Kamron Bahani is an NY MC I found on DeadEndHipHop just a few days ago. I ran through all 3 of his projects in one sitting, connecting with every lyric along with his honesty about mental illness. I’ve been open about it as well, and in the beginning, it can be difficult. It has the potential to make someone’s day, which is one of the biggest reasons I write about it. Kam is also a prolific rapper, able to flow and twist words with ease. Below is our recent conversation. As usual, Kam wasn’t afraid to describe rough times in his life, why he makes music and more.
Hey Kam, I am so honored to talk to you. I’ve learned so much about you in such a short period of time, all through your music! Please tell us who you are, and why you create music.
My name is Kamron Bahani; I’m a hip-hop artist from New York. I create my music to culminate an interaction between emotion & enjoyment for the listener. People love to relate things to self.
I’ve listened to all of your projects, starting with the DSM VI Tape. I noticed the album art right away. How did you choose that, and why?
I chose that because it’s menacingly beautiful. As is life, I think it merits the struggles & how we can transmogrify them into beauty.
You blew my mind with the opener, ADHD. I’ve never heard anything like it. How did that come together? Why did you decide to start things off with the record?
It was actually inspired by J-Live, it’s his beat. I heard the tempo & I knew that my niche was rapid flow. I took advantage of that. I also just thought it was s great attention grabber.
The titles on DSM are closely linked to mental illness, psychosis and the like. What I loved about your approach to them was that you weren’t so transparent and only focusing on those topics. You slipped things in so the listeners really had to pay attention. Was that something you deliberately did?
Absolutely; I believe the enjoyment of music comes after the first listen. You start to delve into the intricacies.
Narcissism, one of my favorite cuts from you, was a soulful track with exceptional production and a stand out feature from Chuwee. That moved into Sociopathy where you changed your flow and vocals completely. How are you able to do that over and over again?
Practice, it always makes perfect. Mastery takes 10,000 hours. It’s what I strive for. I like seamlessly blending music into reality.
How do you decide which producers and artists to work with?
The beats, I love weird shit. I love hard-hitting tracks. I also just feel it.
Getting into your second LP, By The River, it seemed your expression and topic choice was a bit more straightforward and confident. Where were you at in your life at this point?
At this point, I realized that sometimes, the music you make won’t appeal to all. I was in a position where I knew the talent was there, but the songwriting was lacking, so I tried to take advantage. Honestly, a ton of people liked it. I didn’t like it at all. I’m my own worst critic.
Your 3rd project this year just dropped. It is my absolute favorite from you, and my formal introduction to your music. Tell us about the significance of the title, and why you decided to put it out?
I was just going through a break-up, the advice didn’t work, there wasn’t too much support. I had to take matters into my own hands. My expressionism prospers through struggle. This is my favorite project as well. Couldn’t be happier.
I could heavily relate to what you were speaking about. After listening to each project I could hear a lot of pain, struggle with mental illness and hopelessness. Can you tell us a bit about your history with this? Where are you at now?
I was diagnosed with “Pure-O”, where mental compulsions were prominent. I felt hopeless. I’m much better now, my antidote is music, knowledge & philosophy. It broke me through the barriers, I’m a lot more pragmatic now.
What advice would you give to people who can barely get through the day? What about rappers who also struggle with this?
Keep making music & all pain is temporary.
Any plans for the future that we can look forward to?
I’ll have to keep everyone on the edge. Let’s just say my fans will be happy.
Thank you so much for talking with me. You have a fan and supporter for life.
Thank you so much. I appreciate the opportunity.