Two years ago, Lakisha Robinson (aka Kilo Kish) was enjoying a falafel in New York City when “some random dude” crossed the street and strode up to her with a look in his eye. “You are going to make something of yourself and it’s going to be awesome,” he told her. “You’re going to be a star.” Robinson quips, “He was probably high on meth,” but whatever he took had psychic side effects. Since then, the Orlando native—who came to New York after accepting a partial scholarship from the Pratt Institute—stumbled into a music career after goofing around in the home studio of her then-roommate, hip-hop producer Smash Simmons. “The whole thing started as a joke,” Robinson says of her musical beginnings.
Her first mixtape caught the attention of Odd Future producers the Internet, who invited Robinson to Los Angeles for a tequila-soaked recording session. The result was her self-released Homeschool EP, a structurally loose scrapbook of abstract melodies and conversational lyrics about the push-pull between past, present, and future lovers. Robinson, who earned a degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology last May while balancing part-time gigs as a model and a server, has vague plans for a proper full-length, and is only now getting used to the idea of an actual recording career. “It’s really funny how things happen,” she says. “Even when you’re not really trying.”