1Way Kilo: “It’s Only 1Way That’s Going To Bring You Forward”
Written By: Jessica Oh
1Way Kilo has a way of bringing the music wherever he goes. Born in Atlanta, 1 Way Kilo took that Atlanta sound with him to Florida, Texas, and California. He uses Rap and Hip Hop to create a groove that is his unique form of communication. Kilo draws inspiration from the natural occurrences in life. He says, “If a pen does something, and I want you to know about it or bring you in my view of the pen, I am going to rap about it.”
He enjoys writing from the heart and in the moment, and he is motivated by his family. When asked how he got his artist name, he said, “I feel like it’s only 1Way that’s going to bring you forward. It’s a lot of circles, but you need to break it and go on the 1Way.” Dedicated and hardworking, Kilo is ready to take off, and he is planning on getting there 1Way or another. Learn more about 1Way Kilo below!
When did you start doing music? And describe the moment when you decided you were going to fully pursue music.
I started doing music in school. I used to draw, and I was good at art, but our teacher didn’t teach the next grade so I didn’t take it that seriously anymore. I found an orchestral band, and I wasn’t able to join because of the grade I was in, but the way the teacher made it sound made me want to join. Since then, I’ve loved music.
Has it been a smooth road to get to where you are at now in your career? Are there any obstacles you had to overcome?
I just look at life as life. I’m not dead, and I’m not in jail, so it’s hard to complain. I flunked out of school. I thought it was over, and aunty took me in. I didn’t tell her that I flunked though, and that messed with our trust. That was my fault for other things, so I went to the A and was on my own, that’s probably an obstacle, but I did all that and it taught me something. I’m here right now trying to figure it out, so I guess they were manageable. My childhood was rough, but my mom always made it happen.
Do you have any mentors, teachers, or people you look up to?
I look up to people who take care of their whole family. That’s what I’m on. Family business.
What is the best piece of advice you received? From who?
“Worry about yourself. If you open the door, people will throw anything in it.” -My momma.
How many singles, EPs, or Albums have you released? Which one is your favorite? Why?
I’ve done 4 eps. 20-25 from before I could really get in the studio on SoundCloud. I have done 1 album. My favorite is my album, 17 because it was my first one.
What are you currently working on?
I have a video called Harder that’s out. I shot the video in my old neighborhood in Long Beach. It’s my most recent video so I’m promoting it.