Ka5sh releases "I'm Depressed (feat. gnash) [Remix]" via Atlantic Records

Los Angeles, CA | March 23, 2018  – LA rapper and meme maker, Ka5sh releases the remix of his breakout single "I'm Depressed" with a feature from "I hate u, I love u" singer Gnash.

"I'm Depressed Remix ft. Gnash", will be Ka5sh's first major label release,  available on all digital DSPs Friday, March 23rd, via Atlantic Records.

"I'm Depressed" was originally release on Ka5sh's self-titled debut EP, and Pitchfork reviewed the track saying it “turns misery into hilarity the same way you make a young child’s stubborn pout slip into laughter: by pointing it out.”
 

Ka5sh releases "Crying In The Club" co written by 3OH!3's Sean Foreman

Los Angeles, CA | November 17th,  – Known for their memes and affinity for emo music, rapper Ka5sh teamed up with Sean Foreman (of 3OH!3 fame) to write "Crying In The Club", a tongue in cheek, self-depreciating sadboy bop.

"I wrote the hook for this song literally crying in the club once at a HAM [On Everything] party. Thanks to Sean [Foreman, of 3OH!3], for helping me turn that hook into a real, fully fledged track." - Ka5sh

"Crying In The Club" is Ka5sh first release distributed via Priority Records, the legacy record label, that relaunched in 2017 as a distribution company though Capitol Records.

In addition to the release of "Crying In The Club", Ka5sh will be performing at EMO NITE DAY on Sunday December 3rd, at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, CA, alongside The Used, Machine Gun Kelly, Lil Aaron + more.

Download/Stream "Crying In The Club"

Listen to "Crying In The Club on Soundcloud

 

Pitchfork: "I'm Depressed" Review

by Marc Hogan // Senior Staff Writer

 

D.R.A.M.’s ebullient “Broccoli” felt necessary last year, not least because its goofy joy allowed listeners to escape the grimness of the daily headlines. Los Angeles-via-North Carolina rapper Ka5sh’s “I’m Depressed” refers directly to “Broccoli,” and it reaches a similar state of giddiness, even as it approaches from the opposite end of the emotional spectrum.

From Ka5h’s self-titled EP, “I’m Depressed” turns misery into hilarity the same way you make a young child’s stubborn pout slip into laughter: by pointing it out. In warbly Auto-Tune, Ka5sh murmurs about dropping pounds, letting work pile up, and sleeping for days on end. Producer Yung Skrrt's chirpy synth blips and jaunty bass fuzz indicate our all-too-relatable narrator is, all the worse for someone in such a state, at one hell of a party. The track culminates in a perfectly tweaked “Broccoli” lyric: “Ain’t no tellin’ what I’m finna blow off.” With wry detail and a light touch, Ka5sh flips being bummed into something that’s infectiously joyful in its own right.

Ka5sh "I'm Depressed" Music Video Premiere via WestwoodWestwood

In a world ruled by filters and the perfect selfie, Ka5sh is using his talents to make art that celebrates individuality and raises awareness towards mental health. His new music video for “I’m Depressed” is a perfect example of his innovative, socially conscious approach—and lucky for us, we have the exclusive premiere.

Ka5sh presents: Peaches: A Black Internet Experience

Ka5sh presents: Peaches: A Black Internet Experience

On view July 15th-29th, opening reception and panel discussion July 15th, 7pm

Super Chief Gallery

739 Kohler Street

Los Angeles, CA 90021

Los Angeles, CA - recording artist and viral meme creator Ka5sh announces a group exhibit and panel discussion featuring new works from a variety of Black digital content creators. “Peaches: A Black Internet Experience”,  will run from July 15th - July 29th, 2017 at Superchief Gallery in Los Angeles, CA, with a reception on opening night to feature a panel talk of the show’s contributors, where they will discuss the unique challenges and successes faced by Black artists on the internet in 2017. This exhibit is made possible with the support of Flawed Fabulously, a NYC-based fashion line debuting this Summer, founded by South African interpreter and model, Tasia Sli.

“Peaches: A Black Internet Experience” will feature a curated selection of digital art pieces made larger-than-life from eight artists: Carmen Hates You, Cory in the Abyss, Ertha Clitt, I Look Like Lil Bill, Jaboukie, Ka5sh, Marquita Sade, and Shalik. The works exhibited will explore everyday life on the internet through the eyes and screens of these Black artists. 

