CREATIVE HUSTLE TOUR 2017 SCHEDULE
A Word from Jehzan:
Big Island’s Hip Hop leader KillaBrex got another single for yall! “UGH” (Prod. Classixs Beats) is one for the rapper’s latest tracks, that recently dropped on Reverbnation. As mentioned in his last #TrackTuesday feature back in September, the transition from 2015 to 2016 has been challenging on this young man, facing personal struggles and having lost a number of close friends. It seemed like KillaBrex spiraled out of control when he moved back to his hometown of Hilo, after learning so much as an intern at Camel Hump Studios in Las Vegas. Regardless, he still faces many challenges but is grinding full-time as an artist/manager/entrepreneur.
“‘UGH’ is for the lost ones in my life that still cross my mind no matter what happened between us. While I was writing the #HVY mixtape, I was in a dark state of mind. I had moved back to the islands and saw most to all of my friends and family lost into drugs or incarcerated. I plummeted into a state of depression and this is what came from those lonely night wondering what was God’s plan. I recently got out of that state of mind and now working on the next project. #HVY will be released in the later months of this year. Thank you guys for continued support and sticking with me through all my rides in life's roller coaster. Aloha.” - KillaBrex
KillaBrex has various gigs/performances lined up for the rest of the year, and has started to plan his own shows and events. Most recently, he hosted the “Life’s Too Short” hip hop night at Hilo Town Tavern a few weekends ago. The event was created as tribute/memorial for Brex’s friend Bryson Samson and his little cousin Deasd Silva. Judging from the feedback I saw on Facebook and conversing with Brex, the show had a great turn-out, and it served as a strong learning experience for the young host/emcee. He is actually planning an intra-island tour (#CreativeHustleTour2017), slated for January. He also already has gigs booked for the tour on the Big Island, Maui, and Oahu (including two interviews booked in Honolulu).
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Photos from "Life's Too Short" (Hilo Town Tavern Oct. 14, 2016)
Photo credits: Visual Feelings Entertainment & Team Bredren Productions
A few weeks ago, a high school kid named $eth Balai hit me up on Twitter, and was interested in some collab work and I told him I could get him on my blog as well. My honest first impression was that he was probably just a youngin’ frontin’ like a serious rapper, but I stand corrected y'all. Check out this week’s “Track Tuesday” segment featuring onb$eth Balai’s latest track - “Birthday” (Prod. By Lowkey).
“Birthday” is a recent single that $eth Balai got inspired to write in the spirit of celebration and of course his own birthday. I personally describe the song’s vibe as Eazy-E’s “My 64” meets Trey Songz..and honestly I mean all of that in a good way. The best is dope, lyrics are chill and easy to follow, and it has steez. $eth Balai is an an up and coming underground Hip Hop Artist/Rapper and Castle High School junior (℅ 2018) from Kaneohe, HI.
With other artistically prolific Kaneohe role models like Koins, I would say that $eth will be an artist to watch in the coming years as he continues to develop his sound. “Pretty much after high school graduation, I plan to move in with some friends in LA and start building my career from there. I want to tour and I want to make it big. This is plan A,” said $eth. Check out $eth Balai’s “Birthday” track, and hear more of his music via Soundcloud.
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