I wish I could say I discovered Cakes da Killa while digging deep in the blogosphere, a late night gem while on youTube. I wish I could say I was personally hand delivered his EP at the office, pressed play and fell in love. But I won’t tell a lie – it was a scientist, a Vassar professor – my boy, who sent the email that winter morning with the subject line that simply read “Have You Heard THIS????”. I pressed play on the soundcloud – again and again and again.
A few weeks later I had the pleasure of spending time with Cakes as he performed a concert at NYU. I didn’t really know what to expect. Would this be a tough interview? Would he be difficult? Was it all a gimmick? I was more than pleased to learn that Cakes da Killa IS a formidable talent, beyond gifted as an artist – the real thing. He blew us all away, everyone in the room, because it wasn’t a gimmick. But there was something more to Cakes … I found out he was incredibly funny and he was honest, he was warm. His friends and his dancers, believed in him and he was there for them too. I have never laughed so much on any shoot, been so happy than I was that evening with him and his crew.
I believe we’ll be hearing a lot from Cakes da Killa in the coming weeks, months – years. The beats are off the hook, the talent is undeniable and it all belongs to a great spirit.
Keep doing your thing, Cakes. You’ve got a friend in the Arcade … always!
Fataah T. Dihaan
For more info on the video, check out our interview with director Ja’Tovia Gary