B.A.D. Things, Good Album | Meet Kev Rodgers
The Jersey native talks about his album B.A.D. Things, friend zones, and putting on for the $outhside
Jersey native Kev Rodgers was able to make a name for himself to begin the year with the release of his album B.A.D. Things. Supported by impressive singles like “Test Your Luck” and “My Bad,” assisted by fellow Jersey native Ish Williams and recent 300 Entertainment signee Mir Fontane, B.A.D. Things is Kev’s rollercoaster ride through the highs and lows of being a 22-year-old – not only as an aspiring artist, but a human being. He’s transparent with his struggles, from heartbreak, trying to get by and pay bills, and everything else a millennial this day in age may struggle with. The only difference is he decided to put it in his music to help himself cope, and others realize they’re not in it alone.
Q: How did you come up with the title B.A.D. Things?
A: I didn’t have the title at first, but I had the concept. At first I thought “bad things” was too generic, but that’s what was hitting me in my mind. Music is self-explanatory. The acronym shows two sides – beauty and depression. From April to May (2016), thats when everything started to come to fruition. I was going to release it in December, but I added a couple more things like skits and stuff.
Q: Let’s talk about the skits for a bit – explain how they came about.
A: Everything on the project is from a real situation. Pretty much, the record before “Craig You Bms Skit,” that was “Bad 4 Me.” It was about a female that always put me in the friend zone. I wanted to be with her, but she never allowed me to be with her. After “Bad 4 Me,” I was in the bathroom right after the whole situation with the girl and I called Ish (Williams). The skit before that (“Shawty Crib Skit”), I told him I was going to her crib. I was calling him after he was like “yo, don’t call me in the middle of the night saying you need a place to stay” and I did it anyways because that was the type of mind games I was in. “Craig you blowing my stuff” was like “I told you, and you did it anyways.” “My Bad” was me realizing I need to be more of an a**hole and less apologetic about it.
Q: How about the “Acceptance Speech Skit?”
A: It’s like my GARMMYs speech – what I would really wanna say. It was just at that time in the project, I was owning up to everything and I saw some people’s intentions around me and I thank them for it – the good and the bad.
Q: B.A.D. Things ultimately has two sides to it – those bad things, but also the good as well. They’re separate at times during the project, but they also come together at some parts during the album. Was that intentional?
A: Sometimes when you’re in a car, it may be a long ride, not always comfortable, but you have a destination. Sometimes you’ll get to see stuff you’ve never seen before. That was my theme for the whole project. You can’t control all the good, you can’t control all the bad. If you’re basing your career off of that, or your life off of that, you’re going to be in for a long ride – so just enjoy it. Try to ride it, and try to figure out what you’ve got to do as much as possible. That was my goal, to mesh it up, so it becomes something you can’t control. You just have to take the good with the bad.
Q: Emotionally, what was the most difficult song on the project to make?
A: There was one song that didn’t make the project that I was like “wow, it was really hard for me to do that.” As far as on the project, I would say “Bad 4 Me.” It all came from a real place, and I had never touched on that subject before. I was confused, like am I wrong to keep trying or is this the chance? Is this the one? It was weird, I had never touched on it, and it was weird because at the time I was still friends with her. I didn’t make records like that, but I had to.
Q: What’s the feedback been like on B.A.D. Things so far?
A: The feedback has been a blessing. People are still thinking, they’re still listening to it. They want more, but not yet because they’re still enjoying the album.
Q: What’s the fan’s favorite song on B.A.D. Things?
A: The fans said “Way Up” is the one. I like “Way Up” too, I might agree with them on that right now. A close second, it’s tough because it changes, but probably “My Bad.”
Q: What’s your relationship like with Ish Williams and Mir Fontane?
A: Ish and Mir are my brothers. We’ve been doing this since 2013. It’s the best thing to be able to share success with people that saw you at the bottom. I had that beat (for “My Bad”) two days before we made the song. I was going to put it as my last “Mr. Rodgers’ Mondays,” but I needed something for the album. So I sent them two the beat and Ish got back to me around 2 o’clock that morning like “I got a hook, I got an idea for the hook.” Later on that night, we were playing around with beats and Ish was like “put that beat on.” Fontane was already going to be on it, then he added his part on the hook and I was like “I think we got something.” I went in first to do my verse, and Ish’s manager was looking at me – you could feel the tension that something special was happening.
Q: I’m sure it’s competitive recording with those guys – have you all ever had any discussions about who had the best verse?
A: -laughs- We never really actually had that conversion, but it’s a friendly competition. I think I had the best verse, and I’m sure Ish is going to feel like that and I’m sure Mir is going to feel like that – I like it like that.
Q: What’s it like growing up in Jersey?
A: It’s good. Theres not a market here, there’s never really been a market here. There’s no Hollywood status out here. It’s a grind hard (mentality) here.
Q: Why do you feel like it’s so important to put on for Jersey wherever you go?
A: That’s the only thing you have in life – what you bring into the world. It’s what you’re attached to in life. It’s almost like where I’m from is as important as my name is – it’s what I represent. What do you stand for? Why are you here? What’s your impact point? What’s the reason you make music? Or you don’t sleep? Or you’re up ’til 5 a.m. working on beats? It’s exactly for why you just said.
Q: What’s it like being praised for your work by The Source, fans, etc.?
A: It’s crazy. I get to go to a show, it’s 120 people there already just waiting to hear me talk about my life. I’m not up there talking about money I don’t make, girls I don’t f*ck – I’m able to talk about me as a person. Everybody just wants to feel like they’re here. I give my life into my music and for it be received like this, it’s all you can ask for.
Q: What do you want the fans to take away from B.A.D. Things?
A: That Kev Rodgers is human, and he’s here to try to help. I understand “help” is a tricky word because some people want help, but they don’t like the word because they feel vulnerable. My project is a learning tool – general mistakes people make every day. I’m human, I make mistakes like everybody else, but I’m going to grow. It’s personal music, for you to take in and look at your life.
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