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Countdown To HipHopDX At SXSW: Killumantii

Atlanta’s Killumantii has made a name for herself through the power social media. At just 18 years old, Killumantii’s freestyles and colorful personality have helped her building following more than 1.3 million fans on Instagram. Killumanti credits her popularity to just simply being herself and releasing relatable songs, such as her singles “Undercover Pressure” and “Rules.” Killumantii’s rising popularity has recently taken her career in the rap industry to a whole new level after landing a deal with the Atlanta-based label Generation Now. With a label behind her, she’s currently working on her debut mixtape.

HipHopDX got the chance to speak to hear ahead DX’s Rap Rising showcase at SXSW to learn more about the up-and-coming artist.

HipHopDX: Have you performed at SXSW before? 

Killumanti: This is my first time.

What are you most excited about performing at the festival?

People hearing my new stuff and people that don’t really know me, because you know people that know you they like everything you release. I can get authentic feedback from the people that don’t know, so I can know how good my music is.

Do you plan on watching other performances? 

I really don’t know who’s performing, but I wanna watch all them to see the different styles

What’s been the best and/or worst part preparing for the performances?
The best part is learning what I can do better and seeing my self actually remember to do all the moves. The worst part is the repetitiveness it but that just goes with practice.

There are thousands artists performing at SXSW. Why should people come and see you?

Because I can really rap. I feel like my music is really good. I feel like people don’t put time into their lyrics as much as I do, and people don’t have as good a vocabulary as I do.

What was your first show outside your hometown and what was the best memory it?

I haven’t had one yet. SXSW will be my first show.

What’s one unique fact that you want your fans to know about you?

I was named after Aaliyah.

Check out Killumanti at DX’s Rap Rising showcase at SXSW on March 16 at The Parish.