On Jensen Kirk’s latest single and visual, “Lost In The Sauce,” he spits, “I can’t get lost in the sauce, I gotta get paid when I talk.” You know everything costs, it’s the universal law. They will try to throw you out, but the opposition fault. I came to have it all, because everything I want is expensive.
Hailing from South-Central Los Angeles, Jensen Kirk has been working for a decade, forging his own path in music and fashion while making sure to always keep family first. When describing himself, he says: “I like to say that I am my father’s son and my mother’s child. I would like to start a family in the future.
With the ability to simultaneously rap, sing and write songs, Kirk burst onto the scene with his hit “California Girl”. which hit mainstream radio at the perfect time. Additionally, he had a big moment with the release of “Paper Chaser” featuring Big Sean, which was featured on one of Sean’s mixtapes.
Now, Kirk is unveiling his new project titled VISIONS, an acronym that stands for “Value in Sight is His Next Hit”. The 10-track project is led by lead singles “Baby Bluek” and “Lost In The Sauce.”
AllHipHop: You’re from South Central LA, what was it like growing up?
Jensen Kirk: It is a gift and a curse. We have opportunities, but at the same time a lot of people think it’s easier because you’re in a big city. Sometimes it takes a lot of politics to achieve what you are trying to achieve. There’s a lot of gang interference sometimes, growing up in a community and all that. It’s also a lot of positives, as far as the community is concerned. It had a big effect on me, on my morale. Just giving me a moral and having a bigger picture of what I’m trying to do for real, but I love it. I grew up here, I love it.
AllHipHop: Biggest influences?
Jensen Kirk: I admire artists like Hov, Kanye, 50 Cent, Drake, people who have managed to do it at a high level. The people doing it right now would be Kendrick, Cole, and Drake.
AllHipHop: When did you decide to make music?
Jensen Kirk: I got my break from acting when I had a song with Big Sean called “Paper Chaser” playing on the radio, Power 106 and all that. Once we heard that on the radio, bam! We here. We were supposed to tour, that’s when I knew I was there for real. Then Kanye posted it on his blog at the time, that’s when it was like “ok yeah, we’re here for real”.
AllHipHop: How was “Paper Chaser” with Big Sean born?
Jensen Kirk: I had an A&R at the time who introduced us, and then Sean came into the studio and it was history after that. He heard the song, he said “brother, I have to put a verse on this”. I said “Let’s do it!” After that, it was boom boom boom. Just easy after that. He put a verse on it, I shot it to mix a radio show. Kudos to the DJs who played it for real.
AllHipHop: Is Jensen Kirk your real name?
Jensen Kirk: Mmhmm. With the name thing: at the time, I had the name JK, JK, and all these pseudonyms. I thought man, I gotta go on and use my real name. Because the music I was making at that time added to what I really wanted to see myself going. Once I changed my name, it brought us to where we are today.
AllHipHop: The new EP Visions is out, how do you feel?
Jensen Kirk: Yeah man, Visions. It’s crazy, producing Willie B. He did a lot of stuff with TDE, Kendrick, SchoolBoy Q. Producing Super Miles, he did Wale’s single, Chris Brown. I’m just blessed to be here. We have two singles that debuted, they both made 50K on YouTube. We have 100K on YouTube and all that is a beautiful thing.
AllHipHop: What is the acronym for Visions?
Jensen Kirk: The acronym of Visions is the value in sight is its next success. Going into this project, I was like, “Okay, what do I want to change from the last thing I dropped?” Coming out of the pandemic, doing all this, what do I want to change? Hindsight is 2020, we all have hindsight, right? We don’t want to go back to the past. Insight is now, foresight is where we see ourselves in the future. I took all these views, how can I initiate this in the project? This is where Visions appeared because damn all of these sites are vision. That’s my vision, and I want to put that in the project.
AllHipHop: Which songs mean the most to you?
Jensen Kirk: “Baby Bluek” is the lead single we released. Then “Lost In The Sauce” is the next single. They’re probably the two right now to attract people to the project, to get people to go to Youtube and see all of this. But the one that’s really close to my heart, I’m honest, “Lost In The Sauce”, but I also think “Jumpin out tha Roof”. A lot of people like this song, so we might shoot a video on it.
AllHipHop: What were you doing to record “Lost In The Sauce”?
Jensen Kirk: I just heard a beat for real. Super Miles is a fire producer, so once I heard that beat, it brought out that emotion where “yo, can’t get lost in the sauce.” I have to be paid when I speak, everything costs. But it also brings me back to where I see myself in the future, foresight. “I have to get paid when I speak, everything costs.” This is where I saw myself in the future, in my near future too. Yo, I wanna do these shows. I want to be booked for these shows. I hope to sign a lucrative contract. I really want to be in this s### for real, not just play.
AllHipHop: How is the independent grind?
Jensen Kirk: Independent is cool, but we always seek to be lucrative and achieve financial gain. But also too much, not just at the moment. It’s important to me to have generational richness and everything that Hov and everyone else talks about. Its important to me. How do I set up my family and my next seeds? That’s how I see it, I’m sacrificing that for now. Whereas the people I bring in – not just my family, but the people I employ. How can I help improve their situation?
AllHipHop: You are also a songwriter, can you touch that side of you?
Jensen Kirk: At first, I was in the studio with Rufus Blaq. He did a lot of songs with B2K, Rihanna, a lot of people. I studied a lot with Rufus. As far as collaborations, being in the studio with No ID when I was with Big Sean, and meeting J. Cole in the studio. Just seeing how these people write their music and produce their stuff was huge for me. It brought a lot of confidence in what I was doing to say, “Okay, yeah, this is for real.”
AllHipHop: How would you describe your fashion sense?
Jensen Kirk: In the grand scheme of all of this, I would like to do a collaboration with a fashion brand. I know early on that I was part of the Rhude clothing brand. A lot of people are rocking Rhuge now, and I was one of them early on. Seeing how it developed and formed, for me it was damn good. People love my fashion sense and love what I bring to the table. Being part of the brand or being part of any type of fashion line is important for my future. I f### with this. The aesthetics, the style, Pharrell, what he brought to the game. Kanye, what he brought to the game. I f### with all that s###.
AllHipHop: 3 things you need in the studio?
Jensen Kirk: My engineer Chris Plata is my engineer. I need the vibe to be good, be it beautiful women, good friends, just people with a good vibe. The third thing I need in the studio, water for real. Good water because all that rapping is a lot of chatter. So you have to stay hydrated.
AllHipHop: Are you setting goals as an artist at this stage of your career?
Jensen Kirk: Yes of course, goals for real. I want to be named among the greatest. I really want to be in the game for real. I really want to be part of this s### and not just to play. I really want to be initiated and named among the greats, that’s really my goal, I want to be named among the greats and be financially lucrative in the future. In the near future, these are my goals.
AllHipHop: Do you have anything else to let people know?
Jensen Kirk: The project is out now, Visions. We have two singles, “Baby Bluek” and “Lost In The Sauce”. They do stupid numbers on Youtube. S### I’m trying to do more interviews with Shirley, that’s what I’m trying to do. [laughs]