Hip-Hop, Trap | The ‘HipHopGamer’ Shares About Influences, Multi-Media Business, His Future & Much More [INTERVIEW]

Posted by on January 11, 2021

Mixing trap, hip-hop and gaming on one side, while maintaining a vibrant personality as seen on his socials on the other, the ‘HipHopGamer’s’ digestible, reasonably unified experience through said socials impressively connects component of his lifestyle with a profession of his choice. A ‘stacked’ trait-of-sorts that plays well in 2021.

The unique and visionary multi-media business model highlights a healthy solution for the new struggle ushered in by today’s modern digital age: The innate and enduring challenge of being present and balanced offline and online.

Whether organically or tactically, or both, The ‘HipHopGamer’s domination of this challenge, and then doubling down by including multiple professions within his growing window of his audience, is a strategic combination that is worth highlighting and clearly works.

Part-commentator, part-gamer, part-musician, part just-born entertainer, FreshNewTracks had a chat with the USA-based talent, getting in-depth below.

Interview

What were moments growing up you ‘knew’ you wanted to go into entertainment as a profession?

Answer: When I was 14, I had my first ever performance on stage as a rap artist in a rap group, with my brother, and other members of the group that I consider family. That moment being on stage, hearing the cheering from the crowd was everything, I knew I wanted to entertain.

Another moment was going to E3 in 2008 [and] having that experience was a dream come true for a hardcore gamer, and I knew I had to do this as a career and my day job had to come to an end at some point and go full time, [as the] HipHopGamer.

Was there a moment that connected your business savvy side with your love of games and entertainment broadly?

Answer: Yes, my business savvy side was always there I just never tapped into it because I and many others growing up especially, in my era, we were always taught to work until you’re 65, get a pension, and die, end of story, but, I didn’t want that to be my story – feel me?

So, going to E3 in 2009 – That was the first time I went to E3 on my own media credentials, as HipHopGamer, and I learned a lot, asked a lot of questions, and started to become more valuable as a talent – by becoming more than just a talent.

I started to utilize my knowledge and passion for the gaming industry and merged that with other industries. So, I started making money in the movie industry, sports, fashion, etc…. And, I always took time out to learn about what other people needed and provide it for them, which led to the discovery of my passion also being able to solve problems. And, that’s when I knew that I was on to something that would take me to the next level.

On the subject of your music mixed with gaming scores, was that idea something you always planned, or, was it more of a natural next step given the moment?

Answer: Well growing up playing all the games, like NBA LIVE, and MADDEN, and also games like, Streets of Rage, and Tony Hawk, they had dope hip-hop sound tracks. So, I always wanted to make songs for games just cause it was cool to do especially if you from the hood.

What really pushed me to take my music seriously, in terms of the gaming industry was this guy, Candid Anthony, who called me out and said

“How is your name HipHopGamer yet you don’t rap?”

I was like, “What..?,” that was the wrong thing to say, I actually made a diss verse back in 2008 against him. That’s when I was like [thinking], “You know what Candid Anthony is right, my name is HipHopGamer, more people need to know that I’m actually a Hip-Hop artist, and not just only a fan of Hip-Hop culture, because I grew up in it.

So then, that’s when I started to make songs for video games and, humbly and amazingly, I actually got my songs in video games like Watch Dogs 2 and Twisted Metal – that’s historic to me.

Answer: My Grandma – my grandma was, and is, my everything, and my grandma taught me about my TRUE IDOL, which is GOD, and the importance of the love of God and spreading that message around the world, by the way I live my life.

Who were your idols looking up to growing up?

Answer: I’ve had tons of influences, such as 50 cent, Oprah, Adam Sessler, 2pac, and more, but my at the end of the day, my grandmother, Margaret Williams, impacted my life the most.

What advice would you give to other growing indie artists who aim to find that ‘connective ground’ between their larger-life entertainment passions and a working business framework on social media?

Answer: The best advice I can give is to find what, YOU, do that only, you CAN, do to create an exclusive impact on what your passionate about.

For example, let’s say your a comedian, but you also got the skills of a chef, the combination of food and laughter, and the way you deliver it with your unique touch and stamp of approval, is a game changer.

So use everything that makes you, YOU, as a way to amplify what you’re passionate about, so when the world sees it, it’s not something they’ve seen or felt before you become the FIRST within your actual passion to impact the world, just as you are.

Electronic, Pop, Trap | JVANZ Drops Timeless And Emtionally Dynamic EP ‘Lane Change’

Posted by on November 30, 2020

Boasting a 5-track treasure trove of rich ups and emotional downs, Lane Change EP is jam-packed with so many relatable, immersive moments that it’s overflows with pleasure right where it should.

