Kafar is a multidimensional artist bringing raw energy from the heart.
This young leader is an author, poet, rapper, philanthropist, activist, organizer, and business owner. Kafar’s music can be described as “poetry” behind closed doors that’s been translated from prose to a vocal expressive message of hope, inspiration, and the will to inspire and dream out loud. His favorite quote speaks volumes and is Microphone drop worthy; “Be the Power of Persistence to the Resistance.” Kafar wants his music to facilitate change through the power of influence.
Kafar received inspiration and was molded from musical idols, Tupac Shakur, Nipsey Hustle, and Joe Budden. In his music, you will always find an authentic message in real-time. Kafar’s music can be described as “poetry” behind closed doors that’s been translated from prose to a vocal expressive message of hope, inspiration, and the will to inspire to dream out loud. Kafar’s goal is to make music for the masses that not only understand the struggle but understand the realism that accompanies them.
We caught up with the Kafar for a quick chat, check it out after the jump.
The Knockturnal: How has music changed your life?
Kafar: In many ways, but specifically, it gave me a purpose I never felt I had before I started music. That purpose is to inspire and give back/build communities. It’s not just about me or you but about the generations to come & I will do my best to leave not only a blueprint but resources to help them advance.
The Knockturnal: With everything that’s currently happening in the world (the BLM movement, the pandemic) how has this affected your creativity?
Kafar: It filtered out unnecessary songs and topics. As an artist, it’s my job to speak on what me and my people face not talk about cars I don’t have yet or clothes. It’s more important things going on right now! So due to all of this, my creativity narrowed down.
The Knockturnal: Your record “Dear Mr. Police” is a powerful song. How has police brutality personally impacted your life?
Kafar: Police brutality impacted my life in a major way. It taught me about deception and infiltration. The ones you thought you can trust and should feel the safest around became the biggest legal gang. It also showed me “Capitalists of America“ only care about money and profit more than the mental health of all the minority employees they have. It’s hard seeing nationalized killings of innocent people every week then continue in our day like everything is fine. It made me realize how bitter the world can be.
The Knockturnal: What was the inspiration behind your “True 2 Self” and the video?
Kafar: The “True 2 Self” song was inspired by me finally being proud of who I am and accepting this “outcast” feeling I had. Often as an artist, many people would tell me to do this or do that especially people who weren’t even in the music business. They only told me to do these things cause that’s what they thought the “famous rappers did” which wasn’t suitable for what my vision was and for the message I had. I was no longer a slave to anyone’s expectations & ideas. The inspiration for the video was simple. I was amongst many people in the video rapping on subways, in the middle of town with only my mic. I didn’t care about the outside noise that the world brings while I was giving my message to the viewers.
The Knockturnal: What made you decide to call the EP “Self Privilege”?
Kafar: It’s what I represent, the self privileged lifestyle, which is finding purpose within yourself. I wanted a title that spoke to everyone, especially the ones that embraced superiority in individuality. This project is the soundtrack to that!
The Knockturnal: How has New York shaped you as an artist?
Kafar: New York helped me establish a mindset of originality and how important it is to tell stories with substance in your music. That’s always highlighted in New York’s art, poetry, and music. Each borough has its own style and doesn’t aim to be alike. I like to pay homage and credit, New York, for my originality and also my lyrics. New York rappers and poets are known to be profound storytellers and Mc’s.
The Knockturnal: What’s next for you?
Kafar: I have a show on October 2nd in Stroudsburg, PA. I will be releasing a new single soon entitled “Curtain Call.” Some goals I’m aiming for right now is to become a Double XXL Freshman, have a platinum record, and becoming a NY Times bestselling author.