From the outskirts of Manchester, living with his single mother and two brothers - Kinkai's music reflects his witness to poverty, social, and various family issues. Taking influence from his Jamaican and Sierra Leonean roots, the rapper's ear became attuned to a wide range of West African music, Reggae, Jazz, and Hip Hop. Highly fascinated with his mother's vinyl collection and the obsession with creating, he would eventually make his own. Originally gaining popularity via a Soundcloud freestyle atop Tom Misch’s ‘Windmills Of Your Mind’, hard work and persistence allowed for Kai to be found performing at Outlook Festival in Croatia as well as prominent stages in the UK. Such demand saw Kai independently launch ‘Roll The Dice’ in 2017, before his sophomore release, ‘Mellow Mermaids and Malibu’, which fetched over a million streams online. The 0161 resident no releases his seminal follow up project “A Pennies Worth.” Meticulously produced by long time collaborator glue70, the album features Children of Zeus, [K S R] & Blue Lab Beats amongst others. Bandcamp described this LP as “an impressive collection of chill hip-hop tunes with breezy hooks and gorgeous, jazz-infused production”. Due to his heartfelt discography, the witty wordsmith has attracted the likes of Majestic Casual and intends to take his music beyond the UK Shores! KinKai continues to carve his way as a bonafide gem of UK underground Hip Hop. With a rich sense of quality “A Pennies Worth’ is another priceless piece to the puzzle.
Catalogue number - HC073