With wide-audience leaning sounds and hooks abound, like “Mi Amor,” to a more testimonial-leaning minor-chord vibe, like in “Timeless,” the spectrum offered with the highly catchy multi-genre journey is dynamic.

Lane Change EP overall encompasses hitting ‘go’ rather than ‘stop,’ pushing forward rather than giving in, and so on. A high point in meaningful messaging expressed on the EP.

“I wrote ‘Water’ during these tough times we are all facing around the world. I struggled as many others have too, knowing what’s true or false these days. With all the fake news and false information spreading on social media, ‘what do I believe’ and at the end of the day we have to push through all the information and remain true to finding who we are and what we believe in.. ‘gotta be better for me’.”

– Jvanz

With an enticing music video to match for, “Water,” the spectrum of unique content paired with EP is another category to highlight, as a positive, for the artist.

Future Trap, Trap | Juuku Connects with Upcomer Bafu on “Endless”

Posted by on November 2, 2020

Following up his latest release – a flip of the great, RL Grime’s, “I Wanna Know” juuku is back with yet another and this time it’s a flip with fellow up-and-coming artist, bafu. Now, with this being his 20th release of the year, the long-awaited collaboration is the first from the two young producers and we hope this isn’t the last. joining forces to bring to life a track that takes you on a rollercoaster. Starting out with a steady harmonic intro followed by a steady build up and leading into an explosive drop, the two have brought to life one that will go down in the books. Juuku has never strayed away from wearing his heart on his sleeve and isn’t afraid to tell his story, no matter how raw and unfiltered it might be. “Endless” represents the endless feeling of going in and out of happiness and anguish while battling depression. Tune in above now!

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Albums, Trap | Neovaii’s ‘Dawn’ Impresses With Visionary Blend Of Future, Trap & Originality

Posted by on October 31, 2020

The pandemic climate and fast-paced adjustments all of us have made in the last 7-10 months hit hard, yet it is a strong signal Dawn came when it did, Neovaii clearly working on the back-end to bring something new and fresh to the table no matter what is thrown his way.

Neovaii once again drops a large multi-genre album, packed with a unique blend of singles – his album Dawn featuring seven in total – all sharing a bit of what going on inside the mind of the States-based artist.

Each song can easily be characterized by its own spirit and originality – an characteristic past albums have also shared – Closure, in 2019, and both Horizon and Onward, in 2018, nailed a common look while leaving collections of tracks that stand the test of time.

Future Trap, Trap | “Tell Me” Why I Have BEXLO On Repeat

Posted by on October 23, 2020

BEXLO is a new, genre-bending, Glasgow based electronic project with a focus on creating songs that mix epic emotional breakdowns with hard-hitting drops to ‘make people cry’ (in a good way). Behind this moniker lies 20-year-old producer and multi-instrumentalist, Ben Logie. Taking influence from the likes of Droeloe, Vincent and Juuku, BEXLO’s style is a bold new reimagining of the trap genre. Check out a quote from BEXLO on the debut release below and stream “Tell Me” above now!

“The song was written on one of those days in the studio where everything just kinda clicks and seems to work together. It was a few months ago when the entire world was going into lockdown and the darker moods in ‘Tell Me’ are a product of the surrounding uncertainty at that time.” – BEXLO

Hip-Hop, Trap | Charmaine’s “BOLD” New Video & Single is Hype

Posted by on October 20, 2020

Charmaine is here to showcase her multiverse personality and captivating delivery with words that challenges the status quo of the Renaissance Woman. Talk about an impressive debut release, her new single and video for the track “BOLD” is the perfect introduction into her world. To be BOLD is to be empowered and real about what it means to be a woman, a mother, an artist, an individual. The confident release is a major red flag, in a good way, and has me excited for further drops by this up-and-comer! Check out the video above now.

Hip-Hop, Remix, Trap | “Memories” Gets Flipped by Dawg

Posted by on September 27, 2020

You more than likely have heard Dawg’s music before clicking play on his remix below. In the past he has worked on music with Scott Storch, Usher, Tyga, Lil Jon, Ludacris and more and he had a major remix of Post Malone that turned a ton of heads that went viral a few years back. Now, the rising producer who was inspired by Los Angeles’ melting pot parties (like Space Yacht and Brownies & Lemonade) is back with more chaotic, rap infused remixes this time he puts his own touch on “Memories” by David Guetta and Kid Cudi. His self-described “junkyard bass” sound is strong on this one. The premise of that sub-genre is is simple: take the club-appeal of rap beats, and put the energy on steroids. He killed that on this remix, so be sure to check it out.