1. What’s your government name? And how old are you? Give the people a little background about you, who you are, where you from etc…
Wendell Gowie, 22 years old, I’m an aspiring rapper from Baltimore, Maryland who started rapping at the age of 13, but didn’t start taking seriously until 2011. I’ve collected over 1 million views on YouTube and became a YouTube partner mid-September. The city of Baltimore is a tough, drug infested and violent city, but I focus on the positives and don’t rap about murder or trapping. I call myself a “Grown Azz Kid” because I have the mind, body and soul of a man, but I’m a kid at heart.
2. What is the meaning behind your rap name?/Where did it come from and why did you choose it?
Gowie is my last name and as I previously stated, I’m a kid at heart, so I call myself “Da Kid.” When you put those names together, you get “Da Kid Gowie.”
3. How did you get into the game?
I didn’t start taking rap seriously until 2011, so I’ll say I’ve been in the game for 1 year. Although I’m not officially in the game, I’ve met a few big names and basically am looking forward to pursuing my dream of becoming a rapper. I’ve always been a fan of music, especially rap, so I figured I’d give it a try.
4. So why do you rap? Is it like a hobby or a career move?
Rap was one of my main hobbies growing up, although I was terrible at it. It wasn’t until 2011, when I started uploading my solo songs (Previously was in a few rap groups) on YouTube and began getting positive feedback and started to get contacted for collaborations. To be honest, it’s still a hobby, but if it turns into something more, I won’t hesitate to jump on the opportunity.
5. Who inspires you/Who is your favorite rapper?
I’m inspired by many of rappers. Jay-Z, Wiz Khalifa, Big Sean, Wale & Dizzy Wright, to name a couple. I’m inspired by rappers, not only by their talent, but by their actions outside the booth. For example, Big Sean always gives thanks and remains humble although he’s one of the biggest names in new-school rap. Respect, humbleness and remaining drama free can go a long way in the industry. Rap beef is interesting, but it’s not good for business, nor is it necessary. My favorite rapper of ALL-TIME is Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter. Dude is simply amazing and I own hard copies of all his albums.
6. What are you trying to bring to the game?
I’m trying to bring versatility, consciousness and REAL to the game. I’m a fan of just about EVERY genre of music and interested in working with artists in each genre. The industry is getting so lazy with music, that rappers don’t even have to write verses anymore, they just record as they go because either way, cult fans will enjoy it. REAL is the most important, there’s too many rappers who are putting on an image to sell records. What you see with me, is what you get.
7. What’s your favorite song or project you ever came out with?
My favorite song that I’ve ever done is “Miley Cyrus.” If you want to know EXACTLY who Da Kid Gowie is and what I’m hoping for, listen to that track. “Miley Cyrus” is featured on my favorite project, which is my sophomore mixtape, “Grown Azz Kid.”
8. You got any projects coming out in the near future? If so, what are they?
I’m currently debating whether my next project is going to be an EP or mixtape, but I do know that it will be titled, “B-More Like Me.”
And finally where can the people find you at online?