Bio: Yo, what’s up I go by the name KingJust you can follow me @deviou5nation on Twitter, Instagram, and FaceBook or simply just visit my website deviousnation.com . But, anyways I was born in Austin, Texas and I’m 25 years of age. from birth to about 13 years of age I spent my pre-adolescent years with my mother, 1 brother and 3 sisters. My mother being unemployed, we relied on government assistance as far as food stamps, government housing etc. I grew up not having a lot but my siblings and I had the essentials to get by: food, shelter, clothes and school supplies obviously for school. As I grew closer to my teenage years I thought I was “Billy Bad Ass” and turned to the streets which in turn didn’t last long. Although my father was in the picture when it was permitted, he eventually took me under his wing to raise me due to the fact that my mother could not raise a man. What my father brought into my life from 14 years of age and up shed a new light on the darkness that I was dwelling in and gave me a new perspective on life.
What made you want to make music?
I remember to this day I was 5 years old attending Zavala Elementary School I was maybe in kinder going on to 1st grade really can’t recall. (Really doesn’t matter I’m just thinking out loud or better yet thinking while I type this for the reader… HAHA) The school went up to 6th grade, and the 6th graders had the choice to be in band or in orchestra (remember this!!). I remember hearing that morning during announcements on the intercom “Attention to all staff and students, at 13:30 (1:30pm) please be seated in the auditorium for a special performance from our very own Zavala Mustang Orchestra.”
I was excited because at that time I would only listen to classical music in order to sleep. The time rolls around and I remember taking my seat and the auditorium embarked on its journey of silence then the composer announced the orchestra. They played 4 songs before music truly hit me. The composer begins to announce the last song “Thank you everybody, we have one more for you and to the parents in the audience I hope you enjoy this one. The last song we will play is Stand by Me from Ben E. King.” At that moment the old heads roared with cheer and anticipation so at this time I’m at awe in the sense of being lost to why all the parents are cheering so I’m excited. They began the song with the bass section and hearing the notes from the bass vibrate through the auditorium I felt the; authority, intensity, love, peace, sincerity and last but not least l felt the drive and passion to be a musical kind of guy. I told myself at that moment “When I’m a 6th grader I want to play in the orchestra”, I did just that. Then it turned to me listening to Hip-Hop and all I would listen to was Tupac and The Temptations, which lead to me writing and in turn making my first rap song when I turned 14 “Just a Youngsta”. From that one day in elementary you now have what I do today make music.
Who are your top five influences?
From listening to classical music Bach, Mozart, Hofman to listening to The Temptations, Smoky Robinson and all the Motown greats I learned that my inspiration for music came from artists in those specific times. My influence to actually make Hip-Hop/Rap music came from the greats before me who were Hip-Hop’s pioneers and that list could go on forever as you and I both know if you truly call yourself a Hip-Hop fan. Tupac, largely because that’s all I listened to when I started listening to Hip-Hop but other reasons would include his style was brutal when delivering, his work ethic was phenomenal, he really didn’t care about what others thought of him, he was true to himself and most importantly he was genius. Another person I get influence from is hands down B.O.B o’ Mr. Bobby Ray (lol). The reason the reason being is, this dude is one of the most creative artists on the Hip-Hop scene, from his word play to his delivery and like Pac B.o.B simply doesn’t care about what others think of what he does but at the same time he enlightens the listener. The Temptations, would be another influence of mine because no matter I have to be the voice that will produce greatness when I deliver my words, Smoky Robinson would be in the talks with The Temptations. I mean come on how can you not talk about Smoky when talking about The Temptations, as a song writer I appreciate the work Robinson produced but as a one who has an ear for music Smoky was a genius. I want to be sure I keep my work up to that standard of making classic hits just as Smoky, he plays a huge influential role in my music making. Last but not least Hip-Hop I say that because authentic Hip-Hop as in going back to the roots is paramount in going forward so Old School Hip-Hop is another key influence to me.
Are you currently working on any projects?
I’m currently working on a chain of singles which now they’re in the completion stage, I’m also working on a mixtape the name of that will be Authenticity which will encompass nothing but 80’s and 90’s instrumental, after that is completed I will be dropping an album. (There is no name for the album yet.)
When writing a song, is there a routine you go through?
I go through this extended listening phase to instrumentals and then I wait until the beat speaks to me. I pray to the most, high Yah (Psalms 68:4). Yes, it’s the same name of that song on Kendrick Lamar’s album DAMN! I digress, then I start writing sometimes it takes a while because I don’t force what’s not given to me.