Rap-Up TV: Karmin Gets Kanye Co-Sign, Inspiration from Nicki Minaj

It’s hard not to love Karmin. The swag-pop duo, comprised of Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan, became a viral sensation with their rap-sung covers of popular hip-hop hits including “Look at Me Now” and “6 Foot 7 Foot” before grabbing the attention of L.A. Reid, who signed them to Epic Records.

On the eve of their major label debut Hello, the quirky twosome sat down with Rap-Up TV (on a piano, no less) to discuss how they got into hip-hop, meeting Kanye West, taking inspiration from Nicki Minaj, and their embrace by the hip-hop community.

The engaged couple, who met at Boston’s Berklee College of Music, recalled their encounter with Kanye, who was interested in signing them to G.O.O.D. Music. “Meeting our idol Kanye was surreal,” said Amy, who calls My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy her favorite rap album. “We kinda talked about our songwriting and recording process and it turns out they’re very similar creatively.”

Another superstar they’ve met is Nicki Minaj, whose song “Super Bass” they covered on YouTube with The Roots’ ?uestlove. “I have a huge girl crush on her,” admitted Amy. “She’s one of the people who inspired me to jump into it and start rapping.”

One of the highlights of their career so far has been performing at the 2011 BET Awards. “Amy secretively wants to be a black person,” joked Nick, while his other half added, “Being embraced by the hip-hop community is just priceless.”



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26 Comments

  1. CarlosBonegro

    “It’s hard not to love Karmin” well i dont like them and i find it very easy

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    cma Reply:

    @CarlosBonegro, hahaha, right? I don’t have any trouble not liking them…

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    Ramon Reply:

    @cma, No one cares.

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    Triniti Reply:

    @CarlosBonegro, I hardly think they’re losing any sleep over your preference of artist.

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    CarlosBonegro Reply:

    @Triniti, i never said they do?

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    Randy Reply:

    @Triniti, she never said they should. she was commenting on the story.

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    James Reply:

    @CarlosBonegro, LOL same here.

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  2. Shade

    Damn I really like them but anyone who takes inspiration from Nicki is doomed to fail

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    Treyy Reply:

    @Shade, RIGHT! Because Nicki is failing nowadays! Oh wait…

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  3. briann

    @cma, @CarlosBonegro, what a pair of demented losers you two are. jeez.

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    Morgan Reply:

    @briann, Demented losers who also sound HELLA jealous and bitter.

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    Randy Reply:

    @briann, you guys are the losers. not only that but you are haters. you act like intolerant nazi’s thinking you can you scold people simply because they dont have the same views as yourself. so they dont like them, that’s their opinion and that’s their right. the comment section was made for people to have opinions, not suck everybody’s dick. stop being haters just because you cant handle criticism. if it bothers you that bad stop commenting altogether.

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  4. uhuh

    Yeezy stays winning.

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  5. Wonderland19

    Love these two. fingers crossed their album goes top 5! Very talented :)

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  6. IllerBrown

    Good stuff.. Don’t change

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  7. Sara

    Thanks for sharing this interview! I’m personally very excited for “Hello” and I think their songs are hella catchy.

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  8. Oh Please

    Too Many Fish is my jammmmmm! i love karmin!

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  9. queen beyonce

    i really like them and brokenhearted is my jam lol

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  10. YOYOMA

    KARMIN X G.O.O.D. MUSIC!

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  11. OnikaCarter

    Wow Karmin, i love your personality!!!

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  12. TheDreamer

    WOW…they spoke with Kanye? Good for them.

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  13. Hugh

    They are great people

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  14. plus your Time & lvUb

    what music do they have out now nice for them that they spoke to KW

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  15. bosinova

    We need more artists like karmin! They support others and are inspired by what happening in music. I find this refreshing! Amy style is dope! I love Nick! They seem genuine not like phonies in the biz. Its nice they are not pros. Comes off refreshing and creative. Too many fish is a great track.

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  16. dallas daniel hessler junior

    amy is smokin hot

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  17. John

    Just checked her videos out today she is very talented go white girl it’s your birthday!

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