We had the good fortune of connecting with Malik Kohokassa and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Malik, what habits do you feel helped you succeed?
My drive to always be the best at anything that I do. I tend to try my hardest on anything as well as making sure I am doing it the right way.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
my sound itself isn’t something you can say comes from Colorado due to my eccentric afro/euro background, I didn’t come up listening to straight hip hop which is why I don’t think I can be categorized as just a rapper, my sound is so versatile that I can fit into any other music genre n sound like I belong even though hip-hop is my main one, also being Congolese really did add a bit of razzle dazzle to my sound given I was exposed to Congolese rumba & other African euro genres at an early age. I’d say I’m most proud of my growth and I’m excited to see where I’ll be in the next coming years, from where I started Which at the time was just drop music, whatever you have just drop it as long as its complete it’s perfect for SoundCloud to now where I’m selective of which producers to work with in order to get the best quality of my songs to my team working to come up with a promo plan for the song or tape to shows or appearances its definitely a huge growth that most artist I started with don’t get to within their first few years in the game. and also what artist isn’t excited to see what the next fears years looks like for them and their art in my case I tend to set goals which I have and I’m just excited to shatter them all. Many people think a music career is as easy as record, drop bam popular. which isn’t the case sadly some get instant fame some take time to get there and some never even reach that top spot understand that it’ll take handwork, time and patience. so no it isn’t easy you really have to believe in yourself as starter, yes you’ll have people telling you stuff like “you won’t make it” or “you’re not good enough” But just understand that the person saying that wants to be in your place we call them haters lol but never confuse that with constructive criticism. but yea from selecting the people you want yo work with to the money being put in for each song to happen then hoping the city you’re from actually show you love its a lot to consider a positive mindset is always needed but as long you believe and the people behind you believe then you’ll be good. throughout my music career so far I’ve really learned that if you don’t do it nobody else will, you have to start out by yourself then get a team but that don’t mean you relax you have to go harder for yourself it’s through your work ethic that your team determines how invested you are and how hard they should go, also licensing or finding a producer that works just for you. what I mean by that is I learned to get custom beats just for me rather than asking producers to send me beat packs why? because that same beat pack might’ve gotten sent to 100 other artist and the beat you pick could be already in use which could jeopardize your song or upcoming release so buy your beats or find someone who makes beats just for you. i just want the world to know that I’m the next best out my city and we won’t stop going in till we at the top lol but honestly I just want the world to know that music comes from the heart I don’t do this for the fame or popularity rather I do this to inspire others through my music i want people who struggling to understand there’s a light at the end of the tunnel that there’s hope for you no matter your background look at me I come rom a third world country if I’m doing it you can too.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
due to covid-19 a lot of places aren’t open but in case covid wasn’t a thing for starters I’d most likely start with a dispensary run to one my favorite spots in town is lit dispensary, head there grab some weed then most likely hit cheba hut get us some sandwiches and head over to the air bnb where my friend will be staying at invite the rest of the crew smoke eat hang out later that evening most likely hit view house for some drinks nothing too crazy for his first day. the rest of the week will mostly include a trip to the sand dunes, dinner at fogo de Chao, introduce him/her to the people who help my career move forward such as my manager Arthur Blessing, definitely a must hit in Denver is a football or baseball game, the performing arts center, take him to the studio if I got a recording session. chubby’s on 38th is a staple for dinner Mexican cuisine.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
my friends, my team & family, it doesn’t matter what road I choose to take they’ve always supported me to the fullest & that’s definitely a plus given the industry and city I’m in to have people who are supportive but also work hard to help me move forward in my career. from Stylish Goldiee to Arthur Blessing it’s a lot I can say but my guys definitely have helped a lot throughout my journey.