Real Talk w/ Jim Hurdle

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Talk about your recent experiences on stage specifically opening up for Danny Brown and Action Bronson.

           
Opening up for Danny Brown was awesome. I love that whole “Turn Up” kind of atmosphere! My music fits right along those lines so for me & my DJ Tittahbyte, It was a Blast!! We both rocked for both Major acts but I myself had a lil bit harder time at the Action Bronson show. Feeling a bit under the weather, having such a stressful day, & making last minute changes in my set left me not as happy with my performance at the end of the show. I still received praises after my set from the crowd & promoters but I guess I will always be my worst critic. I felt like I didn’t leave my heart out on the stage. When I perform & wanna rap my ass off & give the best show I could give. That night I didn’t feel like I did that. Shows like that pump me up for the next ones though. It makes me mad that I didn’t kill it like I wanted to & how I know I could have. Can’t kill em all I guess, but the next one I’m gonna leave in a full body cast for sure. Getting to be an opening act for BAMP Projects & RVCA is amazing. They put on the best shows in Hawaii. It definitely gives us local artists great opportunities so huge mahalo to them for giving us that avenue.

What examples can you give me that show the sacrifices you make to do hip hop?
     
    When I think about the sacrifices I have made to be where I am at it kinda gets me choked up. I feel most won’t ever get the whole story from me & this interview isn’t gonna want my book long response for this question either. For those that know where I grew up, how I grew up, & to be here doing music now, know how much was sacrificed to make this happen. I could’ve been anything, yet I chose to pursue the hardest dream ever. 11 years invested & I’m still doing it. 11 years alone is a huge sacrifice, after 2 years of doing something it isn’t a hobby anymore, this is for real. I’ve lost connections with friends & family because I get so caught up in chasing this dream of mine. Sleepless nights, long hours & endless days of trying to create something from nothing. All I know is I hope it brings me something at the end of it all, even if it’s just a smile on my face. Regret is something I would never feel for chasing something I love. That is something I will pass on to my daughter & make sure she understands that. Love More, Hate Less, Give Your All, Dream Big, & Believe In Yourself!

You put in enough time and effort there will sure to be a reward. Talk about the rewards you have received from the hardwork you put in to hip hop?
         
I’ve gotten to open up for numerous major acts, a lot actually when I start to think about it. I even flew out to Cali to open up for Bambu & Blue Scholars. I just opened up for Danny Brown & 2 weeks later Action Bronson since 2014 has started. From also opening up for legends like Nas & Dead Prez, those kinds of rewards are the ones us up & coming artists dream of. I got beats sent in to major artists for hopeful placements & have made contacts with directors of A&Rs for Atlantic & Interscope. Even if nothing comes from it, the fact that people know of us out here in Hawaii now, people that call shots in the industry know of our scene, our movement. That alone is a huge reward not only for me but for all of us here in Hawaii’s hip-hop scene. I am very proud to be a part of that & to contribute in any way I can.

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Did you retire the “Pro” moniker or is that your producer alias? When and why did you decide to go by Jim Hurdle?

           
I ended my alias “Pro” mainly because when people would ask who I was & how to look me up they would google “Pro” and they would get the most random searches & it would never lead people to my music. Not to mention there are already artists & producer’s that go by the alias “Pro”. So I figured there can’t be another “Jim Hurdle” trynna rap & make beats right?! Surprisingly there are a lot of “Jim Hurdle’s” lucky for me, none of them rap or make beats too! Alias names are cool but I felt like people needed to know who I am & what I am capable of doing. So now it’s just me, Jim Hurdle “Mr. This What a Hit Sounds Like”.

Talk about your worst moments in hip hop and how you got through it.

