Ever heard of Maui Wowee? In Hawaii, marijuana is known as "pakalolo." Let's face it, we've all smoked a little kush/ganja/bud/weed, whatever you want to call it (or at least wanted to try it). While this is by no means condoning illegal drug use, there is definitely a growing epidemic of a new drug strain in the Hawaiian islands, and it's called Hip-Hop. So from the island of Maui, resides an up and coming passionate MC by the name GIM$.
The acronym G.I.M.$ stands for "God is my savior," with the dollar sign tagged at the end as a positive reminder to stay focused on his money, business, and community. As a means to cope with family struggles and personal demons, at age 14, he became addicted to a mixed drink called "lean," a mix of codeine/promethazine, sprite, and jolly ranchers. However, his interest in drawing graffiti and writing poetry soon showed him a brighter alternative. Although he continues to face adversities, GIM$ states that "music is the only thing that's there for me when everyone else in my life isn't."
While he is still fairly new to the local Hip-Hop scene, he is a young man to watch out for. Although his team's latest track is "Slo-Motion," do not let that title fool you. He is working quickly and efficiently to establish himself as an artist and overall leader for Hawaii's next generation of Hip-Hop heads.
GIM$ is also the leader and co-founder of the group "808 LAVA Squad Mafia (LSM)," which sports a musical mafia of dope MC's from Maui. The current roster includes GIM$' younger brother C-Logic, and friends DizzyDaz and DallahDeezo. The collective continues to record from their home studios in Maui and performs at local venues.
To see more of GIM$ and LSM, check them out the Feature Block page of this website visit their social media platforms listed aside.
808 LAVA Squad (LSM) group members: DizzyDazz (left), GIM$ (middle), and DallahDeezo (right).
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