West Up. We caught up with Denver, Colorado rapper Kevin Pistol for an exclusive new interview. A veteran of the rap game, Kevin Pistol was most recently featured here on WestCoastRydaz.com for his video “My Patna!” and a promo called “Man, Myth, Legend.” We sat down with the multi-talented artist to talk about his career, aligning with West Coast legend Mack 10‘s “Hoo Bangin’” records and to showcase his latest music video “I Dab,” which highlights a popular method of enjoying marijuana in the appropriately named Mile High City. You can check it all out below.
- Kevin Pistol interview with WestCoastRydaz.com – June 2013
WestCoastRydaz.com: How long have you been rapping?
Kevin Pistol: 20 years.
WestCoastRydaz.com: Okay, so you started rapping early. How important do you think that has been for your career?
Kevin Pistol: It’s been extremely valuable. A man can never have too much experience!
WestCoastRydaz.com: Great point. When did you start take rapping seriously?
Kevin Pistol: At 18 my patna Drettie pulled up on me standing out side on the D block. He asked me if I wanted to record a album, I said “hell yeah!” and jumped in the car. From that day forward I was taking my career serious!
WestCoastRydaz.com: You moved between the East Coast and Denver at a young age, how did that influence your style?
Kevin Pistol: It completely shaped my style. Back east in the 90’s, hip-hop had become a blend of deep thought, black history, and intense lyrics. That’s where I began to rhyme. When I got back home to Denver in 1996 I discovered the West Coast sound. It was all about tempo, rhythm, timing, and the lyrics focused on the harsh reality of West Coast street life. My style is a blend of the two.
WestCoastRydaz.com: You represent for Denver, Colorado, how would you describe the rap scene in Colorado?
Kevin Pistol: Personally, I would say extremely competitive. Everybody is rushing to be the first to put Denver on the map. This has gotten in the way of a lot of good collaboration in the city. On the other hand I would say the scene is bursting at the seams, with undiscovered talent!
WestCoastRydaz.com: You’re sharing your newest video, tell us about it.
Kevin Pistol: It’s called “I DAB.” Colorado is all about the 420 movement. Medical dispensaries have been open since 2008 and it’s been legal for recreational use since January 1st, 2013. About two years ago, I got hip to a concentrated form of THC Known as “Ear Wax Hash.” Trust me it’s strong! You only need a lil DAB in your blunt, so we call it “Dabbing Wax.” The video focuses on the hash and the 420 movement to give the world a look in the… AND I MEAN LITERALLY, “MILE HIGH CITY!
WestCoastRydaz.com: What kind of influence has West Coast music had on your style?
Kevin Pistol: The West taught me to “tell it like it is!” We don’t do too much sugar coating in the West!
WestCoastRydaz.com: Which rappers would you say had the biggest impact on your rapping?
Kevin Pistol: Treach for his delivery, Keith Murray for his word play and RedMan for creativity in the east. In the West it’s Mack 10 for his gangsta, E-40 for his complexity and Brotha Lynch for rhythm & timing. Down south it’s T.I. for his charisma, Jeezy for his swag, and Bun B for his wisdom.
WestCoastRydaz.com: Who are some of the artists you’ve worked with?
Kevin Pistol: Mack 10, E-40, Snoop Dogg, Bun B, Jayo Felony, Young Bleed, Marvaless, Killa Tay, C-Bo, A-Wax, Filthy Rich, Laroo, Liffy Stokes, Sun. Too many to name!
WestCoastRydaz.com: Besides rapping, you produce music too. How important do you think it is to have multiple talents?
Kevin Pistol: It’s essential if you want to be in the business long term. Like my big daddy used to say… “You gotta make yourself useful!”
WestCoastRydaz.com: How many projects have you released?
Kevin Pistol: 14. Six street albums and eight mixtapes.
WestCoastRydaz.com: Tell us more about your music, what label are you signed to and do you have your own company?
Kevin Pistol: My music is built for spins in the car and crib as well as the club. I make tracks that are relevant to life outside of club, more often than party tracks, though I do like to have a good time! Mack 10 saw what I was trying to do with my label (Hustlinflow Music Group) and decided to give us a lift by branding my label along side his brand, (Hoo’ Bangin’ Records).
WestCoastRydaz.com: No doubt. How did you connect with Mack 10 and Hoo Bangin?
Kevin Pistol: Mack was working with my patna Kalid at Kdubb Promotions. Kalid knew my body of work here in Denver and decided to connect us.
WestCoastRydaz.com: What is the name of your new project and when can fans expect it?
Kevin Pistol: My next project is a mixtape with DJ Infamous titled “Paper, Power, and Pistols!” I’m expecting it to drop on the second or third week of June.
WestCoastRydaz.com: Okay. Who will the features be?
Kevin Pistol: It’s a star studded look! With features from Mack 10, E40, Snoop, Sun from G Unit, Liffy Stokes of the Speedknot Mobstaz, C-Bo, Killa Tay, A-Wax from the Bay, Bloody J from the ATL and more
WestCoastRydaz.com: Oh okay. We also heard about a new LP, tell us why you chose the name “Mic Jordan” for it.
Kevin Pistol: In a way, It’s a self titled project. I am “The Mic Jordan”. I know it sounds cocky but I intend to make a believer out of the doubters. Check out my SoundCloud or the first tape I did with Infamous called “F**K Kevin Pistol” and see for yourself.
WestCoastRydaz.com: Where can fans listen to your music and find out more about you?
WestCoastRydaz.com: Great. We appreciate you linking up with us. Anything else you’d like to add?
Kevin Pistol: Real simple, THE MOUNTAINS GOT SUMNASAY!
For more on Kevin Pistol follow him on Twitter @KevinPistol.