BeeDotKay Teams Up With Rockie Fresh To Create New Single In A Minute

What city are you from / where do you live now?

I am from the south side of Chicago and grew up in the Roseland community. I still live in Chi, just another part of the Southside.

What is the name of your artist / producer? What is your real name? How did you find the name of the artist / producer?

My name is BeeDotKay. I used to just ride the BeeKay the longest, but this is more like me. I wish I had a cool story about how I got this name, but in fact it just came from the name that my parents and siblings gave me.

Wait, I think there are SOME backstories; In elementary school, my friends knew that my first and last initials were bullshit … … and well, I obviously couldn’t have people here calling me “bullshit,” so I had to flip it over and use my middle initial, as if it were my last before they started teasing me.

You know elementary school teasing is a different beast, this shit can haunt you all your life if you’re not careful. Anyway, that’s how I got on BK as a nickname. Somewhere along the way (maybe in the Tagged, Bebo, Myspace era) I started to pronounce BK phonetically to give it some uniqueness. I think people really thought the BeeKay nickname was cool because everyone used to call me that by the end of high school.

In short, the rest was history. In college, I found myself using BeeDotKay as my Twitter, IG and FB, and people called me “BeeDotKay” as if it was my name, I just pasted it in. Also, I’m a minimalist person (in most cases), so having a simple name that no one asks for seemed like the best move to me.

At what point in your life did you decide to pursue a musical career?

You know, it was my lifelong aspiration. I started performing on stage when I was about 4 years old. My sister is the one who made me love the art of rap, and then she wrote hooks and poetry, and she made me spit hooks on stage with her while she killed poetry. I wrote my own poems and songs by the age of 9 or so, and started doing my own shows at about 11 years old. At that time it was all performances at church and church events, but I knew that even then I liked making people feel something with the help of Music.

Although this is strange, because as a child I dreamed of becoming the head of the personnel department. It’s like I love writing music, but I never wanted to be a star, just someone whose name you knew because I worked with everyone you love and know. I was fascinated by the music business (and still do), which prompted me to explore the titans of artist development at the time. I’ve studied the likes of Diddy, Lyor Cohen, Jimmy Iovine, Dame Dash and of course Hov.

Of course, I still loved making music, so I never stopped. By the time I was 15, I was recording in real studios and rocking 10,000-seat church arenas. I decided to write less religious music for about 17 years when I was going to college, and since then I have been betting on myself.

Did your upbringing play a role in shaping who you are and in defining your sound today? If so, how?

My village has it all with the discovery of my sound. I am the youngest of 6 siblings. My older sister is 20 years older than me, and my closest brother is 2.5 years older than me. It was preparation for this beautiful blessing that was raised by 5 people who were here for some of the best music of the 80s, 90s and early 00s.

As I rode in cars with them, spending days and weeks in their cribs, I developed a love for music that my mother would definitely not let me listen to at home. They impose me on everything; Through them I discovered some of my favorite rappers like Jay, Common, Talib Kweli, Ma $ e, Redman & Method Man, Outkast, Busta, Eminem … and many more.

I am grateful for this part of my story because it set the standard for me. I studied the real art of rap, fell deeply in love with hip-hop culture and began to form an idea of ​​what kind of host I want to be remembered.

How would you describe your sound to readers who may not be familiar with you?

My music reflects who I am in real life; multifaceted with balanced duality. I am educated, gentleman, spiritual person, but I have inclinations. Sounds eclectic and refreshing. You will receive everything from me; thoughtful, introspective bars, creative ideas, vulnerable feelings, but also some of them show up in clubs.

The production uses real instruments and their sounds, as well as trap drums. In general, it is a mixture of hip-hop and rap with elements of jazz, r & b, alternative, house and soul.

What ultimately inspired you to pursue a musical career?

I just love writing music and playing songs for people who appreciate them! There is no other way to formulate it; I love the process of uncovering an idea and turning it into something real.

