How Skating Changed Black Kray's Life


Artist //

Black Kray

Interviewer //

Shane Allen

Posted //

May 5th, 2021

Black Kray, the founder of Goth Money Records was one of the founding fathers of the SoundCloud era of rap. When Goth Money Came out in 2013., they, along with a few other rap names, birthed a whole new generation of hip hop that was breaking all the normal tropes of what you thought rap was, avant guarde you could say.

What were some of your first memories making music,

`Like back in the day in the sixth grade being with my cousins, after school with them on the bus. We were always just freestyling and kicking it.

Everything would always be going down either on the bus or at the bus stop.

Which had better freestyles? The morning bus or after school bus.

After, yeah in the morning time you'd be too sleepy. like it's too early for that [Laughs} Aint nobody want to be on that, so shit be quiet until after school. You know everybody pumped up going home.

When did you get introduced to recording?

In the seventh grade, I just went to Walmart one day and copped a little microphone. I went back to the crib. I just plugged that setup and recorded it ma made my first song I dropped it on MySpace. And then the next day I shared the link with my homie and then, he went and got the mic too. He did the same thing. we've been recording together ever since.

What was the process of you actually learning how to do it? In the 7th grade that's not easy.

Its crazy. cause I'm just naturally good at and just know what to do with a computer. I didn't get a computer early on, but I was just like naturally good at it.

So, and I was already messing around making skateboard videos and using Photoshop. So it was just simple. I just knew I had to buy a microphone to plugin, I knew I had to download some audio program. I did all that and it was on, I figured it out.

One of my other cousins was always on the computer playing 24 seven. He was like getting all these free programs was super into like the forum community. So you'd have plugs and people that know about certain things. So my cousin was like, yo like I got this program, you should check it out. I hopped on one and then was like ohh this is firee.

Did it feel weird hearing your voice back for the first time?

Hell yeah. I never really liked it. Like for real, I ain't really get used to hearing my own voice for a long time. Probably all the way up until a couple of years ago.