Aloha #OTDHipHop NAKAS!
Welcome back to another installment of the CREATIVE HUSTLE TOUR TAKEOVER! Today I got to chop it up with hip hop artist/rapper Duce, representing Waianae on the west side of Oahu. Duce is most known for being ⅓ of the group Common Difference HI (CDHI). However, each of the group members are also solo artists in their own right. Along with Faithful to Hawaii (F.T.H) and other up and coming artists, Duce will be performing at the final show of the Creative Hustle Tour on January 21st at NextDoor in downtown Honolulu.
Duce is a hip hop artist/rapper from the west side of Oahu. He started writing and recording music back in high school. Over the span of about 10 years, he learned a lot about himself and the direction he wants to go. Of those 10 years, he spent 6 of them with CDHI. “It was great, learned a lot, met lots of good people and had tons of fun. I wasn't good at all but perseverance made me better over time,” said Duce. One of the biggest influential things that CDHI did as a group was coin the term “naka,” which is basically used as a term of endearment and community. West side towns like Waianae and Nanakuli are often seen as “ghetto” or “the hood.” But collectively, CDHI used music and the “naka” branding to bring the youth together, and to further push their message of resilience and fun.
Overall, Duce is comfortable and eager as he continues to move in newer directions. He has spent a lot of time in Hawaii’s Hip Hop scene and has also performed on the mainland. “Hawaii’s Hip Hop scene wasn’t always as accepting as it is now. We all grew together and through the years, I have been given nothing but love from everyone. It’s a scene where you need to put some WORK in order to be seen but once they see it, they don’t forget and always show the artists love” said Duce.
For the past months, Duce has been working on Trap Tendencies, his debut solo project for the new year. In regards to the theme of the project, he stated, “basically I capture my life as it is now...all the joy, pain, happiness, sadness, triumphs, and failures. I can’t wait to release and let everyone see how much has changed over the last year. I'm on a whole new level.” Duce has been spending lots of time at the Signature Sound Studio, with engineer Bobby of Aloha Hype. Duce’s Trap Tendencies EP is slated to release in a number of weeks.
For more on Duce, follow him on Soundcloud. Don’t forget to see him LIVE at NextDoor on January 21st as part of the final show of the Creative Hustle Tour!
Aloha and welcome to another installment of the Creative Hustle Tour TAKEOVER here on #OTDHipHop blog. The tour is in full swing and just wrapped up all of its Big Island shows this past weekend. I got to check-in with some of the artists to see how they're feeling about everything and there's nothing but energy and motivation that I hear.
This weekend, Faithful to Hawaii (F.T.H) and the rest of the touring artists will be flying to the valley isle to perform two shows on Maui, and then finally on Oahu next week.
Check out some of the photos from the Big Island shows, and see what some of the tour's artists have to say below!
Jay Kuro (F.T.H):
It's going great I'm loving the vibes from everyone! From the crowds and fans to the rappers, djs, and venues! Great way to kick of 2017 and the tour ain't even close to being done!
DANNNYROSE: It's been dope down here. A lot of dope vibes!! This whole trip has been like movie!
THE VISUALLY GIFTED
JORDAN KAIWI: The tour so far's been mad energetic, I think the tavern show personally was the craziest & biggest turn out of the big island venues. the visually gifted's looking forward to performing on Maui, it's the first set of shows we're ever doing off island and we're stoked!! Everyone on the Creative Hustle Tour are just high energy people looking for the good vibes & trynna spread their message through their music.
Everyone can't wait to get out to Maui, & Oahu for the remainder of the tour.
KODY D: Everything's going great with the shows actually we just finished all the shows on the Big Island and were ready for the rest of the tour we can't wait to vibe with everybody on Maui and Oahu!
We’re back with another installment of the Creative Hustle Tour TAKEOVER here on #OTDHipHop, featuring artists from Hawaii, Las Vegas, and California. Today I had the pleasure of interviewing Scholar, the headliner for tonight's show in Hilo to kick off the tour. Scholar is a young man and up and coming artist based in Hawaii. As a writer and creative mind, he lives up to his name every day, with a strong ability to tell stories and different concepts through beats, lyrics, and visuals.
Growing up in a small island like Kauai, Scholar grew up learning how to play different instruments including the ukulele and piano. As a kid, he wrote poems as well as some songs on the ukulele and piano. “I never really saw me taking that outside of my bedroom though, and I got introduced to hip hop/rap music at about age 9, listening to DMX and Eminem heavily,” said Scholar. As he got older and more into hip hop, he became a fan of underground artists like The Grouch, Shing02/Nujabes, Juggaknots, etc. He then began to respect hip hop pioneers like Nas, Biggie, Tupac, Jay Z, Kanye West, etc.
Scholar began taking music more seriously a few years ago, seeking to take his reach outside of Kauai. Over the span of about 3 years, Scholar’s music, visuals, and overall brand began to grow, which allowed him to link up with other professional artists and musicians like Shing02 and Nicholas Kaleikini. His music videos feature the artist’s different styles, but focuses on his lyrical content and quality storytelling. Most notably, his video for “What The Stars Say” features animation by Aniports, an animator who worked on A$AP Rocky’s “JD” video. “That song was really what inspired my first album, The Process, which was released in August of 2015,” said Scholar.
Overall, I feel like Scholar is an artist’s artist. He is very meticulous and mindful as to what he says on the track, the track’s sound, and how that track is brought to life visually. "I tell stories. Both of my albums are conceptual albums that are meant to tell a story from beginning to end. They both contain a dilemma, a conflict, a climax, and a resolution. Both are meant to explain the importance of believing in yourself and those closest to you.," said Scholar. While he has yet to break out to the mainstream, Scholar has performed numerous times around the islands of Hawaii and continues to grow a respectable buzz and network. You can see Scholar live, as he headlines the Creative Hustle Tour kick-off show at Kukuau Studio TONIGHT in Hilo, HI.
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