         
   Worst moment in hip-hop for me & probably K-Luv too lol, it was when we almost had our EP done which was originally going be a full length album. My external hard drive crashed & I loss everything we worked on, GONE!! Only a few tracks that were spared were the ones that I had sent out via email (which were mostly rough mixes) which then turned the project into an EP instead. My heart broke lol it was such a sad moment that I can barely chuckle about now, the wounds cut deep lol. We made it thru & like everything bad in life, we see them as learning & growth opportunities. Look at us now, We still “Rollin”.

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What is more important to you constructive criticism or genuine praise?

          
  For the most part I stay pretty humble. It’s just how I was raised. I do get more praises than criticism but both never get me feeling any kind of way. I politely listen & say thank you, but quickly forget about it or brush it off. Both can alter ones thinking so I try my best to not let any of it get to me or my head, positive or negative. I think it’s most important to not let any of it affect your thinking or creative approach. No one believes in you like you do, so most people may not understand it at first anyway.

Not including the present, when was the most exciting time in Hip hop for you?
          
  I would say about 6-7 years back, when Tropics was the spot to hang out. Bones would be hosting the Hip-Hop @ The Trops events. DJ Revise would be cutting it up behind the tables. Kwali & Ill Hill, Perfect Median, K & Mox them would be in a cypher. Prie & I were just starting to collaborate (back in myspace days) & Me & Jerm were trynna show the local hip-hop scene how dope we were/are. Back then we weren’t accepted at first (Jerm & I) the scene looked at us like straight outsiders & curious as to why we were there. Low & behold eventually the scene came around & realized that we weren’t leaving & that we were gonna be here doing our music, like it or not. The persistence, our talent, & the head nod approval of some of the scenes most respected is what started our acceptance out here. It definitely didn’t come over night, this has been a working progress for years now. It was such a great moment in time though, for myself & for the scene I feel like.

How important has chopping it up and learning from artists, djs and hip hop lifers over the age of 30 been to your mindset and appreciation for hardwork?

          
To be honest I don’t converse much with older hip-hop heads. A lot of times I feel like they cherish the old times too much & it’s hard for them to accept the new music or sounds now. Not taking away from our history & the sound that we tend to love more, it’s just that what our generation is making now, old heads consider it to just be noise. Funny because that is the same thing people thought of them & their music back in their times. Life always comes full circle & things will always make its way back around, we just gotta embrace what is going on NOW because it’s all gonna change real soon. But I really appreciate our OG guys like DJ Jimmy Taco, & his grind that he has been on for years. He has seen all the changes & growth from our scene & the industry. I hope to still be around and still involved in music like him & still have that passion after seeing so much change thru the years.    

Back in the day, big shows would feature the same two or three artists opening up for every show. Things have changed a bit in that regard where more artists are getting the opportunity to shine on the big stage. It’s definitely good for the culture. What are your thoughts?

        
    To be honest the scene is still like that. I just so happen to be making my way into that “lil bubble” so to say. Everywhere you go in the world it’s like this though, Hawaii isn’t exempt from it. Most the time the promoters or people that put these big events together don’t have a clue of who is who in the scene or what it has to offer. Majority of the time they couldn’t name 3 local hip-hop artists if you asked them. All they know is business & money & they got a major act coming out to perform & are in need of an opening act. I have been very fortunate to rock with guys like K-Luv & Prie, those two brothers alone have put me in positions to open up for major acts. They got my foot in the door & got these promoters familiar with me & my work. As much as I wish it was my talent or work ethics that got me those opportunities it wasn’t. I owe that to those brothers. At the same time though, they opened those doors for me because they know how talented I am & how hard I work. My objective though is to open up doors for others, just like they were opened for me. I am a man of my word when it comes to things like that, everyone that works with me knows. If I make it, WE make it! I’m a package deal.

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Explain your approach and mindset before you go on stage, during and what you feel after?

