HHD: I’ve read your bio and I’ve read about you. But I want you to let us know who Christina K is. Tell us a little about yourself.
CK: Christina K is a young lady that loved music her whole life. My way of sort of escaping everything was just me loving music, just listening to music. It was kind of my way to block everything out. I knew I wanted to rap when I was probably like five years old or something like that. I was playing around and writing raps and playing on my little keyboard and stuff like that. A lot of people told me that wasn’t a realistic career goal. So I got over that. I started making beats I think when I was probably around 17 or 18. I kinda got back into rapping. So I bought myself some music equipment and taught myself how to make beats. When I graduated high school I went to college for the first year and I really didn’t like it. So at that point, with making beats I actually had got a little bit good. I moved to New York. I was interning at small independent record labels. Through a mutual friend I got hooked up with an event planning company. I got the opportunity to plan events and meet artists that I looked up to. So, doing that was so inspiring to me. So I kept making beats and decided to quit my job and just really go hard with music in like 07. And I just been kinda going hard.
HHD: You mentioned a lot throughout your story that you kept making beats. When you were making beats were you storing those beats up for yourself? Were you letting other people listen to them? What were you doing with the beats you were making?
CK: Well, I was initially making them for myself. I was just getting better and better at it. I was just really keeping it to myself. The only track I sold to an artist was Dolla, that was signed to Jive, that just got murdered. After that, I got caught up doing my party stuff. People hit me up some times. But, really the sound that I’m working on is for me.
HHD: What’s the inspiration for your beats?
CK: At first, it was really more like a way of self expression. My music sounded like whatever I was going through. Since I’ve been in all kind of places now I can create whatever mood I want.
HHD: What does hip hop mean to you? What’s your definition of hip hop?
CK: Hip hop is something that’s real. It doesn’t have to be street. It doesn’t necessarily have to be corny either. Whatever your experience is, if you’re expressing it from a real place, to me that’s hip hop.
HHD: I think you bring such a unique sound to hip hop in that your music is really fresh. You’re bringing a lighter side to hip hop. What do you personally think you’re bringing to hip hop?
CK: I like your description of that and it’s kind of what I aim to do. To keep it fresh. To me a lot of stuff you hear both guys and girls rapping about is stuff you know they didn’t really experience. The thing about me is a lot of those things I actually have experienced. I just don’t want to talk about it. I’m just being me. A lot of things I’ve been through have left me a combination of every girl. It’s really because I’ve been in every sort of situation. I’m just a free music creator.
HHD: What music inspires you?
CK: Honestly, everything. I listen to hip hop, I listen to pop, I like rock. It’s kind of like whatever I’m feeling at the time. I think there’s something hot about everything.
HHD: It seems like your music has taken off so quickly. You’ve captured the attention of major players. Where do you see your music career five to ten years from now?
CK: To me, I’ve learned that when it’s me it’s never really real. When I get a magazine and look at it and read about me it’s kind of like there’s a disconnect. It’s something unreal about it. It’s something almost weird about it that I can’t explain. It kind of goes with it because stuff happened so fast. To other people it seem like it may happen fast. To me it’s like it’s taking forever. I really feel like I’m an artist. I could be broke with a Grammy and be happy. You never really know what happens. I just have my faith in what I’m doing. No matter what, I know I’ll be doing something in music. I would like to write the songs that go to a kid’s cartoon or something.
HHD: It’s important to you to give back to the community. Why?
CK: The motivation of just doing it solely for the money is probably not enough. I realize it’s a blessing to be able to have access to the whole world. If creating music and getting to a certain point makes you a celebrity; if I make it I’m gonna help.
HHD: What humanitarian and social issues are you most interested in addressing through your community service?
CK: The earth because without no earth we can’t survive as humans.
HHD: What projects are you currently working on? I know you keep mentioning a mixtape. Can you tell us a little about that?
CK: It’s already done and recorded. Basically, it’s like my music is really pop, people could possibly misunderstand me. Let me do a mixtape like everyone else because everybody does mixtapes. This will be my hip hop mixtape. But I gotta put someting out for the streets. So cool, let me do a mixtape. What should I theme it after? What movie can I theme it after? I’m gonna do it after the Wizard of Oz. To me, my life kind of remind me of that. Dorothy is from a little, small town she thought was wack. So, she said she had to go. Then she got caught up and she started tripping and needed to figue out how to get back home. That’s kind of like what my experience was. Growing up in Maryland I knew what I wanted and I felt like I wanted something more, New York, which was my Oz. It’s a whole lot of craziness going on. It’s so much to try to wiggle your way through it to get to the Wiz. And hopefully the Wiz got my check and everything that I need to get situated. So then I was thinking, what kind of vibe, what kind of music do I want to go for? I was just playing around listening to my Pink Floyd. I found out that the hippies, when Pink Floyd came out, were watching the original 1939 Wizard of Oz listening to Pink’s “The Dark Side of the Moon” album at the same time. There were strange coincidences in combining the two. So, they were calling it the dark side of the rainbow. I said, “I’ll take the Pink Floyd and I’ll sample each song in the same order that they sampled it with the same song subject and title. Telling my story, combining fabric from the movie.” And that’s what I did. It took a while to put it together. So, I’m really proud of it. Since it’s Pink Floyd there’s a twist to some of the songs but I still make it sound real hip hop. To me, it’s art.
HHD: What’s your definition of a hip hop diva?
CK: Somebody that’s fly. Fly is like fresh. It doesn’t mean your bag has to be like a thousand dollars and your shoes like seven hundred. Fly is just doing you. So I would say anyone that is a fly diva and is like I’m me. I’m owning who I am. I’m rocking for hip hop. This is me and I own it. A diva shold definitely have some self confidence.
For more on Christina K, check her out at www.myspace.com/christinakmusic