We had the good fortune of connecting with Lyric Kane and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lyric Kane, why did you pursue a creative career?
Freedom! Every other option seemed so mundane and “Ball & Chain.” Being creative allows me to explore myself and talents in ways unimaginable. It allows me to challenge myself to stretch and grow in areas deemed uncomfortable. I don’t feel I could have gotten that same type of results in a non-creative career pursuit.
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.
As an entertainer, I’ve found my price in creating and performing hiphop music. My true love and passion lies in story telling, and rapping allows me push that stretches to new measures. I love making music that others can find relatable. I’m musically where I am today, because of the amazing mentorship of my mother. When I didn’t believed and trust in my talents she did, and instilled in me the ability to preserve. Being a female in a male pro-dominant industry, is never an easy ride. It’s a more difficult road to travel for “success” in this industry for a woman than it is for a man. History shows that with the number of male rappers always significantly towering the number of said “successful” female rappers; (although there are hundreds of talented ones out there) it seems that the industry only allows so many of us to shine at once, while the number of men reign. I can accredit this journey in music to a lot of great lessons I’ve learned. My most important lesson is to never give up. All great successors have endured failures.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If I had a friend visiting, I would most definitely take them to the beach. I enjoy people watching and seeing the diverse ethnicities and cultures from around the world whom have travelled near and far to get a taste of the LA Dream. Venice beach is great place to people watch along with many interesting characters to encounter. I would also take them to the Santa Monica pier at night. I’m like a moth to the flame, I’m attracted to the vibrant lights against the dark skies. I also find peace in hearing the waves crash on the shore. During the day, the beaches are cluttered, but the true beauty is experienced at night when the crowds have drifted. I call the beach my “thinking grounds,” and I’ve solved a lot of life crisis’s there while being inspired to create more meaningful pieces.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing 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 would like to Shout-Out and ThankShaun Bolden (CEO of Zenobia Records),for believing in me, and constantly pushing, motivating and encouraging me to reach new heights.
Andre Hemphill Photography