H.I.S.D. – Space Up
H.I.S.D., is a talented group who reside within the Houston area. They are that rare group whose collective dynamic celebrates and innovates Hip-Hop. In the past, H.I.S.D., has had a range of performances ranging from Comic-Con to SXSW. Their industry peers, and their supportive public continue to encourage their musical ascent. Recently, AllHipHop.com conducted a thorough feature on H.I.S.D. The group earned the coveted distinction of becoming one of AllHipHop.com’s, “Breeding Ground Artists.”
“Rockit Man” is the lead single from their latest EP, The Hue AD. This is one of their many songs that will captivate the intended audience. Their critically acclaimed EP may be reviewed in its entirety at: http://theweakend.com/.
Each Saturday, the group comes together to cultivate and formulate new ideas. H.I.S.D. (Hueston Independent Spit District) is helping to orchestrate a Hip-Hop reformation. Conceived in 2005, H.I.S.D. (the four-man collective) is sharing its Houston roots with a global audience. This Southern manifestation of sound celebrates: Hip-Hop culture; classic Soul music; poetry, photography: fashion, production; and the visual arts.
Having already released two albums, The District and The Weakend, the group has earned critical acclaim from fellow Hip-Hop innovators. The Roots’, ?uestlove, A Tribe Called Quest’s, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, and Little Brother’s/Foreign Exchange’s Phonte, all recognize the unadulterated talent of H.I.S.D. Few artists or groups are capable of offering a fresh perspective while reinforcing the nostalgic sounds of Hip-Hop’s Golden Era.
HipHopLEAD: How did you guys come up with your name?
HISD- We had a session at Scottie’s house one day to come up with a name for the group. A lot of names were thrown in the hat, but nothing really stuck. Then Scottie was like “H.I.S.D.” Hueston Independent Spit District. It was funny at first, but it became apparent that it fit and made total sense. It’s a play off the Houston Independent School District, which most of us were raised in, here in Houston. We see ourselves as teachers and students of music. There’s a connection there that everybody can relate to, even people outside of Houston, in terms of the school districts in their area.
HipHopLEAD: Who exactly are all the members that make “HISD” and what does each bring to the table?
HISD- The core group consists of 4 members: King Midas (producer) Savvi (MC) Scottie Spitten (MC) and Equality (MC). Then we have extended family (laughs). Each member brings a visual to the music. King Midas paints the pictures through the production side, and the three MC’s add extra colors to the canvas with the lyrics. That’s how you get the perfect HUE. We all have distinct styles that mesh. We’ll come up with the content for a song, but each one of us will attack it differently. That’s the beauty of the group. Different perspectives brings more life to the music.
HipHopLEAD: For starts do you think hip hop groups in 2012 is harder to market or do you think the game is missing that?
King- I don’t feel like it’s harder to market, but it is harder to maintain a group. It’s a lot of different things that go into keeping a group clicking on all cylinders. There is really no exact answer for rather or not the game is missing groups. I would say at the end of the day it’s all about making good lasting music for the huemans on this planet, If the music suffers because of a lack of groups then yes, but that’s for the fans to do the math on that lol.
HipHopLEAD: You guys must have a discipline to be able to come together every Saturday to work on music. Do you ever find obstacles in the way making it hard for the group to connect on a weekly basis?
HISD-There are always obstacles, but as a group we decided to designate at least one day a week to link up to guarantee we are always getting some type of work in. Whether it’s working on music, discussing opportunities, debating about stuff, or whatever, it’s therapeutic for us. There are times where things come up and one of us can’t make it that day, but it’s not a big deal. We hold it down, and fill each other in.
HipHopLEAD: You rep Houston to the core. There is no doubt about that. Alot of people might say your style isn’t reflective of it because of the choice of beats and surplus of lyrics. How do you feel when critics might say that?
HISD–Our style may not be reflective of what is put out there about Houston (laughs). But there are plenty of people and fans who latch on to our music, it’s just not quite on the platform that’s been given to other groups or other styles of music. There’s more colors to the spectrum. They just aren’t shown.
