Who IS K. SOAKIN?
Friends, fans and followers of Khiari Swift aka K. Soakin are rallying behind the rapper, performer, and entrepreneur, who is acquiring a large fan base each day with his hot current single, titled, “My Diamonds”. From the video’s opening minute, Soakin is literally being famous with his unique big man style.
You’ll definitely hear his confidence in the song’s infectious hook:
A perfect party track, the song is currently rising in YouTube views, and is one of many highlights from Soakin’s debut album via his own label, Basha Records. Soakin is already preparing for a second single, titled “Body Move.” Crafting his debut album, Soakin worked with Atlanta-based producers Will A Fool and XL Eagle, and Bay Area producer De-La & Marc Garvy. He also collaborated with fellow rising hip-hop star Lil Baby on a track, “Go Up.”
K. Soakin hails from the city of San Francisco, and grew up watching his dad, Kwanza, manage artists . “It was a learning experience for me,” says Soakin. “I was always in the studio watching the process, but at the time my focus was on playing basketball (at Antelope Valley College/Los Angeles), at least until I tore my ACL.”
Soakin’s untimely injury led him to his other passion, which was music. He initially took on the name of K. Wet, which was in reference to his proficient splashy shooting as a basketball player. It evolved into K. Soakin, and he’s ran with the name ever since. “Next, I started recording music with my cousin,” Soakin recalls. “We even performed some of our songs at various shows. Once people took to them, I knew we had something special here.” Soakin wasted no time in pursuit of his recording career, in 2015-16, he started releasing songs like “On Me,” and the radio ready “Girl What’s Your Name,” tracks that can be found on YouTube.
In delivering his new sound, Soakin is influenced by the very places he’s lived, whether it’s the more laid back vibes of the Bay Area and Los Angeles, or from the popular sounds currently coming out of Atlanta. Soakin grew up listening to all types of music, but cites artists like Kevin Gates and Ty Dollar $ign among his many influences.
With a new album and more singles to come, Soakin is preparing to go on the road as well. He’s already been a part of some major shows, like the Winter Fest at the Stockton Arena in Stockton, California (featuring Ginuwine, Jagged Edge), the DAB Tour (as one of the openers for Migos), and 2017’s SXSW Conference, where he performed several sets.
Soakin is primed and ready to take on all that’s coming his way. “My goal is simply to go to the top, and stay there for as long as I can,” he says. “I can do it too. I’m just gonna stay focused!”