Kid Ink Never Relies On a Pen to Create His Rhymes

Categories: Hip-Hop
Kid Ink
Los Angeles' Kid Ink -- real name name Brian Todd Collins -- may have perfected one of the best formulas for accessible hip-hop that fits into the mainstream without burning bridges with the streets. Listen to his albums or hear a song of his on the radio and you will recognize it immediately: find some great melodies, and run with them.

"I feel that's what catches people," Kid Ink says when talking about his melodic style. "As far as music goes, it gets that initial response. It's just something sounding good, and after that you just listen to the content and figure out what the person is talking about."

Kid Ink's approach towards music has worked out ideally so far. He is a few years shy of his 30's, and has already tore into the charts with singles such as "Time Of Your Life" and "Bad Ass," broke iTunes records, and played successful shows across the globe. All because of the scientist-like approach he takes to his sound. Some rappers take a technical, intricate approach to constructing their bars, Kid Ink makes sure the whole picture and production is well-constructed.

"I've never been one to write on paper, ever," he says. "I had a point where I was writing on my phone, but then it got to a time where my phone was dying and I couldn't really rely on it or I would write verses and the phone's dead and I had to wait for the phone to charge to finish the song. It got to an annoying point where I forced myself to write a little bit like I did when I first started writing, looking up to people like Biggie and Jay Z and Weezy. When you hear people don't write it it motivates you to think you could do it too, and I feel like I kind of started writing, and then became lazy, and started writing on my phone and then kind of forced myself back to just going into the booth and just having fun and letting the initial thought come across and reviewing it all and see if anything needs to be changed."

This take on music was something that came out of his initial years as both a producer and just a normal music fan, and it's something that he feels developed naturally. Since he was in his teenage years he was working on something artistic, whether it was drawing or producing beats. He covered his body in tattoos because of his affinity for that type of art, and he makes music for a living because of his connection to hip-hop.

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