Kilo Kish

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Kilo Kish
Kish at the 2019 Chanel Cruise
Kish at the 2019 Chanel Cruise
Background information
Birth nameLakisha Kimberly Robinson
Also known as
  • Kilo Kish
  • Kish
  • KK
Born (1990-05-10) May 10, 1990 (age 32)
Orlando, Florida, U.S.
OriginBrooklyn, New York, U.S.
  • Singer
  • rapper
  • songwriter
Years active2010–present

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

Early life[edit]

Kilo Kish was born in Orlando, Florida, on May 10, 1990. She attended Glen Rock Elementary School in Bergen County, New Jersey, but later returned to Orlando, 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.[2]

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".[1]


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.

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. In 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. The song, "Taking Responsibility", from the album was featured in the third episode of the HBO teenage drama television show Euphoria.


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

2018: Mothe[edit]

Kish released the single, "Elegance", on August 26, 2018.[7] 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."[8] The release of her EP, mothe, followed on September 7, 2018. On July 29, 2019, Kish released an alternative artwork for mothe which has replaced the old artwork on all digital platforms. The cover was shot by photographer Andrew Arthur, with whom she has worked in the past.

2019: Redux[edit]

Kish released three singles over the course of two months, beginning in October 2019. "Bite Me"[9] was released on October 17, 2019, and its music video was made available on YouTube the next day. Kish's next singles, "Nice Out",[10] and "Spark"[11] were released on November 7, and November 26, 2019, respectively. All three singles released with accompanying music videos, and were featured on Kish's EP, Redux, released on December 6, 2019. Kish described Redux as 2018 Mothe's "sister project," and has stated that the EP explores the theme of perseverance. This is also Kish's fourth collaboration with recurring producer, Ray Brady.

2021–2022: American Gurl[edit]

On July 23, 2021, Kish released "American Gurl", the first single from her album of the same name. The video for the song was directed by Kish herself and Matt Cowen.[12] "Bloody Future" was made available on August 20, 2021, and on January 28, 2022, Kish released her collaboration with Vince Staples, "New Tricks: Art, Aesthetics, and Money".[13] She explained that the track “was inspired by the old quote warning never to bite the hand that feeds you. And though it provides, I feel yanked around by the players, trends, and expectations of our age and industry. Ever-wanting to bite, question, and change.”[14] On March 25, 2022, Kish released the full album with 14 tracks featuring Miguel, Jean Dawson, Vince Staples, and Jesse Boykins III.


Studio albums[edit]

Title Details
Reflections in Real Time
American Gurl
  • Released: March 25, 2022[15]
  • Label: Kisha Soundscape + Audio
  • Formats: CD, LP, streaming


Title Details
  • Released: February 7, 2013
  • Label: Self-released
  • Formats: Digital download


Title Details Peak

chart positions

US Heat.[16]
  • Released: April 2, 2012
  • Label: Self-released
  • Formats: Digital download
  • Released: July 8, 2014
  • Label: Kitsuné
  • Formats: LP, digital download
Across Remixes[19]
  • Released: January 12, 2015
  • Label: Kitsuné
  • Formats: Digital download
  • Released: December 6, 2019
  • Label: Blacksmith Recordings
  • Formats: LP, digital download


Title Year Album
"Watergun" 2012 Homeschool
"Begin Route"[22] 2014 Across
"Existential Crisis Hour"[24] 2016 Reflections in Real Time
"Obsessing"[25] 2017
"Self Importance"
"Elegance"[27] 2018 Mothe
"Like Honey" 2019
"Bite Me"[29] Redux
"Nice Out"
"American Gurl" 2021 American Gurl
"Bloody Future"[31]
"New Tricks: Art, Aesthetics, and Money"
(featuring Vince Staples)[32]
"No Apology!"
"Death Fantasy"
(featuring Miguel)

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
"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 Mothe
"Void" Elliot Sellers & Kish Robinson
"Like Honey" 2019 Kish Robinson
"Bite Me" Redux
"Nice Out"
"American Gurl" 2021 Kish Robinson & Matt Cowen American Gurl
"Bloody Future" Kish Robinson

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
"Samo" Vince Staples, ASAP Rocky


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  15. ^ "NO APOLOGY! from 𝒜𝓂𝑒𝓇𝒾𝒸𝒶𝓃 𝒢𝓊𝓇𝓁 out now. In short it's a song about not denying the core truths of who you are for fear of others or yourself. Each line is for people, situations, and systems in my orbit that have caused me a lot of harm, including myself. Mixed media portraits with help from — @mattcowen @ashleyfurnival @rodarte 𝒜𝓂𝑒𝓇𝒾𝒸𝒶𝓃 𝒢𝓊𝓇𝓁 the album, out 3/25". Retrieved February 28, 2022 – via Instagram.
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