The number 3 is often associated with spiritual meanings. Generally, numerological principles speak on the number 3 as representing communication, intellect, and magic. Interestingly, while at Team Backpack's Mission Underground event in LA earlier this month, I had the pleasure of meeting a young woman that certainly made me do a "triple take."
Her name is 3XTK, which does mean triple take, but there is a deeper explanation. According to 3XTK, her name comes from having a strong mind, the ability to emphasize with those around her, and being at peace with one's soul. She states that "a lot of people don't believe me when I say I'm an MC until they hear me on stage and have to do a triple take."
The Santa Monica native speaks greatly about her upbringing in the working class neighborhood of an otherwise wealthy, affluent community. This gave her an early look into issues like racism and gentrification. She has written poetry since she was a child and started making songs in college at Santa Clara University.
One word I could use to describe 3XTK is critical. She is a critical thinker who cares passionately about her community and uses music as a means to bring those stories to life. "I've always been involved in social justice and continue to do so by being a union organizer. Every day I go out and attempt to better someone else's current circumstances," said 3XTK. Her poetry, songs, and style all speak on her strong beliefs and experiences as she sees this "Twisted World" in the lens of a young female Hip Hop artist.
3XTK continues to do community work and makes music that is often influenced by the people she meets and her views on the issues we face every day- relationships, inequality, etc. Don't ever judge a book (or an artist) by its cover, you might just have to do a triple take.
Greetings and salutations internet,
The spring semester is officially over and I'm enjoying an awesome start to summer! To highlight, during the weekend back home from my recent trip, I went right into performing at the Filipino Fiesta at Kapiolani Park here in Honolulu. It was nice to have a sort of "homecoming" performance in front of my fellow pinoys, including a little more exposure into the local community. The next week, my cousin and her friends came to visit from Washington and we spent the week driving around the island, going to the beach, BBQ'ing, and getting dope bottle service at The Republik (one of the big clubs on Oahu) for the White Rabbit event (an LGBT event).
However, as most of my "indie" peeps know, the independent grind is not always fun and games. Like most artists, I still have to work my "regular" jobs, which include helping out at my school and at church. Regardless, both of those communities honestly show a lot of support for me in and outside the office. I commend them greatly for being patient and supportive towards my dreams. I even got to recite one of my poems at St. Peter's Potluck Dinner and Variety Show this passed Sunday.
More recently, I was interviewed on the KNDI Radio Station (AM 1270 Honolulu) last night during the open air slot. Thanks to Bryan Munoz aka DJ Firecracker for the nice interview! I will definitely be on his show again in a few more weeks during the Friday rush hour, so that I can get more exposure and reach a wider local audience. If you're an aspiring artist like myself, especially if you live in the Honolulu area, I highly suggest reaching out to Bryan to get some airplay on your tracks and probably setting up a studio interview as well. He's an easy guy to talk to and always looking for new talent to feature! Feel free to email me or fill out the contact form on the homepage for more information!
You can watch my latest whereabouts by checking out my vlog on my Youtube channel. It is also posted to the right.
Ever heard of Maui Wowee? In Hawaii, marijuana is known as "pakalolo." Let's face it, we've all smoked a little kush/ganja/bud/weed, whatever you want to call it (or at least wanted to try it). While this is by no means condoning illegal drug use, there is definitely a growing epidemic of a new drug strain in the Hawaiian islands, and it's called Hip-Hop. So from the island of Maui, resides an up and coming passionate MC by the name GIM$.
The acronym G.I.M.$ stands for "God is my savior," with the dollar sign tagged at the end as a positive reminder to stay focused on his money, business, and community. As a means to cope with family struggles and personal demons, at age 14, he became addicted to a mixed drink called "lean," a mix of codeine/promethazine, sprite, and jolly ranchers. However, his interest in drawing graffiti and writing poetry soon showed him a brighter alternative. Although he continues to face adversities, GIM$ states that "music is the only thing that's there for me when everyone else in my life isn't."
While he is still fairly new to the local Hip-Hop scene, he is a young man to watch out for. Although his team's latest track is "Slo-Motion," do not let that title fool you. He is working quickly and efficiently to establish himself as an artist and overall leader for Hawaii's next generation of Hip-Hop heads.
GIM$ is also the leader and co-founder of the group "808 LAVA Squad Mafia (LSM)," which sports a musical mafia of dope MC's from Maui. The current roster includes GIM$' younger brother C-Logic, and friends DizzyDaz and DallahDeezo. The collective continues to record from their home studios in Maui and performs at local venues.
To see more of GIM$ and LSM, check them out the Feature Block page of this website visit their social media platforms listed aside.
808 LAVA Squad (LSM) group members: DizzyDazz (left), GIM$ (middle), and DallahDeezo (right).
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