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Hyro The Hero Answers All Our Questions and Stars in a New ‘Delete Or Retweet’

LA via Houston rapper Hyro The Hero wants to turn Kendrick Lamar into a rock star. Or, at least make him sound legit over a nasty rock track. HTH is blending big riffs and thudding bass with knocking drums and his own deft flow. It sounds way more ’98 but in an updated for ’18 kind of way. The man knows for a fact he could make one of the best rappers in the world not sound “cheesy” by going rock.

Hyro swung through the Music Choice studios to talk dream collabos and the ones he’s already completed, his new album, what he wants fans to get out of his new album and a bunch more. Check his chat out below and watch the rapper go through a bunch of his old tweets above in the latest episode of Delete or Retweet. Head here for more Music Choice video goodness.

Music Choice: You recently dropped your new album Flagged Channel, has the reception been what you were expecting?

Hyro The Hero: Man, no negative feedback so far! The only negative stuff I heard is when I put a clip out for the video, “Bullet”, and people didn’t know what to think. It scared them! I just had to tell them to wait for the whole project and it’ll all make sense. Then all those people came back and were like apologizing <laughs>.

MC: There are some intense visuals in the videos you’ve released for this project, you had to expect a little blowback.

HTH: I’m saying a lot of stuff on here. It’s almost like, I’m trying to be a voice for the people. Not speaking for everyone, but the voice of the people to me. I’m not taking sides or anything. So everyone can take what they want from the music.

MC: What sides are you referencing?

HTH: Like, Democrat, Republican, whatever. If you like Donald Trump or hate him I’m not taking sides. I’m speaking from a standpoint from the people. Stand up for what you believe in.

MC: Even if it’s not what you personally believe?

HTH: I want people to take what they want from the songs. I know where I stand on issues.

MC: You’re from Texas, have lived in California for years. How do you feel about NYC when you’re here?

HTH: There are too many people man! There’s just way too much walking and no standing. I was standing around and felt weird as hell. I just had to make up somewhere to go! I love that fast pace of things though.

MC: Speaking of Texas, how did your growing up there influence Flagged Channel?

HTH: It’s that Southern twang I got when I’m rapping. When I put that on a rock beat I sound different from anyone else. Houston’s style has kind of taken hold of rap right now with that spaced out trap style. I put that into my music with some rock type breakdowns and that’s how I started. Take those breakdowns and southern them out a little bit.

MC: Did you set out wanting to combine rap and rock?

HTH: I always wanted to make rock beats and use rock samples. There was only so far I could take that idea though. This album is what I’ve always imagined doing with my sound. When you’re messing with rock and rap you can get corny real quick. I feel like I’m walking that line perfectly right now.

MC: When you sample something like Killswitch Engage or do a hard rap-rock sound that not a lot of people are doing at the moment, do you ever pause and wonder if crowds will be into it?

HTH: Naaaaaah. I’m just me. You can’t be like every other rapper out there. Like, I’m not gonna go color my hair right now. I’m going to carve my own lane.

MC: You definitely have a lot to say on this album. You mentioned you want people to take what they want from the album but then in the “Live Your Fucking Life” video, you have people smashing their cell phones. Do you want to inspire change?

HTH: I can’t change anybody. I’m just speaking from my point of view. I’m not gonna tell you to get off your phone when I’m over here addicted to my phone! It’s just more looking at a place we all could head to.

MC: Would you like to be on your phone less?

HTH: Hell yeah! They got the screen time app on the new iPhone update and man, it’s sad! Thankfully I’ve been in New York and walking so much so I’m not using my phone ALL day.

MC: You got to work with Munky from Korn on this record, how’d that come together?

HTH: A lot of the rock ‘n’ roll people that I’ve always looked up to I’ve already met. It’s the coolest thing. I learned about Korn and Deftones from people carving those names into desks at school!

With Munky, I was performing at Download Festival in England and rocking the stage and I look over and Korn was on the side watching me! I got in touch with Munky and he was down to do a track. We got in the studio and he was cool as hell. We clicked right away and made something amazing.

MC: Getting to meet all these idols, who is your dream collaboration?

HTH: I’d like to bring rock to mainstream rap and collaborate with like J. Cole or Kendrick Lamar. When a lot of rappers try to do rock it comes off as cheesy. If they come mess with me I’m going to make it right for them.

