Smoketown Knave – Stomping Grounds

Nov 08 2018

HHO: Introduce yourself to the fans

Smoketown Knave: Wad up world i go by Smoketown Knave

HHO: How did your artist name come about?

Smoketown Knave: The name Knave actually came from me sitting in detention one day in 9th grade, they told us to get a dictionary and gave everybody a letter and we had to write every word and the definition of that letter til detention was over, i made it to Knave and seen the word had many definitions but ran across one that said “man of a humble birth” and liked it, Smoketown comes from my neighborhood, which is the oldest African American neighborhood in Louisville, and stomping grounds where Muhammad Ali learned how to fight

HHO: Where are you from?

Smoketown Knave: I’m from Louisville, Kentucky

HHO: Who were your musical influences growing up?

Smoketown Knave: Growing up my Tupac was mostly my only musical influence, though I listened to Twista, Scarface, Bone Thugs N Harmony

HHO: What hip-hop albums did you grow up listening to?

Smoketown Knave: Albums I listened to growing up was Tupac All Eyez On Me, The Don Killuminati, Me Against The World, Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z., Still I Rise (with the Outlawz) Twista, Adrenaline Rush

HHO: What is the current single/project that you are promoting?

Smoketown Knave: I’m currently pushing my single “Real Rap” Ft. Starlito produced by Fate On Da Beat which is now on all streaming platforms and video is out on World Star Hip Hop and Youtube, from my upcoming project “Yall Made Me This Way” dropping end of the 4th quarter

HHO: How did the record come about?

Smoketown Knave: The record pretty much came about due to the title “Real Rap” i always felt like my music is my life and my story, i always been a fan of Starlito’s music since 11th grade and feel he’s always telling his story as well whether its the ups or the downs, so my producer/cousin Fate On Da Beat cooked up a track and me and Lito linked up and recorded the track in Nashville, Tennessee (his hometown) and he came down to Louisville and shot the video and the rest was history, Real respect Real.

HHO: What would be your dream collaboration with any rapper or producer?

Smoketown Knave: Crazy cause my dream collab would always been to work with Starlito when it came to artists wise so it’s hard to think of someone else, me and Mozzy would be a dope collab i believe though, producer wise i would like to work with the “old” Kanye lol his samples be one of a kind

HHO: Are you currently touring or have any upcoming shows?

Smoketown Knave: Recently put shows on a hold until I finish up this album “Yall Made Me This Way”, i might pop out every now and then on the local scene to stay active but that’s bout it as of now

HHO: How is the response from your fans & djs been?

Smoketown Knave: My fans been real postive with their feedbacks and always support what i drop, the djs spin me on the local stations here so I’ll say they rocking with the movement too for the most part

HHO: What artists do you listen to the most?

Smoketown Knave: The artist I mostly listen to nowadays are Lito, Mozzy, Don Trip, Nipsey Hussle, Trapperman Dale, G Herbo, J.Cole

HHO: What are your plans for 2018? What are you doing that others are not?

Smoketown Knave: My plans for 2018 is to just finish the year off strong with my single and my album, and to shoot out more visuals.

Smoketown Knave: What separate me from others is my story never been told before, its not your average dude from the hood talking bout selling drugs and robbing (not taking from that style of music), i talk about my environment (because i am from the projects) but also drop knowledge with it and talk about the pain side.

HHO: How can your fans reach you?

Smoketown Knave: My fans can reach me on Instagram @smoketown.knave Twitter @Eastside_Knave or Facebook @ Smoketown Knave

HHO: Any last words or shout outs?

Smoketown Knave: Just wanted to give a shout out to HHO for the interview, my team and family FON (Family Or Nothin), Highway Muzik and anybody who have ever believed in me or supported in any type of way, don’t none of the love go unnoticed!