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KenTheMan On The Success of Her Hit Songs ‘He Be Like,’ ‘IDGAF’ and Her Journey

Houston, Texas rapper KenTheMan is next up. Well, some might say she’s already there. This H-Town lyricist is taking over radio waves across the nation with two of her most popular songs from her project “4 da 304’s”. The songs that have 2020 ending on a high note for this artist are “He Be Like” and “IDGAF” which are songs for people who want to feel a sense of empowerment when it comes to dating. KenTheMan commands both of these records with her distinct voice and raw lyricism. Needless to say, her fans, old and new, are here for it. We caught up with KenTheMan amid all the success to unfold her journey and her plans for the future.

Responses were slightly edited for cohesion.

With all of your recent success, we had to ask the question that many were wondering. When did your journey with music start?

I never had a passion until I met rap about seven and a half years ago when I did my first freestyle on SoundCloud and got 500 views. I was just trying it out and I didn’t even know that I could rap but I kept at it because it was fun. I enjoyed creating it [the freestyle]. But I enjoyed people listening to it and jamming it even more. Then I started taking it seriously when people started taking me seriously.

You were in college and decided to take a break to see if your rap career would jump off. How did you come to that decision?

Well, I’ve never liked school. I hate to be the one to say it but we can’t pretend that school is for everybody. Plus I feel like you can’t do your best in something that you’re not in love with. So I dropped out of college for the second time and I told my dad if rap doesn’t work for me in two years then I’ll go back to school because I know that some form of higher education sometimes leads to a higher income. My two years ran out when I dropped ‘He Be Like’ (2019) but my father saw how passionate I was and it never had a quiet moment. I would always have a new week of something happening so he saw the potential. But if my raps didn’t help me out I would have gone back to school or try to figure out some kind of business venture.

Your album "4 da 304’s" dropped at the end of August 2020 and hit the charts almost instantly. How did you feel when you had that initial success?

I started crying. I felt like I made the impossible possible. I’m an independent artist so through my process I’ve always dealt with people’s opinions and criticism and I was just like ‘Imma show y’all asses.’ Admittedly, I didn’t feel like this was gonna be my strongest project. I felt like this was just something because everybody kept bugging me. I kept feeling like it wasn't ready but I know we’re in a pandemic and I could capitalize off of people not doing shit but listening to music, so I put myself on this schedule to get it done.

Did the pandemic negatively affect your creative process?

I mean, I hated it because my shows stopped and that’s how I make most of my money but it helped me because I was able to make more money on my streaming side. Also, I feel like if it didn’t happen I would still be trying to figure out my project. It gave me the time to close everything out, sit in the studio and record. If I would have never gone to the studio on some of the nights that I did, I would’ve never recorded some of the songs. So I’m happy about those moments where I decided to go to the studio instead of going bullshitting with my friends.

What is your creative process like?

I was on my way to a show when I heard the beat for 'IDGAF' and I was like, 'I’m finna smash this up.' But normally me and my engineer work in the studio. We create the beat; I start rapping while he’s still finding instruments and he builds the beat off of my vibe. Then he switches the beat when I change the flow. I'm a very picky beat person. I go through tons of beats until I find the one but once I like something words just start flowing. I have to write in small places but I don’t know why. It just seems like my brain can’t stray off too much.

What have you learned about yourself through the entire album-making process?

I learned a lot of things. I learned that I work better under pressure and that you can accomplish things even though other people may doubt you. I learned that I probably need to stop being so hard on myself as far as my projects and I’ve learned that you’ve just got to follow your heart because your journey is your journey.

Why should people listen to KenTheMan? What sets you apart from other artists in the music industry?

As a whole, I’m perfectly imperfect. A lot of people just have an image of angelic perfection and flawlessness and I’m not that. People look at a lot of stars like they can’t make mistakes and they have to be something that’s so far away from your reality but I have stretch marks everywhere, I don’t do my hair a lot and I be needing refills on my nails. I’m such a normal girl and I want people to know that you can be a rapper and something that people like but you don’t have to fake the image of what it is.

What can fans expect from you next?

I plan on dropping another project very soon. Sooner than what people probably expected because I just dropped one but being an independent artist, you can do whatever you want. I feel like I wanna keep it rolling, increase my catalog and release more visuals. I also wanna do more collaborations with women and I have some in the works. For future collaborations I really wanna work with Summer Walker and Jhené Aiko, I feel like we would make great songs. In the rapping world, I would like Cardi B, Nicki Minaj and Lil Baby.

Stay up to date on all things KenTheMan by following her on Instagram at @imkentheman.

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