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Catching up with Dr. Kevin “Khao” Cates was no small fete. The multi-platinum, Grammy nominated super producer is on the go. “Kevin “Khao” Cates is an entrepreneur, philanthropist and music producer.

 

Khao, a native of Montgomery, Alabama, is also the same multi-platinum, Grammy nominated producer, who lives by the motto, “Don’t just be successful, be significant!”

With over 30 million combined records sold, Khao has revolutionized the sound of Hip-Hop music by producing sounds and melodies that cross various genres of music.

He has also positioned himself as a major player in the music industry, while maintaining full control of his production and publishing.

In 2008 Khao took time off from music to create Bridge DA Gap. Bridge DA Gap is a 501c3 non-profit organization that combines hip hop music, education and mentoring to reach students and teach life skills applicable in today’s socially challenged environment. Bridge DA Gap has been implemented in schools across the United States as well as in the Bahamas.”  (www.bridgedagap.com)

Q. How do you balance your home life with so many projects?


A. One minute at a time. I wear many different hats between being a father and husband, producer and running my companies.  What works best for me is dividing things into time slots. Also, I don’t sleep very much. I travel across the country for Bridge DA Gap, but when I’m home I try to make sure I’m there when the kids get out of school. My wife and I work as a team.  

Q. What is a moment that stands out in working with the Youth in the Bridge the Gap Program?

A. The program is now 10-years old. There are youth that have gone through the program that have now graduated from college with master’s degrees. One mentee named Tanisha who obtained her master has come back to work with the program. The moment that stands out the most is a performance at a High School in Allen Town, PA. The principle came up to me and requested that we perform a song called “I Wanna Live”. We don’t usually perform this song as a part of our set. As we took the stage, they walked a student down and set her in the front row. She rushed the up after our performance sobbing I wanna live! She told me earlier that day she had tried to commit suicide on campus. She said that song change her life. She is now doing well. Moments as those more than make it all worth the sacrifice.

Q. It’s New Year and people are making resolution or following mantras. Do you have any resolutions or mantras? Like I always mention.


A. My father had a conversation with me at the height of my producing career. He said it’s nice to be successful, but are you being significant? That statement lead me on a mission to benefit others and leave a legacy. It’s funny how you step out on faith and it often brings you full circle. 


Q. I know you are working on several projects. What’s coming up in 2019?


A. The biggest project is the Album dropping mid-January named “Bad Brain Forever”. Now you might ask where I came up with that name. Bad Brain is a Black band that are the originators of Punk Rock back in the 70’s. Very few people know that Blacks created Punk Rock. I was introduced to them by a friend. The leader of the band asked me could I produce a project that merged Hip Hop and Punk Rock. Bad Brain Forever is the result. There are 60 artists on 16 song. I’m talking major artists.
I also scored the film Canal Street which is a Sony Picture filmed it is also being release in January. We are expanding Koolriculum into Kentucky and LA. We have a full plate for 2019.

 

Q. It’s New Year and people are making resolutions or following mantras. Do you have any resolutions or mantras? 

A. My father had a conversation with me at the height of my producing career. He said it’s nice to be successful, but are you being significant? That statement led me on a mission to benefit others and leave a legacy. It’s funny how you step out on faith and it often brings you full circle.

Q. I know you are working on several projects. What’s coming up in 2019?

A. The biggest project is the Album dropping mid-January named “Bad Brain Forever”. Now you might ask where I came up with that name. Bad Brain is a Black band that are the originators of Punk Rock back in the 70’s. Very few people know that Blacks created Punk Rock. I was introduced to them by a friend. The leader of the band asked me could I produce a project that merged Hip Hop and Punk Rock. Bad Brain Forever is the result. There are 60 artists on 16 song. I’m talking major artists. I got my Quincy Jones hat on for this one.

I also scored the film Canal Street which is a Sony Picture filmed it is also being release in January. We are expanding Koolriculum into Kentucky and LA. We have a full plate for 2019.

Dr. Kevin “Khao” Cates

Combining

Hip Hop &

Education