Julian Lamont Lowe, the rap artist now known to many as Kilo TheArtist or K.T.A. was born in the small town of Buckner, Arkansas. His venture into the business of becoming a rapper began approximately five or six years ago. Admittedly, his career has been a struggle to balance his life as an artist with his duties as a member of the U.S. Army. Kilo clarifies that he values the experiences and friends he has gained in the military. Although things can get hectic from time to time for this high-energy performer, he is dedicated to achieving his dreams.
Life hasn’t always been easy for this talented musician. The man you see before you today is the result of the struggles he faced during his life. In his own words, he is “the underdog, a person who is not supposed to be successful due to the disadvantages of life that many have and still face, but seldom overcome.” Still, his trials and tribulations have only made him stronger and more determined.
He considers himself a voice for those like himself, providing strength and encouragement through his lyrics and increasing success. He is a shining example of why no one should stop, but keep forging ahead, despite all setbacks. It is his hope that others can look to his ability to embrace what life had dealt him and be inspired to keep moving forward with their dreams.
His biggest influence in music has been Tupac Shakur, rapper and activist. Shakur’s ability to use his music to deliver a positive message of hope is a powerful one that Kilo fully embraces in his own efforts to succeed and get his message across.
Kilo’s music is unique in that it can be described in terms of sounding “like poverty, the struggle, power, happiness, sadness and hope, all in one.” He uses his storytelling abilities to deliver a message that emanates from within. His experiences as an activist and having grown up in the lower-class system in America play heavily into his music and his vision for the future.
Currently, Kilo is busy honing his music while doing shows across Europe. He has put out two mixtapes in less than a year – Illuminated and Illuminated 2 have already received outstanding results. He and his team continue to push hard to get his music into the hands of DJs, radio stations and many other platforms to increase the recognition he feels it deserves.
His hard work seems to be paying off in the form of public relations from a variety of sources that include All Unsigned FM, Coast 2 Coast Mixtapes, NLD Solutions, Underground Hip-Hop Hip Hop Weekly and ThisIs50.com.
As for what the future holds, Kilo hopes to just continue being the best he can be and influence positive change on the world around him through his music. Right now, he is currently working on more music, testing different sounds and just pushing the envelope to gain more notoriety on the music scene. His music is very much all about his fans, who inspire him to only work harder to provide music that will resonate with a strong message packaged into a vibrant sound with each listener.
There is no doubt that Kilo TheArtist is a rising star you’ll want to keep up with as his career soars to the top. You can follow him on Facebook or Twitter. Additionally, catch him on Reverb Nation, Sound Cloud and YouTube.
VMG had a moment with Kilo to checkout the DOPE new project and more…
1) What keeps you motivate when it comes to your music?
The fact that I know that there are people out there listening to me, that my music has an effect on. That is what drives me and pushes me to continue to deliver. Also music is and has always been some sort of outlet for me, it really helps me to let a lot of things that I generally don’t talk about out. Rather it be past situations, present situations, political or world views, regardless the topic music has always been that vent for me.
2) When you think of “Vintage Media Group”, what comes to mind?
I think “Vintage Media Group” is a great outlet for Hip Hop culture. I love the fact of the idea which came from passion to create “VMG” to not only entertain but educate Hip Hop lovers like myself. I mean the genre and/or culture of Hip Hop has received a lot of negative vibes since the birth of it, I love the fact that they are shining the light on some positivity we definitely need that and I am very appreciative of that in all actuality.
3) Being that you are from Wiesbaden,Germany what is the state of Hip-Hop there? How would you titled your style of music?
The state of Hip Hop in Wiesbaden is specifically mainstream more so “club” upbeat music, they really haven’t gotten into the conscious or storytelling side of Hip Hop in which I believe is because of the lifestyle differences we have. I mean it’s kind of hard to relate to things you have never experienced or experienced in a totally different light.My style of music is definitely more so down to earth, heartfelt, and comes from a very real place which stemmed from very real experiences.
4) With your most recent project “Illuminated 2” is DOPE, and Soulful… I Really Like It… can you give us some details on how you came up with the project?
“ILLUMINATED 2” was pure passion, the project was a product of hurt, depression, happiness, and fear all twisted into one. I lost a close childhood friend, battled with the demons of alcoholism, and was becoming a father for the first time just to highlight a few things I was going though during the creation of this mixtape. I really feel that a lot of those factors went into the music on “ILLUMINATED 2” and to be quite honest I am proud of the fact that I was able to push through everything and complete the project, I feel like I made a lot of great music considering the circumstances.
5) Where can your fans & supporters find you online? Via Twitter, Facebook, etc.?
Fans can follow my FB Fan page @: https://www.facebook.com/kilotheartist/ ,
Twitter : https://twitter.com/KiloTheArtist
6) Who are some of your influences?
I am highly influenced by Tupac Shakur not only as a rapper and a poet but as a activist as well, I really felt that he spoke from the heart from a very real place and not only spoke for himself but many others who didn’t have a voice or at least the privilege to have their voices heard. I am honestly influenced by the hip hop culture as a whole from the way I dress, what I wear, to many other aspects of my life.
7) Any Last Remarks?
I would just like to tell any and everyone who has supported me up until this point how much I highly appreciate them and how much it means to me as a artist and as a person.