Greetings & Salutations #OTDHipHop fans! We’re back again with yet another installment of the CREATIVE HUSTLE TOUR TAKEOVER. Today, I had the pleasure to meet DannnyRose, an up and coming artist from Garden Grove, CA. We talked about his experience in making music thus far, and some of his plans and anticipation for the upcoming intra-island tour of Hawaii.
DannnyRose is a 21-year-old artist representing the city of Garden Grove in southern California. He got his start in music as part of a group with some friends in high school. However, things like immaturity and jealousy got in the way, so in 2015 Dannny broke ties and chose to focus on himself as a solo artist.
In the span of about a year, Dannny has built the beginnings of a solid foundation in his craft. He records his vocals in his own home studio set-up and outsources his tracks for mixing/mastering to professional producers and sound engineers. Like many young artists, he is simply focused on his grind and getting his music out there any way he can - passing out CDs, going to local shows, networking, etc. He has also performed a number of times at small venues in his area, and is currently working to further establish himself as a brand.
DannnyRose released his first solo EP, West St. Dreams, in 2015 and has been promoting it ever since. “Don’t Worry” (Prod. by Dennis Tha Producer) is the most popular track off the project, sitting at 8000+ plays and counting. DannnyRose fans have described his flow as very similar to J. Cole’s and for good reason. His songs have a chill, storytelling vibe but with that added west coast finesse.
Regarding the upcoming Creative Hustle Tour, Dannny expressed that he is basically eager to perform and get his music out there. He started following fellow rapper and tour manager KillaB-Rex (Brayden Cruz-Silva) on Soundcloud and soon after, the two connected into discussing booking. “I heard about the Creative Hustle Tour from my boy Brayden, I actually reached out to him. I was so eager to go a show down in Hawaii. I told him I was willing to sleep on a couch,” said Dannny. When asked what people can expect from his performance, Danny stated, “You can expect a great time, I’m gonna give yall the best performance day in and day out. REAL SHIT. I don’t care if there’s 6 people of 600 people I’m gonna go hard every minute.”
In a time where it seems like everyone wants to be a rapper. There are countless tools, programs, and of course the internet that can lead artists to seemingly instantaneous stardom. But it’s humble artists like DannnyRose that keep the culture of true hip hop alive, using what you got, and being true to your story. Hawaii fans will be able to see DannnyRose perform at all of the tour’s scheduled shows on the Big Island, Maui, and Oahu.
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Take a look at Jim Hurdle’s music and you’ll find nothing but high quality hip hop and differently inspired shit. His biggest track and music video, “Makiki,” pays homage to his transition into manhood while living and working in the island city. The video has more than 8000 views on Youtube as well as Soundcloud. His other projects like “Infinity” and “Ok You Right” showcases his grimy, yet calm and cool style, as well as features from other dope talent.
Born on Oahu, this producer and emcee moved to Texas with his family as a young kid, and then moved back to Oahu in his early 20s. “I was raised in El Paso, TX, where I originally got into hip hop music/culture. I started out as a b-boy, then my best friend Andreas got into writing lyrics and rapping, so I basically learned from him,” said Jim.
After moving back to Hawaii to be closer to his family, Jim initially started to make music to make more friends. Once he realized that he was pretty good at it and found that he had a true passion for music, he decided to take music more seriously. In the decade that he’s spent in Hawaii’s music scene, Jim expressed high hopes and potential for local talent and overall music community. “I think our scene is forever changing in a great way. Artists are experimenting & building more. They are more conscious of trying to take the next step to put our scene in a bigger light,” said Jim.
At 33 years old, Jim Hurdle is a respected up and coming artist and has an extensive network. He has opened for major artists like Nas, Iamsu, Childish Gambino, G-Eazy and most recently opened for Astronautalis alongside CNRBoy at The Republik. “I'm someone that enjoys being on stage & performing. I’m always comfortable & confident. I've been doing it so long so it just became a regular thing that I don't really get the ‘jitters’. If anything I'm amped up to rock a set & display my capabilities as an artist, producer, & performer,” said Jim.
Welcome back to another installment of the Creative Hustle Tour December TAKEOVER here on #OTDHipHop blog. Today, I have the honor of introducing yall to the only singer on the tour, Eddie Gun. He is a young singer, songwriter, musician, and producer originally from Oahu. But he has lived in Los Angeles and Atlanta, which only helped develop his own style and steez.
Eddie Gun is all around music artist. Starting with learning how to play the guitar in 8th grade, Eddie developed a deep passion for the acoustic and songwriting elements in music. Soon after, he started singing and writing songs on his own. He stated that while he doesn’t label himself as a hip hop artist or rapper, “The way that I write is like a freestyle at first. I always mumble and hum through melodies before writing anything down.”
In my opinion yall, EDDIE AINT PLAYIN! While his soundcloud catalog only has a few tracks, he still makes a big impression. His cover to PARTYNEXTDOOR’s “Come and See Me” has over 21,000 plays. “The song is very mellow, and the production is very limited with instrumentation. So I decided to record a guitar component, which I recorded by myself. Then I had my Producer/Engineer/DJ friend Patrick Porfetto is mix and master it. The track was finished in one session all in North Hollywood.”
Eddie Gun’s other high profile track is “Savage,” which was written and produced by the artist himself. “I produced this track on my own while I was staying at a place in West Hollywood. I wanted to infuse 90s alternative guitar riff sounds but still keeping the trap, high feel.” While production itself only took about 2 days, Eddie found inspiration for the lyrics of the songs while running around FairFax ave (the streetwear mecca of LA) and running into celebrities and pretty girls.
Eddie Gun continues to establish himself in the music business by taking opportunities in various cities and back in Hawaii. He seeks to collaborate with as many artists in Hawaii and LA. He is also working with Capeesh Music, hoping to land the next radio hit with them, and stated that he will be back in LA in late January. Eddie will be performing on the Creative Hustle Tour’s January 20th show (Oahu w/ headliner Jim Hurdle).
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