DJ Nick from Baltimore, Maryland calls in Tampa’s jewel Euro Trill and rising star Big Kaino to collaborate on “Heavy Stepper”. A hard-hitting and dynamic song that’s irresistible. Pairing these two together was a dream collaboration that we didn’t know we needed. Euro Trill assembles a cryptic yet smooth hook while Big Kaino does what he does best, laying down a break neck verse that will cause rage and storming mosh pits.
Big Kaino is something special. Originally from Savannah, Georgia he has now made the city of Tampa, Florida his home. He’s been on the rise ever since. The 23-year old rockstar has been causing mayhem ever since he stepped on scene. Dropping atomic bomb records like “Asshole” and his newly released single “Ride Around” with producer ChaseTheMoney shows he’s a non-stopping force. He makes hardcore head banging music that he likes to call “music for winners” that resembles Chicago’s drill music mixed with Florida aesthetics of sound. His music is striking and defiant with a hint of a not giving a fuck mentality, and it shows within his personality as well. In a short amount of time he’s made himself as an artist that’s adaptive and who wants to always continuously grow.
The Tampa artist sits down with us to discuss his come up as an artist, his upcoming album that he’s currently working, his favorite video games and more.
Coming all the way from Savannah Georgia, what made you move all the way to Tampa Florida?
“I have family down here and my mom wanted to move down here.”
I met up Keem by talking shit on Twitter one day. This was the day after I got back from Def Jam. I felt that people were turning a blind eye on me, so I went and just started talking my shit. So Keem didn’t really believe in me but he then did some extra research on me. Moments later he was like” naw you go crazy”. We then met up the next day and I was just seeing how his mind works, he’s dope. He has an old soul too.
I met Kenna through Keem, once he did the Tampa Beat weekend (2019), I felt that he maybe something serious. I performed that weekend and that was the biggest show I ever performed! It was such a good event, so many people had come out and it was just well executed. Soon after meeting up with Kenna, he started to tell me all the plans he had for me. Right then I was like I really like Kenna; I like the way he moves.
Are they your managers?
Keem is my manager and Kenna is my distribution manager.
Kenna is becoming a music mogul.
Yeah for real bro, it would be stupid for me if I didn’t have him as a partner.
So, when did you actually start making music and when did it get serious for you?
“I want to say 4 years ago and it got serious the moment I was in college. One day I was sitting in class and I was like, do I really need college? You know how you’re in college you and you can just walk out, and no one is going to stop you? I did just that, I walked out. Then that day forward I had a song called “Asshole” and I told myself if I re-did “asshole” it would go stupid and that’s exactly what happened.
So you went to Ohio and that was your first out of state performance, how was that?
Shit was pretty fun, like the whole wave was crazy. I was with my friends and we knew this was the start of it all. In my head I was like I don’t give a fuck how big or small it is. This is something big because there’s a lot of people that are doing music and can’t say that they’re getting paid to perform at an out of state college! So, I was realizing, shit is happening. This is the first step to being on my way to greatness. I wasn’t trying to get too excited, but I was still excited. I came on time and I was with my friends, it was just so fun.”
How did the crowd receive you?
The crowd was fun! I want to say about 1500 people came through. On top of that, it was crazy that they already knew my songs!
Woooow! now how did that feel to hear the crowd and just recite those lyrics?
I was just like what the fuck! It was just cool; it was just a great feeling. I felt welcomed, like I never left Tampa. Someone had called me up, yesterday and I heard someone in the studio just blasting’ “Asshole”.
Going back to where you said “fuck it” to school, what made you say I’m going to quit school and focus on the music?
I was in school and didn’t know what the fuck I wanted to do. I would be sitting in there in class like why am I here? What am I going for? So, at that moment I was like fuck it I’m going to just go hard in this music shit. You know What’s crazy? My family was behind me on it! They were like just do it.
Were you like scared to even to tell them that?
Fuck no! I was prepared to live under a swing set. I rather do that than read two sentences in a book and forget what I read.
How do you feel about the Tampa scene right now?
