Authentic and unpredictable, Chicago Rapper King Bone has a sound that is raw, bold and true to his life and personality. King Bone is one of the most compelling and inspiring independent Hip-hop artists creating music today. His intense energy and undeniable flair capture his listeners. He breathes life into tracks with a clever delivery and an equally clever mind-state about the street life. He is a versatile artist who weaves together a variety of sounds.
Jesse Atkinson: Give us some background info as to who you are.
King Bone: I, Terence Charles am a talented rapper/songwriter. I’m 29yrs of age. I reside in Chicago, Illinois in the Englewood community. I’ve lived here all my life. Growing up in Englewood was very tough because everyday you had to worry about either fighting or getting killed from guns. The bad part is most of the victims were innocent by standers. I always was into music. My brother used to buy every cd that came out on Tuesdays when CD’s were $20 a pop. When I reached 12yrs old I really got into writing raps because I always tried to freestyle. So as I grew old my life experiences expanded. I’ve seen too much coming up but it gave me wisdom at an early age. When I started to reach my twenties that’s when I told myself it’s time to let the people know my life and the life we living in Chicago. So I put that in my music.
JA: What is the significance of your stage name King Bone?
KB: My stage name means a lot. King comes from my history. I am a king. Bone comes from how deep I’m in it. (I’m down to the bone). King stands out alone, especially if you live that way and present yourself that way. I also go by KB for a short. I represent King Bone forever.
JA: Who is your target market?
KB: My target market consists of music listeners, buyers, critics and bloggers between the ages of 15 and 50.
JA: What is your USP? (Unique Selling Proposition) and what sets you apart from other artists?
KB: What sets me apart is that I am not afraid to be myself. Who I am alone sets me apart from other artists. Also my boss attitude and the way I conduct myself to be heard puts me in a league on my own.
JA: What single or project are you currently pushing?
KB: Right now I Just dropped my new single called “ Best I Can “ off my upcoming EP entitled “ JUST THE BEGINNING. “
JA: What is the philosophy by which you live by?
KB: I live by treating people the way they treat you. Everybody’s not your friend and to get respect you have to earn respect.
JA: Which artists have inspired you?
KB: Artists who have influenced and inspired me include Scarface, Dr Dre, KRS One, Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, and Young Jeezy.
JA: Who does your production?
KB: I work with multiple producers but currently I mainly work Hassan Shareef. It’s a good match.
JA: What is your opinion of the current state of the music industry?
KB: Right now I think it’s not worth signing a major label deal because the advances are not big enough to really promote an artist the right way.
JA: If you could change one thing about the music industry what would it be and why?
KB: I would change the way labels control the artist’s music and the artist themselves. Why, because artist work so hard when they first start off from begging and spamming people to listen to their music. Then once an artist gets going and builds a little fanbase then the labels want to jump in after all those years of hard work.
JA: What is your EP or Album going to be like?
KB: My EP is going to be real life talk. It will be like an on autobiography. The EP is about my life and the life I’m surrounded by. It will take you on a journey into my world.
JA: What is your website?
KB: My website is KingBonetoodope.com.
JA: Any final words for the people?
KB: I believe I will be a national or maybe global artist because I’m real; people like to hear the truth. So if I’m dropping any material just know I’m coming straight raw real life talk. Facts.