“I want to showcase what it’s like being Black and on the internet - and also, maybe try and change the way that [non Black] people assume Black culture.” says Ka5sh about the exhibit.  The title, “Peaches: A Black Internet Experience” pays homage to Peaches Monroe, the young Black woman who coined the term “Eyebrows On Fleek”.

Following the success of Ka5sh’s “By Any Memes Necessary” show at Junior High Gallery, Ka5sh was inspired to bring digital art to life once again, this time to create a platform and physical space for Black artists that are so often plagiarized and uncredited. Through “Peaches: A Black Internet Experience” Ka5sh wishes to highlight his community, from some of the internet’s finest Black content creators, to the sponsor he’s partnered with to make the show possible.

“I specifically sought funding for this show from a Black-owned business. It is important to me to have this conversation powered by a contribution from my own community.” he states about the exhibit's partnership with Flawed Fabulously.

The Black Internet Experience will run July 15th-to July 29that Superchief Gallery 739 Kohler St, Los Angeles, CA 90021 from 6PM-Close. Artists will be present for the opening night and panel discussion on July 15, 2017. 

Bandcamp Daily: Ka5sh Makes Their Own Hip-Hop Mythos

Barring extraordinary connections (and money), the rise to celebrity plays out more slowly in real life than in the rapid-cut montages of aspirational biopics. Whenever Ka5sh walks around downtown Los Angeles, pink-tinted sunglasses glinting in the coastal sun, they’re half hoping a Hollywood power broker leaps out at them and says, “Hey, you wanna be in this movie we’re filming right now? Here’s a million dollars!”

It hasn’t happened yet. Until it does, they’re making due with a smaller level of renown. One night, a friend uploaded a video of Ka5sh dabbing to Papa Roach at Emo Nite, a nostalgic L.A. club night celebrating music the creators listened to in high school. Over the next month, 10,000 people found Ka5sh’s Instagram through the video, and followed them for their bizarre visual jokes about pop culture they’d begun posting at friends’ urging. (Our phone conversation had to be rescheduled from our original appointment when Ka5sh ended up hanging out with a llama at Eric Andre’s birthday party). “You can just be extremely Internet-famous overnight because someone famous likes you,” they say.

Whether you’re familiar with them or not, Ka5sh is Internet-famous. They’ve used their ability to make hilarious and relatable images (often on serious topics like internalized racismstress, and abandonment) as well as their first high-profile cosign to score gigs creating content for organizations like No Jumper, Pizza Slime, and Interscope. You’ve likely seen their “I fuck with the vision fam let’s build” meme, which flamed, “white guys with cornrows and dreads wearing Supreme being lame as hell,” and added a new catchphrase to the lexicon.

 

While Instagram popularity has opened up opportunities like curating an art show and meetings with record executives, Ka5sh is not content resting on a moderately successful meme. They’re determined to go “the Donald Glover route” and become a triple threat—writing, acting in television and film, and having a successful music career.

Ka5sh grew up in Fayetteville, North Carolina, a “super country” military town dominated by Fort Bragg. “I’m still the exact same as I was like younger, but now it’s cool,” they say. “It’s cool to be into bands and shit, and like cartoons, and just be weird and read. But back in [Fayetteville], no, that was not cool. You got called an Oreo.”

The most exciting thing to do after dark was wander the aisles of the local Walmart, a cosmic injustice Ka5sh tried to correct by creating immersive performances for their early, Death Grips-inspired musical project, Weirdo. “I wanted to create an experience whenever you saw us live,” they say. “It was completely unappreciated, because I was in North Carolina, and no one got what we were doing. We would get kicked out of venues and stuff because we were just so wild and weird.”

Weirdo never caught on, a disappointment Ka5sh understands in retrospect. “It wasn’t me,” they say. “It was just me trying to create a version of me that’s acceptable to everyone, and that’s digestible for rap.”

They continue: “I had a whole bunch of misogynistic things in my old music. Even when I was making that, I never called women ‘bitches’ or anything like that in real life, but in songs I was like, ‘Bodyslam a bitch, give her plenty dick!’ I don’t know, that’s not me.”

