Rap sensation Kid Seven was born as Kristopher Heckman on November 9, 1983 in Syracuse, New York. From a young age he began listening to Hip Hop artists such as Big L, Tupac, and DMX. Kris still has an abundance of respect for all genres in music; however, he admits hip hop has always been his major influence. This new age of Hip Hop he brings to the table ranges from the influences of Guns N’ Roses to rap legend Nas. His flashy abstract style of hip hop has impacted numerous upcoming artists. Kid Seven has a brilliant style of rugged underground muscle to an edgy mainstream touch.
“I guess the reason I don’t listen to country or old rock is because I was force fed it in my father’s truck or mother’s car …. It drove me crazy” – Kid Seven.
Kris was raised in a poor town outside of Syracuse, New York. He was never into the typical sports most kids are into, although his parents pushed for him to play baseball, basketball, and lacrosse. He was more into extreme activities such as skateboarding, snowboarding, and wake boarding. He got into music at a young age playing the drums for the school band. It didn’t take long for the love of a beat to spark his interest in Hip Hop.
“I don’t know what it is about a beat but when I hear it, my mind tunes out the rest of the world and I want to write” – Kid Seven.
After High School, Kris went to Cayuga Community College in Auburn, NY to focus his love for music by getting his Audio Engineering degree. He never wanted anything else but a career in the music industry. By this time he had already put out two albums and started working on his third while in college.
“I don’t know if I took notes in class or wrote raps, but I did maintain a decent GPA” – Kid Seven.
In May 2005 he graduated from Cayuga Community College and went straight to the music capital of the world…Nashville, TN. He attended Middle Tennessee State University for audio engineering and within four months he was signed by Baldwin Entertainment. Although the label’s main focus was on Taylor Hicks (the winner of American Idol) he learned a lot about Artist Development, Song Writing Development, and Artist Image.
“Nashville taught me a lot; even though it wasn’t my time I proved to myself that I was on my way” – Kid Seven.
He is focused on his career now more than ever. He just released a new album and his representation is taking his career to new heights. Between music videos, photo shoots and interviews with magazines and radio host’s, Kid Seven is now known all over the United States, Trinidad, China and Japan.
“Life’s like a song so take it for what it is and play it out till the end” – Kid Seven.