I feel that a lot of people need a lot of self-reflecting to do. A lot of people need to take a deep look in a mirror and understand what they want. They don’t understand that if this is something they really want to do, think how they can do it and be better at it. A lot of these people are just too comfortable. The scene is too comfortable. They’ll do something and feel that they’re unbeatable but that’s not the case at all because there is someone in another state that’s sound like you that’s doing it better and that’s reality. I also think people here are doing it for the flex. I think most people in the underground are doing it for the wrong reasons instead of the right reasons.
Well speaking on doing it for wrong and right reasons, what’s your purpose in music? Why do you make music?
I do it because it’s really fun! To just make a song that Everyone can go crazy to and just cause some damage somewhere is fun to me. I really enjoy music and my taste in music is exquisite. I know I make hardcore crazy music, but my taste of music is very wide. Plus, when I hear myself, I’m like damn is that really me? Like that’s a crazy feeling. I asked myself did I just make this shit?! I surprise myself every time, and it’s just exciting.
Do you make your own beats?
Naw my hitmakers right now is Santiago Purp and Xan Maschino.
Yo,Shout out to Santiago! What’s that chemistry like?
“It’s amazing, Purp is like my long-lost Mexican brother.”
So do you have a project coming out?
I’m going to keep it a full bean, I got a project. However, a project to me is like when I drop it, it’s like damn THAT’S A PROJECT. It’s just going to be completely different and I got high standards for it. It’s dropping next year and I’m just preparing it.
Is it going to be something that’s a bit more introspective where we get to know who Kaino is?
It’s the whole fucking package. There’s going to be fun music. Music that you can play at 5 A.M. in the morning where you just came from your pussy appointment. There’s going to be some crazy shit on there. I feel that I can attack the wide ranges of sound on my first project.
I know you said you have a wide range of music, who are you listening to that you fuck with heavy?
Right now for the most part, Lil’Keed. He’s the one that’s going crazy. I honestly play him too much, it’s getting scary. Key Glock is another one and of course Young Thug.
What’s some your dream collaborations? If you can, give me three from Florida and three from wherever else.
From Florida, Ski Mask the Slump God, Denzel Curry, and maybe SmokePurp. Now outside of Florida, Rico Nasty, Comethezine, and Key Glock
I’m surprised you didn’t say Chief Keef.
Oh, we’re going to be neighbors, I ain’t worried about that.
I’m not sure if I should ask you this but how’s the groupie love?
Hehehe, it’s funny. When I greet a girl now, I just shake her hand. I don’t even girls a chance to touch me. Most of the time, bitches just do out pocket shit to get my attention. I just know it’s going to get worst.
Actually since you been making music, do you know when someone is being genuine with you when they meet you?
I can tell when they’re being fake and genuine. When someone is genuine, they talk to you. They’ll check up on you and ask how you’re doing. You know it’s fake when they trying to get something out of me, you just feel it.
What’s the weirdest things you’ve witnessed so far since you’ve been making music?
Man, there’s a lot. (Sigh) shit they do is just out of pocket. Like the shit they do just to get from status that they’re currently at…like there’s different ways but you know you got to think long term like how is it going to look later?
They have no type of dignity…
Yeah and they’ll end up looking like Tekashi 69
What’s some your inspirations behind the music?
Um that’s a good one. My inspirations are vehicles sad to say. It just motivated me to go harder! As far as music go though, Key Glock. He’s like my spirit animal.
What’s some of the biggest things that you had to learn while doing music?
There’s a million different ways to doing things, it’s never just one of way. You may have a simple idea or plan but there’s always multiple ways to doing things. Never put all your eggs into one basket because there’s a possibility you can get fucked over and lose a shit ton of money. I’ve done that before.
Now outside of music what are somethings you’re into right now?
As of right now, I’m really into video games.
Top 5, right now.
Call of Duty, Borderlands, I fuck with Red Dead Redemption, and I’m going to say Fortnite because I got too good at it. I fuck with Apex Legends too. It’s just very therapeutic to me.
I feel that, because that’s what I do to get mind off things, I would just go play the game. It’s like you step into another zone or another world.
Exactly. If I get ducked over in bills one day. I would just jump on game and just start clapping niggas.
Actually what’s the best Call of Duty to you?
Black Ops 3. I’m like a God on there.
Now let’s say you’re stuck on an island and you only had 3 movies to watch. What are those 3 movies?