After exhausting every possible option to make Fayetteville work, Ka5sh quit their job selling appliances and flew to Los Angeles with less than three hundred dollars in their pocket. “I’m already famous,” Ka5sh declares confidently to me. “I decided I was famous last year. I’m now willing myself to make everyone know that I am also famous. That idea’s propelled me into different situations in L.A. Fame is a way that you can move throughout situations without any kind of money, but it’s like you are money. It’s sick. A lot of things I’ve gotten or that have happened to me came strictly off of just Internet clout and not money, ’cause I don’t have any.”

Flush with cultural currency and secure in their identity, Ka5sh began making music that was more genuine and tied to real-life experiences; most notably, the eponymous single from their recent EP,  “I’m Depressed.” “Even though the lyrics are sad, the beat’s still pretty upbeat, which I did on purpose,” Ka5sh says of the track, which juxtaposes a cheerful Yung Skrrt production (all bouncy, fuzzy bass, with synth blips floating by like emoji reactions on a livestreaming video) with lyrics about sleeping four days at a time, losing 20 pounds, and going weeks without drinking water. “It’s [about] being depressed as hell at a party… You’re just in the middle of the function, just distraught, and everyone’s around just having fun and dancing,” they say.

Whether it’s rapping over a sample from Aladdin, reinterpreting classic memes, or dyeing their dreads in unicorn pinks and purples to deliberately fit in with rappers like Lil Uzi Vert and Yung Jake, Ka5sh loves playing with format, triggering nostalgia, and reinventing recognizable forms. “Wus Poppin” is the most aggressive turn-up song on the EP, recalling Ka5sh’s punk-trap work with Weirdo, and appealing to the young fans of lo-fi underground hip-hop (or “alternative rock”) like Wifisfuneral or Ski Mask the Slump God. Other songs lean on influences like Travis Scott (the pitched-up vocal samples on “HMU”) or D.R.A.M (an auto-tuned riff on the hook of “Broccoli” on “I’m Depressed”: “Ain’t no tellin’ what I’m finna blow off.”)

For all their pop star ambition, Ka5sh is still a champion of the underdog: “I like making fun of things I went through in middle school and high school…I was a nerd. I didn’t get to make fun of people. I was always the punchline.” A refusal to tolerate jokes at the expense of marginalized groups and a firm grasp on the concept of “punching up” in comedy are hallmarks of their sense of humor. Ka5sh loves the idea of their predominantly white audience “laughing at white people doing white people stuff,” reversing the power dynamics of many viral videos with black stars. “I’m super passionate about things that have to do with black people, and also queer black people and trans people,” they say. “I’m really into social justice; not as a performative thing, but I really want to change the way that people think about things.”

They’re setting a powerful example, especially for young creatives of color, on the power of believing in yourself and the value of your work—and creating space for your work to be taken seriously. They admit to feeling like Peaches Monroee after having no idea how to monetize the success of the “fuck with the vision” meme, but they’re currently working with a team to ensure that they’re fairly paid for creating content.

As for the success they’re chasing, they’re not under the illusion that it’s the magic key to escaping the mental health issues and societal pressures described so candidly in their body of work. “I wonder if I get money, will that be the thing that will make me feel better?” they wonder. “Probably not. I’ll just have money and be sad as hell.” But whether a gold-trimmed star on Hollywood Boulevard holds the key to Ka5sh’s happiness or not, it’s hard not to root for their rising fortune on the West Coast, a symbolic win for all self-determined weirdos turned creators of their own mythos.

—Lorena Cupcake

Ka5sh EP featured in The Wire Issue 401- July 2017

From The Wire:

"Ka5sh- Deathbomb Arc DL/MC

Los Angeles independent label Deathbomb Arc continue their tireless mission to offer a distinct alternative to trap's dwindling returns with two starting releases from the hiphop end of their roster. 

Self-styled "last rapper alive" Ka5sh drops his self-titled tape with a confidence that belies his obscurity - you realize about two seconds into opener "HMU" as the bass takes your legs and stars burrowing that there's no reason on Earth that he should't be a star, bar the absurdist honesty of his lyrics and his fondness for careening into Mystikal-style abrasiveness. If a fuck up like XXXtentacion can nudge at overground popularity, then Ka5sh's steely pop instincts and hilarious self-deprecation should by rights make him hot property - Yung Skrrt's production throughout has a melodicism and oozing menace that puts him on par with the best LEx Luger and Sonny Digital productions. Too short (the whole six-tracker clocks in just over ten minutes)but hopefully a more magnum opus should emerge soon because KA5sh is a rapper you'll want to hear more from."

