We tried to get Roddy Ricch but he wouldn’t answer our DMs.
Going to a small high school, you would be surprised by how many aspiring SoundCloud rappers there were roaming our halls and sending out streams of emails to the entire school advertising their latest singles. While we respected their hustle, these emails clogged up our inboxes and were a nuisance to everyone in the school. However, a select few of them were actually worth listening to- two of them being our dear friends, Kay Kwan and Paul Rosenbaum.
As a third-year Western University student, Kay has been taking the music world by storm for five years. Releasing his first single in 2018, Get To Packing was revolutionary for the tens of SoundCloud users who listened to it. Followed by the release of Drip, Kay has amassed an impressive discography. Thank God Natalie didn’t end up accidentally killing Kay in South Africa or else he wouldn’t be able to grace us with these absolute bangers (stay tuned for this riveting story in a future blog post).
As third-year University of Toronto student, Paul is the craftier half of the Kay and Paul dynamic duo, responsible for making the beats that back Kay’s rapping. Ultimate frisbee master and saxophone God, there is nothing this boy can’t do.
While the duo doesn’t have any songs out together yet, there are a couple of big projects in the works for 2021. So we decided to catch up with the pair before their big break, and see where they are on their journey to stardom.
Us: How would you describe your sound?
Kay: I’m different. You really can’t put my sound into any type of category. Honestly, I’m a different breed. A different dog. I’m not like these other rappers. I’m in my own lane. I’m like a horse at a horse race– I have blinders on. I don’t see anybody except what’s in front of me. I’m just built differently.
Us: What is your favorite song you’ve released so far?
Kay: My favorite song that I’ve made is probably “Get to Packing.” This was the first song that I made and the process was a lot of fun. You know that feeling you get when you know you have a fire IG pic and you’re about to post it? That’s the feeling I had when I was making that song. I remember the day I dropped that song, I was sitting in Biology class and I was thinking to myself about the absolute fire track I had. I was about to drop the hottest single of 2018.
Us: What inspired you to start rapping?
Kay: Paul and I planned a trip in Grade 11 to see two different rappers in New York City. The first one was YBN Nahmir and, to be honest, he’s kind of fallen off, but at the time he just released “Rubbin Off The Paint,” which was my favorite song. The second rapper was Playboi Carti, whose first self titled album I listened to religiously. His concert was probably one of the best ones I’ve been to and was what inspired me to start my music career. It seemed like the perfect job; performing in front of people and getting paid to do it. This concert launched me into the SoundCloud dream.
Paul: I like listening to music so the next step was to make some music.
Us: How has your music career affected your relationships?
Kay: The music career hasn’t really affected any of my personal relationships. Honestly, it’s something fun to talk about with people. Most of the people who find out about my SoundCloud are generally supportive. And the people that know about it are pretty cool with it, I think. Plus, I don’t really care what you think of it, to be honest.
Us: Why haven’t you and Paul collaborated on a song together yet?
Kay: At the height of my career, Paul wasn’t really into rapping, but rather helping me record my music. However, we’ve made some heat together for fun and we’ll probably make some more in the future. I’d say we’re like a Drake and Future combo. I’m Drake in that combo.
Paul: We have collaborated on songs before, but they’re just marinating at the moment.
Us: What’s up with your hiatus from making music?
Kay: I haven’t really been focusing on music that much because I’ve been pretty busy with school and work, so the music career has kind of taken a backseat. It’s the way of the road.
Paul: No comment.
Us: What is the biggest obstacle that you’ve faced so far in your music career?
Kay: My biggest obstacle is that I’ve been blackballed by all the labels and the big wigs in the music industry. I can’t get a record deal cause they hate me SMH. Tell 88rising to sign me to a deal right now. I’m not even joking.
Paul: Learning how to steal software.
Us: What’s the most rewarding thing about making music that you’ve experienced?
Kay: The most rewarding thing was when I played my first song in the car with my friends and it was bumping. That single was so fire it had everybody in the car jumping. Another was when I showed it to my ex at the time and she said she liked it.
Us: What do you see in the future for your music career?
Kay: Mhmm, hopefully I blow up overnight and become a star– kind of like Lil Yachty or Lil Mosey. I don’t really know, I’m more of an in-the-present kind of a guy. But maybe I’ll start plotting soon.
If you liked this interview and want to see or hear more of Kay and Paul, you can check them out here: