What’s My MuthaF*ckin Name??? : AG Interviews Kris Kasanova (NY)

March 11th, 2013 | By


It has been a busy month for Kris Kasanova even though we are 11 days in. He dropped his latest mixtape ‘24k‘ and it is receiving rave reviews, he dropped two banger videos, ‘Mosh Pit‘ & ‘Kasanova‘ from the project,made his way on Hot 97 radio, and recently appeared on 106 & Park’s Backroom Freestyle. Yes it has been a lovely start for Kasanova, and we here at AG, got to experience the movements of the young soldier.

For the record can you please state your full name, stage name, your age and where you are from.

Name: Kris Kasanova
Age: 24
From: Red Hook, NY

Who is Kris Kasanova?

Kris Kasanova is a New York native whose music is a mirror image of the celebrations and tribulations of his generation….I’m sorry that rhymed.

How did you get started?

My pops was a rapper, and being exposed to it at such a young age I kind of inherited the passion for it through him.

How would you describe your sound?

I have a very versatile style. My sound is aggressive when it has to be, but I am able to be smooth when I’m storytelling.

While prepping for this interview, I viewed some footage of previous performances and interviews. Looking at some of these videos, you seem kind of quiet. How do you shed that “Hey how are you doing, I’m new in the room” skin to this performing “ look at me, I OWN this stage” type of personality?

Honestly, when I’m performing I’m hella comfortable. Every show or interview I’ve done has just been practice for the next one.

I think the first time I ever saw you perform on stage was when you opened up for Ab-Soul at SOBs last year. That was probably the best performance I’ve ever seen from you live. I watched you grab the attention of the crowd (even Shake from 2DopeBoyz), and I know that’s a hard thing to do when not a lot of people know your name and your songs. What was that exact feeling being on stage?

Personally that wasn’t one of my best shows, but I always approach my shows like I have something to prove. The underdog thing has worked in my favor for the past year. The audience really didn’t expect much from an opening act. Especially when they paid to come see Ab-Soul! So my job every time is to turn as many people as possible into believers.

I see you’re starting to get a lot of love on the radio, especially from Hot 97. What is your reaction to all of this coming together?

All I can say is hard work pays off. I’m blessed to be in the position I’m in, but I’m always working on the next move!

What are your thoughts on the new ‘East Coast Wave’? We have Troy Ave, A$AP Rocky, Joey Bada$$, Flatbush Zombies, etc. making their mark into music…Can you say that they’re making a difference or resurrecting East Coast Hip Hop?

Absolutely! In the past year or so there has been some sort of unity on the East Coast. It’s dope for Hip-Hop, it’s dope for the East Coast, and it’s dope for all the artists. Everybody wins!

Why did you name your recent project 24k?

In my own way I wanted to pay homage to the golden East Coast era along with acknowledging the new golden East Coast era that has started to rise.

For the people who are new to you, what 3 songs would you recommend they listen to off the new project 24K?

Brain On Drugs, Gold Chains & Pagers, and Tomorrow.

Already you’ve dropped ‘A Long Way Home’ and ‘War Paint’ in the past. What is the difference between those projects and 24k?

24K features more of the slick shit talking NY attitude. The Long Way Home and War Paint were more personal.

What can we expect in the future?

Everything…I’m trying to be as active as I can. More music, more shows, more features, and so on.

Are there any last words you would like to say before wrapping up this interview?

Shout out to everyone that has been holding me down since day one.

Make sure you pick up  copy of Kasanova’s 24k available now

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