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After riding with the same crew for nearly 15 years, Kutt Calhoun knew he needed to make a change. It was late 2014 when he decided that his time with Tech N9ne’s Strange Music — the company he helped build into an independent powerhouse — had run its course. The Kansas City rapper decided it was time to step out on his own to launch his new record label Black Gold Entertainment. The creation of BGE would allow Calhoun to establish himself as a star in his own right.

With his high-powered Kuttin Loose EP, Kutt Calhoun achieves all that and more, literally and figuratively. "I’m cutting loose from the label I was with,” Kutt Calhoun explains. "I’m starting on my own and getting out on my own. I’m also cutting loose from where I was. It’s one big pun. My name just so happens to be Kutt, so it all ties in together.”

Kutt Calhoun addresses his Strange Music departure on Kuttin Loose selection “On My Own.” On the forceful, reflective cut, the Kansas City Chief raps about what went down with his former recording home.

“I stuck around because there was a bigger picture involved, bigger than me, supposedly bigger than Strange, bigger than Tech,” he reveals. "That keeps you around and that’s motivation to be like, ‘I’m not even going to trip on this. I’m just going to man up and play my position because later on, it’s going to be better. I did that for quite sometime to where it came to a point last year to where I felt like if I stayed there, it felt like it was going to continue to be like the way that it was, that I was going to be stagnant, sitting still and not progressing. That’s when I realized it was time for me to make my own move.”

Kuttin Loose shows that Kutt Calhoun made the right choice. He showcases his story-telling and social awareness on the searing “Handz Up [Shut Shit Down].” The song arrives in the wake of the recent spate of unwarranted attacks on young black males by law enforcement officials.

“I haven’t heard anything out there like my song or that’s said the way that I’m saying it,” Kutt Calhoun says. “I’ve been holding on to that song and stuff continues to happen, unarmed kids are still getting killed by police. There’s the stuff in Baltimore and the situations in Los Angeles. There’s stuff that’s going on that’s going to keep my song relevant. It’s what was put on my heart to write.”

Going forward, Kutt Calhoun turns his focus towards his opinion of modern music. With “State Ov Emerge N See,” he warns that rap has become oversaturated with simplistic material and the immoral perception of what fashion should be for our youth. He then partners with fellow Missouri rhymer Tali Blanco for the hard-hitting “Shooting Gallery.”

Kuttin Loose also finds Kutt Calhoun having a good time. On the boast-heavy “On Fleek,” he teams with KC female rapper Infinity for an all-out brag session. “I don’t talk about having money, material things and etc. often because there’s too much more going on in my life, but I do have the right to talk about it. Therefore, I just wanted to have fun. This is the time to let loose."

After working with Tech N9ne since the late 1990s, Kutt Calhoun released his first album, B.L.E.V.E. (short for Boiling Liquid Expanding Vicious Explosion, the term for the hottest temperature possible), in 2004. It included the well-received selections “Bring Da Flames” and “To Whom It May Concern” and established Kutt Calhoun as one of the Midwest’s most promising artists.

Three albums and two EPs later, Kutt Calhoun has performed at hundreds of shows in front of hundreds of thousands of fans around the world. He has developed his own legion of fans and ardent supporters, ones who have made Kuttin Loose a project people are clamoring for.

“The anticipation for this Kuttin Loose EP is bigger than any other projects I’ve had on Strange,” he says. “I think that’s due to the situation of me not being there. Now fans are finding out I’ve got my own label now and that this is my first solo release. They already love my artistic craft, which makes the anticipation that much more intense. It all just worked out perfect.”

One listen to Kuttin Loose and you’ll agree.


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