Key! Found Musical Maturity in Fatherhood

The ‘777’ rapper talks Atlanta’s music scene, producing, working with A$AP Mob, and becoming a father.

By
listen
Key! Found Musical Maturity in Fatherhood
MIC/LINE
5,623 Hypes 2 Comments

MIC/LINE (formerly named Sound Check) is HYPEBEAST Radio‘s music-centric show that looks to bring you in-depth conversations with your favorite artists, digging into their origin stories and asking the questions you want answered. On our second episode, we sat down with Atlanta’s Young OG, Key!, a.k.a. FatManKey!

Key! is one of the more important faces in Atlanta’s music scene right now. The charismatic rapper has not only built his fanbase with his music but has also introduced, or had his hand in the beginnings, of so many young rappers’ careers out of the ATL and beyond: Father, ILoveMakonnen, OG Maco, Two-9, Post Malone, 21 Savage; the list of Key’s protégés goes on. Always evolving and always looking for ways to make fresh music, Key!’s mind is always set on progression.

“The whole point for me is to conquer everything I hear or comes to my mind, so I never tried to limit myself on it,” he explains. “I like discovering new things and try to attack it. I don’t feel anybody who makes music will have the same experience, so this should be an instrument. I’m the saxophone and this saxophone needs to go everywhere… I don’t think about it as staying new or nothing, I just don’t want to make the same song twice.”

Most recently, Key! has been running with A$AP Mob and was featured on the collective’s Cozy Tapes Vol. 2: Too Cozy, which dropped in August 2017. Earlier this year, the “Wrist” rapper linked up with Kenny Beats to drop their impressive collaborative album, 777, this past May.

You can listen to Key!’s 777 album right now.

Keep up with everything HYPEBEAST Radio and subscribe to MIC/LINE on Apple PodcastsSoundcloudSpotifyStitcherOvercast or wherever else you enjoy your podcasts. Feel free to reach out to our host, Manny, on Twitter at @ECM_LP and follow HYPEBEAST Music for more original content and music news.

Read Full Article
Image Credit
Michael Kusumadjaja
Sound
Jade Chung
Interviewer
Emmanuel Maduakolam

Join Our Discussions on Discord

The HYPEBEAST Discord Server is a community where conversations on cultural topics can be taken further.

726 Users Online

What to Listen to Next

Smokepurpp & Murda Beatz

Smokepurpp & Murda Beatz

“We were making fire for a year straight,” [...] “One day, we brought the party back to the studio and I made ‘1, 2, 3’ on the spot.”

Listen
11,679 Hypes 9 Comments

#51: Rower, Author, Archaeologist, Designer — Jack Carlson of Rowing Blazers Does It All

#51: Rower, Author, Archaeologist, Designer — Jack Carlson of Rowing Blazers Does It All

We talked to the jack-of-all-trades about Oxford, the Explorers Club, and New York pizza, among other things.

Listen
19,559 Hypes 11 Comments

Mike WiLL Made-It & Trouble

Mike WiLL Made-It & Trouble

The Atlanta producer-rapper duo promise that “Edgewood is only the beginning.”

Listen
6,798 Hypes 2 Comments


The Business of HYPE with jeffstaple: Ask Me Anything Episode

The Business of HYPE with jeffstaple: Ask Me Anything Episode

Our host goes long on the Pigeon Dunks and its haters, as well as the nitty-gritty business savvy behind the streetwear industry.

Listen
14,022 Hypes 15 Comments

BLAMO!: How Jen Rubio Took Luggage Up, Up and AWAY

BLAMO!: How Jen Rubio Took Luggage Up, Up and AWAY

“We saw an opportunity in this space to make a brand that people care about, talks about travel a certain way, and just so happens to make a really good suitcase.”

Listen
8,333 Hypes 3 Comments

#50: How Millinsky Went From Making Dad-Hats to Designing Merch for the Rolling Stones

#50: How Millinsky Went From Making Dad-Hats to Designing Merch for the Rolling Stones

On this season finale, Alexandre Daillance explains what it felt like waking up to Rihanna wearing his hats.

Listen
8,214 Hypes 1 Comments

More ▾
 
Subscribe to our Newsletter

Gain access to exclusive interviews with industry creatives, think pieces, trend forecasts, guides and more.

By subscribing, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Help us serve you better

We appreciate your support in allowing HYPEBEAST ads, where we can share contents from the latest fashion, to those culturally relevant. In adding HYPEBEAST to your ad blocker's whitelist, ads on our sites will show while you continue to browse.