Up and coming female rapper, Kimina is bubbling in the underground music scene with her dance hall-inflected beats and her hip hop attitude.
So far Kimina has shown Ghana Music.com that she is ready to work hard to become a successful artist. Kimina has released countless singles and won’t be slowing down anytime soon to gain the fanbase that she deserves.
Ghana Music.com had a chance to interview Kimina in our office. Kimina talked about many of the projects she is currently working on.
In the interview, Kimina talks about the various songs she is currently working on, her outlook on the female rap game, what her vision is ideally for the female game and more. Read on....
Ghana Music.com: For those Kimina fans who haven’t heard of you yet, could you tell us what your music is like?
Kimina: It's exciting, entertaining, real and gets you dancing but most importantly, it has a message that it sends to the listener; from love, fashion, education but not indoctrination, all the way down to social issues which one can relate to on a day to day basis.
Ghana Music.com: How is the upcoming album coming along?
Kimina: The album is on point. I do everything possible only by God’s grace so I can't complain. I love all the new ideas and variety of styles as well as different genres. It is almost done and I can't wait for people to hear them and explore the different things I am capable of.
Ghana Music.com: You started making your album over some years now. How has it evolved since the original concept?
Kimina: It's coming up great. I started recording this particular album only in April. With the intention of focusing on only one type of genre this year and trust me, I have featured many great Ghanaian artistes like IWAN, J-Town, Tinny, Scientific, OJ Blaq, Scizo, Lil Shaker, Tahir (Mardtime), Kay Tee, Rhaman, InkriZzz, Shawamangulley, Seke 9c , Prolific, Rony (Turn Me Up Productions) , Infectious, Moni 3 ,Kwame Beats, Usher Beats, Okusie Records, and many more. So you can already imagine how interesting it would be.
Ghana Music.com: Is there a track that you’re particularly excited for people to hear?
Kimina: I definitely have a number of favourites on the album but I would love people to look forward to 'Hold Am', 'Kimina featuring Lil Shaker' and 'That Ish Is For Shizzle'. Hey, watch out too for 'Ghana 9JA', Barrrrrd Tune to ever break boundaries. Which you can find on Ghana Music.com
Ghana Music.com: Becca has been massively successful here and in other African states without having to use sex appeal. Do you think we might see a new type of female artist emerge this year which is you?
Kimina: This year is surely my year. I was born on the 12th of September so I always believe in the number 12, 2012. I don’t intend using sex appeal, but rather, my talent to the extreme. I want people to appreciate me for the beautiful gift of music,that I have, as well as what I have to offer and the knowledge I impart into other people's lives, through my music.
Ghana Music.com: What is hot right now in the world of Kimina ?
Kimina: Well, I can say the whole package. From mi persona, to my music,to fashion ,to my fans, my family and more. Everything is hot and this is why I am hot.
Ghana Music.com: What’s your earliest memory of music?
Kimina: My earliest memory of music was partaking in rap battles, way back in JSS (Motown), all thru to SSS (St.Roses Sec Sch, Akwatia). One vacation in 2001, I was called up by one sound engineer called Okusie. His studio was at Lapaz n they invited me for a studio test because they claimed to have heard of me and that I was dope. I then decided to give it a try and believe it or not, I ended up writing and recording my first two songs. One Gospel song, and one RnB. The first was entitled, 'O Lord', Jesus, Son Of God', I still love it till today. The 2nd was entitled, ‘Ma Boo’, still the Ish.
Ghana Music.com: If you had to describe your trademark sound to an alien who had never heard your kind of music before, what would you tell them?
Kimina: Imma just tell them it's simply versatility. Kimina can do any kind of genre of music. Challenge her with dance hall, hip-Hop, soul, lovers rock, country, RnB and cools. Once its music, Trust, trust its Kiminaaaaaa. Remember that you will will never be disappointed.
Ghana Music.com: Talk us through your three favourite tracks from your new album?
Kimina: The first one would be 'Move Yuh Body', Kimina featuring IWAN. This tune spread like a virus. Mehnnn, everyone was just moving to it wherever they heard it. This song is a part of my immediate promo songs so you should look out for it.
The second favourite would be, 'Twisted' by Kimina featuring Kay Tee (Gideon Force). This tells a story about how men lie to their women. The different kind of scenarios and tactics they use to deceive their chicks. It is definitely an interesting piece one should look out for. Love it.
The last but not the least favorite song would be 'Kimina' featuring Lil Shaker (Skillions). This is a mix of both foreign and local slang. It in a conversational form. Very lovely piece about love Warnings. It hilarious and interesting at the same time.
However, I have a lot of favourites, such as the one I stated earlier, Ghana 9JA- Kimina featuring INKrizzZ. Infact, I love all the tracks on mi album. Find them all on Ghana Music.com.
Ghana Music.com: Who did you love working with more – Tinny, Samini or IWAN?
Kimina: Hey, I can't discriminate now. Honestly, I loved working with them all because they are all extremely talented in their own territories and beyond. mi Big up them for that.
Ghana Music.com: Which female artists do you most look up to?
Kimina: A lot of females both in and outside the industry. Madam Ellen Johnson, President of Liberia. Like seriously, a very great achievement. I appreciate her so much. Especially, her courage. She is awesome. Others internationally are Oprah Winfrey, Eve, Alicia Keys, Lil Kim, Nicki Minaj, Missy Elliot, Da Brat and many more. Am loving this girl power and I hope the good Lord sustains them to do more. Others locally, who inspire me are, Eazzy, Tiffany, Eva, Muna, Khaki and many upcoming females as well.
Ghana Music.com: What labels do you love to wear?
Kimina: I don’t focus too much on labels by if I do wear any, it would definitely be kimi's closet, Baby Phat, Louis Vitton, Gucci, Vera Wang, Ama Kip Kip and more.
Ghana Music.com: Is creating your own line something you’d like to try your hand at in the future?
Kimina: Talking about starting my line, I am already in full time business. Just waiting to launch my clothing line - 'Kimina's Closet' during my exposure party. It would be a memorizing moment indeed.
Ghana Music.com: Stars make a lot of mistakes on their way up – what’s the one error you hope to avoid repeating?
Kimina: I would be looking forward to always being professional, at the appropriate time. since most of them don't. It helps support a solid branding.
Ghana Music.com: Ghana Music.com loves awesome new music! Who can you recommend us to check out?
Kimina: Becca, Eazzy, Efya, Irene, Bino, Khaki and Raquel of Ghana. Eva, Muna and Tiwaa Savage of Nigeria.
Ghana Music.com: If you could give some advice to yourself, what would it be?
Kimina: Be humble, down to earth, Never cut corners in this world. Just go for the best. Always remember your roots. It feels good to recognize where you came from because that's one place u will never be forgotten.
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