Meet Kennedy Newsome, Digital Marketing Representative
What was the first record you fell in love with?
“Let Me Love You” by Mario! It’s been my favorite song since I was 4. I love the message, the vocals, and the video. Truly a masterpiece.
What is the most important thing about your work at RCA?
I’m able to connect audiences to music that deserves to be championed. In this new digital age, artists being present digitally is extremely important and also competitive. In my position, I can help artists fill in the blanks and come out on top.
What was a critical moment in music history for you?
Even though this is waaaay before my time, I believe the days of NWA and Public Enemy are critical moments for rap and hip hop. Music has always been an agent for social change and in its adolescence, hip hop seemed to be missing something to get others on board. Once NWA and Public Enemy began to make clear social messages, the importance of hip hop became clear— to speak for marginalized groups of people who are otherwise voiceless. Hip hop and rap also allowed for everyday folks to understand politics and injustice in a way that doesn’t require an extensive vocabulary or knowledge which is extremely revolutionary. Today, artists continue to use their platforms to mobilize their fans and it’s a beautiful thing.