Indianapolis artist ameriKKKen is nothing short of a prodigy, carving out a path her own way. Also being a college graduate, the K’s in her name stand for “Knowledge and Kindness is Key,” which is a direct reference to the art she creates. Making her debut as an artist in 2018, ameriKKKen has since released a slew of freestyles cosigned by artists such as Denzel Curry and Westside Boogie. However more notably, you may recognize her from being a contestant on the inaugural season of Netflix’s Rhythm + Flow. With three released projects currently under her belt, ameriKKKen has no plans of stopping, determined to put on for a city that is often overlooked, while dominating the industry on her own terms.
Indianapolis artist ameriKKKen is nothing short of a prodigy, carving out a path her own way. Also being college educated, the K’s in her name stand for “Knowledge and Kindness is Key,” wish is a direct reference to the art she creates. Furthermore, the artist’s work ethic and experience is unmatched as she’s been pushing pen to the paper for over a decade, despite making her debut as an artist in 2018. Couple this with her ability to craft top tier lyrics and deliver them whether vocally or through sharp bars, her art demands our ears. At only 22, ameriKKKen is putting on for an often overlooked city and garnering national recognition without straying and compromising her beliefs. With the release of her third project, “KORON,”, ameriKKKen has much more in store for the near future and has no plans of slowing down.
Born Kennedy Mosley, growing up she always had a love for music. In fact, she recalls singing in the choir at church and posting singing covers online in her younger years before writing her own music. In high school she continued to surround herself with music, building her confidence through her time pursuing colorguard as a performing art. Laying the foundation for the work and artistry she’d display in the future, her destiny in music was already sealed.
ameriKKKen pulls influence from the full spectrum of art. It can be seen visually in the cover art she pairs with the music and naturally shines through sonically the second you press play. “I’d describe my sound as vulnerable and relatable.” ameriKKKen says, “It’s how I vent and share who I am with the world.” The Indianapolis standout admits her music at first was centered around the boom-bap sound and having the “lyrics in your face.” However, as her career continues to ascend, ameriKKKen is carving her sound to combine her sharp lyrics with the experience she’s had singing her entire life. “Because I both sing and rap, I’m now moving more towards a melodic balance between the two,” she states. Though recent as well as future releases are real-time testaments to her growth, her debut release “KHOATIC,” is an amalgamation of everything she brings to the table. Tracks like “Under Pressure” are a prime example of the weighty bars mixed with beautiful melodies to bring music the listener can relate to and groove to in the same listen.
And there’s no denying that 2019 was ameriKKKen’s breakout year. Along with the release of her debut project, she dropped a slew of content at a rate that commanded attention. Between freestyles recognized by names such as Trinidad James, Danny Brown and Denzel Curry, ameriKKKen also performed around 20 shows, including a performance at Chreece which was headlined by Griselda and Talib Kweli. The Indiana standout can also hold her own, as she’s headlined her own show for her debut project and garnered national attention while doing so. Recognized by NPR, you may also know ameriKKKen from being a contestant on Netflix’s Rhythm + Flow. Whether underground or mainstream, ameriKKKen‘s appeal is universal. With ameriKKKen still only being in her early 20’s and dominating the industry on her own terms, now is the time to press play and get acclimated.