Who Is iiKane? I believe that’s her Twitter handle to be completely honest! But it’s a pretty simple question. Who is iiKane?
She’s the female voice you hear during the ride home, co-hosting The KoShow w/ legendary afternoon personality Konan and the 5 O’clock Ride with DJ Jay Claxton, weekdays from 2P to 6P on 92Q Jams (Baltimore).
She’s a talented #RadioChick, a writer, producer, artist (rapper), model, sister, daughter, and an amazing mother (who she chooses not to speak about unless she really knows you).
When asked to describe Kane in one word, one comment was, “…lots of super star style but still that home-girl attitude“, says Operations Manager for Radio One Baltimore, Al Payne.
It was iiKane who sparked this #RadioChicksRock crusade for me. One day, she and I were talking at my dining room table (taking a break from her wrapping me with Saran Wrap for some weight loss fad) about radio and how we got started.
Learning that her talents came from life lessons, bad teachers, bad decisions, great teachers, great decisions, and more than enough second chances, iiKane is one of the most talented female radio personalities in the business; and there a lot of women in this industry all around the world. If you still don’t know who she is… I mean…like iiKane says “Google me baby!”
How long have you been in the radio business? Almost 10 years!
What was it about radio that struck your interest? I used to read the back of cereal boxes at the breakfast table when I was a kid. I was pretending to be the voice-over announcers from the television commercials lol. I had the opportunity to begin working for some major media companies while I was still a teenager during my undergrad years at Howard University. The rest is history from there!
What genre of music do you like to listen to the most and why? That’s a hard question. Hip Hop and R&B of course! I listen to a lot of Bossa Nova like Sergio Mendes. Soul. Rock. Reggae. Even some country. I don’t know man that’s a hard question. Whatever fits the occasion.
What is your LET IT GO song? (one that you would absolutely lose your mind listening to) Anything Beyoncé!
You’ve interviewed a lot of celebrities, was there ever a time you had an uncomfortable interview where it went terribly wrong? Describe. You never know how interviews are going to go but the key is to be as comfortable as possible(comfortable with myself and with my guest). Of course, the interview usually flows better when I already have a relationship with my guest but I always try to have fun. A lot of times interviewers run into uncomfortable moments when they try to bombard someone with super personal questions or rumors and it’s tough for guests to open up if they feel like you’re just trying to use them for a “Wendy Williams moment.”
Who was the best celebrity encounter and why? Meeting Michael Jackson backstage was the only time ever that my mouth hung open for two seconds. I was 18 years old working for Hot97. Highlight of my summer.
What’s the biggest misconception about you? People always say I look a lot different than how I sound on the radio. If I had a dime for every time I heard, “Oh my! I thought you were a bigger person!”, “I thought you were older.” or my favorite is, “I thought you were dark-skinned!” How exactly do you SOUND dark-skinned! I guess my voice is all about that bass, no treble!
What don’t people get about music when it comes to radio? Ummm… there’s levels to this sh*t. lol
Who do you most admire in the radio industry and why? I admire Howard Stern’s longevity. I admire Wendy Williams’ journey from radio to Hollywood. I admire Angie Martinez’s Power move. I admire my partner Konan’s hustle.
What was the best advice anyone ever gave you? The Golden Rule: Treat everyone with the same level of respect from the janitor to the millionaire celebrity or exec because you never know who you will cross paths with on your way up… or down.
What’s the biggest misconception about women in radio? They all sound alike and are unattractive. I hear that a lot but I have plenty of gorgeous radio sisters all throughout the U.S.
Where do you see urban radio in the next 10-15 years? Still here!
What do you think is wrong, if you do, with hip hop and R&B? Hip Hop is ever evolving, period. I think as artists, we must own the responsibility to lift people through our music. That’s something that most mainstream hip hop music lacks. Many artists flash wealth and good living but don’t rap about ways to spread that good life to other people. Not using their influence to reach youth on a progressive level. The hard part is trying to find balance between entertainment and what’s really happening in our world.
Who do you think is the most under-appreciated artist out there right now? Don Trunk
Who’s in your iPod/radar? T.I. Paperwork album, Sergio Mendes Brasil ‘65, Malik Yusef HOME EP, Ne-Yo f/ Juicy J “She Knows”, Ariana Grande “Love Me Harder”… that’s just this week lol
What do you want your legacy to be? To be the best daughter, mother, sister and friend. That I use my talents to better the world and mankind… and enjoy life!
Biggest regret is…. who knows. I’d drive myself crazy if I dwelled on regrets.
How can people reach out to you?
FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER/IG @JustKiKiBrown
FAN ME ON FACEBOOK @MsKiKiBrown
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