Krizz Kaliko: 5 Albums That Changed My Life

Krizz Kaliko: 5 Albums That Changed My Life

With 5 Albums That Changed My Life, we ask artists to gush about the records that affected the way they listen to and make music. In this edition, we ask rapper and songwriter Krizz Kaliko to delve into 5 albums that shaped his own musical persona. Well known for his collaborations with Tech N9ne, and signed to the fellow Kansas City native’s Strange Music, Kaliko just released his sixth studio album, GO. Listen to it here.

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OutKast: Speakerboxxx/The Love Below

OutKast is always been one of my favorite groups of any genre. They’ve always taken chances creatively in music.  I think Big Boi is a dope rapper but Andre 3000 seems to be the one that is creatively to the left on this album. Plus, he did a lot of singing that was weirdly beautiful. I’ll always cherish this album.


The Notorious B.I.G.: Ready To Die

I always love when the big boys become celebrities. “Heartthrob never, black and ugly as ever,” my favorite line from this album. He was truly the best MC I have ever heard, man. Could mix super lyrical 16s with the persona of the smooth player. You can hear his influence in my music.


Rick James: Bustin’ Out

I was for forbidden by my mother from listening to this album. It was truly sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll. Rick James has had a super impact on my music with his funky sound. I love this album so much that I went to his grave in Buffalo, New York, just to say thank you.


Kendrick Lamar: To Pimp a Butterfly

I’m so glad this type of hip-hop can win in this day and age, when simplicity seems to reign supreme. This album is an eclectic blend of creative genius as far as I’m concerned. Kendrick is my homie from a few years back, and every time I see him I hug him and congratulate him for accomplishing his dreams and having phenomenal music.


Adele: 21

This album, to me, was the first of its kind. Adele is a singer’s singer. There were so many hits on this one that it’s hard to pick a favorite. To whoever broke her heart, thank you. She is an artist who seemingly sings lyrics from her heart and mine. By allowing people to enjoy to her pain she connects to the masses with each word. Love this one.

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