Welcome back, let's join LaSuria Kandi Allman in another episode of The Hot Seat as she interviews Jimmy Kang Vice President of Wu-Tang Management.
Jimmy Kang is a music producer and manager known for hip-hop who is currently a vice president for Wu-Tang Management and is operating Protect Ya Neck Records.Originally from Seoul, Korea and raised in Los Angeles, Kang later moved to Massachusetts to pursuit a hockey career playing for the Boston Junior Bruins which would later spawn into a transition to the music industry while going to college at Worcester State University. Jimmy is known for his perceptive business skills and being able to adapt to his surroundings regardless of the environment. His first introduction to the music industry came through Krumbsnatcha (an artist), who is affiliated with legendary rap group Gang Starr.
After learning the ropes of the underground scene in 2001 Kang would go on to develop STR8UP Entertainment in Worcester, Massachusetts while helping Gang Starr Foundation member Krumb Snatcha create his record label, W.O.L.V.E.S. Entertainment, and produced the albums Krumb Snatcha Classics and Hate Me More.
He signed Special Teamz Edo.G, Jaysaun and Slaine to his own label, Str8Up Entertainment and released the group's first album, The Mixtape. His label released the hit "Main Event" produced by DJ Premier off the group's album Stereotypez. After earning 7 awards at the ‘MIC Awards’, (5 for slaine, one for the best group, and best single). Jimmy was then offered a project from WPE Music distributed by Universal which would then give him an introduction to the corporate side of the industry. From this Jimmy gained respect as an innovator within the New England hip hop market. In 2006 Kang was named one of "26 in 2006" people under 40 to watch by Pulse magazine in Worcester. Kang gained acclaim for bringing special events to the venues of Worcester. He also managed Club Red 1888, Canal Lounge, Voodoo Night Club, Club Universe, Octaine, Seven, and Keikos.
Kang was hired as a vice president for Wu Tang Management in 2009 and helped open up PYN records and Wu-World Radio for the world to hear. He currently operates Wu-Tang Management & Protect Ya Neck Records signing artist to the label and management.
While Jimmy was a promoter and a club owner he has set up shows with artists such as 50 cent, T.I., Freeway, G unit, and Rocka Fella, Neo and many more.
Jimmy Kang is currently managing Cappadonna, Junior Reid, Spliff Star/Flipmode Squad, Mossburg/Murder Inc., Dizzy Dizasta, Krumb Snatcha, Young Dirty Bastard (YDB), Rich Gates/BSM, Dame Luchiano/BSM, Coke Boy Brock, Breje, Scott Isbell, Alex Fatt, Block McCloud, Tattoo aka Chris Fontes, Chi-King, Murder League All Stars, Mia Cappra, Federal District, and Nymrod.
Kandi. What city/state did you grow up in?
Jimmy. Korea, Los Angeles California
Kandi. Tell me a few things about yourself?
Jimmy. I am from Korea, I ran night clubs and now I'm the Vice President of Wu-Tang Management
Kandi. You are the Vice President of Wu-Tang Management what do you do?
Kandi. How long have you been in the music industry?
Jimmy. 14 yrs
Kandi. Now you know I want the scoop on Ole Dirty Bastard. What type of person was he? Before he past away was he working on any hits? If so when will they be released?
Jimmy. Unique, giving all the time. He was working on a lot of stuff before he past. I do not know if it will be released.
Kandi. What artists are you working with now?
Jimmy. Legend, Spliff Starr, Mosberg, Alex Scott, Mia Cap
Kandi. Who was the first artist you signed?
Jimmy. Crumb snatcher
Kandi. Do your artists have any projects/shows/Videos and Album releases coming up?
Jimmy. Junior Reed Living Legend
Kandi. What is it like working with The Wu Tang Clan ?
Jimmy. Great, These are grown men, with their own identities, Businessmen, creativeness, and know what they want.
Kandi. Are there any challenges that you have dealt with in the music industry?
Jimmy. I have invested a lot of money. But I have kept it moving.
Kandi. You have been in the music industry for a while. What was the strangest or funniest thing you ever heard or saw?
Jimmy. We are talking about the industry you wouldn't believe the things I saw ..lol
Kandi. What motivates you?
Jimmy. Everyday, Music, this is what I want to do.
Kandi. Who have your artist collaborated with?
Jimmy. Junior Reed Lil Wayne, Waka Flocka, Swiss beats.
Kandi. Being of apart of Wu Tang management is there any artists that your company would like to collaborate with?
Jimmy. Yes, Junior Reed with Nicki Minaj/Rihanna and Cappadonna and Naz.
Kandi. What are your goals with Wu Tang management/ Protect Ya Neck records in the future?
Kandi. So everyone can follow you, what are all the social media sites you are on?
Jimmy. Fb, Instagram, Twitter
Kandi. Who do you think is the hypest female rapper in the game?
Jimmy. Nicki Minaj and Remy Ma
Kandi. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Jimmy. Further in the game
Kandi. Is the Wu looking for new artists? If so how can they contact you?
Jimmy. Yes, Always Jsk@wutangmanagement.com
Kandi. I would love to do a face to face interview with you and the whole entire Wu-Tang clan can you make that happen for me?
Kandi. Are you interested in movie producing?
Kandi. What advice do you give to young men today who are suffering from injustices?
Jimmy. Never give up
Kandi. Are you a Democrat or Republican? and Who will you be voting for?
Kandi. I would like to thank you for this very powerful interview. I look forward to future interviews with you. Much Success in all of your endeavors. God bless.
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Interviewer LaSuria Kandi Allman
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