I love the feeling of being on stage and the movement of the crowd, I love the urge to hear the final mix / mastery of the story, feeling, idea or message that I set out to convey. My love for music and its ability to reach, comfort, entertain, energize and teach people drives me every day. I want to give people the same feelings that I have had from the artists I love throughout my life.

What is one of the reasons for your passion for music and what inspires you?

Music is universal, it brings people together who would otherwise be disconnected. The only thing I saw was good food … and although I cook well, my music is much better. (I seem to have answered this question in the past)

What other hobbies do you have besides music? What do you do to stay creative?.

I am very interested in photography and fine arts. I also draw and sketch sometimes. My other hobbies are cooking and painting. I try to make something out of everything that I select. But on a more relaxed note; I watch a lot of films, finding that inspiration comes from everywhere, and I don’t like a good storyline with fiery dialogue and character development. I remain most creative when I immerse myself in the work of other creatives and artists.

What did you do before music?

It’s not really what I was doing before music, but more than what I was doing with music lol. I went to school, got a bachelor’s degree, then a master’s degree, then I did what I do best; mentoring and teaching children.

I have been working in an academic environment since I almost left my high school student. I am now a 7th grade math teacher in West Chicago.

Who has influenced you the most in music?

MJ, Ma $ e, Missy, Eminem, Hov, Cole, Kanye, Common, Lupe, Rihanna, Weezy, Jeezy, Pharrell, Erykah Badu, Anderson.Paak, Jazmine Sullivan, Drake and ummm Beyonce and many others … some of the main ones, that I would probably lose my shit with if I got a chance to work with.

What are your musical career goals for the future?

I want to see the world and take my music with me wherever I go … I think it’s a world tour. You have to do this at least once in your life. Wherever I go, travel and rock scene. At the end of the day, I want to establish myself as a writer for other artists before taking on artist management for the next generation.

Tell us the name of the project you are currently promoting? What inspired this project?

IN A MINUTE featuring Rockie Fresh !!. I wrote this song back in April. I felt that the pandemic was coming to an end, and my soul was ready to go back outside to do business and see people. On top of that, I am in such a stronger, more confident place in life; like a man, artist, teacher, father, everything around.

When I went into a pandemic, I felt like this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to rewrite my life and really hone what I thought I was wasting time on. So I spent the entire pandemic leveling up in every possible sense.

I was recovering my mind and spirit, I bought a profitable property, I made the best music of my career in those 13 months, like I was seriously polishing my ass, and now it was time to show people what I was doing. This song captures the energy of a person who returns to the stage after the lights come on. That’s where I was in life, I went through hell and came back from the other side as a better person. It’s time to put rubber on the road.

Also, I just released an EP with my New Context guys. This is a jazz-hop fusion band and I am a loyal host. The EP has about 5 songs and I wrote / performed lyrics for 3 of them. Also, I worked closely with Bianca Shaw on her new EP “Get A Real Job”, I wrote “Roses” and I’m working on another song, so I strongly insist on that too.

Date when this project was canceled or will be discontinued?

The fallout is tentatively scheduled for May 28. The Chicago DJ got it before.

What do you think this project is about?

Out of season if you are grinding to reap the benefits of your hard work.

What was one of your most proud moments in your music career?

Last September I threw a crazy backyard party (in the midst of a crowd) for my birthday, part concert and part trap karaoke. Sooooo many people came out and Chicago called it party of the year … in their words, not mine.

But this is the moment I’m most proud of because it was half the pandemic and when I announced a few new songs it was a moment of confirmation for me. As it is one thing to feel that you have grown and risen to a new level, it is another thing for the hundreds of people who have followed you from day one to see you grow and love it too.

What’s next? Are you working on any upcoming projects that we should be looking forward to? Include multiple dates, if you have any.

What’s next is a slew of new singles and videos popping up like clockwork every month. My next project will be “The Orange Line EP”, no date, it’s all about singles and videos.

What message do you think fans will get out of your music?

BeeDotKay is someone you have never seen.

Where can we follow you on social media?

Twitter: @AyeBeeDotKay

Instagram: @BeeDotKay

Facebook: @BeeDotKay

Spotify: @BeeDotKay

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