Artist: Kali Kiya
Years Active: 2015 - Present
Label: CME ~ M2M/SMG
Rakiya Y. Jackson, the lyrically explosive, new, upcoming artist known as "KaliKiya,” is a Rapper/Poet who was born on October 18, 1991 in Pasadena, California. Later to spend most of her teenage years in Mobile, AL, which lead her to Closet Music Entertainment (CME).
Growing up she had many musical influences that her father would play. From Cameo to Grand Master Flash to Slick Rick to Left Eye, and her biggest influence, 2Pac.
KaliKiya began writing poetry at the age of 6. The older she got, she realized this was more than just a pastime. This was her divine talent, her God given gift. Hence her name Rakiya Yaminah, meaning, "Sent by God.”
She graduated from high school in 2010 & later attended Penn Foster College, to attain a teaching degree. With a true love for children, she began teaching three, four, and five year olds from 2010 to 2013.
KaliKiya began her career as a Hip-Hop artist, in January 2015 and signed with CME (Closet Music Ent.), a sub-label under record label Metal 2 Music/SMG (M2M/SMG). Her stage name is a nickname given to her by her high school peers. "Kali" in reference to being a California Native and Kiya, the shortened version of her first name, Rakiya.
Her first and second singles, entitled "Made It" ft. rapper Yung Fallen Angel and "The Break Through" also ft. Yung Fallen Angel, both dropped in January 2015. KaliKiya is also featured on “Don’t Act Like Dat,” with label mate Eisha E.
Expect her highly anticipated first mixtape, entitled "Poetic Ambition," to be released in mid - February 2015, on the M2M/SMG label, sure to be a captivating and expressive experience to your listening ears.