Bizzy Crook Talks His Musical Origins, Eminem's Influence And Overcoming Depression
Miami, Florida emcee Bizzy Crook is currently accompanying Kid Ink and King Los on the "My Own Lane Tour," and our very own Damon Campbell recently caught up with him for an exclusive interview at The Intersection in Grand Rapids, Michigan, during which they discussed his origins, Eminem's influence, his battle with depression and more. Read excerpts from their conversation and watch the whole thing below, as well as Crook's recent video for "No Limit," which has been co-signed by Master P himself.
Kid Ink Talks "My Own Lane" Tour & His 5-Year Plan
Kid Ink is bigger than ever, and he's definitely seeing the effects of his growing popularity on his "My Own Lane" tour, which he's currently in the middle of. HNHH had a chance to catch up with the rapper in New York, where he told us about his approach to touring, his new fanbase, and where he's sees himself in the next 5 years.
Kid Ink Announces European Tour Dates
Kid Ink is in the middle of his highly successful "My Own Lane" tour, and it appears it won't be ending anytime soon. The rapper has just announced a new leg of the tour, which will take him through Europe through the late summer to early fall. The tour will kick off August 31st in Amsterdam, before making its way through Germany, France, Belgium, and the UK, finishing off October 20th in St. Petersburg, Russia.
BTS Photos For Kid Ink's "Main Chick" Video Shoot
Kid Ink's "Main Chick" single continues to hit radio airwaves just about everywhere, and while that's happening the rapper has been busy working on a music video for the cut. "Main Chick" features both Tyga and Chris Brown, however, with Breezy currently locked up we're unsure on whether or not he'll be making an appearance in this music video. Nonetheless, T-Raww was definitely on the set, as you can see in the photos above. The video shoot went down in Ink's native L.A. and was shot by Alexandre Moors. We can expect the full video to arrive some time in May.
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Kid Ink continues his "My Own Lane" tour, and HotNewHipHop is giving you the chance to catch him live in concert!We've got tickets to Ink's show at New York's Irving Plaza on April 20th. If you're in the area, and would like to attend the show, simply follow the rules below, and you could be seeing Kid Ink, King Los and Bizzy Crook live in concert!
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Kid Ink is kicking off his "My Own Lane" tour next week, and HotNewHipHop is giving you the chance to catch him live in concert!We've got tickets to Ink's show at Seattle's Neptune Theatre on April 2nd. If you're in the area, and would like to attend the show, simply follow the rules below, and you could be seeing Kid Ink, King Los and Bizzy Crook live in concert!
Kid Ink's "Show Me" Certified Platinum, New Tour Dates Added
It didn't take long to realize that Kid Ink's "Show Me" was a hit. The track, which features an assist from Chris Brown, a Robin S.-sampling, Mustard-helmed beat, as well as some writing credits from Jeremih and TeeFLii has pretty much everything going for it. After becoming a chart mainstay, the song has now achieved platinum status, breaking the 1 million mark this week. Simultaneously, Kid Ink has announced some new tour dates, adding to his already lengthy tour in support of My Own Lane.
Samples Of The Week: March 13
When hip-hop began, samples were all that DJs and producers had to construct instrumental tracks with. They'd dig through crates of vinyl trying to find isolated drum breaks, melodies or vocals that they could repurpose for use in hip-hop music. Today, sampling has become less common, but a choice sample can still push a track from lukewarm to hot faster than you can say "uh huh honey." This week, see who Kid Ink, Jay Z, A$AP Rocky and Kendrick Lamar chose to sample in their recent releases, all of which you can find on HNHH.
Kid Ink Announces "My Own Lane" Tour Dates
Kid Ink has had quite the successful 2013, and he kept things going into 2014 with the release of his debut effort on RCA, My Own Lane. The album sold 50,000 units opening week, which is pretty impressive for the LA native, as he continues to expand his fan base outside of the Los Angeles area.
