Keynes Woods: The truth

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The Canadian rapper with the stand out flow

With new rappers, mixtapes and SoundCloud links appearing on a daily basis, the crop of musicians with actual promise are often forced to share the proverbial spotlight with far inferior talents. It is in this climate that Keynes Woods has began to hone his skills, and he is quick to make it clear that he is not to be confused with the fakes. “The most challenging thing would be trying to convince people that I’m not just another rapper,” He says. “There’s so many of us and it’s hard to stand out.” With that being said, Keynes’ diverse catalogue of tracks and his natural, in the pocket flow, is helping him to do just that.

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“I’d hate to box myself into one style because I like to be versatile”

Keynes unique upbringing resulted in him experiencing two entirely different cultures, which has undoubtedly played into his musical sound. “I grew up with my dad and my two older siblings in DR Congo for 8 years before moving to Ottawa Canada where I spent most of my life living with my mom,” He says. “My parents aren’t separated, but due to work they lived in different countries.” Keynes knew he wanted to rap, but his early efforts were often stifled by his mother, who would shut down his freestyle sessions, opting instead for him to take lessons in piano.

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“I’m really hoping to be able to go on my first tour before the end of this year”

Woods has a diverse approach to his music, stating: “I’d hate to box myself into one style because I like to be versatile, but I mostly like making Mellow hype music. I feel like my sound is really chill but it has some jump to it.” His lyrical dexterity is displayed in songs such as “Kirikou” in which he raps “Still in school, don’t mean I can’t rap it means I’m competent/ Back up plan, don’t confuse that with a lack of confidence”. Lines such as this tell us that Keynes knows his worth and trust in his talent to get him there.

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“I also want to make one major hit but I’m sure that’ll come with time”

Keynes hopes to continue to use his talent to separate himself from the pack, continue to do paid shows and more. “I’m really hoping to be able to go on my first tour before the end of this year, that’d be a dream come true,” He says. “I also want to make one major hit but I’m sure that’ll come with time.” Ahh yes, in time the cream will rise to the top, which is right where Keynes Woods belongs.

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