Word On The Street: Nay The Kid
Written by admin on September 13, 2020
So where are you from.? (Nationality, Location, What do you rep)
I was initially born in Pakistan, came to Australia when I was five years old, I rep Western Sydney.
Tell us about how you got your start?
I was never really into rapping until a girl I was with told me to get into it, it didn’t work out between us, but I appreciate her pushing me towards it.
How did you get your stage name?
I was actually working in a warehouse sometime around 2019, and I met this guy the first day that I was there, and I told him I wanted to start rapping but just needed a name. He said, “What’s your name”? I said “Nayab”, and he quickly said “Nay The Kid” I was shocked that he came up with a name so fast, the rest is history.
What is your Production/writing process?
I’ll usually find a beat that I like, these days it’s from producers I already know, i.e. (Kingshivofficial, Ronald Benjamin and Yozora). Once I find one I’II listen to it a few times and record the melody, after that, I’ll start recording, and I could start with the verse or the hook depending on what I’m feeling at the time. I freestyle about 4 bars, and if I like it, I’ll keep it then move on to the next 4-8. Sometimes I can come up with some nice bars, so everything is recorded. Whatever doesn’t hit right gets deleted.
You have a unique Hip Hop sound for Australia tells how you found that pocket?
I honestly just kept working on my original sound, these days I’m still trying to find my sound and go deeper into that style. Yet, I discovered that pocket because I dropped my first single over a year ago called “Blindfold” it was suitable for a first track. However, after that, I didn’t drop for a year, even though I was still making music. I didn’t drop anything because I wanted my next song to be a hit. Uniqueness, compared to the Australian sound, comes from the fact that I take inspiration from the Atlanta and Toronto scene.
Can you tell us about how your new single came about?
After my first track Blindfold, I kept making tracks, and some weren’t hitting as I wanted them to. A few months ago, I showed my boys this track I made with another artist called “Bandz”, and they said this is it. I had no idea Bandz was going to do as well as it did.
When did you fall in love with Hip-Hop?
I wasn’t into rap until I was about 17-18 years old, as soon as I discovered it, I realised what I was missing out on, and I never turned back.
Who’s in your Top 5 MCs of all time?
Kanye – Yeezy is and will be the greatest of all time no matter what.
Travis Scott – His use of autotune is already the greatest, and he’s mastered stage presence.
Drake – Timeless albums.
Future – Been relevant for over ten years that’s amazing.
Nav – First brown boy to get it poppin’.
What local artist are you currently listening to?
I love vibing to Solochuloo he’s very talented.
I also listen to DON RCS he’s fire.
Manu Crooks is also a vibe.
Tell us about your first gig?
My first gig was at Valve Bar, I was nervous first, but it was great to have the crowd vibe out to my songs.
What has been your favourite career moment?
There are so many great moments! One of the best was flying out to my show in Melbourne, and filming the Bandz music video and the mind-blowing feedback I received after the release.
What are you doing to help change the current Aussie Hip-Hop prospective/stigma?
I’m taking the sound somewhere else, I don’t rap in an Australian Accent, but that doesn’t mean I don’t rep Aus, this is my accent, this is how I speak. I’m always looking for new ways to pioneer the upcoming sound.
The stigma in Aussie hip-hop is the outdated music that’s still being played on mainstream radio. I’m in the process of making unique music which will soon become its wave and hopefully make it onto mainstream radio which can change the existing stigma attached to the current hip hop scene.
What more can we expect from you?
You can expect an EP/mixtape is dropping soon it’s not finished yet, but it’s coming thru as I improve my sound.
What do you want to be remembered for?
I want to build a legacy that can inspire other people from my background to do the same, I’ve grown up with many things holding me back, and I hope to be the one to change that narrative.
What are you doing in Isolation/Lockdown to stay active & motivated?
Consistently hitting the gym, working on music every chance I get, as I know people are glued to their screens more than ever. I also try and socialise with friends to stay motivated and keep new ideas flowing.