If you rock with Common, Twista, and of course Yeezy, then you’ll appreciate this Chicago native, Roy Kinsey.
Born in Chicao, Roy Kinsey attended Lane Tech High School on Chicago’s North Side where he and his homies formulated a crew. Adding his younger brother, who went to a different High School, and they began rapping in his parent’s basement. “It seemed like we were together everyday, all summer, in the basement, sneaking bottles in, and rapping and recording until we had enough tracks to make an album. It was the only album we ever made together, but one of the most fun times I have ever had with music”
Music became serious for Roy Kinsey during his sophomore year of college while enrolled at DePaul University. He met a young producer by the name of Doc ILL who became not only a friend, but the producer who helped to shape his sound and helped him find his voice as a rapper. “My time listening to Hip Hop was during the Golden Era, and my style was shaped by artists like Jay-Z, Eminem, DMX and the Ruff Ryders, Nas, Lil Kim, Foxy Brown, Ja Rule, and 50, to name a few.”
Roy Kinsey met DJ Castle in a film class they had together in undergrad. He found out he was a DJ spinning at a bar not far from campus. “My first video is to a song we did together from my first album called RIDE. He executive produced both of my albums and has been the one to push me to practice and get better. He knew I had talent, but he taught me skills. Rapping to an instrumental and rapping with a DJ are completely different things and I learned that working with him. I changed my name from RoyAL to Roy Kinsey in 2010 when DJ Castle told me it sounded cooler.”
From the hole in the wall bars and open mics, to parks and places holding 500+ people. Roy Kinsey has rocked The Shrine, Hard Rock Cafe, Abbey Pub, Wildhare, Lasalle Power Company, the Logan Square Auditorium and Subterranean. He’s opened for Keith Murray, Big Sean, and Twista. He’s been featured on Vocalo, WBEZ and DePaul Radio and in the Chicago Reader. His song “Let Me Down” was featured in the Chicago RedEye, and his song “Watch It” was featured for the “Download or Delete,” segment on WGCI with 91 percent of the voters choosing to Download. He’s released two albums by the names of Keep The Receipt (2010), and Rookie Of the Year (R.O.Y) (2012).
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