         
   As long as I been doing this I still get the craziest butterflies before I go on. I don’t think you can ever shed that feeling. Once I hit that stage, my heart drops right when the beat does, then its GAME time!!! I literally zone out & lose myself in that moment. Out of nowhere my confidence just sky rockets & I feel untouchable. Like a champion. It sounds funny but it’s true. When I get on stage, give it my all, get off & immediately get praises from the crowd, it really puts all of this into perspective. All the hard work & sacrifice leads you to moments like this. I get off stage & I thank God for it all.

Where is your favorite place to write and record?

        
    In my studio, late night/early morning, after a drink or two, smoking some goody, in the dark, just the glow from my monitor & the blinking lights from my recording equipment always sets me in the perfect creative vibe. That’s the beauty of having your own studio or creative spot. Just so happen mine is on the next floor of my apartments that I live at.

Upcoming Projects. Plugs. Shout outs.

          
  Im slowly working on my next solo project “Southen Aloha 2” and myself & DJ Anrky are putting together a collaborative project that is all produced by both of us. We been working out of Blue Planet Sound in Kalihi where he actually manages. Klarke & I plan to do a follow up project after such great response from his “just Klarke” album. The  return of Jim&Jerm coming soon too. Im also doing a lot of mixing & mastering for some local artist in the scene as well as making sure my beats are getting around. You may not always hear my voice but I guarantee you my music is getting around one way or another. I just recently did some work with I.A. & Jordan T so it not just Hip-Hop I’m making out here. I got my bases covered & I’m still expanding & thinking outside of the box. I wanna make a rock/Indie type project to test my skills as a producer as well. I’m always looking for ways to bring something different. I wanna send a Big shout out to my brothers. Prie, I’m so proud of you & all your accomplishments. K-Luv, keep getting it bulleh, Miss you, I’ll see you soon! Klarke, get back home so we can get back to cookin #GripShit!! My brother Jerm, We the best bro, never forget that! Shout out to my brothers Big Mox, S1da & BB/RunnTheStreetz, All my 24Block Brothers, shout out to all the camps out here as well, WorkHouse, Ill Hill, Angry Locals, FTB, Tsunami Mobb, 4Walls, Trackbaby & many many more. Hawaii’s hip-hop scene is so amazing & I feel it doesn’t get the cred it truly deserves. Hawaii Hip-Hop is a great thing to be a part of, I know Im proud to say I am Jim Hurdle & “I am Hawaii Hip-Hop”.

Real Talk w/ Kwalified #ListenandShare #Hzup

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What was the highight from your performance last night at the Blu and Exile show?

Man, just being able to share the stage with my brothers, The Horror Show, Cookbook, and seeing Blu and Exile rock shit from Below The Heavens. Also there was this girl with glasses and this scarf thing and every time I was dancing or something on stage, she started doing her own moves and stuff. That was fun. I’ll give homegirl a high five if I ever see her. Haha. It’s cool having people who will personally interact with you at shows like that. I like connecting with the people, you know? That’s one of the best parts of all this shit.

What behind the scene stories would you like to share that took place OR led to the final product that is “Listen and Share.”

Well, I went in to record the song “Sometimes” and my homegirl came through because she had the green. So we go ahead and get lifted, and I was all out. So I kinda just forced her to give me the rest of hers. Haha. I gave her 10 bucks tho. Haha. Then I put her on the song. She’s the voice saying sometimes with me in the hook.

Briefly about your roots in Hawaii and your first memories as a performer and supporter of Hawaii hip hop?

My father retired from the military here and I graduated from Kapolei High School. I first started performing when I was 15, but didn’t really start dipping my toe into our actual hip hop scene til I was 18. First time I went to a show was at a spot called Bliss Cafe. It’s something else now. Used to be called Grumpy’s. I went to go see LA Symphony. It’s funny how this all comes full circle, Cookbook of LA Symphony rocked the same show as me. We both rocked at the Blu and Exile show. It was crazy packed and too fun. Anyway, that was my first 18+ show and Creed Chameleon, Kavet the Catalyst and Amphibious Tungs opened. I was stoked on the whole show. I thought it was hilarious that Creed yelled out “Fuck Myspace!” when the show was actually sponsored by MySpace and there was a huge banner or theirs behind him. Haha.

