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Aloha from the 808, today we're featuring a locals only segment for our Music Monday block - Honolulu's own Jraww and his latest sadboi joint "Darkside," which just released a few weeks ago. In this new era of emo and punk rap, it's no surprise that Hawaii's hip hop scene would also be introducing some new teenage artists and other young artists on the same vibe, with Jraww being part of this new wave and energy. Check out "Darkside" below on Soundcloud; it's also available on all music streaming platforms, along with the rest of Jraww's growing discography.
Jraww got inspired to make "Darkside," following his other track "Darkness," which he already has a music video for.
The artist states, "I just love that I'm able to kinda connect two songs. 'Darkside' is a vibe about feeling alone, lonely, and trapped in the dark. " Jraww credits Dareese Develops for directing his music video for "Darkside," producer Stood, and DJ Ideas for mixing+mastering.
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We keepin' it rollin' all 2022, artists hit us up to be featured! This week for our New Music Monday segment we got another drop from LA Artist, NatStar, and his new single "Lock." This track keeps the same confident energy as all of his songs like "BBL," which we featured last month on the blog. But I gotta say that "Lock" is definitely a bop to bump in the whip; it gives me gangsta and trap flows like Nipsey Hussle and Meek Mill. The hook is a vibe and the beat goes hard too, reminds me of Drake and Future. NatStar's raps also got some quoteables for your hustle and motivation, gym, or pre-game playlists. Check out NatStar's LP The Code on all music streaming platforms, and music videos on his Youtube channel.
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Christmas is officially right around the corner and if you're a student or a teacher, welcome to a well-deserved winter break! This week we got a brand new entry from LA artist, NatStar. He shared his latest LP with us called The Code, which just released in October. Today we're featuring the project's top single and music video "BBL." With all the serious issues going on in these pandemic times, there's no doubt that we are ready and restless to get out and have some fun. I'm a fan of the raw DGAF attitude on this track in particular from NatStar's LP. The beat and overall song is about having fun and admiring a lady, and reminds me of all the classic 2010's club songs like "Rack City" by Tyga, with the upbeat west coast sound mixed with trap. Check out NatStar's LP The Code on all music streaming platforms, and the music video "BBL" on his Youtube channel.
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We’re back again with another special feature for this week’s Music Monday segment! Today we got another appearance from L12, a rising artist from Grand Rapids, MI and a longtime friend of mine and artist here on OTDHipHop blog. He just released his newest project entitled ‘Black Sheep, Volume 1’ in early November, which showcases his unique and growing sound as a songwriter, producer, and recording engineer.
Overall, I think L12’s new album is definitely a bop, with a variety of content and vibes. The sound is reminiscent of J. Cole, Ty Dolla $ign, Tory Lanezm and L12’s own midwest influences. My personal favorite tracks are “Lash!” and “M.I.A.” The intro’s and interludes are super lit too, especially “Love Me Long Time,” which takes the listener back to the vibes of street cyphers and lofi style. The project is a mix of trap hip hop, R&B, and lofi underground tunes, which makes for a dynamic journey as a listener and fan. The standout track for me has got to be “Cash Rue” ft. Codyak, drawing elements from Wu Tang’s classic “C.R.E.A.M” with a twist of R&B and trap.
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I'm so excited to share this new interview with Thrizzy Thrizz, a Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) hip hop artist from the island of Maui. He's another long-time homie of mine in the music grind. We first met at a show in Lahaina back in 2016. He's been featured on OTDHipHop a few times. It's always nice to catch up with fellow emcees in the local scene especially during this pandemic. Thrizzy is no stranger to the hustle and motivation it takes to push his music coming outta the HI, from songs about love & relationships to records that speak on real issues affecting his community. Check out our full exclusive interview below:
OTDHipHop: How's the pandemic been for you? Has anything challenged you as an artist?
Thrizzy: "Honestly, I did my best to play it smart with my choices pertaining to business during this pandemic. I took some time to reinvest into new music equipment and putting more into building Thrizzy Thrizz into a brand. I do believe the lack of live shows because of the pandemic did change the game. I see more artists in general doing more live web shows... And in a way, I feel like it always helps with attracting more listeners cause thanks to the internet, it's now global a show. I mean, it's not the same experience but any real artist/ entrepreneur will make that pivot."
OTDHipHop: What's your creative process like?
Thrizzy: "My creative process is 24/7. My wheels are always turning. But as far as actually creating a track. Burn and I will have a whole session of us just coming up with beat, feeding off of each other's energy and ideas. And then I'll come up with some hooks and it just goes from there."
OTDHipHop: What made you taking music seriously?
Thrizzy: "I started taking my music serious at the age of 18. I just got out of high school, I had my first job bussing tables and I told myself that that just wasn't it for me. And it was either gonna be this or that. And then I met Burn Bangatrax the CEO of Foreela Ent. and Carma Reigns. And they took me under their wing."
OTDHipHop: Got any new projects or shows that you'd like to promote? Please let us know!
Thrizzy: "We are currently promoting my latest single "Rock Yo Body" featuring Assault Squad Riderz, and my latest music video for "Sunsets". Both tracks are produced by Burn Bangatrax."
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Jehzan Exclusive is a hip hop artist, educator, and entrepreneur from Honolulu, HI. She founded OTDHipHop in 2015. For more, visit her website or social media.