As an independent Hip Hop artist, I've learned that building relationships and developing a rapport with different people is priceless. Aside from talent, if you're trying to "come up" on your own, you still need people in your corner per se. Anyways, all I'm trying to say is that no matter what your product is, it won't go anywhere without some sort of marketing. I'm not an expert but I know what I'm talking about at this point. With that said, my interview with HASHTAGHIPHOP is up! HASHTAGHIPHOP is an East Coast, Tumblr-based blog that promotes up and coming, serious Hip Hop/Rap artists from around the world. I personally follow them because the blog is ran by artists as well. They listen to the music that artists submit, there is no charge to get posted , and most importantly they build a relationship with you to continue networking together. Special shouts out to my friend Gio Martin, a crazy talented MC who is making waves in the New Jersey and New York City area, and also one of the owners of HASHTAGHIPHOP. Scroll down to read the full interview.
It’s one thing to recognize talent. It’s another to recognize star quality, and this week I want to acknowledge that special quality in Hip Hop Artist Vhee Riv. With the upcoming release of her debut album, Zero Defects and her latest videos “Let You Know” and “Get It” both approaching more than 3000 views on YouTube, Vhee Riv could be a future break out artist from Hawaii.
Although people might judge an artist by his/her image or appearance, talent and audience connection will always speak for itself. Vhee has been working seriously towards building a foundation for her music career. The artist definitely calls Hawaii home, and has created a buzz for herself here in the islands as well as around the states. Vhee has performed for a number of events and venues in Hawaii and the West Coast.
Vhee Riv’s music is really all about the vibe, and the young artist brings lots of unique vibrant energy in each song, video, and performance. Her ability to connect with fans has enabled her to build a small, but loyal and growing fan base both in Hawaii and around the rest of the U.S. She is also diverse. “Get It,” has a hype and more aggressive type of vibe, while her “Let You Know,” shares her deeper romantic side. “My personal experiences, relationships, friendships, and even the haters are all inspiration behind each project I drop,” said Vhee. On top of all that, both videos were directed by the artist herself.
Read more of our interview below:
OTD Hip Hop: You recently did some work with Rapper Mike Jones and even worked with Singer Mishon. What was that like?
VHEE RIV: Working with Mike Jones was crazy! Thinking back on my younger days when I use to watch him on MTV to him being featured in one of my songs was a blessing. He gave me nothing but good vibes and postive motivation. Working with Mishon was also a big deal for me. I use to listen to his music all the time back in high school and to have him really dig the song we did was tight.
OTD Hip Hop: You mentioned getting into Hip Hop/Rap really young. Did you grow up performing? When did you start taking it seriously?
VHEE: Yeah, at every family gathering I'd always end up putting on a show whether it was singing, dancing or some other form of entertainment. When I was in elementary school my friends introduced me to hip hop music. Once I discovered 2pac I knew that's what I wanted to do. You might say 2pac was my first idol. I started taking this seriously about 3 years ago.
OTD Hip Hop: Since you've spent some time networking, performing, and spending studio time in Hawaii, what are some positive things you saw in Hawaii's Hip Hop/local music community? What do you think Hawaii-based artists need to have in order to expand their reach and appeal in the mainland?
VHEE RIV: Man, I love Hawaii it’s always going to be a special place to me. Hip hop in Hawaii is a hard grind mostly because it's a small community. Hopefully over time it'll grow. I've met a lot of local hip hop artists in Hawaii that have serious talent. In my opinion, the only thing they need to do to compete with mainland artists is to believe in their talent, surround themselves with good people and be ready to work hard.
OTD Hip Hop: What can we expect next from Vhee Riv?
VHEE RIV: The release date for the "Zero Defects" album & launch of my official website VheeRiv.com will be in early September 2016. The next single/video from the album will be "Hold Up, Watch Out Feat Mike Jones which will be released a few days after the album.
In my opinion, Vhee Riv is on her way to the top. With collaborations with artists like Mike Jones and Mishon under her belt, there is no doubt that the young rapper is making moves. She is definitely a humble character with the professional attitude and ambition to do what it takes to reach her goals.
We live in a day and age where attention is everything- we want followers, we want fans, and we want “friends.” We follow what “trending.” But I think that true artists are able to connect with fans regardless of the hype (or lack of) behind them. At the end of the day, an emcee who stays authentic to him/herself will always trump any gimmicks, tricks, or trends. Everyday/Hearses” by Cha Great and Paradice Sabbie shows these two upcoming artists in their purest forms- having fun and sharing stories through music.
Cha Great and Paradice Sabbie dropped their “Everyday/Hearses” project in early Spring. With visuals by Idea Films featuring shots from various locations around Oahu, the music video has generated more than 2000 views on Youtube. Cha and Sabbie do their thing over the classic Bahamadia (Uknowhowwedu) instrumental and bring 90s Hip Hop vibes to 2016. “Sabbie and I met on Oahu. Were both heavily influenced by old school New York styled Hip Hop and decided to make the song together,” said Cha Great. “This is an everyday type of track for me. We all go through ups and down but the purpose is to just put out positive energy no matter what,” said Sabbie. The video also features “Hearses,” a bar for bar verse by the 19-year old rapper.
Hopefully we can expect more from the duo. Both are their individual artists in their own right. Cha Great is based in the Bay Area and Paradice Sabbie continues to make music, network, and book shows around Oahu.
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