First time I actually stepped on a stage was a little later that year, I believe. Sharlock Poems also of LA Symphony and Propaganda of TunnelRats came down and did a show. The Perfect Median and Bless opened. They killed it. Then at the end Prop invited up emcees to cypher. So I went up and that was the first time people in the scene really heard me rap. Bless knew though. Bless been the homie since ever since. Haha. I met Grip H that night. And that was the first connection I made to someone in the scene. Eventually that led to me performing more and making more music and then I linked with my homie Joncozy. We kicked it in high school. He was already making a name for himself as a DJ, and he was starting to rap. We linked up and did a couple mixtape tracks over some Blue Scholars beats and then we did another one with his homie that he introduced me to named Christian Viernes (RockZa) they made a couple songs together too and we made one with all 3 of us. From there Ill Hill was born. We met Bone, he gave us our first show together ever at Tropics and it was a wrap after that. Really grateful for that chance. 


How often do you write rhymes, where do you keep them?

I write pretty often. Maybe not whole songs or even whole verses. Just bits and pieces I’ll want to remember. I’ll keep that in my head, then when I have beats that I’m gonna actually put songs to, I’ll finish the verses. I’ll write’em in my phone usually now. Just because it’s convenient. I never have pens anymore. (lol) I write in my rhyme books still too. Sometimes you just gotta write it out though.

You end of shirtless on stage a lot, is that intended from the jump or does it just kinda happen?
(lol) Definitely wasn’t intended from the jump. One night Ill Hill was rocking a show at Nextdoor and it was hot as hell. Like super hot. So I made up my mind to rap without a shirt on. I decided that I was just gonna go hella crazy on stage and do it shirtless. Haha. I started doing it more because it was better than always sweating up my shirts. Haha. Then it became like a joke amongst me an the homies kinda and then even something I was known for. Haha. So now it’s almost expected at shows. Haha. When I don’t do it, people ask why I didn’t. (lol)

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Ill Talk w/ @crazearoni #LoveFestivalHI

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[Be sure to peep the write-up on DJ Craze at HonoluluPulse.com in my column “On the Record”]

You played the Love Festival 10 years ago, welcome back. What do you remember about that whole experience and all of your past gigs in Hawaii?

Last time I was at Love festival was special cause it was one of the last times I spun with Roc Raida (RIP). Most of the gigs that I’ve done in Hawaii in the past couple of years have been amazing …. Cant wait to get back there!

What have been your proudest achievements in 2013 so far?

So far in 2013 I’ve been happy with the releases we’ve put out on Slow Roast. I’m also happy with the way my new project with Klever “Cafe’ Con Leche” is coming along.

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How much has just the fact that you really love and enjoy what you do played a key role in your longevity and growth?

I think doing what you love is the most important thing in life and your career. If you love what you do it’ll never get old and in a business like this you always gotta keep it fresh and love what you’re doing.

When are you at your creative best?

I’m at my creative best when I’m in the right frame of mind …. relaxed …. and a ‘lil bent on that greenery.

When was the last time you felt a sense of joy from teaching or supporting someone else’s creativity?

The last time I felt good about supporting somebody’s creativity was when me and Klever were working on Scratch Nerds 2 …. Me and Klever keep pushing ourselves to be the best at what we do.

The popularity of trap music seems to have picked up where dub-step left off and similar to dub-step you have those who love it and those who hate it. What attracted you most to the sound?

What most attracted me to Trap was the hip hop vibe of it. Before I was battling, spinning DnB, spinning club/house music I was a hip hop boy. Trap made me fall back in love with the 808s and minimalism in club music.

What gets you hyped when you’re booked to play a large festival (10,000+ are expected at LF) opposed to a club party of a few hundred. Does your approach change given the larger crowd?

