Da Brat, Snoop Dogg, James Brown and Heidi Fleiss are just a few from a long list of influences that have inspired JenRO. And the list should be long because the Bay-Area rapper has been in the game for over a decade.
In that time, JenRO has launched her own successful entertainment label RO Records, been involved in films and worked with her community to help effect change. That doesn’t come easy when you’re a female emcee but a lesbian as well but it’s her “I don’t give a shhh*” attitude, which she’s had from an early age, that has helped her stand out. “I’ve created results and built a wide, diverse audience that proves it doesn’t matter if I’m a woman or I’m gay,” JenRO boasted.
“One of my favorite sayings is ‘life is like film, we create positives from the negatives’,” JenRO shared. A saying that is reflected on at least one track on her upcoming album Street Light. “Mona Lisa” is a personal track that chronicles JenRO’s early life on a “rough path” and how she “painted a new one with her music.”
Key Tracks: “Closet” is a personal reflection about coming out and “Eclipse” is a song JenRO wrote after her best friend passed away from drugs at a young age.
“Our music speaks from the perspectives of struggle and fun; creating a certain balance in content that enlightens and inspires the listener,” shared Nor and IQ from KIN4LIFE. KIN4LIFE formed in 1999 in Mount Vernon, NY but currently reside in our own backyard, Atlanta, GA.
KIN4LIFE has never wavered in the pursuit of truth through their music. Being out artists has made it “liberating being able to do and say what you want when you create.” One of those creations, the 2010 release “Lone Ranger,” tackles youth suicide. “We wanted to be a voice for the forgotten,” KIN4LIFE shared. “[It’s] our letter to anyone who has ever felt so low that they wanted to end it all, or run away, or just give up.”
“Lone Ranger” also gives a nod to KIN4LIFE’s many musical influences. “We are 80s babies and grew up in the 90s when alternative music and the grunge scene was its peak,” KIN4LIFE explained. “If you listen to the line that intros the first verse, ‘Jeremy’s spoken, it’s not over, you don’t have to pull that gun out the holster,’ that pays tribute to Pearl Jam and their classic hit ‘Jeremy’. You remember when music videos actually had a message and artistic value.”
With a major video for “Lone Ranger” in the works, KIN4LIFE is gearing up for the release of their new single “It’s Over Now,” which is now available on iTunes. KIN4LIFE will also be making an appearance this October as part of the Atlanta Pride Festival.
Key Tracks: “Makeup Girl,” new single “It’s Over Now” and “Lone Ranger”.
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