By: Albert Dadson
Kay Lyles is on the come up. He recently dropped his new album Local Celebrity 2 and has the streets of South Jersey buzzing.
We caught up to him last year when the tape was still in the works and he was speculating what was going to be on it.
Lyles has the township of Pennsauken on his back and is making his way up the ranks to put the suburb of Philadelphia on the map.
Pennsauken is no easy place to be from and Lyles depicts that in his rhymes and a fellow citizen of Pennsauken will have no choice but to follow what he is saying because it is so relatable.
You can listen to the album here.
I sat down with him a couple hours ago about the new album.
Q: In “Paparazzi” you say “Fuck everybody all they did was doubt me and now nobody wanna doubt me.” Do you feel successful now that even the haters are loving what you’re doing?
KL: I would say yeah for the simple fact that when I first started with the music nobody was paying attention and now it’s like when I’m about to drop everybody waits for it. Everybody was telling me “Drop it early. Drop it early.” When I wrote that song it was like you said the haters are now my fans.
Q: In the next song, “Back In the City” you talk about how it is in your city that you are from. Can you tell a story that stands out about the city that you’re from?
KL: My city sticks together. We were at some party up the highway and some bouls tried to step to us and everybody from Pennsauken got right. It was just lit how even though we weren’t hanging with each other through the whole party everybody from Pennsauken got right.
Q: In the next song called “The Passenger” you talk about the rap lifestyle and the benefits you get. You think rap has opened doors for you that wouldn’t be open otherwise?
KL: Yeah because I remember when nobody was trying to fuck with me but now I’m about to open for Migos and Young MA so rap really opened doors for me.
Q: The next song “Oh Shit” goes with the theme of the song which is kind of like a coming out party for you. What was life like between Local Celebrity 1 and Local Celebrity 2?
KL: It was like being the new kid in school. It was like they heard there was going to be a new kid and they’re feeling him out. It’s like nobody knows what’s going on with him and then after Christmas when everybody gets their new clothes and he’s the flyest one in the hallway. I got flashy too. I did 9-eleven, I did Vera, and I did the video and now everybody is like that’s my guy and I fuck with him. It’s definitely good to see everybody fuck with me and the transition between the two albums.
Q: In “Nina” you talk about the support you get from your bros. You say, “All my niggas G’d up. Riding with my feet up. If we ever got problems they be gripping that nina.” How is it to get support from your ride or dies?
KL: Honestly it’s amazing. They the first ones to get the music and they the first ones to send it through the city. You can see it when I’m on Snapchat or if I’m on live. Everybody I knew when I came out to Pennsauken in seventh grade to now is fucking with the music and they supporting it. We always rowdy and everywhere we go we loud that’s why I call us the LoudPack Crew.
Q: The next song is “Clone Me” and you say, “I came from nothing. No pot to piss in.” What was life like for you growing up? Did you always live in Pennsauken?
KL: Nah, I moved from East Camden to Centerville and then back to East Camden. Then I went straight to Pennsauken. Life wasn’t hard necessarily, but it wasn’t easy. Everything wasn’t given to me. There were times where I came home and the lights were out and there were times when my mom told me aight let’s go to the mall and I’m walking out with 13 different bags. It’s just growing up and growing up in Jersey period. You never know what you’re going to get.
Q: You said, “I wasn’t satisfied until my pockets were stuffed with benjamins,” on “By Myself.” How has rap put you in good positions?
KL: As a rapper I’m a brand myself. I sold 200 copies of Local Celebrity 1 by myself. I got LoudPack University and I made money off of Vera just selling tickets and now I’m about to open up for Migos and I’m getting paid for that. Rap put me in positions. Definitely.
Q: Has rap affected and improved other areas of your life? Do you feel more confident or do you feel like you have a reason to get up every morning?
KL: I would say both. Honestly I would say rap or music period has matured me. I started out when I was 17 in high school and rapped just cause my friends rapped and now I’m an artist. It just matured me and helped me grow as a man.