Who is Kwoat ?
TCH: Kwoat, I appreciate you taking the time out of your day to sit with us here at Hip Hop Headquarters. I appreciate your time, let’s get started, shall we?
Yurrrr! What’s the word?
TCH: I understand you’re from New York am I correct? Describe your come up in the mecca where hip hop started?
Yeah, I grew up in Brooklyn. I can’t say that being raised by two middle-class Haitian immigrants in a one-bedroom apartment with two siblings was the easiest., but it helped build my character. I eventually learned how to swim with the sharks. Growing up in Flatbush alone is another story
The Introduction of kwoat
TCH: Where did your name come from?
I was and still am a big fan of quotes. Anytime I hear or think of something that sticks to me I write it down. I want to be one of the most quotable rappers ever. Thus influenced me to adopt the name Kwoat.
TCH: Speaking earlier you mentioned that your cousin was your motivation. What about your cousin motivated you to go hard with music?
Almost anything my cousin did had a big influence on me. But writing music stuck out the most. Seeing how respected and praised he was in middle school made me make a promise to myself that I will stop being so shy and be myself. He always told me I was funny and a good rapper. I believed him enough to just try it for myself.
TCH: You opened up for a lot of artists like Famous Dex, No Malice from the clips, and a few other big names in the industry. what was that like for you, and how did that come about you opening up for those artists?
Ah man, that was insane. I was booked by this promoter in Long Island whose been a fan of my music for some time to open for Dex. That’s also where I linked with Manolo Rose too. The crowd was dope. Same with No Malice, Rich The Kid, and Cardi. I was blessed to have great relationships with certain promoters in New York and with my work ethic, it helped line things up!
KWOAT TALKS ABOUT THE GRIND
TCH: I been watching your grind from afar for a minute now, and what I like about your music is it’s different from the normal hip hop. What makes you want to stand out as a creative?
Throughout the years of developing my image and sound, I’ve had ups and downs. But I finally found my voice. It’s very important that you have something different about you. And I mean that even outside of music. Just as a person. Have your own personality
TCH: You have a project called “somewhere in my feelings”. How did the title come about, and what’s the concept behind it?
I was at a point in life where I felt down and betrayed. I was working with this shady indie label that did absolutely nothing for me. Then I was dealing with family and financial issues due to my grandmothers’ sickness. I honestly just felt a way about everything and everyone. Eventually, I got myself from out that rut and wanted to challenge myself by dropping my very first album, and show myself that I don’t need anyone by my talent and consistency. I’m a cancer, so I was jumping through a lot of mixed feelings. So I named it “Somewhere In My Feelings”. But now I’m somewhere in my bag haha!
TCH: collaborating with president Dave on “I don’t wanna be a playa”, remaking the big pun classic, and achieving the success of the record gaining over 4 million views and counting. How did that make you feel?
As an upcoming artist, you always have it in the back of your mind that your single or album will be huge. But there’s also a part of you that shrugs it off like ehh, I don’t know. I knew the song had a catchy jingle to it. Also, the beat is very nostalgic. But I didn’t think I’d be sitting with four million views under my belt for it. I’m still shocked to this day. More to come!
TCH: what’s your take on independence as an artist?
If you can’t make money without a label then you have no business signing with one. The plan should always be to make money independently first. Getting a two million dollar contract doesn’t mean sh*t if you don’t have at least half or two million to match it. That’s how people get owned. If I was investing money into an artist who doesn’t have anything, I’d probably want a percentage off everything they get too. Simple. It’s business.
The outcome for Kwoat
TCH: What’s new that you have in the works?
I’m working with a lot of DJ’s on their projects and will be dropping singles. I want to throw my very first concert too. Like, a Kwizzy Fest. It’ll start small but eventually, we’ll bring it to MSG (madison square garden) you feel me.
TCH: Where do you see yourself within the next five years as the artist you are, what is your mission?
That’s tough. Umm, I stopped thinking that far ahead. I’ve been living everything day by day. Planning ahead and then not coming close to your goal can create depression upon yourself if you’re not careful with it mentally. I hope to be comfortable. But we will see…
TCH: Well Kwoat my friend thanks for taking the time to sit with us here at Hip Hop headquarters. We appreciate artists like you who take their craft seriously. we wish you much success on your journey and hope all ya dreams manifest into your reality until next time my friend…