Hyro The Hero Answers All Our Questions and Stars in a New ‘Delete Or Retweet’

LA via Houston rapper Hyro The Hero wants to turn Kendrick Lamar into a rock star. Or, at least make him sound legit over a nasty rock track. HTH is blending big riffs and thudding bass with knocking drums and his own deft flow. It sounds way more ’98 but in an updated for ’18 kind of way. The man knows for a fact he could make one of the best rappers in the world not sound “cheesy” by going rock.

Hyro swung through the Music Choice studios to talk dream collabos and the ones he’s already completed, his new album, what he wants fans to get out of his new album and a bunch more. Check his chat out below and watch the rapper go through a bunch of his old tweets above in the latest episode of Delete or Retweet. Head here for more Music Choice video goodness.

Music Choice: You recently dropped your new album Flagged Channel, has the reception been what you were expecting?

Hyro The Hero: Man, no negative feedback so far! The only negative stuff I heard is when I put a clip out for the video, “Bullet”, and people didn’t know what to think. It scared them! I just had to tell them to wait for the whole project and it’ll all make sense. Then all those people came back and were like apologizing <laughs>.

MC: There are some intense visuals in the videos you’ve released for this project, you had to expect a little blowback.

HTH: I’m saying a lot of stuff on here. It’s almost like, I’m trying to be a voice for the people. Not speaking for everyone, but the voice of the people to me. I’m not taking sides or anything. So everyone can take what they want from the music.

MC: What sides are you referencing?

HTH: Like, Democrat, Republican, whatever. If you like Donald Trump or hate him I’m not taking sides. I’m speaking from a standpoint from the people. Stand up for what you believe in.

MC: Even if it’s not what you personally believe?

HTH: I want people to take what they want from the songs. I know where I stand on issues.

MC: You’re from Texas, have lived in California for years. How do you feel about NYC when you’re here?

HTH: There are too many people man! There’s just way too much walking and no standing. I was standing around and felt weird as hell. I just had to make up somewhere to go! I love that fast pace of things though.

MC: Speaking of Texas, how did your growing up there influence Flagged Channel?

HTH: It’s that Southern twang I got when I’m rapping. When I put that on a rock beat I sound different from anyone else. Houston’s style has kind of taken hold of rap right now with that spaced out trap style. I put that into my music with some rock type breakdowns and that’s how I started. Take those breakdowns and southern them out a little bit.

MC: Did you set out wanting to combine rap and rock?

HTH: I always wanted to make rock beats and use rock samples. There was only so far I could take that idea though. This album is what I’ve always imagined doing with my sound. When you’re messing with rock and rap you can get corny real quick. I feel like I’m walking that line perfectly right now.

MC: When you sample something like Killswitch Engage or do a hard rap-rock sound that not a lot of people are doing at the moment, do you ever pause and wonder if crowds will be into it?

HTH: Naaaaaah. I’m just me. You can’t be like every other rapper out there. Like, I’m not gonna go color my hair right now. I’m going to carve my own lane.

MC: You definitely have a lot to say on this album. You mentioned you want people to take what they want from the album but then in the “Live Your Fucking Life” video, you have people smashing their cell phones. Do you want to inspire change?

HTH: I can’t change anybody. I’m just speaking from my point of view. I’m not gonna tell you to get off your phone when I’m over here addicted to my phone! It’s just more looking at a place we all could head to.

MC: Would you like to be on your phone less?

HTH: Hell yeah! They got the screen time app on the new iPhone update and man, it’s sad! Thankfully I’ve been in New York and walking so much so I’m not using my phone ALL day.

MC: You got to work with Munky from Korn on this record, how’d that come together?

HTH: A lot of the rock ‘n’ roll people that I’ve always looked up to I’ve already met. It’s the coolest thing. I learned about Korn and Deftones from people carving those names into desks at school!

With Munky, I was performing at Download Festival in England and rocking the stage and I look over and Korn was on the side watching me! I got in touch with Munky and he was down to do a track. We got in the studio and he was cool as hell. We clicked right away and made something amazing.

MC: Getting to meet all these idols, who is your dream collaboration?

HTH: I’d like to bring rock to mainstream rap and collaborate with like J. Cole or Kendrick Lamar. When a lot of rappers try to do rock it comes off as cheesy. If they come mess with me I’m going to make it right for them.

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