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 28)
Orlando, Florida, U.S.
Origin Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • rapper
  • songwriter
Years active 2010–present
Labels Kisha Soundscape + Audio
Associated acts
Website kilokish.com

Lakisha Kimberly Robinson (born May 10, 1990), known professionally as Kilo Kish, is an American singer and visual artist.[1]

Early life.[edit]

Kilo Kish was born in Orlando, Florida, on May 10, 1990. She went to Glen Rock Elementary School in Bergen County, New Jersey, but later returned to Orlando,[2] where she graduated from Winter Park High School.

Aged 18, she received a 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 band 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.

2017[edit]

Kish features on "Out of Body" from the deluxe edition of the 2017 Gorillaz album Humanz.[7] as well as across the album Big Fish Theory by Vince Staples

2018[edit]

Kish released the single "Elegance" on August 26th, 2018.[8] Pitchfork named the song "Best New Track", with Sheldon Pearce commenting that "it is the best Kilo Kish song by a considerable margin, and it hones in on what makes her such an enchanting and elusive artist, using her wispy raps to drift through a warped pop jam."[9] Her EP "mothe" followed with a release on September 7, 2018.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Mixtapes[edit]

EPs[edit]

  • Homeschool (2012)
  • Across (2014)
  • Across Remixes (2015)
  • mothe (2018)

Music Videos[edit]

List of music videos, showing year released, director(s), and album name
Music Video Year Director(s) Album
"Navy" 2012 Ben Rayner & Kish Robinson Homeschool
"Begin Route" 2014 Phillip T. Annand & Kish Robinson Across
"Locket"
"Existential Crisis Hour" 2016 Kish Robinson, Brian Mitchell & Burke Doreen Reflections in Real Time
"Hello, Lakisha" Yong oh Kim & Kish Robinson
"Obsessing" 2017 Elliot Sellers & Kish Robinson
"Fulfillment" Kish Robinson
"Elegance" 2018 Kish Robinson mothe

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
"Out of Body" 2017 Gorillaz, Zebra Katz, Imani Vonshà Humanz
"Crabs in a Bucket" Vince Staples, Justin Vernon Big Fish Theory
"Love Can Be..." Vince Staples, Damon Albarn, Ray J
"Ramona Park is Yankee Stadium" Vince Staples
"Homage"
"Samo" Vince Staples, ASAP Rocky

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. 
  7. ^ "Humanz". Wikipedia. 2017-05-03. 
  8. ^ Elegance, retrieved 2018-08-31 
  9. ^ ""Elegance" by Kilo Kish Review | Pitchfork". pitchfork.com. Retrieved 2018-08-31. 

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