Dubb Spot Record Interviews Hardcore Rapper HotPink
We discussed what’s the significance of her name, has there been any lessons learned being a hardcore rapper and more.
Check out how the interview goes down with hardcore rapper HotPink.
DSR: Welcome Hot Pink! Let the people know where you are from.
Hot Pink: I’m a hardcore rapper from Atlanta Georgia, College Park to be exact
DSR: What is the significance of your name? Who is Hot Pink?
Hot Pink: My nickname has been “Pinky” for the past 16 years, that name was stolen, so I went with Hot Pink as an alternative. I’m a certified “Hot Girl”, so HotPink (1 word) was a natural transition/ alternative. Hardcore rapper HotPink is a hustler. She’s original, she’s clever, she’s whats up. HotPink is out here getting it in, and making music conducive to the lifestyle she lives.
DSR: Some hardcore rappers go through a lot of obstacles to get to the point of where they are today. How old were you when you developed an interest in music?
Hot Pink: I developed an interest in music in Elementary school. I was the lead singer in shows and plays, and from that point I started writing music. I was actually writing songs as early as 9 yrs old, Love songs at that! As I got older I began writing poetry which was profound enough to win contests competing against hundreds of other kids my age, and as a result, had been chosen for publication. So I had poems published by publishers by the time I was in middle school. When I turned 13 my life took a dramatic turn into the hardcore life, The street life. That’s when my songs and poems turned into Hardcore Raps and me being a hardcore rapper.
DSR: Have you learned any lessons so far and if so, what are they?
Hot Pink: I learned never to wait on anyone to do anything for you. If you want something done, you have to do it for yourself. Don’t ever just sit around and depend on someone to make your dreams come true
DSR: After reading your bio, it seems as if you stayed on a constant grind and was determined to get your music in front of everyone you could. Can you speak on how you managed to handle all of that?
Hot Pink: Good question. And that’s pretty deep, almost just brought me to tears. As I said when my life took that dramatic change for the worst at 13 yrs old, it didn’t stop there. I really had no choice but to push and keep pushing forward. If I don’t grind, I don’t eat. It’s not even about the shine, I’m gonna shine with or without. I have no choice but to grind! I’m working even when I’m not working. As a single mother it does get hard, but I wanna make sure I create a future for my kids too, it’s not just about me the hardcore rapper. And that goal pushes me to go hard, by any means necessary.
DSR: Sometimes it can be hard trying to attract the type of attention you’d want to from your fan base, especially as a hardcore rapper. How would you feel to be putting out a lot of money and not seeing any of it come back in from failed promoting attempts?
Hot Pink: I’m a pretty smart business woman first, and a music artist second. All my money has a purpose. Everything I buy or invest in serves it’s purpose, there is no real failure in promoting, it does its job which is exposing me and my music, and put me in the position to do my job.
DSR: Where can the people find you performing these days?
Hot Pink: I’m not doing much performing at this point just promoting my music. When it gets to the point where I’m in high demand, and clubs and promoters want me to perform live at their place of business for pay, I will start doing more shows.
DSR: How would you describe your hardcore rapper sound to someone who has never heard it before?
Hot Pink: My sound is for the cool kids, for the Boss Chicks. Some of my music is for dancing; some is just plain SnapN, getting a point across. You can dance to some songs; you can learn something in others.
DSR: Who is in charge of writing the songs? Where do you draw your inspiration from?
Hot Pink: I write all my songs. Every song I’ve made are real situations I have experienced. I get all my inspirations from my feelings and my life experiences and things I’ve witnessed.
DSR: If you had to put yourself into a genre or create your own, what would it be called?
Hot Pink: “Hardcore Pop Trap Music”
DSR: Are you working on any projects at the moment?
Hot Pink: Actually I am! I’m working on my new single title “Party Party Party” which will be available on iTunes by July 17th. We’re also working on my movie to the autobiography I’ve written “30 Dirty Days” which should be available later this year.
DSR: Where can we find your music? Online and offline?
Hot Pink: Online you can visit http://OfficialHotPink.com and Follow me on http://twitter.com/TheRealHotPiNK for posts and updates. This is my first Official Single so it should be ready to hit the streets by August in Atlanta. You can check my site for updates and locations.
DSR: If you can change one thing about the music industry, what would it be and why?
Hot Pink: I would change the fact that most “artists” don’t write their own music. I don’t like people not getting the credit they deserve. If that couldn’t be changed I would have it where the songwriter gets 90% and the person performing their song gets 10% maybe. Anybody can get promoted by someone in the position to make them famous, why not let the true talent shine, which is the writers, not the hardcore rappers, singers, etc.
DSR: What other talents do you possess?
Hot Pink: I pride myself in being a “Renaissance Woman” . I can draw, I can cook, Design/Style, I’m also pretty talented at cursing people out I’ve heard.
DSR: We ask all the artists we interview, what’s the best piece of advice someone’s ever given to you?
Hot Pink: “NEVER GIVE UP!” Sometimes, that’s what you need to hear. There were times I was just about to give up and at that moment, those words were what I needed to hear from someone else and gave me the strength to keep going.
Thanks HotPink for taking the time to sit down with us. Make sure you get out and check out some of the hardcore rapper HotPink’s music.