Kilo Kish

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Kilo Kish
Birth name Lakisha Kimberly Robinson
Also known as Kilo Kish, Kish, KK
Born (1990-05-10) May 10, 1990 (age 26)
Orlando, Florida, United States
Origin Brooklyn, New York
Genres
Occupation(s) Vocalist, song writer, visual artist, painter, fashion designer, textile designer
Years active 2010–present
Associated acts The Internet, Vince Staples, Childish Gambino, SBTRKT, Chet Faker, Earl Sweatshirt, Flatbush ZOMBiES
Website kilokish.com

Lakisha Kimberly "Kish" Robinson (born May 10, 1990), better known by her stage name Kilo Kish, is an American vocalist,[1] songwriter, visual artist, painter, and fashion/textile designer.

Early life[edit]

Kilo Kish was born in Orlando, Florida on May 10, 1990 to a family of African-American descent. She went to Glen Rock Elementary School in Bergen County, New Jersey, but later returned to Orlando.[2]

Aged 18, she received a partial scholarship to attend the private art college Pratt Institute in New York. While taking a year off, she worked multiple jobs, before enrolling in the Fashion Institute of Technology for textile design, from which she graduated in 2012.

Kish began to pursue a musical career when her roommates Smash Simmons and Mell McCloud decided to set up an in-home studio, starting a project called the "Kool Kats Klub". It was through this exposure that she initially met Matt Martians of the neo-soul duo The Internet and collaborated on The Jet Age of Tomorrow's "Want you Still" and The Internet's "Ode to a Dream".

Career[edit]

2012: Homeschool[edit]

Kilo Kish's debut EP Homeschool was released on April 2, 2012, and was well received by critics, being labeled as one of the best albums of 2012 by Complex.[3] The EP was produced by past collaborators such as The Internet and Pyramid Vritra of The Jet Age of Tomorrow, who also provided guest vocals on the project.

On July 31, Kish released "Watergun", a song produced by The Internet, via Soundcloud.[1]

On September 17, "Navy" was released on The Blue Rider record label.[4] The release also contained a remix of "Navy" by Melo-X. A video for "Navy", as directed by Kish with Ben Rayner, premiered on The Fader the same day.[5]

2013: K+[edit]

Kish released the mixtape K+ for free download on February 7, 2013. It featured artists including Childish Gambino, Star Slinger, SBTRKT, A$AP Ferg of A$AP Mob, Earl Sweatshirt, and Matt Martians of OFWGKTA. In December, Kish released K+ THE BOOK, a behind-the-scenes digital art zine, in extension to the mixtape.[6]

2014–2015: Across[edit]

Kish's second EP, Across, was released on July 8, 2014, in collaboration with the fashion and record label Maison Kitsune. The following year, Kish released Across Remixes.

2016: Reflections in Real Time[edit]

Kish's first studio album, Reflections in Real Time, was released on February 29, 2016.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Mixtapes[edit]

  • K+ (2013)

EPs[edit]

  • Homeschool (2012)
  • Across (2014)
  • Across Remixes (2015)

Singles[edit]

  • "Navy" (2012)

Guest appearances[edit]

List of guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Artist(s) Album
"Want You Still" 2010 The Jet Age of Tomorrow Journey to the 5th Echelon
"Ode to a Dream" 2011 The Internet, Coco O Purple Naked Ladies
"Phat Wemin" Vince Staples Shyne Coldchain Vol. 1
"Make It Go Right" 2012 Childish Gambino Royalty
"JupiterSound" Flatbush ZOMBiES D.R.U.G.S
"Not So Scary" 2013 The Jet Age of Tomorrow JellyFish Mentality
"II. Zealots of Stockholm (Free Information)" Childish Gambino Because the Internet
"Melt" 2014 Chet Faker Built on Glass
"Gripp" George Maple Vacant Space
"Follow" 2015 Étienne de Crécy Super Discount 3
"Dopeman" Vince Staples, Joey Fatts Summertime '06
"Surf" Vince Staples
"Jaco (Big Dope J Remix)" Nick Hook, Todd Edwards Collage v.1 Remixes
"The Beginning" Melo-X Curate
"Loco" 2016 Vince Staples Prima Donna

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Nostro, Lauren (August 3, 2012). "Who is Kilo Kish?". Complex.com. Retrieved August 3, 2012. 
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ "Kilo Kish, Homeschool EP - The 50 Best Albums of 2012 (So Far)". Complex. 2012-06-25. Retrieved 2016-08-26. 
  4. ^ The Blue Rider (September 17, 2012). "We are really excited to announce our second single". blueridermusic.tumblr.com. Retrieved 2012-09-17. 
  5. ^ Duncan Cooper (September 17, 2012). "Video: Kilo Kish, "Navy"". FADER.com. Retrieved 2012-09-17. 
  6. ^ "Kilo Kish Releases K+ THE BOOK, a Behind-the-Scenes Digital Art Zine for Her Mixtape". Complex. Retrieved 2016-08-26. 

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