At just 21 years old, hip-hop singer Kyle launched his first North American tour, appropriately titled the "Hey Kyle! Tour." He's performed at the PLUR-heavy event Ultra Music Festival in Miami, had his video for "Raining Love" featured on BET's 106 + Park, and has collaborated with electro DJ Martin Solveig on his hit "Hey Now."
In addition, he just celebrated the one-year anniversary of his debut album, Beautiful Loser. Kyle enthusiastically said, as we kicked off this interview, "Let's get it!" He gave us the low on what school plays he starred in, his remix of Wiz Khalifa's "Black and Yellow," and what it was like to perform at Ultra.[jump]
New Times: It says in your bio that you performed in school plays. Which were your favorite?
Kyle: Hairspray. It was really cool. I actually liked the movie. I saw the movie before I found out we did the play. There was a lot of dancing, there was a lot of spinning. It was like spin, spin, spin, spin -- stop. Spin, spin, spin, spin -- stop.
You played the main stage at Ultra in front of 60,000 people. How did that feel?
Ultra? That was crazy. I just remember my pants were completely shitted on! I'm kidding. I actually didn't poop my pants. I got some advice before from Martin Solveig, and it was, "So your little face, do you have a mask?" I said, "Yeah, I do." And he said, "Well, forget about it, and bring a diaper." It was frightening. It was an endless sea of people!
He was the whole reason I was at Ultra. I was performing with him.
How did you get in touch with him?
He was looking for a rapper to hop on his single "Hey Now," and he sent the track around, and I sent it back. He really liked it. I was like, "Cool."
Does Wiz Khalifa know you did a remix to his song? ["Black and Yellow" became "Black and Gold."]
No, I don't think he ever found out. I met him once through a friend of mine. And damn! Now that I think about it, I should have mentioned it to him... That was one of my first songs. I dissed all the other high schools.
They [the rival high schools] tore up my school the next day with their own colors with posters, confetti... It was actually kind of amazing [laughs]. It wasn't like any real problems. It was really cool.