Young, talented, and lethal with a mic.
Not too many 19 year olds can boast about being a deep, lyrical artist, but Honey The Hippie has definitely earned those accolades. The Houston resident who has generated buzz with her YouTube covers as well as her new FREE mixtape “Peace of Mind.”
Her potential is unmatched and her talent is definitely taking her to new heights.
Read more about her influences, and challenges below.
Every great artist has a beginning, what is HoneyTheHippie’s story?
I developed my talent in 4th grade when I discovered my “Inner Drake”. I started writing love poems and songs about my elementary crush. Those cheesy love poems grew into words of wisdom and lyrics about my life struggles. I saw writing as an escape from my reality. At 14, I got the guts to share my talent at my high school’s annual poetry contest. I ended emerging to 1st place and gaining the support from my peers. I’ve been writing and performing ever since. At 16, I made the shift from writing poems to raps. I started freestyling to popular songs on Youtube and started my fan base there.
Describe your song writing process.
I don’t really have an intricate process when it comes to writing music. I just lock myself up in a room, dim the lights, and let my pen go to work.
So you recently released your first mixtape, Congrats! Why the title Peace of Mind?
Thank you! I called my project “Peace of Mind” simply because I felt like the songs I spent 6 months writing gave me peace of mind. I was going through a lot during the process of creating this tape, and the songs helped me release of my bottled up emotions.
In your mixtape,”Peace of Mind”, you have a lot of dialogue/samples from great artists like Bob Marley, Tupac, and Lauryn Hill and their words have a significant impact on the soul in the mixtape. How did you choose those excerpts specifically?
Bob Marley, Tupac, and Lauryn Hill are my favorite artists of all time. Their music has inspired me to do what I am doing now, so I felt like it was appropriate to pay homage to my idols.
Now you began showcasing your talent on YouTube, and YouTube users can be some pretty hard hitting critics, how do you handle the pressure?
I love Youtube users! I think my life is full of too many “Yes Men”, so I could use the honest and harsh comments from them.
In what way has your community had an impact on your development as an artist? * Not only in terms of people, but also in terms of place, culture, etc.
My life has consisted of moving. I’ve lived in so many different cities, exposing me to the varieties of cultures and personalities. That plays a great role in my music because it allows me discuss all sorts of personal subject matters from my own experience.
What are some unexpected influences that affect your music style, that fans would be surprised to discover?
My favorite band of all time is Nirvana and I listen to their music every single day of my life! Kurt Cobain’s rawness and honesty inspires me to be organic when I write.
What do you feel sets your music apart from other artists in the industry?
Well, when it comes to the female rapper category, there are not too many females that are putting out lyrics that everyone can relate to. Female rappers aren’t really telling stories anymore and I think that’s what sets them apart from me.
In what ways do you hope to grow as an artist over the course of the next few years?
I would definitely love to get a more recognition globally and get the opportunity to perform at more music festivals.
How do you hope your music will affect people?
I hope my music inspires people to live free, stay positive and to always remain humble. My goal to spread good vibes all over the world.
Now a few silly questions….
What is one of your most “hippy” moments?
I was eating at a hipster vegan restaurant with my friend Taylor and I spotted a sign that said “Hippies Use the Backdoor”. After I paid for my meal, I left through the backdoor… LIKE A THUG.
Micheal Jackson or Prince?
MJ, without a doubt.
Musical inspirations. 5 names, 5 songs. Go!
– 2pac –Picture Me Rollin
– Nirvana – Something in the Way
– Amy Winehouse – Back To Black
– Bob Marley – Is This Love?
– Erykah Badu – Call Tyrone
What song would you listen to when you are completely, absolutely, and uncontrollable in love?
Hilary Duff – So Yesterday
(I have no shame)
Say you’re in the middle of a bad drug deal and the gun is pointed towards you, What song would you want to go out to?
The Lonely Island – Like A Boss
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