There’s no doubt that Hip Hop has influenced cities all around the world. When we think of the U.S., we’ve come to associate some of its “Hip Hop Centrals.” New York has The Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens (Big Pun, ASAP Rocky, Notorious B.I.G); Michigan has Detroit (Big Sean, Eminem, Angel Haze); and California boasts the Bay Area (E-40, Watsky, Keak Da Sneak) and Los Angeles is home to the likes of Tupac Shakur, N.W.A, and even Dumbfoundead and Bambu. In Hawaii, although Hip Hop from this area is hardly known to the rest of the world, Hawaii’s Hip Hop Central would have to be none other than the town of Kalihi. Emerging from the scent of Filipino food in the air, where Polynesian and Asian dialects mixed with “pidgin english” can be heard in the street, and an influx of brown kids roam the town loud and proud, stands one of Hawaii’s most known MC’s- Franz Huerbana aka "Bombz!"
A lyricist, producer, editor, graphic designer, and all around creative mind, Bombz has proved himself time and time again as a serious artist. What makes Bombz different is not only his ability to cleverly form beats and rhymes, but in his love for his family and community and how he is able to tell his narrative in a compelling and nonetheless Hip Hop manner. Full Filipino/Visayan, he’s inherited some notorious genes- hot tempered, proud, and equipped with a fighting spirit that dates back generations to the Philippines. Take a listen to Bombz’ “Hometown” track and he’ll put you right in the mix of Kalihi, with a strong theme of love and strength that only comes from being born and raised in Hawaii.
Remarkably, Bombz started writing raps in fourth grade. One of his first songs was his own version of “Wanksta,” originally performed by 50 Cent. Throughout the rest of his public school years, he burned his own CD’s, handed them out to friends, and soon after gained a local following, which has only grown with his move to Las Vegas in 2011. In hopes of building a better life for his kids and wife, Bombz has persevered as a father, husband, and artist. He continues to generate traction through his “Ill Season” mix tapes along with thousands of views on his Youtube and Soundcloud channels. Nothing that Bombz creates is less than amazing, from remixes to freestyles to fully directed music videos- high quality, high definition, everything.
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