Interview with Houston rapper Kyle Hubbard

Where do your roots lie in the Hip Hop and Rap scene?

I was born and raised in Houston, but I would be lying if I said the music that has come out of here is what inspires my own songs. This is not to say that I dislike what Houston has produced, because the truth is I love it, but when I first started to become aware of hip-hop music it was acts from the east coast that I first fell in love with. I would have to say my music is rooted in the gritty melodies and rugged drums that defined the east coast sound.

What are your thoughts on upcoming Houston and regional rappers?

I know I am biased, but I honestly feel that the up and coming talent in Houston’s hip hop scene is overwhelming and I feel like our city is poised to be the Mecca for the new generation of original and new rappers. Our city has guys like Roosh Williams, DZA, The Krunkquistadors, Fat Tony, B L A C K I E, V-Zilla, Stockz and myself just to name a few. All of these artists are beyond talented and I feel like they could not only hold their own on a major national stage, but they would excel at it and become a light of inspiration for up and comers all over the nation, not just in the H. Another thing that I think is super dope about the talent in Houston is the diversity. If you need some tunes to blaze up to you got Roosh Williams, if you need some gritty ass street shit you got DZA, if want something to fuck some shit up to you got B L A C K I E and so forth and so on. If hip-hop were a high school then Houston would be the gifted and talented class.

You have an outstanding amount of hits on your myspace profile. What sort of marketing methods have you used to promote yourself and spread your music effectively?

Through many years of trial and error I have found the most effective thing I can do to market myself is to be straight with people and restrain from creating some sort of character or gimmick I have to shove down their throats. I respect the shit out of my fans and I know these people are intelligent, so I treat them as such. Everybody and their mom have a rap career and I think one of the methods that have helped me to stand out is how painfully average and normal I am. With a lot of rappers, people know their little story and shit more than the actual music, I feel like the songs some artist create are just a byproduct of the character they (or a label) created and I hate that. My name is Kyle Hubbard, I am a white kid from the suburbs, and I’d like to rap some songs for you, period.

What is your artistic method? By that I mean, do you write first, or do you create beats first? Is there anything that stands out that makes the song writing process easier?

Every song starts with an idea, just a broad and undefined concept. At that point I consider a specific demographic that I am trying to appeal to with that particular song and tweak the original concept until it becomes something that I feel that particular demographic will respond to. Before I ever write any lyrics I come up with a song title, although more times than not the final song title will change but this step helps me keep my thoughts centralized and focused because I know exactly what I am aiming for. When choosing beats I like to treat the song titles as if they were the name of a movie and I look for an instrumental that I could see the director of that movie using as the theme song, to sum up his story. Once the beat his in place the writing begins, 9 times out of 10 I will write my verses and lay those down in the studio and go back and focus on the hooks after the majority of the song is finished. My process for writing verses and hooks are two completely different beasts and require radically different mindsets so I tend to separate these parts into two days as to not interfere with one another. Sometimes the process is quick and painless and other times its torture and it’s got me loosing sleep. When it’s the latter the only thing that’s going to get me through it is a little Mary Jane.

I didn’t see any mention of you having toured. Has your success be primarily regional? Do you have plans of touring in the future?

To be completely honest I feel like I have yet to hit my stride in live performances. At this point, I refuse to do any big shows without live musicians playing with me. I do a lot of shows with my band The Krunkquistadors and when I get on stage with them I am going up there with a DJ, a drummer, and a guitarist (all beyond talented dudes, WADDUP!) and needless to say that has spoiled me. I have recently linked up with Space City Records to put out my second full-length album and because I have become a part of that family I have endless resources. Once the time comes to start doing shows for that album I will be ready to go with a live band, and believe you me that shit will be beyond dope. My success has been primarily local but at the beginning of this year I linked up with DJ Vlad to host my debut mix tape “Who Do You Believe In?”. Vlad has a lot of clout in the hip-hop world and he is a national figure and his contribution to that project turned out to be extremely helpful in getting me exposure outside of Houston.

The Krunkquistadors are dropping a brand new album this summer and on the solo side of things I will be releasing “The Neon Summer 2” which will be available for free download come August.

Kyle Hubbard :: Waddup

Check out Kyle Hubbard’s Music here.


    2 Comments

    1. That link is down for more music check out my debut mixtape “Who Do You Believe In?” Thanks for any support/intrest

      DJ Vlad & DJ Smoke Present
      Kyle Hubbard’s “Who Do You Believe In?”
      http://www.sendspace.com/file/6lzbxq

    2. Kyle is by far one of the best and most original rappers in Houston. How could I not ask him to join my group, Krunkquistadors? Articulate, smart, and well thought of lyrics can never be beat. Good job homie!

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