Kayne The Lovechild is truly the love child of soul, R&B, and hip-hop and his sound reflects that. Growing up in a music-centric household with a choir singer mother, percussionist father, and a rapper brother, it would come as no surprise that Kayne would have his own musical gifts. A Bronx, New York native, the singer-rapper-songwriter is unapologetic in the music he creates, just as much as he is with his identity as a Black gay man.
With a childhood filled with Led Zeppelin and Lauryn Hill, Kayne shaped his artistry in school talent shows, where he learned the power behind storytelling. Fast forward to now, Kayne’s first single “We Outside” is bringing the queer party to music. Harnessing his “guncle” energy, Kayne raps, sings, and encourages all of us to do what you want, whenever you want, and being your most authentic self while doing so.
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INTO chatted with the up-and-coming creative about his dream queer collab, what queer pop culture needs more of, and what he’d be up to if we caught him “outside.”
How would you describe your sound and who are some of your greatest musical inspirations?
My sound is definitely eclectic! I like to think I’m the “Lovechild” of a Quentin Tarantino and a Tim Burton film. Music-wise, I’m a gumbo of Lauryn Hill, Lizzo, Donny Hathaway, and Phil Collins.
Your new song “We Outside” is all about doing what you want, living life to the fullest, and having fun. Like your song suggests, what would you be up to if we caught you “outside?”
If I’m outside, I definitely have a blunt in my hand. [I’m] probably at a mixxy function or at therapy. It could go either way with me.
Who are some queer artists or artists loved by queer people that you would love to collaborate with right now?
I definitely would love to work with Kaytranada. I think we would be able to make some ill music together.
What is your favorite piece of queer slang?
What do you think queer pop culture needs more of?
More aesthetic and less gimmick!
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