HCM. How did you come by your stage name?
Kilo M.O.E. When I was a teenage I was living in a Small place but infamous for its high crime and drug activity known as Topeka, KS.
During the 90’s they had a very well known crime wave in which I was unfortunately a part of in hindsight. I wore a big heavy gold chain with medallion that said “KILO” in Diamonds. At the time that was big deal. Everybody didn’t have access to jewels like that back then. I had it custom made. I was a crack dealer. Known for moving heavy weight . So from there I became “Kilo M.O.E”…. the acronym M.O.E came about little after 1996. I was always MOE…. All the way back as far as 5th grade when tagging graffiti and burners was a thing I was known as the tag “Chilly MOE”. MOE became an acronym because of the whole Tupac wave in the hood and everyone screaming “Money over bitches”… I used to say “nooooooo…. Its Money Over EVERYTHING”…. Hence “Kilo MOE” became “Kilo M.O.E” I used to Tag it everywhere.
HCM. When did you discover your love for music and what made you realize you wanted to pursuit a career in music?
Kilo M.O.E. My brother was my biggest inspiration. We grew up in a musical household. Records! Lots of records. We lived in the record stores. Everyone had their own record player, boom box, or stereo. All rooms of the house except the bathroom.
My brother had DJ equipment back when it wasn’t every single person you knew had. We passed around ‘mix tapes’ and I’m talking actual tapes. The real deal. Not downloads of people rapping over industry beats. The whole thing was about having the best cuts, blends, and scratches and mastering certain mixes. My brother is much older than me and at the time we were living in Munich, Germany. This was a 4 year time period elementary school where I developed my pursuit in music. My brother was my number one inspiration. Had it not been for that time period in Germany I’d never have pursued music as a career or had the desire to. The pursuit wasn’t simply a linear ascent. There were stops here and there as I got in trouble right at the beginning of what became a musical renaissance in Topeka that brought about a lot of great talent and legendary stories.
I came home to Baltimore and started pursuing the career again but after some creative differences and lack of motivation, some on my behalf I got into bodybuilding and personal training which took me away from the pursuit little over ten years.
HCM. To what or whom do you accredit your sense of style?
Kilo M.O.E. I’ve always been what one would describe as “colorful” when it comes to style. I don’t mean literally wearing a lot of colors. I mean brash and cocky. I got a lot of my style from Run D.M.C, Slick Rick, and Ghostface and Raekwon. Ive always gravitated to that Loud 1980’s coke dealer style. This is what I portray day to day still.
Also growing up around the way as early as 10 years old hanging out with the grown ups that kept new kicks and new whips. Being around all this gave me the sense of style that I carry today. Even if I’m business casual I always must add a gaudy piece somewhere to always show love to where I come from. The 1980’s Coke dealers. I’ll never forget.
HCM. On your upcoming album… How did you come up with the concept for this project?
Kilo M.O.E. The concept of the upcoming project #keystothemoe is in ways about context yet also literal. This is actually the cornerstone to the music I make. Its 9 dimensional. I had a bunch of instrumentals from my usual guys and roughly two that were newly purchased simply because this was a direction id been creating in for quite some time. “Keys” because all 10 tracks are recorded and written over keys in various pitches. Piano keys that is.
Also, over these keys I’ve written words that I consider important “Keys” that will open Doors for the aspiring successful entrepreneur. Added to this dimension is also the fact that all the lines aren’t relevant to this however within the lines are “Keys” to the Money Over Everything. Hence the concept of the Album “Keys To The MOE”. If you are looking for mindless “vibes” this album isn’t for you. However I still made it for you and it will be here when you decide you’re ready for “Keys”.
HCM. What are some of your greatest challenges as an artist, and what is your greatest attribute when it comes to your work ethic?
Kilo M.O.E. As an artist, there are few challenges as I also own the label. My biggest challenge as an individual is juggling the “ownership” of the company and the “relationship” of the fans. Oftentimes its hard to be emotional and put my heart on my sleeve as an artist when all my energy flows through my brain first.
Obviously this is necessary to operate a successful entity and there is much here to manage. When it comes to my work ethic, My stamina is always and has always been my greatest attribute. I can work and work and work and work til I fall out. I was the same as a bodybuilder and trainer which helped me get to where I am today. I don’t every stop. EVER. The game is a marathon and without stamina you won’t finish.
HCM. Is there anyone you’d like to thank, any shout outs?
Kilo M.O.E. The team as of Late… Everyone has been very instrumental in all things administered. Big Shout out Fat Cat OGC, Dj Blacc Widdoh, Hecdakid, and Pops Jr. My Dad of course! That’s my hero. My Mother is where I got my stamina… Lets give a good ole fashion “Hi mom” for that! Last only because this is all of all….. The almighty power of the Universe. It has been and always will be Right and Exact! #keystothemoe
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