[Q&A] Keffa Filters Through His Breakups with ‘Victimless Crimes’

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By Alissa Arunarsirakul // July 7, 2020

Toronto may have given us Drake, but it’s also where Keffa proudly calls home. The rising singer, rapper, producer, and songwriter has been working tirelessly on building his career, and now he’s ready to unleash his fantastic new EP, Victimless Crimes. Having been through his fair share of breakups, Keffa flawlessly channels these moments of heartbreak into Victimless Crimes.

On Victimless Crimes, Keffa shared,

“My new EP, ‘Victimless Crimes,’ is inspired by a long series of failed relationships, and an appreciation for the mundane and melancholic moments.”

To celebrate the release of his new music, we recently chatted with Keffa about heartbreak, skydiving, and of course, Victimless Crimes.

HH: What does the name Keffa mean to you?

K: Keffa is short for Keffaleng. It was a name given to me by my grandmother, [and] it means to be repaid. She lost her only son when he was 17, I was the first boy born into that side of the family hence the name. Keffaleng; God Repaid me.

HH: Can you describe the creative process behind Victimless Crimes?

K: I just took my time and tried staying in a pocket throughout the whole process without getting too experimental like I usually do. 

HH: Victimless Crimes, as a whole, makes light of heartbreak. What’s your advice for people who are currently going through breakups?

K: My advice is to embrace your emotions, it’s better to cry it out than keep things bottled up.

HH: “Twenty Four Days” and “Disconnect” embody two very different soundscapes. What inspires your eclectic sonics? 

K: Honestly, my inspo playlist on shuffle ahaha. 

HH: Were there any tracks that didn’t make the cut for Victimless Crimes

K: Yeah, there were a lot of songs that were supposed to be on the album that didn’t make the cut because they weren’t where I liked them and just needed more time or just didn’t fit the vibe.

HH: “You got one life, make it worth two.” What are some things on your bucket list? 

K: Skydiving. 

HH: If you could turn back time and write any hit song, which would it be?

K: I wouldn’t.

HH: What are your three hidden hits?

K: “Chicken Tender” by Dominic Fike 
“cz” by Mk.gee 
“Count Me Out” by Chiiild

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