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K. Safa (pronounced kay sah-fah) is a young rapper hailing from Lynchburg Virginia by way of Columbia South Carolina, who is finally manifesting her dreams. She’s bringing hard bars, witty punchlines, and the ability to ride a beat like some of the best southern greats to major platforms. The RSG team caught up with K Safa to discuss her new music, Hip Hop taste, and possible relocation to the R&B/Hip Hop hub of the south, Atlanta. 

Your name, K. Safa is so unique! How’d you choose it? 

 My first name is Makayla, but most people call me Kayla. Safa is my middle name. K Safa is both names together.

When did you decide to pursue a career in music? 

I began rapping and writing songs in 2016, but I didn’t promote it. In 2018, I started taking it seriously. I found a manager back in my hometown Lynchburg who began making connections for me in Columbia, South Carolina and I found myself out there.

How would you describe your music style? And how has Lynchburg helped to guide who you are today?

“Lynchburg is a small city. It made me who I am today; it molded me. But I knew that meant I may have to eventually leave,” K. Safa asserts. “My music, my style is about the grind. It’s very “start from the bottom and work your way up and out” type music.” 

K. Safa names Kevin Gates and Meek Mill as some of her recent rap influencers. She sites their delivery style and art of storytelling as inspiration in her lyrical acumen. “Meek Mill and Kevin Gates talk about a troubled past in an inspirational way… Their music isn’t just about partying but life situations… In a way that motivates you.” She declares, “I try and have that balance in my own music.” I enjoy writing and putting lived experiences into songs. I want people to hear my music, enjoy it and be entertained.

If you could collaborate on a song with anyone (singer, songwriter, artist, producer) who would it be?

 “Nicki Minaj,” she quips, with most certainty. “I grew up listening to her and watching what she’s done for rap. She  continues, “she has icon status and she’s a female and I’m all about female power.”

What has been your biggest struggle as an artist up until now? 

I sometimes struggle with wanting to promote myself… I don’t want to be the one people talk about when they say, “Ol she’s just another rapper,” ya know… She’s just another “Soundcloud rapper..” K. Safa adds, “and no disrespect because that’s me.  You have to start somewhere. Safa asserts, “I had to get comfortable saying I’m a rapper, promoting myself, believing in me. If I’m afraid to promote myself, I can’t expect other people to.

Top 5 rappers list right now? Top 3 of all time?

Roddy Ricch, Tory Lanez, Drake, NBA Youngboy, & Kevin Gates… No particular order.

Top 3 rappers of all time

Lil Wayne, J Cole, Drake

Final answer? I’m sticking with that…

Do you have any upcoming placements or releases? 

“Hustle” is dropping on March 27th. It’s about my determination and how I’m hustling and putting all my energy and passion into not giving up.

If you had one message to give to your fans, what would it be? 

First of all, thank you for your support but I hope you’re out here supporting yourself. You can’t expect others to go hard for you if you won’t go hard for yourself. 

K. Safa discusses plans to eventually move to Atlanta for more opportunities, people to connect with. 

“Atlanta is just popping. Everyone’s there making moves, collaborating and motivating one another,” she affirms. As previously mentioned, K. Safa is slated to drop the “Hustle” track in March 2020. Be on the lookout for more updates and follow her IG, Twitter, Apple, and Spotify.

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