Kendré: Keeping Hits New, One Remake at a Time
The up and coming 20-year-old actor/singer/rapper/producer Kendré, best known for his character as Jabari on CW’s hit sitcom “Girlfriends,” is revealing his artistic ability to create his own versions of hip hop’s most notable songs.
Kendré recently remixed Trey Songz's chart-topping hit, "Bottoms Up," showcasing his soulful vocals and creative verses in his latest viral music video. The video has quickly generated a great deal of excitement on the internet and received numerous accolades by industry’s heavy hitters. Kendré also released his first feature, “Mah Little Dance Song” off his newly-released Who’s the Nerd? mixtape. As shown in both videos, Kendré’s catchy, charismatic appeal has started the trend of “Nerdy Boy Swag” that has all the girls screaming for more.
Because we get intrigued by any trend that has “nerdy” in the title, we decided to investigate and learned that not only is this guy truly talented, but a really nice guy (for a “nerd,” anyhow).
Cliq Magazine: I know you're creating your own hip-hop versions of songs, which is
ironic, because I did a phoner with Flava Flav who claims hip-hop is dead. What do you say to that?
Kendré: Hip Hop is not dead at all! Hip hop has definitely been corrupted through some of the music that has slipped through the cracks only because music has changed as far as content since hip hop first started. Music has changed to be more about having fun, living certain lifestyles, and displaying certain attitudes. To me that’s not really even hip-hop. It’s fun, feel-good music. Even some of the music I do fits under that category. But in my opinion, hip-hop is still alive through certain artist such as Drake, Kanye West, this dope new guy I just heard about Mac Miller, and even myself.
CM: What became your motivation for taking other songs and recreating them?
K: When I first decided to try the artist thing, I kind of just experimented through remixing other popular songs just to test my skills and see if I even had what it took to be an artist. The responses I got were always good, so it encouraged me to continue doing it. So then I set a goal for myself to not just remix songs by simply putting my voice on it and call it a remix, but actually finding every way possible to make the song better than the original! So whenever I put out a remix and I heard ‘KENDRE, THAT WAS BETTER THAN THE ORIGINAL,’ I smile and say "Mission accomplished!" Every good remix I get under my belt only creates anticipation for my own original music, because my fans already know what to expect.
CM: Who do you think your voice sounds like a mixture of?
K: I would say I’m a mix of Will Smith, Drake, Lil Wayne, and Chris Brown.
CM: What in the world is "nerdy boy swag"?
K: Well, I've been hearing this one a lot, but I guess "nerdy boy swag" is a phrase that someone put on me only because it fits my look since I dress like a nerd, of course. But I personally don't call it that. I like to call it "Nerdy Elegance!” And to me "Nerdy Elegance" is just a lifestyle and a movement. It’s more than just the bowtie and suspenders I wear. It’s a personality, it’s an intelligence, it’s a mentality, it’s a respect…as well as the way I express myself through the way I dress.
CM: Do you have a lady right now?
K: I don't, but I would love to have one! (Laughs.)
CM: What else do you have coming up that you want to promote?
K: Everybody just keep a lookout for all the hot new videos I have coming out off of my mixtape "Who's the Nerd." I have two surprise projects I’m working on that will be dropping later this year and a brand new album that will be dropping early next year! Stay tuned!
Find out more about Kendré at:
See his video, and hear his music at:
Who's The Nerd?" mixtape
"You Look Like A Nerd" Album - iTunes link