Karmin Takes Inspiration from Lauryn Hill, Kanye West


Fresh off the release of their debut single “Crash Your Party,” YouTube sensation Karmin shared which hip-hop artists have inspired them. “As far as rappers go, first is going to be Lauryn Hill,” Amy told MTV Buzzworthy. “Hearing her Miseducation album basically changed my life and got me into rapping. And then more recently I would have to say Missy Elliott, Eve, and Nicki Minaj.”

The hip-pop duo, whose debut album is due next year on Epic Records, also expressed their desire to work with another one of their inspirations. “I think the one I’m looking forward to the most would probably be Kanye West,” revealed Amy. “I think he kinda inspired us to even start doing this hip-hop thing more aggressively, his [My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy] album really inspired us.”

Nick chimed in with his list of favorite rappers. “Of course the Jay-Zs, the Drakes, the Lil Waynes,” he added, while eyeing a collaboration with Busta Rhymes and Nicki Minaj.

Karmin has racked up millions of views on YouTube with their covers of Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj, and Eminem, but don’t expect to see them take on a Whitney Houston song anytime soon. “Have you ever seen a really good Whitney Houston cover?” asked Amy. “I don’t know if I have.”

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  1. myke

    i love them!


  2. Yeezy & HOV

    my beautiful dark twisted fantasy is the best album EVA,all-time,just after those albums of michael.kanye is a genius


  3. chris

    lame n twisted.whatever haters


  4. ThankMeLater

    love them!


  5. Fa

    He needs my number desperately!


  6. danika

    She is very smart not to attempt to cover whitney. Whitney’s unique tone makes it very difficult for anyone to truly, truly cover her well


  7. Orlando

    This is gonna b ah bas asz album with them 2, and mostly likely the first new white gurl & boi group to do a hip-hop/rap/urban/R&B album 2 have sum swagu flava in it.


  8. Lykke

    I don’t know…I just don’t see anything spectacular about THEIR music. That first single is like Kidz Bop. I mean…sure it was cool to see this chick rapping Busta’s part on Look At Me Now, but beyond that….the swirl in her hair is cool too I guess…

    Oh and +1 for praising My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. That’s a solid CD.

    Best of luck to them, but they need to up the quality of their OWN music.


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  10. Amanda

    karmin rules- so cool and inventive! check out “crash your party” on spotify– just listened to it and it’s so good!


  11. Emma

    I love these two! Check out their video of the first time they heard their song on the radio…it’s adorable!


  12. kevincorcoranjr

    This couple is truly an inspiration. I had the very special pleasure of meeting them about a month ago in New York and they are the sweetest, most kind-hearted people I’ve ever met. For them, it’s not about the fame, the fortune, the celebrity, or the perks… it’s simply all about the music. Seeing the video of them on youtube reacting to the first time they heard their song on the radio gave me goosebumps and chills… i absolutely adore them!


  13. Bmusic21

    These two are amazing. Every cover or music they release is simply perfect. When you listen to them you can tell how much they love what they are doing. Listen to them on Spotify and check them on on their site.


  14. Adecmr

    Love Karmin! Their new song “Crash Your Party” is soo fun!


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