RocHarder Magazine: (Respect My Grind) Kelz Holaday: The Truth Behind The Let’s Go Movement
Exploding into the hip hop scene armed with a duffle bag filled with young blood, sweat from saturating the streets with good music, and without time to cry, RMG (Respect My Grind) is about to beast the Atlanta indie market, and theyâ€™re telling their haters bye. This hip hop powerhouse, led by its CEO K, is hell bent on getting the very best of young talent and pushing them until the bend or break. Its present lineup includes Bay formerly known as Baby DC, Kelz Holaday who went from to negotiations with Laface to working at 107.9, P Stonez who was formerly signed with Mr. ColliPark, Rich Graham who has been featured on MTV, and Tez McClain who sprung into the scene on MTV 2â€™s Sucker Free freestyle segment.
Kelz Holaday: The Truth Behind the Letâ€™s Go Movement
Tell me a little bit about Kelz.Iâ€™m 25. Iâ€™m from College Park. As far as the music goes Iâ€™m a lot different from these dudes. Iâ€™m HOV lane, and these dudes are in the slow lane. They chasing trends, and Iâ€™m keeping classic. Like back when we used to beat on the tables in the lunch roomâ€¦
Tell me about your background in hip hop?I started in like 94. I was probably 10-11 years old. There was this chick in my neighborhood, and she could sing, so she got a record deal. Me and my friend took her song and remixed it. In 97 I did a record deal with Laface Records, but that deal didnâ€™t end up coming through. So I did an internship with the radio station CocoBrother (before he went gospel) just off the gift of gab. I just wanted to be around.
What did you learn from that situation with Laface?Keep grinding. I took it as a learning experience. It was the same label as Outcast. It didnâ€™t stop my progress because I went on to working with the radio and meeting a lot of people through that. So I saw the grind.
What happened next?I went back in the street, and I ended up in prison for 5 years. I was in a group around 99-2000 called Threat Mobb, and that was with Young Bay (also on RMG). Thatâ€™s how I know him. When I got out, I saw him at a club called the Ritz. He was like, â€˜I got a situation with a record label out in California. You should meet them.â€™ I met up with them. He turned some beats, and me personally when I hear a beat I can flow off top. I ended up getting up with RMG, and they gave me a good situation.
What is the situation like with RMG?Weâ€™re independent, but we living like we major already. Weâ€™re really blessed. Itâ€™s family over there. I just shook my tree, and knocked all the bad apples off. Everybody around me serves a purpose. I feel like Iâ€™m in a situation right now to take Atlanta, and that is the honest to God truth.
Tell me about your favorite track.Right now my favorite track is â€˜Leggo.â€™ Itâ€™s something thatâ€™s the truth. Itâ€™s a motivational song. Whatâ€™s burning up the clubs right now is this song called â€˜Chick.â€™ Itâ€™s a strip club song.
Tell me about the song â€˜Leggo.â€™ How did the concept come about?When I came back from prison, my partners were like â€œleggo.â€ So I was like man, what is this â€˜leggo?â€™ [They explained] That means you already in set mode. So letâ€™s make it happen. I was like we can take over the nation with this one. So I got up with my friend, and he made the beat (Crook Brown), and when I got out of prison hesent it to me. He was like, â€˜I was going to sell this beat, but I know youâ€™ll kill it.â€™ So I heard the beat, and I was like â€˜leggo!â€™ I donâ€™t care whether you work a job, you hustle, you steal, you rob. Whatever it is that you doing in these streets, â€˜ Leggoâ€™ is the anthem. On my records it is either real, or Iâ€™m speaking it into existence. I got in the studio with Big A from the Embassy, and he really just put me in the door.
For more information about Kelz hit him up on Twitter@Kelz_Holaday, Facebook, or Myspace.