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Kid Ink on Iggy Azalea/Azealia Banks Feud & Gay Rappers PLUS -- Hot New Album, ‘Full Speed’



Rapper and L.A. native Kid Ink sits down with Larry King on the Emmy nominated series “Larry King Now” to discuss his new studio album Full Speed, coming up in the ranks with controversial rapper Iggy Azalea, and his thoughts on the ongoing racial tension in Ferguson, Mo. Plus, Ink chats about his tattoos and surprises Larry King with a special gift.

 
Rapper Kid Ink weighed in on Iggy Azalea's legitimacy as a rap and hip hop artist, “For me, as soon as I see numbers, I respect numbers over everything. You can see this many records that is what it is.” He later explained, “At the same time like she’s getting help from these other artists and is still being developed as an artist, I feel like. Whereas a lot of other artists who are doing so much on their own who are still in that same status and caliber that are upset that they don’t have that chance because they don’t have that same team or background.” Kid Ink sounded off on the ongoing war of words between Azealia Banks and Iggy Azalea. He shared his opinion on Azealia Banks saying, “Personally I haven’t been able to ever see her point of view on a personal basis, I don’t know, I’m not really familiar with her as an artist.” (clips below)

Kid Ink also shared his thoughts on Kendrick Lamar's controversial remarks about racial tension in Ferguson, Mo and gave Larry his own opinion on what isn’t working, “I am very sympathetic to situations especially when people pass but I never have ever agreed with the riot factor, like that just never works. I don’t feel like it works for anyone, it doesn’t make anything better at the end of the day and a lot of people lose from that.” (clip below)

The “Full Speed” artist talked about whether or not the rap and hip hop community will be open to embracing a mainstream gay artist, “Yeah, you know what I’m saying, if the lyrics and everything is acceptable to that urban community,” and added that it might be a slow acceptance process. Kid Ink ended the interview by giving Larry his very own tattoo sleeve featuring all of Larry’s favorite things. (clips below)

 
The episode is now LIVE on Ora.tv and Hulu.com (episodes premiere daily 2pm EST)


Clips:

L.A. native Kid Ink shares his thoughts on Kendrick Lamar's controversial remarks
about racial tension in Ferguson, Mo.
Rapper Kid Ink weighs in on Iggy Azalea's legitimacy as a rap and hip hop
artist.
Rapper Kid Ink sounds off on the ongoing war of words between Azealia Banks
& Iggy Azalea
Rapper Kid Ink says the rap and hip hop community is open to embracing a mainstream gay artist, but it might be a slow acceptance process.
Rapper Kid Ink gifts Larry King with a tattoo sleeve featuring all of his favorite things.


Quotes:

"I tried- you know what I'm saying, that's why I'm doing the independent situation, so I didn't have to switch up and I continue to feed my core fans as much as possible, but I still understand the business and how to make music that fits that, you know what I'm saying, structure for the radio and everything like that." - on criticism for signing with a label

"But I still enjoy getting in with other producers and writers and taking ideas, and taking- you know what I'm saying, other things that they incorporate- you know what I'm saying, as fans, and trying- you know
what I'm saying, speak for the fans and them, and make it my own at the end of the day." - on collaborating when writing music

"Making music came easy for me more than writing. I think writing was something that was difficult because writing was a little bit more of exposing yourself, to where I was always like, a quiet kid who just liked to make beats and just be in the background and just let the music speak." - on making music when he was young

"Working with Chris, man, is simple. I think, you know, for me- we have the same type of like, work ethic in the studio, where it's just about having fun, and just about- you know what I'm saying, going in and not really making it a work environment more so than just a creative, just fun environment." - on working with Chris Brown

"We kind of came up in the game at the same time, so I still have respect for her, and she's, you know what I'm saying, someone who's always showed me love, so I have no choice but to." - on future potential collaborations with Iggy Azalea

"For me, it kind of excited me when people felt like I had to be a certain way because of my tattoos and it felt good to prove them wrong or to have a conversation with somebody."

"All the jobs I had coming up, I had to wear a tie, and when it got to the situation where I really had to make that decision, and I thought about it, I was like—the burning tie kind of like—it's like, I'm anti-corporate, but at the same time I feel like I understand and, you know what I'm saying, know it. But it's just letting people know that, you know, it's a middle ground to it." — on the meaning behind his burning tie tattoo

"I had a fan go to the tour bus and he had two bags and he said he just quit his job and flew from Rome with his last money to where we were at—somewhere in another country overseas—to go on tour with us and hopefully build his career." — on his craziest fan encounter

"I think it's a habit that I can't run away from." — on producing versus performing

"I would buy a Jay-Z show ticket every year if he did a tour every year just to see the show and re-live that situation."

"They don't speak English until I get onstage and it seems like they know all the words." — on touring internationally






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