FKN Exclusive – Karma

FKN Exclusive – Karma

We always love to introduce you to some very talented individuals. Today we have a very talented rapper from Parkland, Florida by the name of Karma which is also apart of the group The Unknown Academy! Check out this FKN Exclusive with Karma and see how he started out in the industry! Also listen in to one of his latest songs!

Artist Name: Karma (of The Unknown Academy)
City/State: Parkland/Florida

Website:
– FACEBOOK: MASON ‘Karma’ WECHSLER
– TWITTER: @Karma954
– TWITTER: @UnknownAcademy
– SOUNDCLOUD: http://soundcloud.com/the-unknown-academy
– FAN PAGE: http://www.facebook.com/?ref=tn_tnmn#!/Karma954
– YOUTUBE: http://www.youtube.com/user/K4RMA954?feature=CAQQwRs%3D

So tell us a little bit about yourself?

– I go by Karma as an MC (as well as Kreepy K, and sometimes Karnage: other alias’s I intend to expand on in the future) and I am one-half of The Unknown Academy: a conscious hiphop duo between myself and my partner, Freak. I’ve been recording out of my closet for about two years now and I’ve been writing for about 8 or 9 years. Freak and I are also teamed with a really dope local duo by the name of Type Real. Just call us The Gawd Squad and look out for an EP from the set. I’m obsessed with aquariums, sneakers, and hiphop particularly. I’m a strange guy and there are many faces to who I am as an individual. I hope to show the world who I am through my music, and of course affect/inspire others. I work with a very diverse crowd/network of local artists who all share the same common ground as I do: a passionate appreciation for the art and beauty of hiphop , as well as music as a whole.

What inspired you to start singing?

– Lol well I don’t sing, but I was inspired to rap at around 12 years old when my older brother exposed me to New York hiphop of the mid 90’s. I couldn’t get enough of it, so I copied his two-hundred-something album collection to my iTunes and explored it like crazy. QB rappers were undoubtedly my favorites, but I listened to it all. About 2 years later, a life-long friend of my brother and I (who goes by Matt Meyer Lansky) began to work with my brother on making hiphop. Lansky had hooked me up with his album collection in the same fashion that my brother did, however this time I was exposed to a large amount of underground hiphop of late 90’s and early 2000’s. Rhymesayer MC’s caught my eye pretty hard, particularly Slug of Atmosphere. Thanks to Lansky I found MF DOOM, became obsessed, and downloaded all of his Special Herbs beat tapes. From there, I began to write rhymes on a consistent basis. It became addicting, and I never stopped since…

Were there any hard challenges you had to face in the industry?

– Of course! We live in a world now that makes it very easy for kids to make music, and it seems that a vast majority of people trying to make music want to be (you guessed it) rappers. There are difficulties of all different magnitudes that I’ve had to face, but the hardest would be the difficulty of trying to gain recognition amongst a seemingly endless mass of people trying to do the same thing. Competition is fierce, and I must push myself very hard to top others around me. Especially considering that I’m not gearing my music towards a mainstream audience.

What ways have you found was the best way to promote yourself?

– Simple: Blogs and performances! The internet in particular is a key component to success these days, and without the proper utilization of it, you are more than likely going to fall short of your goals.

What would be your most memorable moment while singing?

– It’s hard to say. Probably an event at a local joint that I did with my partner as The Unknown Academy. We had the whole venue getting live as fuck to our set, and it was probably the most empowering moment of my career.

Are there any goals that you would like to achieve?

– There are many actually. I would like to restore the intellectual respect to popular music. By that, I mean I want to defeat the fallacy of shallow and materialistic glamour-music that has taken over the masses, and replace it with artistic, creative, original, profound, and overall intelligent music. On a smaller scale, I would love to have my own label, even though I know nothing of that side of the industry. On a more self-satisfactory note I would like to be able to excel in my music to the point where I can live off of the revenue it generates so I will never have to work a job I don’t truly love.

What can we expect from you in the future?

– I would like to be able to tell you to expect me to change the whole game as I see fit, but I can never tell where things will go. I CAN tell you to expect me, as both a solo artist and as a part of The Unknown Academy, to continue to make music with heart and to the best of my ability, regardless of what kind of success (or lack thereof) I have in the future. I love this music I make, and I will continue to maintain a steady growth towards the artist I was born to be.

Are there any upcoming albums you are releasing?

– DEFINITLY keep your eyes peeled for ‘Synergy’, the first full length project from The Unknown Academy. It’s an amazing piece of art, and works as a showcase for the countless artists (both MCs and Producers) that we collaborated with and, for the most part, continue to work with. The long list of collaborations serves as a large part of the meaning behind the title of the tape: Synergy. The release will come with a interview and a preview for our first music video ‘Corduroy’, produced by Sherms aka KTMF, and filmed by Christopher Bernard. The video will drop shortly after Synergy, and although no exact date is set yet, we expect the releases to be very soon. As well, look out for projects from the dudes in my Camp! Ill include info later in this interview (under shout outs).

What do you think of FKN Famous?

– I don’t hunt for new music much these days, so blogs are not something I’m quite avid with. However, Im flattered that they found my music to be worth featuring on their site. I guess people still love true hiphop! My hat is off to the FKN Famous site. Thank you for this showcase.

Any last shout outs?

– Ahhh one of my favorite parts.. welllll *Sucks in massive amount of air to prepare for rant*. MAJOR MAJOR MAJOR ups to my partner Freak! Without him I would not be the artist, or even the person that I am today. Major love to my brother for introducing me to music. Major love to Matt Meyer Lansky for the same thing, look out for his upcoming album: Farewell To My Adversaries. It is going to be out of this world, and nothing less. While on the subject, major ups to Big Fozz, whose doing the mixing and a lot of production for FTMA. Major love to my dude Young Neil, Fozz’s brother, I hope to hear more from him. He’s young but talented enough to shame cats most cats that have a fist full of years on him. Major ups to Type Real, being composed of Rapper Rich and D-R Wise. Look out for their 3rd album, Fuck The Industry, coming at you very soon. Major ups to E Mishene, who is responsible for almost half of the production on The Unknown Academy’s coming album, Synergy. He just released a dope beat tape called Project: L.I.B.E.R.A.T.I.O.N, find it on Soundcloud… Gotta shout out my dude Sherms, aka KTMF. A great guy, and a phenomenal producer and multi-instrumentalist (the mastermind behind our first video single, Corduroy) Expect to see more work from him. Shouts to Shark Anthony, a dope producer/rapper. Look out for our single New Villains on FKN Famous. Keep your eyes peeled for his coming album, Hidden Reef, which features his girlfriend, Rikki, who sings like no other. Biggups to Ambassador Billz, who also got some production on Synergy, and has done almost all the production for Type Real. In fact, I’ve always considered Billz to be the third member of Type Real. Major love to Jimmy ELE, an artist thats SICK with flows, and is in the works on his second album. He had a feature with us on Synergy as well. For anyone I’ve missed, you know its because I’ve got the memory of a fish. I love you all and I appreciate the roles that everyone around me have played to shape and influence how I make music.



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