Originally born in Ghana, then moving to the Capital of Australia while still very young, Citizen Kay has grown up with an ambition to make his way into the music scene. Beginning as an aspiring songwriter with a love of hip-hop, he began rapping under the name ‘Kay‘.
Not long after teaching himself how to rap, he decided to start teaching himself how to make beats and the art of recording. As time went on, Kay gained more experience making beats, finessing his rapping style and writing and recording his music. His reputation spread and before long he was working with other aspiring artists and musicians in the ACT. Music has been a big part in the life of Kay. Before becoming engrossed in hip-hop he was known as a guitarist and multi instrumentalist.
At the age of 14 his music teachers and peers recognized his potential as a musician, however hip-hop came into play in a big way and his love of rap and the recording of it took centre stage. Since 2008 Kay has become well known for rapping in the Capital. He has written, produced and recorded songs for himself and collaborated with many others, gaining a reputation as’ the go-to guy’ for other artists around town. He is also known for his collaborations with another ACT hip-hop artist, Meddskii.
Kay’s own output also kicked off, his 2nd mixtape featured a track called Villain by Verbal which he posted on his triple j Unearthed page. The Unearthed digital station picked up on it quickly with positive reviews. From that point on Kay moved forward as an artist, he changed his name to Citizen Kay with the notion of providing beats for a whole world of people. Citizen Kay is currently working on tracks for his debut EP and another mixtape.
One of the songs he wrote and recorded was Ansah Brothers featuring his younger brother, Genesis Owusu. After receiving attention from both triple j and triple j Unearthed for this track, Kay is set to release the first official single Yes! on March 22nd from his debut same-named EP due for release this April.
Citizen Kay has also just been announced as local support for Matt & Kim (USA) as they head out for their Groovin The Moo sideshows this May.
Citizen Kay supporting Matt & Kim
Wednesday May 1 – Sydney Oxford Art Factory
Friday May 3 – Melbourne Northcote Social Club
Thursday May 9 – Brisbane The Zoo