Could you introduce yourself?
I go by the name MotorKam and I come from Detroit, MI. I’m a rapper by trade but I also make Ghettotech- Electrofunk pop songs under the name BlackDaddy… you can call me whichever you’d like [Laughs].
Could you tell us what you think makes you stand apart in the music industry?
The first thing that comes to mind is my sound; I took a lot of influences that are true to self and made a very unique album. I also possess the rare ability to teeter the line between playful and sexual which is proving itself valuable to my target audience. Not to mention, I’m a lyrical samurai who will cut your head off if need be.
How would you describe your style? Do you feel like it reflects you?
I would describe my style as versatile; I can give you traditional rap with bars or I could give you BlackDaddy which consist of TRL-era pop melodies and bouncy rap cadences. I think my style directly reflects my adventurous upbringing, which helped me embrace diverse backgrounds. If you dig deep into my music, you can tell that I’m well rounded and open minded.
Could you expand more on your newest project, "BlackDaddy: Greatest Hits"? What was the inspiration behind the work?
Long story short, I was plugged into the festival scene by some cool electronic producer homies of mine. After a while of learning the scene, I got inspired to curate music that reminded me of my childhood, as well as the oldies I gained interest in. For a while I stopped listening to current music and really focused building a world inside my head. In turn the subject matter was formed. I named it ”BlackDaddy: Greatest Hits” because I wanted to challenge myself and make a single from different eras and the title enabled me to approach each song as such. I also thought who in their right mind would make their first album a Greatest Hits album… so I did.
What are a few tips for other artists that might be reading this?
Focus on your art and not getting laid (or in a relationship). I know it sounds easy but if you really factor in how much time you spend trying to win someone’s approval, you’ll really see how distracted you are. The more the industry progresses, the more it seems like talent is an afterthought; hard work is why you see certain people at the top so if you have talent then that’s icing on the cake…. Don’t let ANYTHING break your focus.
What’s one thing that has to do with music that others might not know about you?
60% of the beats and rough vocals were made in the car while my homie Lasso and I drove around Detroit.
Do you have any rituals you do before you start your creative process for a new project, to get your mind and energy in the right place?
I like to drive or walk around town late at night and think… that usually turns into some type of freestyling and from there I go home and write.
What’s a typical day for you?
I wake up, go make merch, go home and take a 2 hr nap. Get to the studio around 10p work until 3:30-4a, sleep, then do it all over again.
Coffee or tea?
Tea Bags Baby!
What are some of your goals for 2017? What can we expect to see from you in the future?
My goals are simple: create supreme visuals and continue to build the mystique of Blackdaddy… oh yeah and playing big shows (my live performance is my bread and butter)
What makes you happy?
Being around family, seeing people dancing to my hard work, witnessing cute girls fart, helping people realize their full potential.
Any closing comments?
Go check out BlackDaddy: Greatest hits on Apple Music, Spotify , SoundCloud, Tidal. Also be on the lookout for more shows and my new video series “BlackDaddy Love Letters”