I get amped when I play larger crowds cause the vibes are more intense. You really do feel the “love” and theres nothing more amazing than killing it in front of that many people!

Shouts. Plugs. Praises?

Shout Outs to Slow Roast Records: Kill The Noise, Klever, Brillz, Codes, ETC! ETC!, Louie and all the people that felling what we doing …. Ssslllooowww Rrroooaaassstt!!

Beat Root Talk w/ Kavet the Catalyst #Part2

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Is the crowd that comes out for Beat Root more diverse than people may think? Is one of your goals to have a well-rounded diverse crowd?

The crowd for the prelims is a mixed bag majority are those that are there to support the producer they know and the 1/4 is random.  My goal as for crowds for finals is everyone and anyone who wants to vibe out to fresh beats by producers from Hawaii. I would hope that the Hip-hop community supports the most and all the fans/family/supporters.  

Any interesting stories you would like to share about this year’s road to the finals?

Mr. Carmack, I’ve been preaching his sound is dope from the first beat he dropped in 2011 prelims, even when he lost in last years finals, I still believed that he had something, a sound, no other producer had, and sure enough, all the LA beat heads started jocking him, he played  Low End Theory, Coachella, and doing shows in Canada, Austrailia, and New Zealand!!!  Humble dude through it all.  And after qualifying this year for the Grand Championships, he is still gonna battle regardless of his super busy schedule and high demand.  Big ups Carmack. Thats the Ohana right there! 

In the organization, brainstorming stage before the first Beat Root did you ever imagine this event getting so much “traction” as far as popularity.

I always keep in perspective why I do BEATROOT, and as long as the producers love it and respect it then the people, the fans, the crowd will love it.  Cause if the producers are putting in time and work into making these audio treats i know the people will feel it as well.  The Grand Championships always draw a good crowd. And i think that its only gonna get more popular as producers start to get push more into the forefront of performances.

Shout outs? Noteworthy notes.

Shout outs to Easy Music Center and all the producers that believe in my vision for BEATROOT.  Also Producer/ DJ crew from Seattle’s Stop Bitting is coming to Beatroot, Eardr.umz, Absolute Madman, & OC Notes they will be preforming live beats and DJing.  Its gonna be a great night.

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Real Talk w/ Talib Kweli

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How has the enthusiasm for hip hop changed for you in the last ten years?

My enthusiasm for hip hop only grows every year. Because I travel the world doing hip hop music I always get to see wonderful examples of it.


As far as what you and Yasiin symbolize in terms of the era of hip hop you came up in and the platform of hip hop as a whole, is there even the slightest difference between what Black Star WAS and what Black Star stands for today?

Black Star is exactly what it was when we started. Yasiin and I have grown tremendously as artists, and not always in the same direction, but Black Star remains pure. That is the reason that no matter what else we accomplish as individuals we can always come back to Black Star together.

Many of us have a friend or friends we consider to be a “brother” or “sister” that knows how we think, our life story, triumphs and struggles and can pretty much finish our sentences when we speak. Describe the friendship and brotherhood you share with Yasiin Bey and how that closeness translates to the great chemistry we all see on stage.

Yasiin is definitely my brother from another mother. Black Star was formed out of friendship, brotherhood and solidarity. I have skills that he admires and he has skills that I admire. In that sense we always challenge each other to be better.

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In all the years you and Yasiin Bey have been friends, what's the best piece of advice he has ever given you? Vice versa?

Never run on other people's schedule is the best advice Yasiin has given me. You would have to ask him what's the best advice he received from me.

With the unlimited amounts of knowledge available for the brain to consume on the internet and all of the wealth of information that one can access at a public library, which one is the more valuable resource for knowledge, the world wide web or the public library?

If you don't know the author then you can't know what you are reading. Too many anonymous authors online, so if you lack the proper research skills online research is worthless. However, if you have the skills, online research can be a rewarding experience.


