Rapper Krizz Kaliko Says He's Related to President James Polk
Kansas City based rapper Krizz Kaliko, who records for Tech N9ne's Strange Music label, performs at Los Globos tomorrow along with labelmates ¡Mayday! and Stevie Stone. We spoke to Kaliko about his upcoming album Son of Sam, and his peculiar family tree.
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I usually like to tie-in the music with the title and the artwork. I saw a couple images that were really dope as I was creating Shock Treatment and I was like "Yeah, I want to do something like that, but that won't go good with Son of Sam" so I changed it to be cohesive. I decided to save Son of Sam for the next one because there's a story behind it.
The eleventh President of the United States, James K. Polk would have sex with his slaves and sometimes would have children after those encounters. [Editor's note: Some accounts say that Polk was sterile.] He had a daughter named Leia. Sam Watson, a slave owner somewhere else in the country, had relations with his slave and had a child named Sam Watson. When he grew up, he met Leia and they started my family. Everybody for the last several hundred years has been named Samuel Watson, including me and my son too. That's always been something that I wanted to express.
Is there a story behind the cover art? It's noticeably less elaborate than most Strange Music covers.
The last two sons of Sam are me and my son. So, I wanted it to be really simple. Nothing's going to distract you from the music. I wanted it to be a reflection, because the reflection of me is my child and that's the last of the lineage. I wanted it to be really simple, but still jump off the paper at you.