Beyonce sizzles in her latest television ad for H&M while also teasing a new song of hers, “Standing on the Sun”.
Hello world. Let me introduce you to Hugo whom I have had the pleasure of setting up this interview with. He is an artist from Thailand who is signed to Roc Nation which of course was founded by hip hop mogul Jay-z.
How did you end up writing a song for Beyonce’s successful “I am… Sasha Fierce” album?
My writing partner and mentor, amanda ghost, played beyonce songs from an album of mine that never saw the light of day, ms Knowles picked a song she liked called disappear and sung it.
What was the process and conversation like when you were getting a record deal with Roc Nation?
Exciting and confusing.
Who would you say were some of your musical influences?
The doors, Leonard Cohen, Neil young, howlin wolf, Robert Johnson, creedence Clearwater revival, free, Bob Dylan, Donovan, nirvana, carabao, 213, Dr Dre…and many more I’m sure.
How is the music scene different between Thailand and the United States of America?
Very different, in terms of Market size and language. Similar as far as intent goes though.
How would you categorize your artistic style?
I wont. I’ll leave that to you.
What are your greatest attributes as an artist?
Patience and sympathy.
Your album, “Old Tyme Religion” came out back in 2011. What does the title of the album mean, and what did it mean to release your first album a part of Roc Nation?
The title is from one of the tracks on the record that really crystallised the sound and feel of the record. It also goes some way to addressing the way I feel about American roots music, that is an almost religious respect and interest in it.
*Your cover and rendition of Jay Z’s “99 Problems” was featured in a couple of films last year as well, what gave you the inspiration of doing that particular track?*
Mainly gratitude for being signed and a real love of the original from the black album which seemed to be a new kind of rocknroll to my ears.
What projects are you currently working on?
Cutting live footage from some shows out here in Thailand and writing songs for the next record.
Thanks for your time. Any last comments for your fans, and Blended Entertainment readers?
Be strange or act normal.
Check Hugo’s official website for his latest music and news.
Hugo’s cover of “99 Problems” was featured in the movies, No Strings Attached and Fright Night
Last night, I watched something on Youtube that was a different experience, yet made me excited me to actually attend via my laptop. American Express launched this major Twitter campaign as part of the South by SouthWest Interactive Festival. The idea is simple, American Express cardholders can link up to Twitter via a new sync service in which members can earn discounts by following tweeting certain hashtags when the opportunities arise. To really push this effort, American Express linked up with Hip Hop Mogul Jay-Z to perform a live concert in which viewers could tweet what songs they wanted to see perform, and choose to look at at the concert from a few different angles. Jay-Z performed many of his hits such as Big Pimpin, Allure, and even Glory, the track he released right after his daughter’s birth. It was definitely a nostalgia feeling for me. One thing is for sure, the proud new father brought the house down for the select 2,700 in attendance while rocking a signature snapback.
After weeks of speculation and privacy, Sean “Jay z” Carter and Beyonce Knowles finally released some pictures of them with their newborn Blu Ivy. They finally did it and did not have to sell these pictures for millions like many other celebrities would. Blu Ivy really shows off some strong genes of Beyonce in my opinion but that’s all up to interpretation. The photos were released on a special tumblr titled Hello Blu Ivy Carter.
How are you today?
great… Ready to work like always
Who were some of your influences growing up?
growing up I was deep in the death row era. Pac, Dre, snoop.. But Biggie, the lox, Jay Z and DMX where influential too
Who would you say your individual style most resembles?
I have southern slang, with a east coast flow and a mid west style… So I have no idea lmao
Now you are signed under Brian Angel’s label, he raves about you all the time. How did this relationship get started?
I’ve known him before the fame, before MTV. That’s my big brother. So now we riding together with this movement
What projects are you currently working on?
working on my EP death b4 dishonor right now… Looking to drop it mid feb or early march
What inspires you to go to the studio and unleash your artistic creativity?
self motivation… In my eyes failure is not an option so I gotta do what I gotta do to get it done
Are there any current artists that you’d like to work with outside of Houston?
I wanna work wit a lot of ppl but I would say young buck, ti, snoop, Dre, dip set
What will it take for you to tell yourself that you made it in the business?
I need a couple of successful albums and to be respected and known as a good artist
For those who have not heard your music yet or been introduced to you, in your eyes why should they pay attention to G-Ron?
I’m a breath of fresh air in a watered down industry… Ima give the ppl me, 100% of the time my music is refreshing
That was my final question. Is there anything you’d like to say to your fans/supporters/followers?
I just wanna thank everyone for the support and love and be on the lookout for me… I’m coming
Thanks for taking the time to chat
no problem, thank u for having me…
Be on the lookout for G-Ron’s future projects. Check out one of his videos http://youtu.be/ER24_TbmAV4
Brooklyn artist Done Wright took some time out of his schedule to talk his inspirations and plans for the future
How are you doing today?
Fa sho…I’m good thanks for asking, just putting some thoughts & plans together for my future.
You grew up in New York, how did your surroundings influence you?
Growing up in South Side Queens influenced to be aggressive in life and it also allowed me to appreciate the value of life.
What inspired you to pursue music?
Different things inspired me, my moms playing R&B, my pops playing Reggae + my big bro playing Hip Hop, it was all around me
Who were some artists that you enjoyed listening to growing up?
Marvin Gaye, Bob Marley, Kool G Rap, Rakim, Nas, 2 Pac, Mobb Deep, Biggie just to name a few.
What kind of projects are you currently working on right now?
I’m working on my 2nd album “Supply Work, Demand Respect”, my next project is “A Beautiful Mind” mixtape which is already done.
What can we expect from this mixtape?
On the production side its all original beats. On content side (lyrics) it will give the listener more definition of who I am.
Currently, do you see any artists/producers today that you’d like to work with?
Absolutely. I would like to work with TI, Luda, Nas, Jay and OutKast. Producers, Dr Dre, Kanye & Havoc
You have an album out which people can get on itunes, you been featured on sites such as WSHH, what’s your ultimate goal?
My ultimate goal is to build HardWork Entertainment to the level of Bad Boy, Cash Money or how Roc-A-Fella was & sign talent.
Is this the label you’re signed to or is this a label you are trying to get going?
Yes, this is the label I’m trying to get going, its set up as an LLC…I own it
Thats good to hear! What do you feel are the necessary qualities an artist should have to be signed to your label?
Have a great worth ethic, be extremely talented, and be humble.
How would you describe your style? your flow? Have you been compared to any artists?
“Style” witty, charismatic, & thought provoking..”flow” depends on the record…sometimes I’m layed back other times aggressive. In High School (Downtown Brooklyn) they used to call me Rakim…I have been compared to Nas & Cormega.
Before I take up more of your time, what are your top 5 fav tracks of all-time?
Ok cool… Nas “Take It In Blood”, Biggie “Respect”, Jay Z “Money, Cash, Hoes”, 2 Pac “Brenda Got A Baby”, 50 Cent “This Is 50”
With that comes the end of this Twitterview. Any last words/comments/shoutouts for your supporters and future listeners?
S/O to everybody that supports me. Shout out to ya’ll for bringing something different to the game!!!
I want to thank you for taking the time out of your weekend to do this Twitterview. Stay on your grind.
No prob…Fa sho!!!
Just 48 hours after becoming a father, Rap Mogul Jay-z released a track titled, Glory which is celebrating fatherhood and the birth of his daughter. This track is produced by the Neptunes. I doubt anyone was expecting a track from either parent so soon, but I must congratulate Jay-z for taking this step.