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Huh Magazine: Stream Frank Ocean's New "blonded RADIO" Playlist

A new episode of Frank Ocean’s blonded RADIO aired earlier today (13 May), and as well as debuting some brand new music (A$AP Rocky’s "RAF" ft. Ocean, Lil Uzi Vert & Quavo and an extended version of Ocean’s "Biking"), the show saw an eclectic mix of music old and new played.

Hosted by Ocean together with Vegyn and Roof Access, the tracks featured came from the likes of Burial, Metronomy, Caribou, Mssingno, Erykah Badu, OutKast, 2Pac, The Beatles, LCD Soundsystem and more. 

You can listen to all of the tracks played below via the blonded RADIO playlist on Spotify and hear the full blonded RADIO 006 episode here: apple.co/Beats1.

JET: THE LOW DOWN: ‘BLONDED RADIO’ EP. 006 X FRANK OCEAN

Early this morning, Frank Ocean came through with another episode of his Beats 1 show blonded RADIO. Ep. 006 housed Frank alongside Vegyn and Roof Access. The episode came complete with some new and old tunes, a Mother’s Day dedication and a tribute to 1/2 of Outkast.

Premiering on the aftermath of Mother’s day, it’s only right Frank send a shout out and the famous “all these bitches is my sons” (Nicki Minaj) rapper earned her a special slot in the blonded line-up. Later on in the episode, after playing OutKast’s “Ms Jackson,” Ocean paid tribute to Andree 3000. “You’re just not involved in top 5 conversations because you’re number 1,” he shared. “That’s Andre 3000"

Additionally, he went on to credit The Beatles as his muse for 2016’s Blonde“I wanna thank The Beatles for almost single-handedly getting me out of writers block.”Following up with their song “Here, There and Everywhere.”

Frank also hit us with a new version of “Biking” and ended off the episode with A$AP Rocky’s “RAF.”

Check out the full track list below.

Burial, “Come Down To Us”
House of Pharaohs, “RWM (Run With Me)
Ka5sh, “I’m Depressed”
A$AP Rocky, “Lord Pretty Flacko Jodye 2 (LPFJ2)”
Frank Ocean, “Biking”
J. Hus, “Did You See”
M.T. Hadley, “Janet”
Tupac, “Dear Mama”
OutKast, “Ms Jackson”
Eykah Badu, “Hello”
Rufus & Chaka Khan, “Your Smile”
Frank Ocean, “At Your Best (You Are Love)”
The Beatles, “Rocky Raccoon”
The Beatles, “Here, There and Everywhere”
Frank Ocean, “White Ferrari”
The Flaming Lips, “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Pt 1”
Micachu, “Go” (With Tirzah)
MssingNo, “Fones”
Dam Funk, “Mirrors”
Andres, “You’re Still The One”
Kuedo, “Whisper Fate”
Caribou, “Hannibal”
LCD Soundsystem, “American Dream”
Crying, “Well and Spring”
Miley Cyrus, “Rooting For My Baby”
Metronomy, “This Could Be Beautiful (It Is)”
Frank Ocean, “Nikes”
Shawty Pimp, “Kickin’ Pimpin'”
Juvenile, “Ha”
A$AP Rocky f. Frank Ocean, Lil Uzi Vert, and Quavo, “RAF”
Ryuichi Sakamoto, “Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence”

 

Noisey: Wrap Your Ears Around Episode 006 of Frank Ocean's Blonded Radio

blondedka5sh

This time with added Frank, as he finally fulfilled hosting duties.

Frank Ocean, and specifically Blonded Radio, his sporadic Beats 1 show, will be the death of us all soon, I am convinced. This morning, the sixth instalment of the show—which only ever comes by surprise and therefore doles out heart attacks across Twitter timelines the world over – aired, and as a special treat, it was fronted by Frank himself (maybe he really is coming out of that shell). 

The show had a special Mother's Day slant, with Frank singling Nicki Minaj out for a tribute. He also played "Did You See" by London rapper/singer J Hus, whose album Common Sense, dropped Friday (May 12), and ended with the premiere of a new A$AP Rocky track, "RAF," which features Frank, Quavo and Lil Uzi Vert. Elsewhere, the show's playlist, included below, was as eclectic and listenable as ever. 

As someone who doesn't speak publicly too much, Frank's on-air persona has as much charm as it does on record. As usual, he comes across as someone with real musical integrity, who massively knows his stuff. Hopefully he'll now be a regular fixture on the show, but considering his past form, I wouldn't bet on it.

