Members of Emory’s Black community carry many exceptional talents and abilities. From masterful spoken word poets to self made vehicles to national champions, Black students are known to illuminate this campus’ spirit creative vision and resilience. So, it is not surprising that we have yet another artist maintaining the standard of magic. Nkosi Cave, a junior in the college who goes by “Kos” is an excellent musical lyricist and producer. Born in Covington, Georgia with Trinidadian roots, Kos was surrounded by wonderful musical influences, crediting the genres of Neo Soul, Reggae, and Soca as contributors to his passion for music. As a result, he grew an interest in poetry and began writing poems in the second grade as a hobby. But like many artists, he didn't take it seriously until he endured some dark times.
Hardship taught Kos to see the safe space, resiliency, freedom, and beauty in music; there is power to create joy and happiness in the most dismal circumstances. Initially, he created music for himself, using it as an avenue to escape hardship, but later he began to spread his music to others and share the healing and happiness. During his junior and senior year, Kos really honed in on his passion to perform and produce music. He began a collective with his friends called ‘Nappy Royalty’ which at the least is nothing more than a mic in a closet, but alone it is not reflective the depth of his love for music.
Kos’ passion for verses and low led him to Emory. Once he got here, he recognized a need for an artistic outlet. So, he gathered many artists on campus and helped found Free Thought Poetry, now known as Free Thought, as a space for artistic creation. “I wouldn't say Emory as an institution has a bunch of resources to help me do what it is that I do,” Kos said in the interview. Kos even mentioned how the resources available like Emory’s Music Studio is limited to those who take certain classes rather than open to the rest of the Emory community. Because of this, Kos has plans to open up more artistic spaces on campus.
Though a lyricist, he dabbles in the production of music, loves to paint in his free time, knows how to sew, how to do screen prints and even customize clothes. Kos has plans of exploring the fashion industry with the the revamping of the Ethics and Arts Society, which provided a space for those with an interest in fashion when he was a Freshman. Currently, Kos is working on a new release that debuts around the turn of the year. With his new collective, Bassmint, Kos has complete faith that he and his “homies” are about to “shut the whole music industry shit down” with their unique sound and musical talent. Kos wants us to know that his “is more than what he seems and has more in store.” If you listen to his music you’ll see. You can catch his newest single “All For” on Soundcloud and follow his twitter and instagram @Whoiskos.
Shoutouts: Bassmint fresh, Zye, Matt, boregard, ocean
By: Aaron Campbell, Staff Writer