Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Jessie Reyez talks Childhood, Following Dreams, Latinas in Hip Hop & R&B, Busking to BET Awards
Hard Knock Tv's Nick Huff Barili sits down with Jessie Reyez for in-depth interview at the park. Part 1 starts with Jessie describing what her childhood was like growing up in Toronto and wanting to be a singer at a young age. Jessie explains that she was fortunate because her parents encouraged her to follow her dreams. Her Mom would tell her "Con Todo Pulmon", meaning sing with all her lungs. She would say, if you are going to do something, you have to give it your all! When Nick asks her about the lack of Latinos in Hip Hop and R&B, Jessie states that although there aren't that many on mainstream outlets like radio and television, there are still Latin artists doing Hip Hop and R&B and connecting with fans. People like Princess Nokia, and Kali Uchis who connect with there fans through the internet and usually have fan-bases that are more loyal than artists that just get played on the radio. Jessie shares how she used to busk at the beach while she worked at a restaurant and would always be hustling for people to hear her music, including handing out her mixtapes outside of a Kendrick Lamar show and how surreal it feels to now be performing at the BET Awards. Much more to come! Nick and Jessie talked for almost an hour. Make sure subscribe to www.youtube.com/hardknocktv to be the first to be notified for the next part of Jessie and Nick's conversation.
Shon Roka (pronounced Shaun Roca) the DJ also known as Shaun Ortega was born on the west-side of Chicago. He started gaining fame as a bboy in 1991 and later became a member of a well known crew called the BRICKHEADZ. He would perform for such artist and events such as The Roots, KRS One, Immortal Technique, Dougie Fresh, Common, Rhymefest, Cypress Hill, Pharoah Monch, Nas, Diddy, Mariah Carey, Taste of Chicago, Lollapolooza, Looptopia, B96 Summer Bash just to name a few. The BRICKHEADZ also won many breakin' competition nationally and internationally. While Shon Roka was being active as a bboy he was working on his craft of being a DJ. DJing for w/ Nike, Jordan, Under Armour, Adidas, Vans, Uprise (Chicago) Skateshop for numerous in-stores, sporting events, galleries and corporate outings. Also Shon Roka is a resident DJ post Covid in Chicago at McGee's, Tantrum, Imbibe and Harbee's. While being a DJ, he has been teaching music production and the Art of Skateboarding through Maggie Daley's After School Matters. Also known as Gallery 37. For more information contact via email.