Doin It With Kwaisi France: Rahm Kely
KTB Radio presents Doin It With Kwaisi France. Kwaisi sat down with Detroit rapper Rahm Kely to talk about where rap has come from, where it is currently and where it’s going.
Rahm Kely, similar to Kwaisi, should have grown out of this loving-rap-music thing by now. He’s a Detroit product whose music, like the times, transcends boundaries.
He debuted in 2012 with his mixtape Flo So Dope. Inspired by wack rappers to greatness, Rahm is only interested in making good music. This is where, as a musician, I see a responsibility that he has in understanding the difference between our time and now, along with the influences of many different factors on hip-hop. Rahm even does some stand-up comedy so that understanding, at least concerning creation and performance, crosses mediums as well.
Rahm is opinionated, funny, political and realistic as someone with a family to feed. His art is important in his life, but it does not take priority over taking care of them. This is something I respect a great deal about him as an artist. He’s like John Turturro in Rounders. He’s not rapping or doing stand-up alone, nor for the thrill of it. There are real life consequences to his success or failure like rent and bills. I think this gives him both a hunger and a patience other rappers do not have.
The conversation reflects just how deeply emotional music, life, family, art and Detroit are in Rahm’s life. We will have him back on to find out what the transgressions were that have him hesitating to return to New York, and to find out how the budding stand-up is going as well. Of course, hip-hop will be at the center of the conversation. Here’s Rahm’s latest KTB approved track.