sKitz Kraven aka (Evan D. Kijek) was born on July 9th 1992 in Madison Wisconsin. Growing up listening and idolizing music, Kraven knew he would one day be an artist. From the age of 4 he started playing the piano, drums, and many other percussion instruments. Getting into music at a young age helped his knowledge with sound. During middle school years Kraven soon fell in love with the rap game. Through high school he started not only falling for the rap game but also the street life that came with it. At the age of 16 Kraven was starting to experience some mental and emotional challenges including addiction and mental illness. Dealing with those roadblocks, Kraven started looking for ways to cope. At 18 he made writing music his therapy. “I would put my pain, anger, excitement, and emotions into all of my writings and turned them into poetry, into a story.” said Kraven. That is when he knew rap was his calling.
After rapping throughout his city, people soon started to see how much talent he truly had. With his violent and cringing lyrics, people couldn’t believe the gruesome and raunchy things he would say. “I always admired the darker side to life and the darker topics, music, and movies most people would always try and avoid”. Horror movies are mainly all I watched growing up and I always wanted to collaborate horror with hip hop but in a mild more modern way”. If you mix Eminem, Lil Wayne, Gucci Mane, and Stephen King with a little bit of Tim Burton, you get me”. said Kraven. As much as the people didn’t want to admit it, they couldn’t ignore his creative and shocking poetic flow. They soon started to follow his every move, copy his trendy “look” and want to be where he was. He was a true leader in his city. Inspired by his fans’ reaction, he realized he needed to pursue his passion further.
At the age of 19, Kraven packed his bags and moved to Los Angeles, California. Now, after living in California for the past 4 years, Kraven has a large fan base and a new sound to his music. He has shared the stage with artists such as Juicy J, Waka Flocka Flame, Ice Cube, Yelawolf, Future, Mickey Avalon, Hopsin, and many others. “His stage presence is out of this world” said Eric Knight who is a club promoter in Orange County, California. When he steps foot in front of the crowd, he makes sure he grabs everyone in the buildings attention. His aggressive, rowdy, and passionate energy truly pulls the entire audience in”. “Performing is my life”. said Kraven. “I can’t tell you how many artists half ass their performances and perform only 3 songs just to get paid. I never understood how an artist can just stand in one place while rapping some of their lyrics and move their hand up and down. That isn’t a performance to me. When I’m on stage, its not only a concert but it’s a movie. I make sure to look every person in the front 2 rows directly in the eyes throughout the entire performance and the ones that aren’t close enough to see my eyes, they will feel the intensity through my music and vibes. You will remember my energy and stage presence for years after. Thats how I come out and perform a show”.