Haddy Racks (Mini-Interview) Full Interview in Issue. 15
HIP HOP CULTURE What's your outlook on today's hip hop culture in New York City? Haddy Racks: I think that the Hip Hop culture in New York is looking great right now. It's a lot of good music coming out of New York, now we need more New York DJs to break new artists coming out of New York.
How important is respecting the OGs in hip hop culture to you and why? HR: It's very important, the industry is no different from real life, and real life I've always been taught respect the OGs. I love meeting people and artists I looked up to growing up as a kid, however I do believe that the OGs need to respect the young Gs just as much.
When your listening to new music in 2016, does lyric matter to you and why? HR: Lyrics does matter to me only depending on who I'm listening to. Some artist aren't lyrical rappers and this is what Hip Hop is suppose to be made up of. Everyone doesn't have to make the same sound of music, but when I do hear someone that's lyrical I get all the way tuned in with that artist.
Who's one artist that has passed away that you would have liked to have met and why? HR: I would love to have met Whitney Houston, I'm a huge fan of Whitney. I would like to meet her because she was beautiful, very talented, her voice was amazing, and because she went through up and downs in this industry, and also overcame a lot of things in this game.
If you could open up for any artist on tour who would it be and why? HR: Jay-Z. I wanna open up for Hov - Jay is the big deal, just being in the same stage with him would be enough for me.
THE MUSIC How did you get into music and what keeps you inspired? HR: I got into music from my mother playing it in the house every morning, then as I grew older I started going to school and starting rap cyphers using Biggie rhymes and then from there I fell in love with the response I would get from people.
The "Resume" project is a dope contribution to the culture, what was the most troubling area of putting it together and how did you get past it? HR: There really weren't any troubling areas putting the Resumé together. I think the hardest part was picking the ten songs for the album. We literally recorded about 40 songs for that project.
If you could have 10 million hip hop fans listen to one of your songs at the same time, which would it be and why? HR: I have a new single in releasing soon produced by my brother Vinny Idol titled "Throw Suttin" this is a straight feel good club record, I would love to see 10 million people in the crowd screaming "Throw Suttin"!
What do you consider your sound style as an artist to be and why is it important to the culture? HR: My style is golden era New York City. Hip Hop blended with today's sound and this is very important to the culture because it brings people back to certain era in music, but still sounds like today's music.
What experience can we expect by adding your "Resume" album to our music collections? HR: Resumé is a classic rap album, you should expect to feel like your listening to Reasonable Doubt, Illmatic, Ready to Die, Get Rich or Die Trying all over again.
Who was involved in the overall production of the album with you? HR: Resumé consisted of my self Buda & Grandz, Chopz165 , Ran Christian, Evie Blanco, AListFame, Bdot (my engineer, huge shout out to Bdot) my manger Dove Clark and my brother Count Roll Up. Free the Count and free Bugatti.