longer as his latest offering was released last week (Nov 20).

Kid Gospel, or KG as he prefers to be called these days, admits there were times when even he wondered if his EP Nu Skool would actually be made this year.

Life, it seems, has been full on for the former Voice Online columnist as he cultivates a new sound and looks to stand out in his own lane.

“I’ve been grafting,” he says. “I’ve been working on my craft and doing everything I can to get this EP out. I’ve also been writing and producing for other artists but I really wanted to make sure this EP was right.

“I really wanted to find a sound that suited me, who I am now. I’ve experimented with a few bits and I like where I am. If you listen to me on [former singles] Reppin The UK, Swag or throughout my two mixtapes I’m Doing Me part one and two, you can hear the change. With this EP I was trying to think even further outside the box and that’s what I’ve done.”

KG says rekindling his love for music having experienced a bit of a creative lull in his fledgling career was the catalyst for getting his EP finished and ready for everyone to nod their heads to in the run up to Christmas. It was also the reason he chose the name Nu Skool.

He explained: “Nu Skool was the name of the studio I first went to when I was 13 years old. At that age I felt like I had a great hunger for music and I wanted to work hard and be successful.

“But there was a period in my life when I felt like that hunger wasn’t there like that and this project made me feel like I not only had that appetite back, it felt ten times stronger than when I was a younger teenager.

“Throughout the EP you hear snippets about my life. There was a time when I felt like people were trying to bring me down and didn’t want to see me elevate. I talk about that on the intro of the EP.”

He went on: “On the track called WeBeFly/Somewhere in Essex in the second half of the track I talk about being out with my friends in a club and the way people treat me when they realise that I am KG. So listeners who have been with me from the beginning will be able to hear what I have been up to and new listeners will be able to relate to my experiences.”

The artist says if it wasn’t for his management team, he would have released Nu Skool earlier this year. But bogged down with college exams, work and life in general, upon reflection, he is glad he waited.

“Truthfully, I thought I had this done around February or March this year,” he chuckled.

“I had a listening session with my management team, which I normally do on my own but this time I was so confident and excited I brought my good friend Johnson, who owns Dirrty Swag Clothing. They sat and listened to it and then said it was ok, but I could do better. I was crushed; I truly thought that, as it was, it was the one.

“But I went away and made another track which was even better and then I did something different by throwing two separate tracks I’d done together. To be fair to my management, they knew what to expect from me when I didn’t even know what to expect from myself. So when I brought it back at the final meeting, everyone was happy. It’s all work in progress.”

Look carefully at everything he does and you won’t fail to see KG's clothing line either floating around in an image on social networking sites, or mentioned in one of his tracks.

The apparel seems to be getting the attention of fellow peers in the music game, as earlier this year actor and rapper Paigey Cakey was seen donning the winter beanie hat on Instagram with the image receiving likes aplenty on her timeline.

The goal for KG is simple: “be the best he can be in everything that he does, be it music or clothing.

“I’ll be going even harder with the clothing when the EP drops this week.”

He added: “What Paigey Cakey did was showing love. I respect her as an artist so the support was great. To be honest, the We Be Fly Clothing line gets mad love everywhere. It will be a global brand, remember I told you.

“Whether it’s the clothing or music I just want to be the best. I’m hungry again, I’ve gone back to my old school hungry self and now we’ve got Nu Skool.”

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