Hunnid is a rap artist from the south side of Chicago who just released the visual of his freestyle entitled "All The Way Up CCGmix". During this exclusive interview, Hunnid discusses his artistic influences, Chicago's impact on his music and much more.
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We're really digging your video for "All The Way Up CCGmix". How did you select that beat to do the freestyle over and who directed the visual?
Once I heard the beat I knew I had to do it, it was that simple. The producer went crazy with that instrumental so I had to put my flavor on it. I'm known for remixing all the trending songs an adding a different element to it. This was just another song on the hit list. United Millions directed the video, they helped my vision come to life. I'm all about cinematic music videos instead of what everybody else is doing.
How did you get your start as an artist? Who were some of your earliest musical influences?
My start in music originated with the home alone recorder, that's where I recorded my first record. It wasn't the best in quality but it was my first song. My influence would have to be 2pac, he's more than a artist. That's how I feel about myself, I'm more than a artist and my lyrics live outside of music.
Do you feel as though your surroundings in Chicago have influenced your music at all? If so, how?
Most definitely. Chicago has not only molded and shaped me but it also contributed to my unique perspective as well. Chicago's more rigid so you need a hard exterior for survival. I think that's where my surroundings influence my music as far as aggression, pain and passion. I take pride in where I'm from because it made me who I am, so I wear it as a badge of honor.
What's next after the "All The Way Up CCGMix"? Do you have an upcoming single, EP or mixtape on the horizon?
There's a lot more on the way but the closest release is a project titled "Views from the 100's". That's a mixtape of remixes of the most popular songs with my flavor on it. Also, I'll be releasing my first single I'm just making sure the timing is right.
If you had to describe yourself as an artist or your music in three words, which ones would you select?
That's kind of hard but I'll say passionate, rebellious and motivational. This applies to music and me as an artist, my music represents me and vice versa. Passionate because of a what I speak through music comes from the heart without compromise. Rebellious due to the fact of me going against the grain by maintaining my own mindset and remaining persistent with it. Motivational because I shed light on where you can go regardless of where you come from.