Has the thought/opportunity in the acting field whether it be television or movies ever been something you wanted to do, perhaps in the near future?

I am too distinctly me to just audition and get a part. I will have to be sought out by a filmmaker or make my own films if I wanted to be in movies. I am too much associated with a hip hop persona.

Is it true that Gutter Rainbows has been your most profitable project/album to date?

Gutter Rainbows is certainly, relatively my most successful project. I've had bigger hits and more sales, but because Gutter Rainbows was indie I made more money faster.

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Ya’ll use pretty cool mics on stage, what kind of mics are those, any cool story behind how Black Star started using those mics?

I forget which company makes the mics but that’s all Yasiin’s idea. Funny story, last time we were in Honolulu an engineer who we did a session with held the mics for ransom when his boss didn’t pay him, which had nothing to do with us. We had to call the goons out. Thankfully the situation was resolved peacefully and we got them back.


What are you observing from the crowd when you are rhyming on stage, talk about your perspective?

Every crowd is different and every show is different. Sometimes I am rhyming right to the crowd. Sometimes I am performing thinking about what I want to eat later or something trivial. And sometimes I am in a zone like no one else is there.

Lastly, how are doing Black Star shows different these days and what do you look forward to the most about rocking the stage with Yasiin?

Black Star shows are very similar to how we started rhyming in the park 25 years ago. That is actually why i look forward to doing them.

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BLACK STAR
March 22
The Republik
Show Time: 8pm
Doors: 6pm Lounge Doors (21+) | 8pm Concert Hall
Age: 18+

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Real Talk w/ Talib Kweli [Preview]

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As far as what you and Yasiin symbolize in terms of the era of hip hop you came up in and the platform of hip hop as a whole, is there even the slightest difference between what Black Star WAS and what Black Star stands for today?

With the unlimited amounts of knowledge available for the brain to consume on the internet and all of the wealth of information that one can access at a public library, which one is the more valuable resource for knowledge, the world wide web or the public library?

Has the thought/opportunity in the acting field whether it be television or movies ever been something you wanted to do, perhaps in the near future?

In all the years you and Yasiin Bey have been friends, what's the best piece of advice he has ever given you? Vice versa?

As far as what you and Yasiin symbolize in terms of the era of hip hop you came up in and the platform of hip hop as a whole, is there even the slightest difference between what Black Star WAS and what Black Star stands for today?

What are you observing from the crowd when you are rhyming on stage, talk about your perspective?

Ya'll use pretty cool mics on stage, what kind of mics are those, any cool story behind how Black Star started using those mics?

Is it true that Gutter Rainbows has been your most profitable project/album to date?

How has the enthusiasm for hip hop changed for you in the last ten years?

Many of us have a friend/friends we consider to be a “brother” or “sister” that knows how we think, our life story, triumphs and struggles and can pretty much finish our sentences when we speak. Describe the friendship and brotherhood you share with Yasiin Bey and how that closeness translates to the great chemistry we all see on stage.

Lastly, how are doing Black Star shows different these days and what do you look forward to the most about rocking the stage with Yasiin?

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Ill Talk w/ @ThisisWun

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Introduce yourself for those that don't know you.

Yeah man I go by the name "Wun" .. it's kind of a nickname that stuck and became my stage name. I've been recording and releasing music independently since 2001. I started Gritty Fifty recordings in 02' and I'm one of the newest members to the Flip The Bird family

Talk about the high points of career while you were in Hawaii.

Well I would have to say the first cd I put out was definitely one of my high points because it let people know I was serious. Hawaii's Hip Hop scene was very unforgiving at the time and the technology wasn't where it is today. There weren't many studios around and the ones that were around had CRAZY rates.. the town guys considered my sound to be too "jiggy" for Hawaii and I was fresh out of high school .. I was pretty much told it couldn't be done. It was a challenge to record and release an album at all then..especially being young with no backing.. But we did it anyway ..and at that time I was one of the only Hiphop artists in Hawaii who had successfully put out a physical cd ..
It meant a lot to us that a kid from wahiawa could do that at all.. and the journey and friends I made doing it was just a priceless experience for me ..

