Kayoz has his eye on the Fortune.

Kayoz has his eye on the Fortune.

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Che of The Town in Rochester works for actor Che Holloway

You first met Che in Rochester works for actor Che Holloway, an impromptu interview and amble through the Neighborhood of the Arts.

An aspiring and successful actor, Che is deeply immersed in the Rochester cultural scene. So much so, we’ve named him Che of The Town!

Exclusively for Talker, Che has solicited and is conducting interviews from about 50 Rochestarians working in a diversity of creative fields.

For the full series, see Che of The Town: Interviews (1-19)

Kayoz has his eye on the Fortune.

I recently had a chance to sit down with a rising, talented untitledmusician/lyricist/music producer by the name of Kayoz Fortune. I asked a series of questions to delve more into the psyche of this impressive artist; through my research I discovered he has a very strong artistic background. Despite growing up in one of the most impoverished neighborhoods on the eastern side of the city, he pushed forward and didn’t let anything stop him from accomplishing his goals. In his most recent work, “Worth a Fortune,” the debut mixtape, he focuses on displaying to the world his chops through an array of unique musical styles.

Here is what we discussed.

Q. What Kind of music can fans expect to hear on this album?

A. It’s a mix of hip hop, street bangers and pain acquired as it relates to my life.

Q. Why do you think fans would connect with this mixtape?

A. Emotionally, everyone can reltae to some of the things I talk about on this mixtape, whether it’s chasing your dreams or losing a best friend tragically.”# 5 cropped

Q. What rappers rappers have influenced you as an artist?

A. Well, you have J. Cole, Fabolous, Jadakiss, Young Jeezy, Chinx and many other artists with those similar backgrounds.

Q. What are your thoughts on collaboration?

A. I see myself collaborating locally because I feel we definitely have a lot of talent to offer. I also want to collab with artists of diverse genres.

Q. What are your thoughts on signing with “Big Labels?

A. I’m not really focused on signing with labels because me and my team The Belvedere Boys, have our own independent label. When we begin working with other labels I want there to be a business partnership.

Q. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

A. I see myself being a leader. A leader in my city. A leader within my community and a leader amongst the industry as a whole.# 3

Q. What advice would you give upcoming artists in rap?

A. Don’t let anything or anyone come in between you and your dreams. Always seek knowledge. Think outside of the box. Never forget where you came from.# 2 cropped

Q. What would you like your audience to know about you?

A. I’m determined, hungry, crazy cool and wayyy laid back. I’m about my business and my family.

To follow along in Kayoz Fortune’s journey, follow his social media;

Twitter- @KayoztheFortune
Instagram- @KayoztheFortune
Soundcloud- @KayoztheFortune


Che of The Town: Interviews (1-107)

About The Author


Welcome to Talker of the Town! My name is David Kramer. I have a Ph.D in English and teach at Keuka College. I am a former and still active Fellow at the Nazareth College Center for Public History and a Storyteller in Residence at the SmallMatters Institute. Over the years, I have taught at Monroe Community College, the Rochester Institute of Technology and St. John Fisher College. I have published numerous Guest Essays, Letters, Book Reviews and Opinion pieces in The New York Times, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the Buffalo News, the Rochester Patriot, the Providence Journal, the Providence Business News, the Brown Alumni Magazine, the New London Day, the Boston Herald, the Messenger Post Newspapers, the Wedge, the Empty Closet, the CITY, Lake Affect Magazine and Brighton Connections. My poetry appears in The Criterion: An International Journal in English and Rundenalia and my academic writing in War, Literature and the Arts and Twentieth Century Literary Criticism. Starting in February 2013, I wrote for three Democratic and Chronicle  blogs, "Make City Schools Better," "Unite Rochester," and the "Editorial Board." When my tenure at the D & C  ended, I wanted to continue conversations first begun there. And start new ones.  So we created this new space, Talker of the Town, where all are invited to join. I don’t like to say these posts are “mine.” Very few of them are the sole product of my sometimes overheated imagination. Instead, I call them partnerships and collaborations. Or as they say in education, “peer group work.” Talker of the Town might better be Talkers of the Town. The blog won’t thrive without your leads, text, pictures, ideas, facebook shares, tweets, comments and criticisms.


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