An Intimate Interview with Karma


Itz Karma Bold and Beautiful EP Cover

By Kitty Y. Williams
The first time I met the lovely Karma aka The Diva of Hip Hop Blues, I was sitting off to myself observing the scene at the 2012 RedZone Ultimate Music Fest and Awards put on by Fiyaworks Entertainment and friends. There to accept an award along with several other movers and shakers in the independent music scene here in Houston, I remember this very pretty slender lady in pink who came and sat next to me, striking up a conversation out of the blue. I can’t recall everything we discussed but remembered her having a very humble presence and beauty that stood out in the crowded room. Karma was performing that night and unfortunately I ended up missing it due to additional obligations that evening. Upon later discovering that she was the Headliner at Cole’s of Houston for a Valentine’s Day event the following year, my sweetheart and I made a point to go see her LIVE.

It’s always refreshing to see a beautiful woman holding it down across multiple genres with a strong voice, energetic stage presence and classy sex appeal in an industry full of desperate individuals who are not always up to par on their craft. Karma opened up her set with a snazzy and sassy little piece called “I LIKED IT”, an ode to the Bad Boys in our lives and the ups and downs that come with them. We all went crazy hootin and hollering when she started singing her rendition of “MISS CELIE’S BLUES” (watch her tribute video on YouTube) which took us all back, considering The Color Purple had just celebrated its 30 year anniversary that September 2012. Before the Entertainer had to run off and perform at another venue, the event organizer Jazzy Red requested Karma do her hit “COME HOLLA @ ME”; just a little ode to haters who like to run their mouths about nothing. Once again, we were all Jamming right along with her.

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Fast forward to January 2015… Karma has been so busy ripping and running, touring and performing that we are just now blessed with the opportunity to learn about her music and journey on a more intimate level.

The INDIEgator: Where are you from?

Itz Karma: I am from a small town called Liberty, TX.

The INDIEgator: Is there any special reason you call yourself Karma?

Itz Karma: My name has a lot of meaning. I’m not perfect and have put out good and bad… But there was a point in my life when I decided that my focus was to do good and right. Once I began to control my Karma by my actions, I began to see blessings flow; I found out what peace was and it’s just so damn good!

The INDIEgator: At what age did you first realize you wanted to become a musical performer?

Itz Karma: I have known all of my life. My friends from high school still come up to me and say, “I remember you singing on the back of the bus.”  Just the other day I ran into this guy I

had a crush on in high school and he said “I remember you always rapping and singing.

The INDIEgator: Did you have any memorable performances as a child that you would like to share?

Itz Karma: A middle school talent show, “The Lady T’s” Stand Up!  We were in the 7th or 8th grade and were killing it. My stage name back then was ‘MC Playa’.

The INDIEgator: Ahhh ok. So were you influenced by any particular MCs and Artists growing up?

Itz Karma: When it came to me rapping, it had to be MC Lyte… Singing it was Whitney Houston hands down. Though as I began to mature in the industry I started running into incredible Singers, Musicians and Rappers. Some of my friends are more of an influence to me than most, because I see behind the scenes with them. They all have hearts of gold!

The INDIEgator: How would you describe your music in one sentence?

Itz Karma: My music will massage your SOUL!

The INDIEgator: One of my favorite music videos from you is “MISS CELIE’S BLUES (SISTER)” in 2012, in honor of the 30th Anniversary for film The Color Purple. Share with us in brief how your team came to put that together and how you felt when it was all said and done.

Itz Karma: I recorded that song years prior to recording the video. I’ve had several offers from Videographers to recreate the scene. However, I’ve always said I wanted to do that video in the back yard at my mom’s house in her juke joint. So I called out the community, friends, family, etc., even my biological father showed up. My mom was in the kitchen frying chicken for everyone and when we were not filming, we were having a great time. My Makeup Artist was mad because the DJ kept playing “Drop It Like It’s Hot” music.

The INDIEgator: Lol. Sounds like a party. In terms of newer projects, what was the inspiration behind the music on your 2014 EP Bold and Beautiful?

Itz Karma: My life. Everyone will find that I’m having a good time in life right now. I’m in a good place. It helped me to make good records!

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About the author

Kitty Y. Williams
Since moving to Houston, CEO Kitty Y. Williams (MissKittyTV Networks, LLC) has brought positive media exposure to Entertainers, Business Owners, Authors, Filmmakers, Community Leaders and other unique individuals Worldwide. Beginning with MissKittyTV in 2006, she filmed exclusive interviews, showcases, web cam episodes and events around the city, sharing with the world via YouTube. In 2007 she started her Kitty Williams LIVE radio broadcast on BlogTalkRadio, interviewing guests and showcasing music from several independent entertainers. (Read More on LinkedIn)

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