Another one is the release of "Live from the 808" & "Sink or Swim Radio"
.. They got great reviews and garnished a lot of respect for my label. My brother passed away just prior to the release and I was going through a hard time with that so it just meant a lot to me that it was as successful as it was , and people enjoyed it the way they did. My first official single "Waikiki" which was produced by Illmind and featured on "Sink or Swim Radio" was voted the Number 1 Hawaii HipHop song of 2006... and that was special to me, to be completely independent and have a project be that successful. It was definitely a statement that was being made. Not only had I successfully built an independent in Hawaii but we had genuinely started a movement .. again things I was told just couldn't be done ...

I asked a number of respected cats in the Hawaii Hip hop scene if WUN is still Hawaii Hip Hop although he's not presently living on the rock and they all said yes. That being said how do you still rep the 808 out in cowboy country bruh.

Well shout to everybody for not sweeping me under the rug haha ..But.. yeah you know my goal was always to rep for Hawaii .. Even before it was cool too. Dudes used to look at us crazy for trying to rap about Hawaii, but I wanted people to understand our struggle and see our talents. That's always been important to me.. My whole experience growing up in Hawaii is something that I take with me everywhere I go. It molded who I am today, and Im proud of that so I will always rep that.. i guess it just comes natural .. You know .. you can take the boy from the island but he's still gonna throw that shaka in traffic ... I still rep in every song I still talk that Waikiki shit .. And Im always gonna rep for Hawaii. In part that's what this has always been about for me ..

What makes the scene in Texas more appealing to you as an artist?

Well I wouldn't say it's "more" appealing, but I can see some advantages .. one of them is that Texas is HUGE, and they show they're local talent a lot of love. The "Wun" EP will be my first "official" release since moving to Texas, but the music I have put out here has gotten great response. Also being forty five minutes from Austin has been great, just as a fan of HIPHOP. Being in a new city with a new team "FTB" supporting me I really feel like a "NEW" artist, and I made the move here for my family so being able to continue doing music has been a blessing all together.

Your latest project is about to be released real soon. What's the lastest?

Ahh Yess .. well this new EP is self titled and is completely produced by Veterano. Who is just one of the illest cats ever. Musically and personally .. I've always been a fan of Vets, since Mushmouf put me up on him back in the day. Vet had done some stuff with us on previous projects via internet ..and when we finally met in person a couple years ago I was like "man we should do an album" and he was down so that's how this came about. I decided to make it an EP later and was blessed enough to get verses from some HI State Legends including "Shella" "Creed Chameloen" "Tassho Pearce" and "Fortilive".
It's got a completely different sound and style in comparison to my previous work but still packs the same wit and lyricism. Being that VET laid the whole backdrop for it and I was able to get some vocals from some artists I have the utmost respect for, I'm really excited about it.
Coming out of a short musical hiatus and being in a new city It almost feels like this is my first project .. And it's definitely one of my best works. So make sure to be on the lookout for that "WUN" EP on Itunes and Bandcamp this January.

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What messages fuels your lyrics and what keeps you motivated to make music.

“Sink or Swim”
“Sink or Swim” ”
“Sink or Swim”
That has always been the motto and the message behind my music. And it always will be. It’s all about never giving up regardless of the circumstance. I’ve been through a lot in life, and the people who know me, and my story, know that I’ve always been passionate about making music and being creative. Even when there were no opportunities for us to do that, we created them, and to me thats what its all about. Refusing to lay down and die .. or give up and drown. In all my personal struggles I have still been able to accomplish all my goals and become what I wanted to be. And that’s my message “hold your head high and “Keep Swimming” towards WHATEVER it is that you want. That’s what I live by so that’s what the fuck I rap like.. SinkorSwim bitches!!!