 

 

Here's that tracklist:

Burial, "Come Down To Us"
House of Pharaohs, "RWM (Run With Me)
Ka5sh, "I'm Depressed"
A$AP Rocky, "Lord Pretty Flacko Jodye 2 (LPFJ2)"
J. Hus, "Did You See"
M.T. Hadley, "Janet"
Tupac, "Dear Mama"
Outkast, "Ms Jackson"
Eykah Badu, "Hello"
Rufus & Chaka Khan, "Your Smile"
Frank Ocean, "At Your Best (You Are Love)"
The Beatles, "Rocky Raccoon"
The Beatles, "Here, There and Everywhere"
Frank Ocean, "White Ferrari"
The Flaming Lips, "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Pt 1"
Micachu, "Go" (With Tirzah)
MssingNo, "Fones"
Dam Funk, "Mirrors"
Andres, "You're Still The One"
Kuedo, "Whisper Fate"
Caribou, "Hannibal"
LCD Soundsystem, "American Dream"
Crying, "Well and Spring"
Miley Cyrus, "Rooting For My Baby"
Metronomy, "This Could Be Beautiful (It Is)"
Frank Ocean, "Nikes"
Shawty Pimp, "Kickin' Pimpin'"
Juvenile, "Ha"
A$AP Rocky f. Frank Ocean, Lil Uzi Vert, and Quavo, "RAF"
Ryuichi Sakamoto, "Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence"

If you're an Apple Music subscriber, you can listen back to Blonded Radio 006 at 11AM BST/6AM ET and 2PM BST/9 AM ET here.

You can find Lauren on Twitter.

(Image via Beats1 on Twitter)

The Fader: Here’s Everything That Happened On Episode 6 Of Frank Ocean’s blonded RADIO

The latest edition of Ocean’s radio show included a new version of “Biking” plus the debut of a new A$AP Rocky collaboration. 

By DAVID RENSHAW

  Early Monday morning, May 15, the sixth episode of Frank Ocean's Beats 1 show blonded RADIO aired. Hosted by Ocean himself alongside Vegyn and Roof Access, the episode included a new versionof "Biking," plus a Mother's Day dedication to Nicki Minaj. 

Later on in the episode, Ocean paid tribute to Andre 3000 shortly after playing OutKast's "Ms Jackson." "You’re just not involved in top 5 conversations because you’re number 1," he said of Three Stacks. "That’s Andre 3000." 

Ocean also credited The Beatles with helping him during the writing process for his 2016 album, Blonde. "I wanna thank The Beatles for almost single-handedly getting me out of writers block." He then played The Beatles "Here, There and Everywhere" back to back with his own "White Ferrari"

Episode 006 ended with the premiere of new A$AP Rocky song "RAF"featuring Ocean, Lil Uzi Vert, and Quavo. 

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Check out the full blonded RADIO 006 track list below. 

Burial, "Come Down To Us"
House of Pharaohs, "RWM (Run With Me)
Ka5sh, "I'm Depressed"
A$AP Rocky, "Lord Pretty Flacko Jodye 2 (LPFJ2)"
Frank Ocean, "Biking"
J. Hus, "Did You See"
M.T. Hadley, "Janet"
Tupac, "Dear Mama"
OutKast, "Ms Jackson"
Eykah Badu, "Hello"
Rufus & Chaka Khan, "Your Smile"
Frank Ocean, "At Your Best (You Are Love)"
The Beatles, "Rocky Raccoon"
The Beatles, "Here, There and Everywhere"
Frank Ocean, "White Ferrari"
The Flaming Lips, "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Pt 1"
Micachu, "Go" (With Tirzah)
MssingNo, "Fones"
Dam Funk, "Mirrors"
Andres, "You're Still The One"
Kuedo, "Whisper Fate"
Caribou, "Hannibal"
LCD Soundsystem, "American Dream"
Crying, "Well and Spring"
Miley Cyrus, "Rooting For My Baby"
Metronomy, "This Could Be Beautiful (It Is)"
Frank Ocean, "Nikes"
Shawty Pimp, "Kickin' Pimpin'"
Juvenile, "Ha"
A$AP Rocky f. Frank Ocean, Lil Uzi Vert, and Quavo, "RAF"
Ryuichi Sakamoto, "Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence" 

  

May 15, 2017