Houston Rapper ‘Kakazi The Lyrical Ova Flowa’ is a 33 year old lyrically inclined rap artist who is proudly representing his home state of Texas while making a name for himself. Initially coming across his music you will undoubtedly get a breath of fresh air that Hip-Hop is still very much alive. From his constructive lyricism to his passionate delivery, it is refreshing to listen to his music. Kakazi doesn’t believe he found Hip-Hop, but more so that Hip-Hop found him. Kakazi was adopted when he was a child, however fast-forward years later he excelled to become the first person in his family to achieve his high school diploma. Whatever it is that they’re teaching in the schools down in Houston, they’re doing something right because it is obvious to any Hip-Hop fan that comes across his music that he is an intelligent individual just based off of his wordplay. In school Kakazi made sure to study frequently and read the dictionary (to no surprise). He has been bringing lyrical abuse to rap instrumentals since the age of 16. On the flip side of that and aside from rap, for the fans wondering what his personality may be like, something a lot of people most likely don’t know about the Houston rapper is that one day he actually aspires to open up an animal shelter to take care of stray animals and home them while pursing his rap career. Getting back to rap, Kakazi The Lyrical Ova Flowa has a few inspirations and idols in music such as Drake, Joyner Lucas, Eminem, Chamillionaire, and MF Doom. Diving into his music you can definitely see how a couple of these names have inspired and contributed to his style.
Ready To Rock
Kakazi is currently proving his consistency in the rap game. Keeping his fans satisfied, Kakazi is once again showcasing verbal assault in the new music video he just released on September 3rd, 2022 titled ‘Ready To Rock’. The visuals for the video take place at a local Houston gas station where you see Kakazi performing his new song with strong delivery and sincere confidence. “The target’s what I’m acquiring, the pressure I’m applying it, combining it with that motivation, everything else is overrated.” The H-Town native raps passionately. Scrolling through the songs he has on his Youtube channel, it is clear as day he is not only staying consistent but also progressing in his craft while doing so. The artist plans to have his music on all streaming platforms in the near future but for now you can find him on Youtube consistently pleasing his fans with his unique sound. The improvements in his flow and lyrics from his first track on his channel ‘The World We Call A Home’ to his latest ‘Ready To Rock’ hit are undeniable. Yet his channel comes with a selection of more songs to catch a vibe to that are in between those two songs with tracks like “Destined For Greatness” and “Make A Wish”. With the support from his hometown it is inevitable the rapper is going places. Fresh off his newest music video, we got a chance to sit down with Kakazi and interview him:
Q : How do you think being from Houston shaped your sound?
A : Well with the sound that I have you wouldn’t even know that I’m actually from Houston, Texas. I believe Houston has shaped my sound simply by me not wanting to sound the same as others from here. I wanted to take a different approach and separate myself and stick out like a sore thumb. Which is why Chamillionaire (from Houston, Texas as well) is my inspiration as an entrepreneurial hip-hop artist that I look up to.
Q : When did you realize for the first time you were going to take music seriously?
A : The beginning of this year when I decided I don’t want to work a 9 to 5 corporate America job anymore. I’d rather make all the executive decisions and progress and move up in this world on my own. I’m tired of helping other companies and owners live their dreams it’s time to live mine as well.
Q : If you could get anybody on a song with you, dead or alive, who would it be?
A : Alive: Eminem, Chamillionaire, Joyner Lucas, Drake
Dead : MF Doom, Big Pun, Big L
Q : How do you feel about where Hip-Hop is headed?
A : I can’t quite answer that because Hip-Hop has changed dramatically over the years. No matter what it’s always gonna be good though. One thing I do know that’s for sure that the purest form of Hip-Hop will always be in battle rap.
Q : How do you think the old generation of Hip-Hop compares to the new generation? Can they co-exist?
A : I think the old and new generation of Hip-Hop compare in the way of expressing themselves, showing them who they truly are through their art. Even though different generations have covered different aspects of life and they all tell a story at the end of the day. They can co-exist by respecting one another’s craft and understanding all the hard work dedication and time that’s been put in to create.
Q : You told us your top 5 previously. Who else inspires you outside of music?
A : One of my old bosses from a previous company I worked for. His name is Chuck Cates. I had the privilege of being able to see how he operated behind the scenes and on the job and I must say he is very professional and he carries himself very well. He inspires me to become powerful, respected and successful. Another person that inspires me a lot is Dwayne The Rock Johnson. I’ve watched his very first match in WWE all the way to seeing him on Instagram this morning and all the hard work that he put in is exactly what he’s getting back in return. And last but not least my dad. He may not be a millionaire but one thing he has taught me is longevity and commitment. He’s worked the same job for over 25 years and he always got up to go to work and was never late. He never complained about anything that has to do with working. He’s old-school and he has that working mentality and I picked that up from him.
Q : Who would you like to give a shout-out to?
A : I want to give a shout out to myself. I hardly ever give myself credit where credit is due. I bust my ass by working, running my private company, and of course do all the behind-the-scenes stuff with this music. I still manage to get up every day and keep pushing. I’m not signed to a record label so I don’t have the machine backing me up I’m all by myself right now.
Q : Last but not least, what would you like to say to all the young aspiring artists out there trying to get into this industry?
A : Don’t be like everybody else. Separate yourself. Be Different. Be organic. Be yourself.
And Another One
In conclusion, this is certainly an artist on the rise that everyone should be on the lookout for. When we spoke with the ‘Ready To Rock’ rapper, we wanted to conclude our interview with him by asking the backstory behind his iconic phrase “And Another One” you may see on his pictures or on his merchandise. This is what he had to say :
“Okay so the ‘And Another One’ phrase ended up coming to me when I listened to the song by Ashanti featuring Biggie – Unfoolish. This when I was 16 years old. The first time I ever stepped in a booth… I thought about that song and that is the same exact day I used that phrase and It stuck with me ever since. Everybody has something about them that’s either a catchphrase or a specific genuine unique sound. Lil Jon has his “yeah”, “what”, “OK”. Chamillionaire has his “Chamillitary mayne”, Jadakiss has his iconic laugh. ‘And Another One’ represents me always coming with a new song, a new banger, a new hit. I believe me and DJ Khaled could make some magic happen! To me that would be an iconic, legendary collaboration.”
Kakazi is currently selling his ‘And Another One’ brand on his merchandise that inevitably is only going to grow along with his music, so wether it’s another hit, or a merch drop, always be ready for ‘Another One’ by Kakazi The Lyrical Ova Flowa.
Keep up with Kakazi :
Instagram : @Mr.AndAnotherOne
Check out Kakazi’s latest music video below: