Imitation is Suicide

Kenna – Land 2 Air Chronicles: Imitation is Suicide II – Chapter 3

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“We’re listening to Kenna’s new album, Imitation Is Suicide – Chapter 3! Good stuff. Have you heard it yet?” – MTV Act

The final chapter of Kenna’s 3 part EP series, ‘Land 2 Air Chronicles II: Imitation is Suicide’ is co-produced by RJD2 and available now worldwide! Go get it!



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“LOVE IS STILL ALIVE” KENNA [OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO]

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Kenna_LoveIsStillAliveGrammy nominated artist Kenna drops his music video for “Love is Still Alive”, the second single from his EP series “Imitation Suicide”. The black and white video is sensual and simple with a modern touch of color. Kenna’s sultry voice brings sexy back to the Dim Mak roster and to the music industry itself. Justin Timberlake says “Kenna is what the World needs to hear, they just don’t know it yet”. Kenna’s creation is a genre blurring blend of R&B, funk and electronic that is refreshing and calming to the ears. The entire three part EP series was written, produced and created by Kenna who is already a busy man with his roles as a GAP model, Chief Vision Director of the new Myspace and philanthropist. Kenna was one of many celebrities who was featured on MTV as they climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in efforts to bring awareness for the global water crisis. Stay tuned for EP part 3 out December 3rd, check out the behind the scenes video, and his sit down interview with Steve Aoki via his Aoki Files series below.

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Making of “Love Is Still Alive”

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Aoki Files w/ Kenna

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This man, nor this project, should be slept on… Kenna ‘Land 2 Air Chronicles II: Imitation Is Suicide’

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“On ‘Love Is Still Alive,’ (taken from Imitation is Suicide EP series), the longtime friend of Pharell and Chad Hugo opines for love in an Emerson-inspired, harmony-soaked, haunting electronic forest, all produced by the singer himself. Were it not so solid on its own, the temptation to pull apart that vocal track and remix the hell out of ‘Love Is Still Alive’ would be hard to resist.” – BILLBOARD.COM

“Over some funky production from Chad Hugo of The Neptunes, Kenna channels a quirky Talking Heads vibe for ‘Relations,’…” – PIGEONS AND PLANES
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In this day and age, it’s harder and harder to find great minds with progressive, forward-thinking ideas, especially in certain areas within the music industry, where shock value has a higher price tag than raw talent. So when someone like Kenna comes along, you should sit up and pay attention because you are not going to want to miss what he is bringing to the table. Ethiopian-born and Los Angeles-wise, Kenna is a philosophizing producer who approaches life and music with massive energy and passion, saying in an interview with WILD Magazine, “At a certain point you realize that God and the universe have conspired to give you all the tools and relationships to build the world you want to live in, and the success you feel is your purpose in life.” With a mindset like that, it’s no wonder Kenna has critics raving and fans of multiple genres taking notice of this Grammy-nominated artist on a mission. But what good is a load of talent if it’s not being used to call attention to a cause greater than one’s self? As a pioneer of the global clean water issue, Kenna devotes his time, resources, and status to make people more aware of the issue at hand and what to do about it. Sheesh! Does the guy ever sleep? Let’s recap: brilliant, endlessly talented, generous, and an activist? Time to look around, people, because Kenna is taking over.

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“If you’re on the prowl for some deep bass and grind-hungry ladies, then look no further than Grammy-nominated artist Kenna’s new video for ‘Relations (An Ode to You and Me).'” – VIBE

“The EP offering features only three tracks, but that does not deplete the quality throughout the new and intriguing project. Released via Dim Mak, electronic-inspired production is a common theme throughout the short compilation…” – HYPETRAK

“Kenna’s one of those artists with his fingers in so many different fields that it’s hard to believe that he’s just one dude with two arms.” – KARMA LOOP
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With his most recent and ambitious project, the “Imitation Is Suicide” three-part EP series, Kenna brings a plethora of genres under one roof with vastly different influences and inspirations.  “For me, this EP is about art and the influences that help shape my perspectives,” said Kenna“You can definitely hear the Rick James, The Cure and David Byrne influences, but you will also see the Buggles, David Lynch, Hitchcock and Warhol references as well. I know they say imitation is flattery, but without acknowledging your influences I think ‘Imitation is Suicide.’ Inevitably,” Kenna stated in an interview with hiphopsite.com. With ample singles to be pouring from “Imitation Is Suicide,” music blogs all across the board are absolutely amped. DJbooth.net says “the project will pack all the funky electronic grooves and memorable melodies we’ve come to expect from the currently-unsigned musical innovator,” while the music lovers over at stupiddope.com are saying “the EP is a rather dope collection of all new material from the singer/songwriter and producer, showing off his range, his vocal abilities and his influences.” Just type Kenna into your preferred search engine and watch the rave reviews roll in from hip-hop fans to house fans to just straight up music lovers; it’s becoming increasingly clear that Kenna has earned his way into our hearts and our speakers for very good reasons indeed.

♬ Out Now: Kenna – Imitation Is Suicide – Chapter 2

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Grammy Award®-nominated artist Kenna drops Chapter 2 of his Imitation Is Suicide series today! The title track off Chapter 2, “Love Is Still Alive,” premiered exclusively on Complex last week. Yesterday, Wonderland gave fans a sneak peek of the entire EP, which features the eerie electro-pop groove track “Long Gone,” along with the smooth, soul-relaxing song “Heaviness.

The first chapter of this EP series was released in September, with the title track “Relations.”  Chapter 2 is fully written, produced and created by Kenna.

Inspired by Ralph Waldo Emerson’s essay “Self-Reliance,” Imitation Is Suicide is a unique three-part movement of EP’s with a brilliant mix of multiple genres spotlighting alternative, funk, R&B, rock, and hip-hop meshed with electronic and an encyclopedic knowledge of pop melodies.

Follow Kenna on Twitter: @OKKenna

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♬ Out Now: Kenna – Land 2 Air Chronicles II: Imitation is Suicide – Chapter 1

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Land 2 Air Chronicles II is the second part of Kenna’s three EP series based on the Emerson essay Self-Reliance.  On this second installment, Imitation is Suicide, Kenna is stating the clear influences in his work to help define a musical compass while giving credit where credit is due.  
 

Kenna stated, “Music icons like David Byrne and Rick James inspired Imitation is Suicide.  I think posing as an ‘original’ without acknowledging your influences is like killing yourself.  The chapters and art of this EP speak to those influences all while hopefully dancing between sonics and genres.”



Imitation Is Suicide (chapter one of three) is produced by Chad Hugo of the Neptunes/N.E.R.D. and Kenna.

Check out the Billboard premiere of the lyric music video for “Relations”!
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