The Come Up: Kilo Kish

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Get familiar with the Odd Future-affiliated New York rapper/singer/poet/all-around-artist making waves in hip-hop and beyond

Is Kilo Kish a rapper? It’s a claim that gets thrown around a lot. However you want to label her artistry, the general sentiment is the same: Her music is a new wave of hip-hop/R&B that is picking up speed.

Despite the high praises for her Homeschool EP, which was released in April 2012 and produced mainly by Odd Future sub-group The Internet, the 22-year-old is looking to stake her claim as a multi-faceted artist. Her self-directed video for “Navy,” released last September, was a hypnotizing clip that showed her jazzy, spaced-out mode in action. She also made a random cameo in the video for A$AP Ferg’s “Work.” The increasing momentum and attention has allowed her to get comfortable with experimenting and molding her own sound. The result is her latest project, K+, where Kish shared her efforts with more than 25 collaborators, including The Internet, Earl Sweatshirt, A$AP Ferg and Childish Gambino.

Kish, who has received nods from her friends in the A$AP Mob and Odd Future, is focused on taking her music to greater lengths. In our sit down with Kilo, XXL gets familiar with her move to New York, her musical influences, her favorite tracks on K+ and if she considers herself an MC.—As told to Eric Diep (@E_Diep)