We had the good fortune of connecting with Kendrick Allen aka Big Irie and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Big Irie, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I’ve always found my most motivation or inspiration came from my favorite music artists growing up. It always hit my core when I heard a line or lyric that I felt I could relate to, it made me feel less alone in the world and felt that even though these big artists seemed so far away they found a way to relate to me. I think that’s why I pursued this career in music that’s something I’ve always chased, being able to be someone people could relate to. Pursing music and having people reach out to me from all over just to say they really resonate or felt what I said on a track gives me a rush every time. Using music as my platform to just voice what I’m going through has ended up being my kind of therapy and outlet in this world and even just helping one person feel something gives me a purpose.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I truly think I’m one of the most diverse and real artists out there. Type Big Irie on your streaming platform and you got find a artist with a variety of flows and a constant grind. I really don’t feel there’s many artists that can go through as many lanes as me. My catalog of music is only growing more and more and with my music you find something real. I’m most proud of how honest I am with my music. A lot of artists put up a front or pretend to be someone they not and I can say I’ve never had that problem. I want my music to be relatable and I think I do that very well on many different levels. To get to this point was anything but easy. Having a career in music is not for the faint hearted, it’s a difficult field to break through in and requires perseverance. Theres been countless nights I been down on myself for not reaching a certain status or for feeling like no body out there even listening to that I gotta say but those down moments are when I really found out about myself. I got faith in myself, I got faith in God, I got faith in my talent and my mental so that’s how I’ve learned to overcome my self doubts. Along the way I learned that if you don’t got faith in what you doing you won’t go far. It’s easy to say you believe in yourself but it’s hard to truly do so, especially when you scared to ask yourself those tough questions. Thats what I want anyone who hears the name Big Irie to know. I’m the guy who never quit on himself despite the odds, that I’m an artist who’s honesty and open venerability sets me apart from everyone else out here in this business.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Anyone that’s coming to visit me in LA I’m taking them to 4 places forsure. For night life we’re going to Lock & Key on third and vermont. Shoutout to anybody that knows that spot and I know y’all seen me and my boys in there plenty of times. Hands down the best spot to go if you tryna dance and vibe, I’ve never had a bad night @ Lock & Key. Second place I’m taking em is this burger place called Burgerneversaydie, best burger in LA in n out and shake shack don’t even compare, its no contest. Third spot I’m taking them on Sundays is Melrose Trading Post @ fairfax high. I like to thrift and there hasn’t been a time I go there and don’t leave with something, I think its one of the best thrift spots. Fourth we going to Ballast Point in Long Beach for a drink or two or three. Then of course if my friend is also into making music then we cooking up in the studio as well.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I gotta shout out the people that keeps pushing me. Jimmy my manager, Naif, my engineer, without these two I think I would of gave up on this dream a long time ago. It’s important to me to have people in my corner that are real ones. Ones that support me but don’t tell me what I wanna hear, and these two have always kept it 100 with me. They are some of the biggest reason my music has grown in so many ways. We came a long way and still got further to climb and I’m glad I’m on this journey with them. And I can’t even begin to say enough about my homies that really support my music. I done had A LOT A LOT of fake friends that claim to really be here for me and I found out that they really weren’t so major shout out to people like Jiggy & Sterling who I can really depend on no matter the time or day, that shit is hard to find. And shoutout to my friends that do f*ck with me and bump my shit, every play, text, dm, really hits hard, I love y’all. Last but not least shoutout to my family. My mom & dad for teaching me how to hustle, my brother who always challenged me to be better each day.