Keedie’s Corner recently caught up with Kim Rattler better known as Kim-E to check out her talent as a singer/ song writer. Kim-E tells us she has been singing for as long as she can recall. She began her career in the kids choir at church. At the age of 10 she sang her first solo at her 5th grade graduation. Now all grown up, Kim-E has a story to tell and a voice to sing it with, read along as we reiterate.
– What are some of your influences in the music field?
I have so many! I grew up listening to old school from Smokey Robinson to The Tempations, Denise Williams, and Teeina Marie. I’ve always loved the different sounds and styles in the music industry. I was influenced by so many and I always heard I had an old soul. Mariah Carrey is the person who confirmed my feeling of wanting to sing and show my talent. Though I loved music and knew I could sing, I never wanted to show or tell anyone that I wanted to sing. It wasn’t until my 5th Grade teacher heard me singing by accident, he asked me to sing at our 5th grade graduation. The song was “Hero” by Mariah Carrey. I listened to the song over and over and over! Any and everyone around me was so sick of hearing that song but to me, every time I heard it, it was like hearing it for the first time. It wasn’t to just learn the lyrics, it spoke to my heart, to my soul. It was then that I decided I wanted to be strong like her, I wanted to touch souls and make people feel how sincere and passionate I am about my music, like Mariah.
– Who do you give credit to for being the person you are today?
Everyone who has been apart of my life growing up, and those who have been apart of my life currently, most of all my parents. No childhood or household is perfect, but I’m honored I had the chance to learn from different experiences. I use to think I was being punished and the universe just hated me, but then I learned that I needed to go through certain things and feel different emotions to be able to tell my story and convey the meaning and reason behind it all. It taught me to be appreciative and most of all, how to remain humble no matter where I was in life.
– Do you have any hot songs or videos the readers can check out?
Currently I have my new single “Heavy Breathing” out. This song is for the grown and sexy. I’m working on getting a video out really soon. I’ve had a lot of people request it so it’s time I put it out!
– I personally like “Heavy Breathing”, which tracks do you get the most love from?
Heavy Breathing is my current single but I get the most love on my old music like “DreamGirl” and “Like Crazy”
– So far what is your favorite track to perform? Does it hold any sentimental value for you?
In every performance I must include “Like Crazy” It’s always a tough song to get through because of the meaning behind it, but I can’t leave it out. I wrote this song for my father and my grandmother who meant everything to me so I want to make sure I include them in everything I do.
– What project are you currently working on?
Right now I have a few things I’m working on, but my primary focus is building my fan base and getting my music out there.
– Do you have any shows coming up?
I do have a few shows coming up, I don’t have the whole schedule yet, but I do know we are working on 2 possible tours for 2015.
– What are some things you have to accomplish to feel like you’ve made it? What are you striving to do to feel accomplished?
I have so many things I want to do and it feels like I’m running out of time. At this point I don’t feel like I’ve “made it” just yet. I still have some developing to do. In order for me to feel accomplished I need to mark some goals off of my bucket list. I made this list to stay motivated and keep going until I get it done. This includes touring, finishing my book, and giving back to those who are less fortunate. I don’t want to be rich I just want to live comfortable and help others do the same.
– When it’s all said in done what would you like to leave behind as your legacy? What would you like to be remembered for?
I don’t want to be remembered as just an entertainer, I want people to remember me for who I am. I am a singer, a writer, and much more. Most of all I am a person who loves to help and make a difference. I see so many people in the position to really make a difference but they choose to be known for violence, sex tapes, and disrespect. I don’t want that for myself. If nobody remembers my music, my songs, my lyrics, or even me overall. Remember my name! Remember my heart! Remember my footprint on this earth. I have many talents that I plan on dipping into to help me reach this goal. I can write and not just music, I can dance, I do a little bit of everything. I have so many ideas and things I want to showcase all I need is the opportunity. Remember my strive and dedication, how passionate I am, how much I contributed. When I die, I want to be a positive role model for the next generation. I want parents to be proud that their kids look up to me, I want them to see me as a positive addition not add to the negativity we see today. I want to bring music back to it’s originality when it meant something, when it spoke to the heart, when…. If you didn’t know how to express yourself you were able to put a song on and conveyed exactly how you were feeling. Don’t remember me for just one thing, remember me for many.
– As a performer you are a public figure without even trying to be, will you stand with Keedie’s Corner and speak out against these senseless killings that are going in America. How do you feel about the relationship between young black men and police / authority figures?
DEFINITELY!!!! I think it’s ridiculous that all of this is going on. Our young black men shouldn’t have to live in fear of the people who are actually suppose to protect and serve them. They are being judged on the acts of others and killed senselessly because of the color of their skin. I know there are some who have acted in a manner that was unacceptable and embarrassing, but why judge all on some. There are so many white people who have done worse but only got slaps on the wrist. Here we have kids who are unarmed being gunned down for what? I don’t condone violence but it’s ashamed that the very people, who took an oath to protect and serve us citizens, are the one killing and getting away with murder. Hypocrites! You put away those who commit such acts and protect your own who do the same.
– Do you have any shout outs?
YES! Shoutout to my entertainment group and long time running mates FREE and SS of HFMG entertainment.
Shout out to all my bros from
Diamond Lane (Bad Lucc & Problem),
CSD – Yung and Smoove,
Team We Movement- Angela
– Anything special you want to leave The Corner with? A freestyle or some hot bars? Any messages you want the readers to receive?
Make sure ya’ll stay in tune with me! Full schedule coming soon, to keep up make sure yall follow my instagram and twitter for the most current updates. Also I will be doing Q&A on Instagram once a week so my fans can get to know me and know the soul behind the heart. I’ll also be taking request, I will be getting my youtube channel up and going…videos coming soon.. STAY TUNED!!!
We up next!
* Where can readers go to follow your movement?
-Booking Info: Kimemuzik@gmail.com