Chop-Up: Kid Ink talks Full Speed, his hoops skills, when he'd knuckle-up with Pacquiao and more

Chop-Up: Kid Ink talks Full Speed, his hoops skills, when he'd knuckle-up with Pacquiao and more

Celeb Chop-Up

Chop-Up: Kid Ink talks Full Speed, his hoops skills, when he'd knuckle-up with Pacquiao and more


Kid Ink isn't just delivering hit songs he's also got game on the court. / Steven Taylor

Kid Ink isn’t just delivering hit songs he’s also got game on the court. / Steven Taylor

Kid Ink’s hit single Show Me may have torched the Billboard charts but back in the day he had a whole different way of showing and torching.

“I was pretty nice on the court,” Kid Ink said matter-of-factly. “My jumper was probably the best part of my game. I’m definitely not the guy who’s driving the lane and dunking.”


“I didn’t really like playing contact sports,” Kid Ink said with a laugh. “I think that’s why my jumper got so good!”

I caught up with Kid Ink to chop-it-up about everything from his dominance on the blacktop to his new album Full Speed to under which circumstances he’d agree to hop into the ring with Manny Pacquiao…

Yes, really.

Jason Jordan: I always like to hear about the sports backgrounds and experiences of all of my guests on the Celeb Chop-Up; I know you went to Fairfax High School in L.A., did you play sports there?

Kid Ink: I did; I played football when I went to Hamilton High School and I played basketball at the park and things like that. I wasn’t a kid that had the best grades so I wasn’t able to tryout for the team when it was time for that.

JJ: Were you nice or just eh?

KI: (Laughs) Well, I felt like I was pretty nice. I wasn’t bad, I was probably that guy that’d get picked around third or so at the park.

JJ: Third is a good pick. Fairfax is actually ranked No. 3 in the country right now so you must be proud.

KI: Yeah no doubt; we were always going to the city championship every year that I was there, but Westchester beat us every time. I remember when LeBron James beat us bad too!

JJ: You’d say hoops was your best sport?

KI: Yeah I didn’t really like contact sports; even in basketball I’m not the guy who’s driving into the lane. I dribble, break ankles and take the shot. I was flashy! One time in football they made me the running back on the scout team and I got hit so hard I flipped and fell on the water sprinklers and everything. That was a bad look.

JJ: Since you’re Kid “Ink” I’ve gotta ask how many tattoos you’ve got?

KI: (Laughs) Right. I honestly lost count around 25 or 26 due to just not being able to keep up with random tats. I was getting them everywhere in random places. I definitely plan to get more though. I’m trying to fill up the dome.

JJ: Let’s go random; what fast food restaurant has the best burgers?

KI: It’s a tie between In-N-Out and Fat Burger.

JJ: When you play Paper, Rock, Scissors which object typically gets you the win?

JE: (Laughs) Rock. That’s like the one where you can cheat easiest too because rock leads into the scissors!

JJ: What was your worst pre-fame job?

KI: Parking lot security… Without a flashlight.

JJ: What do yellow traffic lights mean to you guys?

KI: Speed up, hit the gas and watch out for red lights.

JJ: What movie absolutely deserves another installment?

KI: The Conjuring. I know they did Annabelle, but I want to see a sequel for The Conjuring.

JJ: If you’d 100 percent get away with it which crime would you commit?

KI: Ooh that’s a good one! Carjacking. I’d steal a Lambo and go full speed!

JJ: Choose one: 12 rounds against Manny Pacquiao or Floyd Mayweather.

KI: (Laughs) Oh man that’s tough, but I’ve gotta go with Pacquiao because he got knocked out that one time. But, yeah, I’d love to see that fight, they’re both great but I can’t say the boy Floyd!

JJ: What current fad would you love to see die-off?

KI: Maybe doing the Nae-Nae.

JJ: What sitcom intro song do you know every word to?

KI: Fresh Prince of Bel-Air; that’s a good one.

JJ: What was your worst childhood punishment?

KI: My mom would hide the game system controllers and leaving the system. We’d just have to sit there and look at it, but we couldn’t play it.

JJ: Unfortunately you’ve found yourself in the Witness Protection Program, what’s your cover name going to be?

KI: (Laughs) Cody Lean!

JJ: What random fact can you just reel off to me right now?

KI: When you say “break a leg” that originated from people saying to raise the curtain. The curtain was the leg they were talking about.

JJ: Interesting. Talk or text?

KI: Text; it gives you a chance to think about what you’re gonna say.

JJ: Blindfolded can you tell the difference between Pepsi and Coke?

KI: (Laughs) I can; I hate both because they’re both bad for you. Pepsi is sweeter.

JJ: We’ve got your new album Full Speed, which dropped last week so congrats on that; talk about the album and talk about what fans can expect.

KI: The first album was My Own Lane and that was really me feeling like I needed to prove to labels and fans that I could do it. There was a lot of pressure then, but now I have a lot more confidence in where I’m at and where I’m going. I’m just attacking it Full Speed. It’s a lot of me being myself and not feeling like I have anything to prove; I’m just being creative. We’ve got Migos, Usher and Tinashe are on a song together, DeJ Loaf, R. Kelly, Chris Brown, Young Thug and Bricc Baby. I just try and keep it different on this album. I always try and make projects that everyone can relate to on some level and I definitely feel like there are four singles that will speak to different people. I think the fans will like it.

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