John Wick, part one, part two and part three
That nigga is amazing and he does his own stunts. *laughs* It’s like why is he doing all these men so dirty? I’m good with those three and I’ll watch it every time like I never seen them.
Now what’s some advice you would give to someone that’s following in the same footsteps as you?
Pay attention in what’s going on in music. What help me so much is how observant I am, I literally pay attention to everything. So, I feel that if you do that with something, you’re passionate about, there’s no doubt you’ll be great. Once you understand music, you’re an artist now. Try to learn as much as you can and try to master it at your best ability.
Another thing I want to say is before you do something, really think long and hard beforehand. Think about the many perspectives. Think ahead of time before you do it and be ready to learn because life is trial and error.
Jacksonville artist, LrkChronicle taps in artist Bain to exercise their lyrical abilities on “Ready or Not”. Produced by Josh Petruccio, both artists come with a mission to battle anyone that gets in their way. Referencing Denzel Washington famous King Kong speech from the film Training Day, sets the tone for the record, it speaks we are not to take lightly, don’t ever underestimate them. Bain sets off the record with his grimy sound furthering the narration that these guys are serious with their craft. LrkChronicle taps in and displays his lyrical prowess and it’s nonetheless great. Both artists trade bars with one another, going bar for bar, sharpening their blade.
After receiving an immense amount of positive feedback for her Freestyle Fridays series, Cherele decides to put together a project showing off her skill set as a MC. The Fort Myers native releases her highly anticipated project, GIVE ‘EM HELL. She gives her own rendition of raps over some of hip hop’s classics like N.O.R.E “Noila Clap” and Missy Elliot’s “Hot Boyz”. Cherele shows that you are witnessing a master at work and in all honesty she maybe cut from same cloth as the GOAT, Lil’ Wayne.
Big Kaino makes a triumphant return by dropping an atomic bomb on our heads with his new single, “RIDE AROUND“ produced by chasethemoney. The Tampa-based artist has been taking the Internet by storm with his other hit records like “Asshole” and “On Me. Every since he stepped on the scene he’s been leveling up the intensity and notoriety. On “ Ride Around”, Kaino cooks up a breakneck record that feels berserk and frantic. With a crushing 808, simplistic yet hard-hitting drum patterns and Kaino’s grungy and aggressive sound this will cause mayhem in every area this song is played in.
With finally releasing Port of Miami 2 on August 9th, this sets the Don of Miami, Rick Ross at having 10 albums in his luxurious discography. A discography that takes us through the street of South Florida, while giving us words of wisdom and of course his exquisite lifestyle. After long debates and heated discussion we ranked all 10 of his albums. 10. Hood Billionaire
(sigh) This album was released after Mastermind within the same year. Hood Billionaire sounded like step back, using simplistic flows, decent beats that we feel he has completely outgrew. It’s forgettable and it’s to the point that people even forget that this is a part of his discography. Granted this sounds better than most albums we hear but it’s doesn’t match the Miami Don’s standard.
9. Port of Miami
Port of Miami was a groundbreaking introduction to Ross. His major label debut single, “Hustlin” was something we’ve never seen before in music. We get this Godfather persona, Scarface mentality and image. In addition, his other smash hit “Push It” encompasses every gangster movie in an album. He shows the world a different side of Miami that most didn’t usually see. In most cases you see south beach, but Ross turned the scope to Dade County and the rest of South Florida. He shines the light on the real Miami.8. Trilla
Trilla was a stepping stone for Ross. With it being his second album after Port of Miami, Ross showed not only that he can spit lyrically but he was capable of making hits. Rick Ross crafted memorable singles such as, “The Boss” with T-Pain, the joyful “Here I Am” alongside with Nelly and Avery Storm. He transformed from being a rapper with a mafia persona to a songwriter.7. Black Market
Rick Ross’s Black Market (Album)
Coming right off of one of his best mixtapes, “Black Dollar” in 2015, Ross delivered Black Market within the same year. It’s a pretty solid album that’s versatile. This is where Ross had to refocus. With so much fiasco going around his MMG camp such as Meek battling Drake, to Wale & Meek not getting a long, and then Ross also got arrested around that time it caused much distraction. Black Market sounds refined, mature and showed that Ross is growing. This album is also hits different in the winter season.6. Mastermind
Rick Ross’s Mastermind (Album)
Mastermind shows versatility within Rick Ross. He switches up his sounds and flows while working with some heavyweight features. Standout records like Devil is a Lie with Jay-Z reminds us how great they are together. He taps in Kanye & Big Sean to rejoice with together on “Sanctified”. This album is colorful.5. Port of Miami 2
Rick Ross’s Port of Miami 2 (album)
His 10th album, a sequel to Port of Miami is definitely one of his better projects. It’s a special one however it’s a bit underwhelming. It’s one of those “if it’s not broke don’t fix it” kind of albums where the Miami Don doesn’t take a risk or show growth. It’s a great album but it also suffers from its sequencing, starting off with “Act a fool” may not have been the best choice. However, Ross does show that he has an ear for features and beats. Tapping in Gunplay for “Nobody Favorite” where he just slides on the record smoothly. It’s good to hear from him. “BIG TYME” deserved it’s all-cap title as Just Blaze gives Rozay a glorious record with Swizz Beatz being the hype-man. We get a posthumous verse from Nipsey Hussle and it just makes me depress that he’s gone. On Vegas Residency, he opens up on his stance with Kanye West and we also get a bit of glimpse on his thoughts when he had to hospitalized after having a number of seizures.
