Kirko Bangz’s career grew its wings following the release of 2011’s “Drank In My Cup,” but the Houston rapper is just now preparing his debut album.
“Everything changed. My name got bigger, I got a little more change, and girls started liking me a little bit more,” Kirko says about the impact of “Drank In My Cup.” The song reached the No. 1 spot both on Billboard’s Rap Songs Chart and Rhythmic Top 40, along with hitting No. 5 on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. While the single was ultimately the catalyst that kickstarted his career, Bangz realized he was only as good as his next hit.
“Things got serious as far as the game is concerned,” he explains. “It was time for me to be like, ‘what am I going to do next?’ That’s what the album is for.”
In September of last year, Kirko dropped the 4th installment of his "Procrastination Kills" mixtape series. Two months later the torch single “Keep It Trill” arrived, which serves as the first track off his upcoming debut.
On Feb. 13, Bangz leaked another track “Disrespect” with Yo Gotti, but explains the Internet might have the concept confused. He doesn’t feel disrespected; he’s out to disrespect. “Just disrespecting by stunting on them, know what I'm saying?” he says. “Just disrespecting in any type of way.”
When Kirko linked up with Yo Gotti, the two decided to drop “Disrespect” in time for All-Star Weekend. While the cut won’t appear on the new album, Kirko has much more in store.
The as yet untitled project is slated for a summer release, and Bangz is hoping for producer of the moment Mike WiLL Made It on the beats. Potential guests include the likes of Meek Mill, Juicy J, DJ Khaled, J. Cole, and Big Sean (as Bangz has worked with all of them), along with a hopeful collaboration with Future. “That’s the homie, man. He’s dope,” Bangz says of the Atlanta rapper. While Kirko Bangz has a large number of tracks in the pool, he’s waiting on ten more before announcing a second single.
In the meantime, the “Keep It Trill” video will arrive soon, and the rapper promises some club scenes and driving shots – the two places he hopes you’ll bump his music.
As Kirko Bangz is nearing the two-year anniversary of the single that started it all, he’s geared to deliver his first full-length album to his fans. Fans, who he says, are from all walks of life. “I got beautiful girls, little kids, white kids, black kids. It varies,” he says of his fans. “I done even had fans that are grandparents, grandmas. Right now it’s just pretty much everybody.”
- Hip-Hop