• 11Nov

    The Kaos Effect: Señor Kaos Interview

    Life gets chaotic, just ask Atlanta based emcee Señor Kaos. As an artist making his way in the industry for the past decade he has encountered some of life’s craziest times on his journey to where he is today: releasing his debut album The Kaos Effect. The album, which shares the same name as his website started as a way to connect with fans, documents his life from 2000-2010. Many know Kaos strictly from his website which chronicles the Hip-Hop scene in Atlanta, or his marketing work (Red Bull), or perhaps from his interviews with luminaries like Ghostface, Pharoahe Monch, B.O.B., DJ Clark Kent, Little Brother, Wale, Game, and more. This project is the culmination of all those things and gives him a chance to formally introduce himself to the world. We caught up with the Afro-Dominicano at the recent Brooklyn Bodega CMJ Showcase “We Got the Jazz” to find out why he is labeled the most interesting emcee. Check out what he says about the presence of boom-bap in Atlanta, how he came to work with Sucio Smash and why he chose to release his album on a Friday.

    Brooklyn Bodega: So you performed at the Brooklyn Bodega CMJ Showcase “We Got the Jazz.” How did you hear about the event?

    Señor Kaos: I heard about the event through my good New York City friends Sucio Smash and Fresh Daily. I literally just got off a plane and am walking around with my luggage right now.

    BB: How did you meet Sucio Smash and get involved with the High Water Music movement?

    SK: I met Sucio through his radio show, when he was doing Squeeze Radio. I used to send music up all the time –- for those that don’t know I am from Atlanta –- so that’s a long way from here. I used to listen to the radio when it was Stretch and Bobbito Famalams and a good friend of mine named Jax (RIP) in Atlanta knew Bob, and Sucio was an intern for Bob. So, he used to send music, and he gave me that contact and told me to holla at Bobbito and Sucio. Sucio took over that radio show and it became Squeeze Radio, so I kept sending him music. Finally, I came to New York and got a chance to meet him. Sucio was the catalyst for my music in New York; he was the only person playing it in New York. Through his radio show people got a chance to hear what I was doing and they got a chance to hear what Hip-Hop in Atlanta sounded like other than what they knew from radio or television. Over the years we developed a relationship and when he started High Water Music I was fortunate enough to be asked to release music for the label.

    BB: So your album The Kaos Effect [dropped] 11/11/11, tell us about it.

    SK: The album is called The Kaos Effect, which is also the name of my website I started back in 2007. At the time I was traveling and doing all these different things so I started the site as a way for my family and friends to find out what I’m doing on a daily basis. Because you do a lot of stuff and people don’t believe you until they see it. So, that’s where I post a lot of videos, pictures and also document a lot of what’s going on ATL as well. I document the Atlanta Hip-Hop scene. The album is a bookend of my life from 2000-2010, so it tells a story. It’s produced entirely by one producer named Illastrate from ATL. I found a producer with the best sound to compliment what I do and it sounds incredible. The album is a story that’s basically giving people the opportunity to figure out who I am –- from all the things I’ve done and been through. It talks about everything from making a bunch of money to losing a bunch of money, to losing my best friend who passed away, to getting evicted. It’s just a chance for people to know who I am and what I have to offer so when I do music in the future they will recognize me and understand my story and what I am about. It’s 12 tracks total and I tried to keep the appearances minimal so people could get a taste of what I do, but on the record I have J-Live, Fresh Daily, Binkis Recs, Fort Knox, Ekundayo, Ozy Reigns and Lyric Jones, which are two vocalists on the hooks, and that’s about it.

    BB: What made you choose the date 11/11, which is a Friday and not the norm?

    SK: We knew the album was going to be released in the fall, and I was originally going to drop it on my birthday which is November 22. But instead I chose November 11, because it was the craziest day of the month. It’s a day we will never see again -– 11/11/11. Plus, I didn’t want to drop my album on a Tuesday because everybody does that and I was like, people get paid on Friday. So, why do I want to drop my album on a Tuesday? I put my album out on a Friday, when people get paid. I’m also doing my album release party in Atlanta the same day, again so people can get paid and come out.

    BB: For those in Atlanta, what are the details for the album release party?

    SK: Well the album release party is going down 11/11/11 in ATL at a spot called 529. It’s a Hip-Hop spot in East Atlanta. There are some rumors of some people that are flying in –- I’ve got fans and friends that are flying from other states so I’m really, really excited about it.

    BB: Are you an Atlanta native?

    SK: No, I was actually born in New York, but raised in Atlanta. That’s where I grew up and spent my entire life, so I rep ATL.

    BB: Where did the name Señor Kaos come from? I sense there is some Latino influence…

    SK: I’m half Dominican and half African-American; all the way sexy. [Laughs] Originally I was Kid Kaos; I was always the youngest cat. I started making music and doing emcee battles when I was 15/16 [years old]. So I was the Kaos Kid, Kid Kaos. Sucio Smash is actually the person who gave me the name Señor Kaos and I ran with it. At the time I felt like there were too many kid and child names out already: “Lils,” and “Youngs” and all of that. Plus, the music is grown. It’s positive music from a grown man perspective doing grown man things so it fits.

    BB: How would you describe your sound?

    SK: I describe my sound as Down South Boom Bap. Because when I was growing up in Atlanta and into Hip-Hop. You had Outkast and Goodie Mob and they weren’t doing the typical ATL stuff. Their stuff was real boom-bap. I also listened to Hip-Hop from everywhere. Lord Finesse and cats like that from the late 80’s and early 90’s, that’s what I was into. Besides, it was easier for me to rhyme over those kind of beats than booty shaking beats, believe me I tried. [Laughs] When people think of Atlanta they think of trap music, snap music, crunk records and booty music. But if you are actually in Atlanta it’s a different scene but a lot of people aren’t exposed to it. That’s my job, that’s why I’m here on a crusade to let people know what it’s about.

    BB: So are you part of the AOK collective?

    SK: I’m not, but that’s all my fam because I don’t live in New York. AOK is all the New York heads and Nola Darling who’s out in Cali of course, but those are all my fam. Fresh and Sandman, we’ve all worked on records together. When they come to Atlanta I take care of them, when I am in New York they take care of me. But no, I haven’t officially been doctored into the AOK crew (laughs).

    BB: What’s the one thing you hope people take away from The Kaos Effect?

    SK: The one thing I want people to take away from my project is that I am really someone who has never given up. When you listen to my album you hear that. When you hear about me getting evicted, losing all this money, losing the girl I loved — I am somebody who wasn’t positioned to even be where I am right now. There have been so many roadblocks and obstacles but through all that I maintained a way to be here. So, I try to promote that positivity in the music because a lot of people are not living the life that they want to live or should be living. I hope the music will inspire people to be the best they can be. I want you to have a good time and feel motivated.

    BB: What’s next for you now that the album is here?

    SK: Besides the album release party, just pushing this for the next year, for however long it takes for people to get acclimated with it. Then next summer God-willing, I’ll be in New York so hopefully I’ll get a chance to perform at the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival for the first time. You know that would be a good thing to happen for 2012.

    BB: Where can people find you online?

    SK: Check www.thekaoseffect.com out for all the music and videos I release for the project. I have a single out now called “It’s like That.” On Twitter you can catch me on @Señorkaos and facebook.com/ Señorkaosmusic. It’s not “senior.” I am not old. There is no I in it. [Laughs] That’s a common mistake people make when searching for me. I’m really passionate about what I do so I hope you check me out and hopefully I can do more events with Brooklyn Bodega in the future because I really dig what you guys are doing.

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