Charts Don’t Lie: January 26
This week the charts remained relatively calm, with no hip-hop new-comers to speak of yet. However, Ty Dolla $ign recently dropped his new Beach House EP, so we'll have to see how well that does sales-wise next week. This past week was Kid Ink's second week on the Billboard 200, and while he wasn't able to maintain a spot within the top 20 of the Billboard 200, he was pretty close, dropping to #21 after a #3 debut. Although Ink is signed to RCA, this is his debut effort and while he's pushing towards the mainstream, he hasn't quite broken down the barrier yet.
Charts Don't Lie: January 19
This week we welcome a new entry on Charts Don't Lie, Kid Ink. Kid Ink is a prime example of a rapper who took his internet fame way past the internet. The Alumni rapper is now signed to a major label, and was able to successfully release his debut album My Own Lane-- he actually surpassed the sales projections of 40-45k. Ink sold a respectable 50k, which isn't too shabby for an artist who is not quite mainstream yet, although it's only a matter of time until he gets there.
First Week Sales For Kid Ink's "My Own Lane"
The numbers have arrived for Kid Ink's RCA debut My Own Lane. The album was projected to move a respectable 40-45k opening week, and he actually surpassed that amount. My Own Lane sold 50,000 copies opening week, making for a debut on the Billboard 200 at #3. On the Rap Albums chart, he's locked in the #1 spot.
Review: Kid Ink's "My Own Lane"
Kid Ink may have suddenly rose to popularity with the 2012 catchy hit “Time of Your Life” but the California rapper has been at it longer than that. Releasing his first mixtape in 2010, Kid Ink, real name Brian Collins, gained a slew of fans with his laid-back style and blend of singing and rapping.
First Week Sales Projections For Kid Ink's "My Own Lane"
The first week sales projections are in for Kid Ink’s major label debut My Own Lane, which was released this past Tuesday via RCA Records. According to HDD, Kid Ink's debut album is projected to move anywhere from 40-45K copies in its first week. If that stands, and it should, it will be good enough to land Ink a top 3 spot on Billboard 200.
Kid Ink's "My Own Lane" Album Stream
The day has arrived for Kid Ink's debut album My Own Lane to hit shelves and the world wide web. We've heard several album cuts leading up to the release, including the stand-out Pusha T-featured "Murda," and most recently, "We Just Came To Party" with August Alsina.
Kid Ink Talks Christmas, Best & Worst Gifts He's Received
With Christmas arriving tomorrow, we decided it was only appropriate to make our recent interview with Kid Ink Christmas-themed. Ink will no doubt be busy this holiday prepping the release of his debut album My Own Lane for the New Year (January 7th, to be exact), but nonetheless, even rappers have time to celebrate Christmas.
Kid Ink Reveals Cover Art For "My Own Lane" [Update: Tracklist Revealed]
Kid Ink is prepping his debut album to drop via RCA. He's still been letting go free records for fans leading up to the release, and today he decided to release the cover art for the album My Own Lane on Twitter. The artwork is black and white with Ink covering his mouth with his tatted up hands. Peep it in the gallery above. The LP drops on January 7th 2014. [UPDATE: Tracklist For "My Own Lane" Revealed]
Top Tracks Of The Week: Nov. 18-24
This feature highlights a hand-picked selection of some of the bigger tracks of the week. We have chosen a few of the tracks that landed within our top 25 most played, focusing on those that stood out, and left room for discussion. This edition features A$AP Ferg, Big Sean, Juicy J and more! Take a look at the list in the gallery above, and feel free to let us know your own favorite tracks in the comments.
Exclusive Photos: BTS Of Kid Ink's "Show Me" Featuring Chris Brown
Kid Ink's new "Show Me" single is rapidly climbing both the Billboard and radio charts, and an official visual featuring and directed by Chris Brown will be dropping next week. Check out the gallery above for an exclusive first look at the making of the video (courtesy of Born Original), and cop the single on iTunes. It'll be included on Ink's major label debut My Own Lane, which is scheduled to drop on January 7th.
Top Tracks Of The Week: Sept 2-10
This feature highlights a hand-picked selection of some of the bigger tracks of the week. We have chosen a few of the tracks that landed within our top 25 most played, focusing on those that stood out, and left room for discussion. This edition features Meek Mill, Rick Ross, 2 Chainz and more! Take a look at the list in the gallery above, and feel free to let us know your own favorite tracks in the comments.