Happy Aloha Friday OTDHipHop fam! I have the pleasure to introduce y’all to my friend and fellow emcee/artist - Cedric Clinton! A couple weeks ago Cedric asked me to be on his Freestyle Friiiday livestream. Long story short, it was dope checking out his business’ warehouse and sharing each other’s stories in music and business. He is a former surf champion and owner of local screen printing company, Squeeze Play Hawaii. This young man is truly a gem!
See more from our interview below:
OTDHipHop: How’d you get your name?
Cedric: There's a deeper reason for using Clinton which relates to my crew/brand/movement Chi Funk. Chi Funk was inspired by G Funk (which relates to how I was introduced to hip hop) & G Funk evolved from P Funk (Parliament Funkadelic) who's leader is George Clinton.
Chi Funk = Cedric Clinton / P Funk = George Clinton. It just aligned.
OTDHipHop: How’d you get into making music, specifically Hip Hop/Rap?
Cedric: I was introduced to Hip Hop by the song "Forgot About Dre" by Dr. Dre & Eminem. Funny story, my best friend at the time James Ubias & I decided to enter the school talent show with that song. A few years ago I wrote a song about that story called "Westside Story" which is featured on my 1st 3-track EP Westside Stories. After school one day, I went to James' apartment with a blank cassette tape in an effort to catch the song on the radio & record it onto the cassette tape, so that we could practice with it for our school audition. We even called the radio station to request it from the DJ. The song finally came on, we recorded it, then downloaded & printed the lyrics. I remember us both debating over who got to be Eminem because we both wanted to be him super bad. I ended up losing that battle in a Jan Ken Po (Rock-Paper-Scissors) match. So, we memorized the lyrics & the audition day finally came. We got up in front of our class & performed. Mind you, this was in the 5th grade & the lyrics spoke about smoking weed, drinking alcohol, burning down houses & all kinds of profanity LOL. Surprisingly, we didn't end up making the cut for the talent show, however that didn't stop us. James & I ended up going to different middle & high schools, so we kind of lost touch, however we reconnected years later to discover we were both still rapping!
OTDHipHop: Where are you from? What is your background like?
Cedric: I'm born & raised on O'ahu, HI. My ethnic background is French, Spanish, Italian, & Portuguese. Growing up in Hawaii, I experienced so many different cultures which definitely has influenced my music. Not only do I incorporate local slang (pidgin), I also pull inspiration from the east coast, west coast, down south, & some influence from outside the USA. I can also speak French fluently, so I plan to incorporate some French into my raps in the future.
Wassup #OTDHipHop fam!
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.”
Greetings and salutations from Hawaii yall!
I took a break from music and blogging last week because I had my bottom wisdom tooth extracted last Wednesday...and your girl is living off of Ibuprofen, THC/CBD, and ramen noodles for the time being. Lol. But over the weekend, I was able to chop up some footage into a brand new video on my Facebook! The video is for my song "SQWUAAD," the most popularly played track off my latest mixtape Island Waves & City Haze. The video reached over 1000 views in about 2 days! The numbers might not seem too high. But it's progress nonetheless, and I'm actually very stoked that more and more people are tuning into my music content as a I continue to elevate my sound / visuals / branding.
So, for a special premier on #OTDHipHop's #MondazeRotation today, I decided to drop this new version of "Sqwuaad," which features back up/hype man vocals from my dude and fellow artist Northside Swiss. I've featured Swiss on here a few months ago, and he hit me with this version of my track, which really elevated the hype and sound. Most importantly, people really dig it! So I'm glad I kept it, and waited to drop this version. Without further ado, today's #MondazeRotation features "SQWUAAD" (Version 2, feat. Northside Swiss). The track is available for free streaming/download on my Soundcloud! Also, don't forget to check out the video on my Facebook!
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