What's up guys?
Hannah here with
Mister Kenny Hamilton.
A new guest for Think Tank.
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Now, that's enough of me talking.
Let's get to you, Kenny.
You're a new guest on Think Tank.
>> How does it feel so far?
>> It feels great.
>> Do I smell?
>> It's, no.
Everything just smells like roses.
>> But OutKast said
roses smell like boo-boo.
>> [LAUGH] >> No,
everything is great.
It's great energy.
I'm just honored that you would
allow me to even share this.
>> I'm honored that you're here.
There's so much honor in this
>> There is a lot of honor.
>> I feel like, there really is.
Guys, you probably have seen Kenny
on the main show,
on The Young Turks, but
he is also an all around good guy.
He is a brand influencer,
a marketing expert, and
he's also a music artist manager.
So I wanted to introduce you guys
to him before we start throwing out
clips with his face in them.
So tell me a little bit about
your journey, because unfortunately
you and I got off on the wrong
foot when we first met.
Well- >> He has,
in his Twitter bio, @kennyhamilton,
says he likes the Tar Heels.
I love the Tar Heels.
I am a Tar Heel.
I bleed Carolina blue.
No, so, originally from
I grew up in a suburb called
>> And just from my young
upbringing of me developing
into the man that I am today,
my travels have taken
me from school to the military and
the Navy to be exacting,
got out the Navy, started a radio
career and was working in that and
my best friend found a pop artist
that got insanely successful, and
we started touring with that,
which brought me to LA.
>> Mm-hm. >> And I was running
tours and working with
an incredible team for a long time.
And now I'm just kind of branched
out on my own.
I call myself the Jerry McGuire
of the entertainment world.
>> So, I'm not trying to be
the richest person in the world.
It's all about
treating people well and good
quality things that we put out.
So, last year I produced Punk'd
that we put on BET.
>> So, I've done some stuff on
the TV, film side.
I've done some
stuff on the music side.
And that's just the big passion.
And I love talking, so,
I started in radio, so
why not talk.
>> Talk more,
I like hearing you talk so far.
>> Talk to you, talk to them,
talk to anybody.
>> So far, we'll see how the rest
of shoot goes but right now I'm
enjoying hearing you talk.
So you started in college,
you went into the Navy.
>> Then you started your radio
show, okay, in Atlanta.
>> So talk me through how you
took that and sort of branched out
into having basically your hands in
every single pot.
>> Well, I used radio, so, kind of,
back story a little bit.
When I was in high school I went to
this summer school, prep school.
>> Okay. >> Outside of Boston
called Phillips Academy.
>> So, while I was at Phillips,
they were always playing East Coast
music and I was from the South, and
I was huge into OutKast and
Goodie Mob, and a lot of the music,
and at that time I felt like
the South was being slighted,
and no one paying attention to us.
So, I ended up having a radio show
college I had a radio show, so
I loved playing music and playing
stuff that I liked to listen to.
>> Right. >> So when I got out of
the military, I started interning
in radio but my passion was to be
a music agent, a music manager,
I wasn't exactly sure.
I looked up to Diddy,
to Russell Simmons.
>> To people like that.
So, I wanted to be in that world.
So, I thought that if I had
knowledge in a radio capacity, that
that would give me an upper hand
into getting into the business.
>> Right. And so,
how long were you a radio host
before you basically lived out
your dream and did music managing?
[LAUGH] >> I started radio in 2004
so we started kind of, I really got
my feet wet probably in '08, '09.
>> So it took you four
to five years just to turn it into
this amazing creature that you
always wanted to be.
>> I mean, we got lucky.
>> I hate when people say that.
>> No, we did.
>> Hard work.
>> I mean, it was definitely hard
work but it's also being part of
an incredible team.
>> A lot of people always wants to
be the person in charge but
not everyone always wants to be
that great team player.
And I was the good sixth man,
or the guy in the starting five
that would be an integral part into
And I embraced that role and did
the best that I could in that role.
>> Amazing, and now you're doing
all these crazy things, which are
all really interesting and awesome.
But I'm kind of interested in what
you told me before we started
filming, that you're into Kung Fu.
Let's talk about that.
>> [LAUGH] >> [LAUGH] Cuz that's
So how did you get into Kung Fu?
>> I started martial arts when I
was about six, seven years old.
>> Wow. >> And off and
on as kids kind of go until your
parents put it in and then,
I think, between 10, 11, 12,
I was really into Taekwondo.
So I jumped into that.
I was doing little tournaments here
and there and I got,
I won third place.
I'll never forget that kick to the
gut took me out of second place.
I remember getting my trophy, and
I was like, aw, that's awesome.
>> A literal kick to the gut.
[LAUGH] >> It was very hard, yeah.
It put me down for a minute.
I almost threw up.
>> Yeah, yeah.
>> But yeah, so,
I grew up idolizing Bruce Lee and
watching old school,
black and white Kung Fu movies and
things like that.
I love the Asian culture,
this whole tattoo on my arm is all
dedicated to the Asian culture.
>> Wow. >> So, the crane is a type
of style of Kung Fu,
a Shaolin type and everything else,
it just kinda goes up to here.
>> Cool. >> But it's just one
of the things that I love.
We all have that basketball or
sports and things, and
my thing is martial arts.
>> Very cool.
Well, I'm so excited for
you to be here.
I think we have an awesome show for
>> Clearly, you can see Kenny is
very interesting to listen to, so
we will get his insight onto all of
the fun topics that
we have coming up.
Thanks for tuning in and
leave your comments for
Kenny below in the comments.
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You got this, you're already
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All right, guys, thank you.