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Meet California rap artist – HUNGASTRYKE

HUNGASTRYKE, is a Bay Area California rap artist who is gaining traction on the scene. He has over 1 million streams on Soundcloud and is ranked #1 in the US according to Number One Music charts thanks to a passionate fan base.

#1 SINGLE “Shakespeare” #1 HIP HOP in Oakland, CA #2 ALL GENRES in Oakland, CA #2 HIP HOP in CA #11 ALL GENRES in CA #10 HIP HOP in USA #12 HIP HOP in the WORLD

This versatile artist has spent years in the game creating hi-fidelity music that resonates with a diverse population. A rapper, producer, songwriter and composer with 2 albums under his belt, you can find his music on all streaming channels nationally and abroad including:

Soundcloud iTunes & Apple Music Spotify Amazon Music Youtube

You can catch HUNGASTRYKE performing in a town near you. Check our events page for updates on tours, music sessions and other promotions. If you have events that you would like HUNGASTRYKE to perform at, please visit our contact page directly and send us your information. 

” I grew up in New Jersey, the eldest child of Jamaican immigrants. My parents emphasized hard work and academic achievement to their children. We moved around a bit but then settled into a neighborhood in Essex County, NJ when I was 9 years old.

Around that time, I fell in love with rap music. I’ve always had an ear for music and had already started playing guitar a year before. I would always be by the radio with an ear ready to listen to my favorite artists A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Queen Latifah, EPMD, Redman. The older I got, the more sophisticated my tastes became. I began performing in showcases and LIVE shows as an MC and a DJ. Through my inquisitive nature, I got exposed to the business end of the music industry by learning under the tutelage of The Fugees.

By the time I had built momentum, the business model was changing as well as the technology. Streaming services began to change the monetization of the art form and left many opportunities for independent artists to become entrepreneurs. I took a break from the industry to do research and moved from New Jersey to San Francisco as I needed to be at the epicenter of the technology. I began releasing my albums independently under my own publishing company and created my own IT consultancy firm, Sequential Patterns Digital Media, as the media branch of the company. ”

 

Thanks for doing this interview. What is the mission of Hungastryke Digital Interactive Media? And what inspired this endeavor?

HUNGASTRYKE: Hungastryke Digital Interactive Media is a media company devoted to delivering current and relevant content as it relates to my music and other artistic endeavors. Its purpose is to provide unfiltered and unbridled access between me and my fans all over the world. I was inspired by entrepreneurs of my generation who are creative problem solvers and affect change. I want to make a positive impact the best way that I know-how. This is my way to do that.

Unlike many artists that complain about the transition with streaming services that began to change the monetization of the art form, you saw many opportunities here. Tell me more about that.

Excellent question. The music industry has had difficulty adapting to the technological advancements of our time. I found myself in a position where I felt that I could take advantage of the new direction within the marketplace. There is no doubt that streaming services have had both a positive and adverse effect on the industry as a whole. The game has changed from being run and controlled by the major music labels and now has transitioned to it being run by technology companies. The way that both parties operate stand in stark contrast. I look at the positive aspects of streaming and work at leveraging the opportunities born from it. Prior to streaming, the record labels had the authority over the artist. The idea being that, the record label has the ability to cast a wide net and get you heard by millions and frequent radio play. They leveraged that into artists signing deals that weren’t in their best interests.

However, the streaming services use the internet as their broadcasting source and it’s accessible by anyone, anywhere at any given time. They have democratized the playing field so that your voice can be heard and there is more diversity in musical selections. So that now, where before a listener who may not have heard of my music in their region because the radio stations are programmed to play only a select list of songs, now that person can find me via streaming channels at any given time or place. I find that fascinating and liberating.

 

Do you get creative blocks? If so, what do you do to move past them?

HUNGASTRYKE: Absolutely. Most of the time, I just stay patient and do other things to find inspiration. I have many interests so, when I reach writers block I just decide to do something else for a while. You never know what you may learn and what could spark an idea. I could be reading a book and an idea pops up. I could be listening to comedy or I could be talking to someone about anything then the next thing you know, I can’t stop making hot shit, So I just take my time and know that creativity doesn’t always happen on my schedule.

 

What non-musical entities and ideas have impacted your music?

HUNGASTRYKE: I’d say my faith, my friends, my family and I love logic. A lot of the stories that I tell are based on those 4 core tenets. My faith is strong so that keeps me very grounded and I’m a logical problem solver by nature. So, if you listen to the things that I write about and the tone and backdrop for these stories, you’ll recognize those core entities.

 

I really liked your single “I Am”. Can you tell me more about it? What’s the story behind it?

HUNGASTRYKE: “I Am” is me testifying and passing along the joy that I feel everyday I’m alive. I feel that we are bombarded with judgments every single day and it’s insidious. We are made to always feel inadequate in some way and also to live in constant fear, which generates misery and takes away from the joy of living and divides us rather than uniting us. So, “I Am” is about expressing self-worth and giving people something positive to internalize — Bring a little bit of joy to people’s lives.

 

 

When you create music, what is your personal purpose or goal?

HUNGASTRYKE: To make hot shit! I just want to make good quality music.

What does your curiosity look like? How do you explore things?

HUNGASTRYKE: I love learning and I’m all about being the best me that I can be every day. I am pretty attentive and when something makes a lot of sense to me I’m all in. I’m intrigued by things that are unique and things that I’m experiencing for the first time. I will ask questions and continue exploring until I have complete understanding.

 

What are you currently working on, and what’s next for you?

HUNGASTRYKE: I’ve got a concept album that I’m currently working on. You can see my progress on the HUNGASTRYKE SOUND SESSIONS playlist on my Youtube channel. I’ve been auditioning for film and TV roles and am exploring that space. Just continuing to be the best me that I can be.

 

You also have really nicely designed HUNGASTRYKE merch, do you design it yourself?

HUNGASTRYKE: Thank you for the kind words. Yes, I do design the merchandise. I’m an artist and designer so this is just another extension of my creativity. It’s all quality — looks good and feels good. We sell tees, hoodies, and artwork for men, women, and children. It’s a retail business and I’m very serious about it. You can find the online store at teespring.com/stores/hungastryke

 

At the end of the day, what do you hope people take away from your music?

HUNGASTRYKE: I just hope they enjoy it. I am that artist who believes that art is an intimate communication to be shared. Honestly, I’m just grateful that there are people who connect with my music. I’m honored and humbled by it.

 

To find out more about HUGASTRYKE and his work, please check:

Spotify

Soundcloud

Website

Instagram

Teespring

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Written by Emily

Emily is currently finishing her studies in journalism and popular media abroad in the School of Media studies in Tel Aviv. In free time she writes for several popular magazines and loves hip hop culture very much.

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