Please introduce yourself to the readers?
My name is HookDiggy. I’m a hip-hop artist based in Atlanta, GA
When did you first get into writing and performing music?
I was born in Flint, MI. That is where I began writing as an artist and I am influenced by my hometown. I left Flint at the age of 17 to go to Drexel University in Philadelphia for 5 years, and then resided in Pontiac, MI for a few years. I moved to Atlanta in 2009 and that is where I currently reside now. My hometown influenced me in music to just talk about things that were happening in my life. My first couple of raps would basically be stories of situations I went through or was going through at the time. Most of the rap artists from Flint I was influenced by were more on the gangster street mentality side of rap, so some of my early raps echoed that, but I eventually settled into my own story about life and music.
Who inspired you growing up?
I was big on R&B believe it or not. Anita Baker, Luther Vandross. Pop music like Madonna, Paula Abdul, Prince and Michael Jackson. Rock like Poison, Def Leppard, Live, Guns & Roses, alternative music found in movie soundtracks like Transformers the Movie, Beverly Hills Cop, and Police Academy and my rap influences came from Tribe Called Quest, Fresh Prince (before he became Big Willie Style), De La Soul, and The Dayton Family.
What are your thoughts on Hip Hop today?
I’m a little disappointed in the lack of responsibility MC’s have for their influence on the youth. I believe firmly in the fact that hip-hop music is the voice of the people. And I think that the genre should be a doing a little bit more to uplift people and make them feel good about life and themselves and not be constantly reminded of all the things they don’t have. There’s so much more to this genre than who has the biggest and best of everything. But there is still some good hip-hop music out here. Plenty of bangers that send me back to the lab excited to work on new music.
Your new single” Wind out” featuring Ceedro is a very relaxed and catchy tune? What inspired you to write this track and what kind of vibe do you see the listeners getting from this?
When we were in the studio mixing the track, the studio owner came in and nodded his head and called it a “Grown Man’s Rap”. That’s the exact feel I wanted to go for in the song. Real grown. Creatively when I made the track I envisioned the type of song you would put on after a long and hard day’s work and headed to the house to kick off those heels! Something you would put on at a backyard BBQ sipping on your favorite drink and eating your favorite food. Not worrying about anything but winding out in the moment. When Ceedro came in and laid the vocals, it instantly finished what we were trying to create. And I’m extremely satisfied with the result.
You will be performing during Grammy week in LA, what kind of show can audiences expect and any surprise guests?
Well if I told you who the surprise guests were, it wouldn’t be much of a surprise now would it? :) You can expect a real intimate type of performance. I really like to perform for the fans and not “at” the fans if you know what I’m saying. We’re taking it up a notch with a live band and we’re going to give away some gift bags for our VIPs. I also have my close friend and fellow artist Pain Phree opening the show with his new single and a few tracks, so you should be well entertained. Come prepared to nod your head and check out the THIS IS Hip Hop Tour February 7th at Tradition in the Beverly Center online at www.thisishiphoptour.com!
What are your plans for 2013? Any tours coming up for you in the near future?
For this year we have 2 more singles we’re going to be releasing with an album release by the end of the year. With the THIS IS Hip-Hop Tour, we are currently in talks on hitting 4 more cities by the end of the year promoting the new singles, and eventually the album.
What would be your words of encouragement for other aspiring artists trying to reach the same level of success as you have?
The most important thing I’ve learned in the game is building the right team. You have to have the right support people in your circle. That foundation will set you up for so much more success down the road that having the hottest record ever will. But don’t be afraid to do as much as you can for yourself while you’re building that team. And most importantly, don’t spend a lot of time wondering what others are doing. You have a purpose and a path you need to be on 24/7. People cause more accidents by gawking out the window at something that has already happened. Stay focused and stay moving forward!
Where can we check out your latest music and news?
You can find out everything, and I do mean EVERYTHING on my website at www.hookdiggy.com. The new single, new videos, and all my social media is on there. Sign up on my mailing list for a copy of my first single “Good Music” available on iTunes. I appreciate everyone who stops by and even thinks of giving me a listen.