Ross also continues his on going collaboration with Drake on “Gold Roses”, which sounds impeccable. Soft and sultry piano keys with the head of OVO and the Don of MMG at their peak sounds like VVS diamonds coated with chocolate.4. Rather You Than Me
Rick Ross’s Rather You Than Me (Album)
This was an great album. Ross gets personal and introspective which shows a different side of him that we don’t always get. Ross throws shot at Birdman and Nicki Minaj without any remorse or regrets. He’s unapologetic and as always his beat selection is just great.3. God Forgives, I Don’t
Rick Ross – God Forgives, I Don’t (Album)
As stated by Ross this was an album that he wanted to be equivalent to a Tarantino or Martin Scorsese film. He comes close but not close enough. Everyone that was enlisted all this album plays there part and more for the most part. You have special moments like “3 Kings” where we get legends such as Dr.Dre & Jay-Z giving out stellar verses. In addition it’s always good to hear Andre 3000 so that’s a major plus. The features makes this album dynamic, Wale for example may have given one of his best verses ever on “Diced Pineapples”2. Deeper Than Rap
Rick Ross – Deeper Than Rap (Album)
There’s so much depth with this album. Production is nonetheless top notch but very musical compared to most of his projects. It’s accompanied with many sounds but it’s all well put together. Deeper Than Rap was more of a transitional step into making the music that he makes today, giving him the credit of his beat selections that gives a luxury sound.1. Teflon Don
Rick Ross – Teflon Don (Album)
Teflon Don serves as Ross’s best album to date. It’s right on the brink of being a classic. It’s a perfectly packaged album that doesn’t miss. Sitting at 11-tracks that show diversity throughout the album. We’re given club headbangers such as “B.M.F” and “MC Hammer”. Alongside that we’re gifted with complex and beautiful songs like “Aston Martin Music”. Let’s not forget how great “Free Mason” is either. Giving that feeling of a sense of glory.
Gaby G who has recently dished out her former alias, “Native Youth” is one of Miami’s precious gems. Her music is full of sensuality that you feel pulsating within your bloodstream. Gaby creates sensational atmospheres for major festivals and for those small intimate spaces. The Miami native has a voice that slithers its way to your ear and caresses it behind R&B style records that collide with pop and unnatural sounds.
With her latest projects, Second Chances& Breathe Me , we get a great taste of her artistry. She showcases her growing skill-set, having the ability to be poetic with her words that reaches and touches the listener is something to be proud of. In addition, also having the skill to make memorable records that stand-out from her peers. Alongside these projects she possesses stunning visuals that are sensual as well as sexual such as “Closer” featuring her significant other and adult film star, Abella Danger. Her new music video, “Acting Different” is colorful and vibrant that just adds more greatness to her DIY portfolio.
Gaby G gives us the honor to have a sit down interview (conversation) about her upbringing in music, meeting Kaixen & triangle, her life in L.A., her love for Miley Cyrus and much more. You can listen to the Gaby G interview below.