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Wed 20 Aug 2014, 8:00pm

Where: Studio, 340 Karangahape Rd, Newton, Auckland

Restrictions: R18

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Listed by: TheRobinFernando

Kid Ink cruises past all boundaries. Robin Fernando are hyped to announce Kid Ink will hit Auckland for one killer night of classic rap and elastic word play at The Studio on 20 August.

The Los Angeles rapper, producer, and performer is a versatile and vibrant force. Tattooed from head-to-toe, Kid Ink can seamlessly slip from an irresistible hook into an impeccable verse, effortlessly bobbing and weaving between the club and the streets.

He dropped his full-length debut, My Own Lane [Tha Alumni Music Group/88 Classic/RCA Records] earlier this year, coming in at number three on the Billboard 200 and selling 50,000 copies in the United States during its first week.

His production collaborations include everybody from Sean “Diddy” Combs, Sean Kingston, Nipsey Hussle, and more. “My background producing contributes so much to my own music,” he admits. “I feel like I have a different ear because of that. I’m always aiming for a bigger sound and a bigger look.”

He officially started twisting the game up when he dropped his 2012 independent album, Up & Away. He covered XXL Magazine as part of that year’s “Freshman Class”, while the album smashed an iTunes record by debuting in the Top 5 of the Hip-Hop Albums chart prior to release and minus any traditional promotion. Cumulative single sales from the effort exceed over 500K, while it landed at #20 on the Billboard Top 200, moving over 20K copes first-week. Piping hot from the indie success, he inked a deal with Tha Alumini Group/88 Classic/RCA Records in 2013, dropping the acclaimed Almost Home EP that same year. However, everything simply laid the foundation for My Own Lane.

The single “Iz U Down” featuring Tyga, swings from a bombastic beat into a sultry and slick refrain. Ink and Tyga go toe-to-toe with fiery verses, unleashing a massive banger in the process.

Elsewhere on the album, he teams up with August Alsina for the buoyant and bouncy “We came To Party”, which tempers a soulful chorus with clever wordplay. “It’s definitely a party record,” he smiles. “It plays off people hitting each other up on Instagram. You could call it a social network record.”

However, he unleashes pure mic fury on the aptly titled “Murda” alongside Pusha T. It’s raw, real, and righteous hip-hop that scorches on impact.

Ink explains, “That record shows more of that genuine hip-hop vibe. Pusha T is a real deal artist, and it’s all about the bars with him. He was also someone I looked up to when I was younger and growing up with my favorite music. I was rocking to Clipse and The Neptunes. As soon I got this record, Pusha was at the top of my list. It’s a dream come true.”

My Own Lane solidifies him as an artist preserving his independent identity while reaching a new level altogether.

Anticipation will be huge for Kid Ink. Expect several bangers from this LA rapper. Tickets will sell out fast.

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