Krizz Kaliko Interview: music videos talk up on it and stop the world

Krizz Kaliko Interview: It’s All About Who You Know

We have another Krizz Kaliko interview for his latest and greatest album GO. This time it is all about the struggle and fun of filming the music videos for “Talk Up On It” and “Stop the World.” Both are amazing videos! But, they were not easy to produce. The mainstream, outside world doesn’t take kindly to hip hop folks, if you know what I mean. These videos wouldn’t have gotten their crucial locations if it wasn’t for Kansas City comradery and knowing just the right people. As in most careers it’s all about who you know.

Well, on this project, I said that I was gonna have a lot of things that are particular to Kansas City. We shot another video, “Stop The World“, on the city bus. With Union Station, we almost didn’t get that location, but the guy that runs the place just happened to go to the same high school that I went to. Not while I was there, but he just happened to be apart of the alumni. I feel like that connection made it okay for us to be there. You know, rappers get a bad name sometimes, man. I was able to lock it down anyways. It was really dope.


Ah yeah. Even when we shot on the city bus, Kerry, who’s the manager of our video department, he went down there to lock in the city bus and once again was met with resistance. So, I went down there and just so happened to know the girl working at the front desk’s sister, who had went to school with me. She was one of my good friends – a girl named Monica. I went down there and was like “girl, what’s up?” and she was like, “oh hey! you’re trying to shoot the video?” and we went from there. Her boss came out and had Frank White, a former Royals player with him and I’m like, “man, what’s up Frank White? Where’s the bus?!” I joked around with them for a minute.

When it came to the press, which Krizz got a hell of a lot of with this album, they just weren’t clear on who he was or how to pronounce his name. I know I had seen it butchered a couple times. The local press know all about Tech, but Krizz was just some red headed step child of Tech’s to them.

The news outlets got misinformed, I think. They were like, “did Tech produce the song?”, and I said, “no, he provided the money” (laughs). Another common mistake is the pronunciation of my name. My name gets butchered. Because we’re putting more marketing into my album, I need everyone to spell my name correct and for them to know who I am. I couldn’t correct the news because it was already out there, but appreciate them covering me anyway. At least I got an impression on people who have maybe never heard of me.

This Krizz Kaliko interview discusses much more about the making of GO and the music videos for it. It adds much more information to the already plethora of info we have gotten from various sources. This album is, after all, so different than his previous work. Plus, he has turned a lot of heads in the media and in Strangeland. You can read everything Krizz had to say on the Strange Music Blog.

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