Nia Kay, the cool cat on the mic, is known for spitting fire in tracks like “Real” and “Extra.” This Chicago-born rapper has music in her blood, thanks to a family that's a musical powerhouse. It may be unknown to most of her fans that Nia was signed to a modeling agency at the ripe old age of 2, but guess what? Music and dance stole her heart later on. She can be considered a prodigy, dropping her first music video at 10 and setting the rap scene ablaze.
Today, this shouldn’t be surprising, with young guns like That Girl Lay Lay making waves in the music industry. Nia's been in the game since her debut on The Rap Game, staying true to her craft and catching the attention of big names like Dreezy and Cardi B. Here is more about her musical journey, collaborations, and aspirations.
Nia Kay’s Musical Journey
Nia Kay started grooving to the beats early on, rocking dance and instrument classes. At age 10, she dropped her first track, but the real buzz kicked in when she appeared on the second season of Jermaine Dupri and rap icon Queen Latifah’s The Rap Game. At just 14, Nia blew minds with her sick rap skills, nailing hooks and bars like a seasoned pro. And get this, she never stumbled on a single lyric—now, that's a boss move.
Mixing Beats and Dreams
The Rap Game turbocharged Nia's rap career, putting her on the fast track to success. By 16, she was touring, scoring collaborations with heavy hitters like Dreezy and snagging a recording contract from none other than Cardi B, the “Bodak Yellow” sensation.
Beyond the beats, Nia's out to redefine rap and be the change the industry craves. This singer-actor doesn't just drop rhymes; she tackles real issues using her music to address HIV, rape, and Diabetes? While Nia was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes as a kid, she's turned it into a positive force and considers it the reason she recognized her strength to succeed.
In a Rolling Out interview dated 2016, Nia talked about some of her dreams, revealing that she is greatly inspired by Queen Latifah, whom she met on the show.
“I like lady Leshurr because she created her world, and she is positive. She has messages in all of her songs, and there is no cursing,” the 14-year-old at the time said.
Nia Kay is Changing Rap
For a while, rap music has been synonymous with violence, sexual activities, drugs, and wannabes— things Kay regards as “bull.” “I don’t want to talk about the violence and all of that going on in Chicago. I want to help change people’s mindsets.” The rapper has managed to stay true to herself and use her music to talk about HIV, rape, Diabetes, and other topics. She says people do not have to experience these things to speak about them because they seek encouragement regardless of where it comes from.