So Much Loss
Natural disasters can downright devastating. With each region having their own type thats most common, hurricanes, tornadoes, tsunamis, and wildfires send shockwaves throughout communities with increasing regularity. Just as the north has snow storms and the south has hurricanes, the west has wildfires.
The recent brush fires in Southern California — which have displaced 38 thousand residents and burned over 50 thousand acres of Ventura land — has everyone banding together to help locals get back on their feet. However, some things lost in the fires can’t be replaced.
Hitting one of hip-hop’s own, the SoCal fire took out Kyle’s childhood home. Alongside hundreds of others posting about the devastations, the “iSpy” artist uploaded a string of photos of the fire and its aftermath on Instagram. “Just saw the house I grew up in in ashes.. this is so hard to watch. Such a beautiful city with so many amazing people who’s lives have been devastated by this fire,” he began in a lengthy caption.
Donations & Prayers
The star went on to say that his neighborhood was not the only one that felt a loss, as “so many more [people] have lost everything.” He then took the time to commend the Ventura county fire department, who “has been working incredibly hard to save the city.”
The Ventura native called for everyone to assist each other before saying that he himself would be making calls for help as well. He promised to put forth efforts to “rebuild the homes and lives” of locals who can’t help themselves right now before asking for prayers.
“Text UWVC to 41444 and 100% of donations go directly to those affected by the fire,” he ended the heartfelt post.
Kyle’s calls for help will surely be answered, as his platform and reach has grown tremendously since the release of “iSpy.” The single made its way to the Billboard Hot 100 in literally no time, rocketing Kyle onto the map.
“I’m not even gonna lie, I played Jadakiss ‘We Gon’ Make It’ and shed a thug tear,” the star said during an interview with Billboard, sharing his reaction to the song doing so well. “And was like ‘Damn. Me and all my homies did it.’ Jesus shed a thug tear, too.”
The catchy track — which added Kyle to the short list of artists who have seen a No. 1 single on the Billboard rap charts — sent the “Nothing 2 Lose” rapper through a year of award shows and packed performances. The 24-year-old performed at 2017’s Teen Choice Awards and VMAs. He also graced the Jimmy Kimmel Live! stage.
“I feel like I’m ready to wake up at any second. Like, this sh-t has been phenomenal, and it just happened so unexpectedly. It all feels like, ‘Damn. All this great stuff is happening this year, why?'” he said.
Kyle’s debut album is highly anticipated, to say the least. With the release of “Nothing 2 Lose” right behind “iSpy,” he proved that his talents reach both ends of the spectrum.
“There’s some like up-beat s–t, then there’s some R&B s–t, and then there’s some real life s–t, you know? I gotta show people both sides,” he told Billboard. The artist said he wanted to make sure he touches both feel-good and slow beats “because every person has both.”
Though, overall, the album will be something to get listeners through a hard time. “This album is kind of a step-by-step instructional guideline of how I overcame my depression, and how you can overcome yours, if you just listen to my story and hear my experiences,” he said during an interview with HotNewHipHop.
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