Over the years the United Kingdom has churned out its share of MCs keeping the London hip hop scene on a steady growth path. Artist like Capo Lee, Mez, Ms. Banks, Bonkaz, Elf Kid, Section Boyz and many others are putting London on the map and are well on their way to becoming major forces in hip hop. Part of that growing list of UK MCs also includes another artist who effortlessly blends hip hop and fashion. Tino Kamal, our December 2016 digital cover star delivers his bars over bumping tracks with confidence and a splash of braggadocio. His sound is signature and you will know its him the first few seconds into a song, if you’ve been keeping up at all. A proud Londoner and lover of fashion, Tino Kamal believes there would be no music without fashion or fashion without music. This view is evident in his music and image across the internet as he cuts his path to the top of the heap. The MC has been busy churning out the music almost non stop over the past few years. His latest, ‘Go’ is a Hip Hop dance blend that will get any party jumping literally. He said the video for ‘Go’ was more of a visual experiment than anything. He will close out 2016 with a follow-up single and video titled ‘London Kings’ which he said is three different genres in one. Listen to the snippet below to get a taste of what Tino and his team have been cooking up.
Stun got the chance to catch up with the busy MC/entrepreneur to get his take on everything from the current state of the music industry, pushing the envelope and what’s in store for Tino Kamal.
STUN: You’ve been a busy man, what exactly have you been up to on the music front?
Apart from becoming a better businessman.I Just been listening to myself in the studio 24/7 getting creative finding the tweaks an then perfecting it. Being mediocre don’t cut it. Its either Go hard or go home its really real like that, But yeh other than That, the music’s looking healthy. Next is only big and better things.
STUN: How would you describe your musical sound and fashion sense and what or who influences them?
If i was to describe my sound musically Right now and my fashion I’d Say its About 50%. Why? Because musically i got a lot more things to take in and a lot more Artists to work with. So the more consistent that becomes the stronger the music you hear from me will get. on the Fashion side of things I wouldn’t necessarily say it needs work BUT! I just feel like my ideas and the fashion culture itself keeps getting better and better so Switching it up is always my 1st instinct. I’d say From about 3 to 4yrs old my 1st encounter of fashion influence would definitely have to be my mum. She’s always been a fashion creative in my life and always will be .Other than that I’d have to say Outkast easily!
STUN: Will we be getting more ‘Swaggabot’ videos from you? They kinda served as a how to fashion guide for viewers.
To be honest with you ‘Swaggabot’ was a track i did when i was like 19 but i just ain’t got round to doing anything with it yet. which is why you heard it in the background of my clips and not a full track as of yet .So ,If you wondered were the swaggabot Vids came from or how they came about … it was literally just an extended cut of outfits i wore on a Show that i did on BBCiplayer whilst i was presenting a TV fashion segment called ‘Dope Drops’ with Dj charlie Sloth who had his own TV show at the time called (Charlie Sloths RAP UP Show ) on YouTube too. And nah i don’t intend on doing no more vids unless its something to do with another fashion platform that solely focuses on fashion alone like GQ or something like that or a day to day with Noisey or something were i might be talking about some fashion at some point ,but on my actual youtube channel itself? No. I still gotta prove myself musically so right now i wanna do that and let everything else fall in line as i go along.
STUN: ‘Go’ your latest music video and single is being received well by your fans and followers. Who worked with you on this? This is a party joint. Also tell us about ‘London Kings’, we’re dying to hear the full track.
I don’t even consider ‘Go’ as a video! to be honest. To me it was more a visual experiment/Advert, another learning curve. Im kina bored of it now but hey im glad peeps like it ! It was produced by a guy from the south of my city called mello renn.As for the london kings joint all ima say is that its definitely got more barz and about 3 different genres in 1 but i gotta give cred to my boy @weedybeats from philadelphia because he hooked the beat up for this one. So yeh all i’m saying for Now is wait on it!
The fact that i could die Tomorrow fuels Me.What people think of me is the last thing that’s ever gonna concern me. I just don’t leave space for it.
STUN: The Music industry isn’t what it used to be. Today labels are auditioning for artists and digital is a huge revenue source. What are your views on the current state of the music industry and is your goal to land on one of the major labels?
Yeh the markets very saturated and quick at this time in the game and has been for a minute now and the way i see things is just build your own heat do numbers organically and the labels will find you anyway .I mean independent right now for me is working and I’m running my own shit my label and I like that. So by all means if labels wanna get involved down the line then i guess it might be the time or maybe not who knows. Is it my Goal to land on one of the majors ? It would be Nice but its not a goal no.My goal is to build my own empire and make it happen for me my way .
STUN: You said you admired Young Thug and A$AP Rocky because they’re pushing boundaries and being leaders. Are these two artists you would love to work with?
100% hell yeh
STUN: Jaden Smith is also pushing boundaries and breaking down gender walls in fashion. So Is Candy Ken who you’ve worked with. Do you believe there should be no gender walls in fashion?
I don’t think anything should have gender walls Fuk all that! I wear what i want an always will. Fashion is Fashion no one should be put in a box because of they’re gender.
STUN: You said you’re an artist period, anything to do with creative in music, fashion and art. Is this to say, the world will be seeing more from Tino Kamal beyond the music?
Yeh Most definitely being all rounded is compulsory to me. I feel like the music’s just one of many lanes I plan to hit up. And as you know already my foots already elsewhere so you must know the foundations have already been set to do more .
STUN: You’re definitely building a following in Europe. What are your plans to break into the North American market?
The Same way i’m doing it out in Europe. By Being myself.
STUN: Any touring/performances in the works to push the new music?
The shows are looking like the beginning of next year onwards right now. In terms of tours i’ma give it a couple more months to let things heat up while I’m generating buzz but in the meantime i’ma keep doing what i do and keep producing new content for the catalogue and keep building my online presence.
STUN: How many tattoos do you currently have and are there plans for more?
I don’t know how many i got no more seriously i just know I’m gonna keep going! IM ADDICTED!!!!obvcourse I’m gonna get more. Its always a work in progress. If i run out of space then ill just get tats on top on tats .
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