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My life is a juggling act, in all honesty. Lol. Forgive me for the sporadic content but regardless, you can trust that I’m creating content for yall every day whether it’s music or blogs or videos, etc. But I digress…
This week I had the pleasure to chop it up with Rappa Nui, an up and coming music artist & entertainer from the Big Island. Most recently, he’s earned one of the top spots on “Hawaii’s Next Radio Star” via Power 104.3. I figured this would be a good time to hit em up for a blog feature and I’ve always been interested in his work; we talked about the radio competition, his background, and latest single “Let My Guard Down."
Kenui Hamada, “Rappa Nui” is a 27-year old from the Big Island of Hawaii. Initially starting with freestyles in high school, he has been present in Hawaii’s local music scene since his early 20s. He mentioned that he used to look up to bigger local artists and entertainers like Osna and Krystilez. “Growing in the Big Island, everything I do makes a statement. So I’m hella proud looking back ‘cause today I work with my role models.” Osna actually directed, shot, and edited Rappa Nui’s latest single/video “Let My Guard Down” (feat. Ryan Hiraoka). Big props to everyone on the project!
“Basically I like making music that everyone can listen to and vibe to. I rap about a lot of different things but this track was more so a ‘feel good’ track, and we got to shoot it back in my hometown,” said Rappa Nui.
Today, Rappa Nui is focused on what he calls “power moves.” He is also a proud father of his daughter Miliana, and expressed how having her in his life makes him want to take his career to the next level even more. He stated, “I don’t want to waste my time anymore. Being a dad just makes me want to strategize everything better so I can reach my goals faster.”
Aloha & welcome back to another #TrackTuesday here on #OTDHipHop blog! Bringing you content ON THE DAILY...so without further or due, this week I had a submission from my Canadian homegirl Jordan “Mackie,” to feature her friend/colleague X-Plycit. Mackie and X-Plycit were previously opening for Doom Squad, on their LSD tour in New Glasgow. They are currently touring as support artists for Split Vision on their Ontario tour. X-Plycit is a serious emcee in her own right, having released her solo debut album that is available on all digital music outlets.
Today, I’m reviewing one of X-Plycit’s new songs, “We On The Grind” (ft. Fortunato). Big props to Nookie on production, I fucks with the beat heavy. The vibe of the track is motivational and I dig the serious raps from both artists on the song. There is definitely substance there. I can hear the raw talent, lyricism, and aggression. Still, I believe both artists’ sounds could be elevated further. Regardless big props to production, engineering, and of course to the artists themselves. I look forward to hearing more tracks in different styles and flows from X-Plycit, especially on her upcoming second album slated to drop late this month.
“It’s about working hard at what we do and not compromising. Nothing will stop us,” said X-Plycit.
X-Plycit is one third of the group “FemStars,” from Nova Scotia, Canada. Along with Mackie, X-Plycit cofounded of the Fem Star group/brand, which was essentially created to put their creative and networking forces together to spread their message around Canada and eventually the world. X-Plycit music is available on all digital music platforms. For more on X-Plycit, follow her on Facebook.
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