Today we’d like to introduce you to Hollow Hunnadz.
Hi Hollow, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
So It all started back in 4th grade. I began rapping with a classmate. We called ourselves the 404 Boyz, which was only because our classroom number was Rm 404; we were basing it off on the group Master P, also known as the 504 Boyz. We used to sit in class and write raps throughout the day; sometimes, we would when our work was completed, and often when we didn’t complete our work. Once lunchtime came, it was our time to shine and have fun; so we got our lunch, got to a table, and got the show going. If not one of us, someone would make a beat, and we would start flowing. The lunchroom concert didn’t last too long before a teacher would come over and crash the party! Years later, things changed, different schools, different people, some the same, others new. It seems that my focus was elsewhere, not fully off of music but not rapping but more playing music. I’ve always been musically inclined since a kid, from teaching myself how to play piano to fumbling with the guitar. I played drums for my church and have been doing so since the age 7. I joined the band in 6th grade, which kept me intuned. I did a lot of traveling for basketball and football games, parades such as Annie Malone MayDay Parade, Veterans Day Parade, St. Patricks Parade, Harris Stowe Homecoming Parade, and also ‘Battle of The Bands’; I played to 11th grade. I ran across a dude in high school who was musically inclined, not just with rapping but drumming. We collab on a project and did our first show. We didn’t make any songs after that. At least together, maybe a few solo songs, but that’s about all. It seemed like he didn’t have the passion for it as I did. In my last year in high school, I got kicked out and had to attend an alternative school; I started writing and recording music consistently. I came across another dude named RES, an STL artist. I met him in an alternative school. We linked up and shared our stories about how we got there and eventually started making music. He always told me,” Man, you got talent, you raw. Don’t let anybody tell you different! We both had the same teacher by the name of Mrs. Fowler; she acted as a mom to both of us and refused to let us get off track; she made sure of that. Once I graduated, I lost sight of the music and was ready for the real world. I began doing other things but always played the drums; I did that more than rapping. I joined a drum corps called ‘Golden Knights’ shortly after. We had numerous events throughout the region, including one where I had a chance to meet Hoops from the show “Flavor of Love.” After doing that for a couple of years, I began to lose my interest in drumming, well, drum corp and marching band style type drumming. I had a few life events, such as having my first child, starting college, and working. I didn’t have time for music anymore, at least I thought so, and I felt like it was hard to make time for it by having other important things going on. I knew I would get back to it but didn’t know when exactly; until one day, something happened unexpectedly and changed my perspective on things. One day I had left rehearsal and dropped my guitar player off at home on the southside of St.Louis; we chilled and talked for a while before I went home. While conversing, my mom called to see where I was so that I could come to get my son before she went to work. I told her where I was and that I would be home soon. After wrapping up the conversation with my guitar player, I headed home. On the way there, I encountered a life-threatening situation. While sitting at a red, shot up my car 15 times, I was grazed twice, one in the front of my head and one in the back of my head. I sped off, weaving in and out of traffic, trying to get away; I began driving on the wrong side of the street when I noticed a set of bright lights coming head – so I swerved back into the right lane. The vehicle then made a sudden U-Turn and came behind me. I’m driving at high speed and don’t plan on stopping because, in my mind, I thought it hit me due to the burning I felt from the bullets grazing. Moments late, flashing lights came on; it was the police. They flagged me. I pulled over and stumbled out of the car but caught my balance feeze was the first thing I heard, but once he saw my car smoking, his whole demeanor changed. The other office began checking me to see if it hit me, but I wasn’t; she pulled my hoodie off, and a bullet fragment fell out of it. She first said, ” Son, You are Blessed!!” Nevertheless, I’m still here, and that’s only because God kept his arms around me. What that officer said stuck with me; This was in 2016. I began focusing back on my music, seeing that it was the best way to vent and tell my story; I titled my first album “Blessed,” which reflected on my life and the things I was going through around the time. I never really wanted to be an actual rapper; I just knew I had the talent and a message that needed to be heard. Since then, I’ve made multiple albums, “Same Faces Change Faces,” “Hollow Be Thy Name,” Hood Poetry, and my latest one called “Voice of The Hood.” It hasn’t been an easy journey, but I’m grateful for every piece of it., the ups and the downs, because through it all, I’m still here and able to talk about it and be an inspiration to others. I’m proud to say that I’m nominated for an award in STL, Best Make HipHop Artist of The Year, and 3 nominations in Chicago Poet of The Year, Male HipHop Artist Of The Year, & Male Trap Artist of The Year.
NEW SINGLE: True To Da Game – Out now on all platforms
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
-Lack Of Support
-Haters being envious and mad at real talent
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar, what can you tell them about what you do?
I’m An Music Artist/Songwriter. What sets me apart from others is my style of music. It’s rap, but it reflects on events and things I’ve encountered in life, some good, some bad. I don’t rap about anything that ain’t true, unlike alit of St Louis rappers. I define myself as an artist, not a rapper because I paint pictures with my music
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