HipHopLEAD: Do you take it more as an honor or disrespectful that you are branding your own sound, rather then a regional sound?
HISD- We take great honor and pride in that. There’s really no growth musically if you just cater your music to one specific region. We try to be as original as possible, and hopefully people will see and appreciate that. Our sound comes from a collection of influences amongst the group. We try to make music that comes out naturally. One of the great things about being in the group is that everybody has to feel it before it leaves the cutting board.
HipHopLEAD: Does HISD like the Mike Jones, Slim Thug’s and Paul Walls?
HISD- Sure. The type of music is different, but that doesn’t mean you can’t appreciate other artist’s driving in another lane. But we respect the craft of any artist who take what they are doing seriously, work at it, and put out the best music they can possibly make, and be proud of it.
HipHopLEAD: What made you guys pick up a mic and get busy?
HISD- Just growing up around music. Hip-hop, and music in general have been a part of our lives since we were kids. Once you start writing and rapping, and people keep saying you have a talent and an ear for music, it gives you the confidence to really get involved in it. The reason behind picking up the mic, for us, is no different than a kid who wants to play sports, be a doctor, lawyer, or whatever. It starts initially from the love you have for it.
HipHopLEAD: Are you doing anything else other then rapping? Producing? Mixing? etc?
HISD- Spacing Up daily going to a higher level.
HipHopLEAD: Who were your influences to get into music?
HISD- Any Hueman who was bringing that creativity to the art form and trying to take it somewhere that sounded familiar, but we’ve never been before. We always were inspired by innovators in all walks of life.
HipHopLEAD: Is it harder to be respected in hiphop as a group then a solo artist?
King – Not sure, It feels like we all go through similar things in the music game. When you watch unsung you see solo artist and groups suffer from that,(laughs). They all go through it.
HipHopLEAD: What was it like being labeled by veteran hip hop site, Allhiphop.com, as “Breeding Ground Artists” ?
Savvi- It’s always an honor to have your work recognized. Allhiphop.com is a major player in this space, so that stamp means a lot. I would compare it to getting a quotable in The Source back in the gap… S/O to Allhiphip for giving us some shine…
HipHopLEAD: Any new projects coming out? Any features worth mentioning?
HISD-Right now we are currently working on our 3rd LP, due out sometime in the Fall. We will have a few features, but we’ll keep those under wraps for now (laughs).
HipHopLEAD: Are you happy with the responses you have received on your appearances on Digital Dynasty?
HISD- Yup yup, shout out to the folks at Digital Dynasty for spacing up with us! Always humbling to know people out there are feeling your music.
HipHopLEAD: We caught 3 of your records on DD20. We thought “Lando” had a Outkast “So Fresh So Clean”, or a Jay Z “Excuse Me Miss”, type of vibe. In that record you said “Swagger is no more”. In your opinion is hip hop playing out the word swag?
Scottie – Honestly, it felt like it was almost buried, then all of sudden somebody resurrected it, now it’s back stronger than ever, like when you bury a pet in the Pet cemetary (laughs).
King – One word can never be played out, it’s an indicator of what frequency you are vibrating on. You need to assess the vibrations and see if that’s the frequency you want to be on at this point in your life. Tones mean a lot (laughs).
HipHopLEAD: If by some chance music doesn’t pan out for you what will you guys be doing 5 years from now?
HISD- Music will always be a part of our lives. It’s how we communicate with Huemans and send the messages necessary at the time to help Huemanity Space Up.
HipHopLEAD: What inspired you guys to come up with the song “RockIt Man” ?
King- Just observing our surroundings, Rockit Man is a character who we all are familiar with. You see them on the side of streets Spaced Out a lot of the times. Keep in mind that’s not always how this person lived. He or she use to be a Hueman at one point until they got spaced out and lost their Hue. This song was a reminder to all Huemans to continue to Space Up or you will Space Out. May Space be with all Huemans in search of their Hue.
HipHopLEAD: Here at HipHopLead.com we like to ask our features some questions that really are out of the norm. We do this because it gives the fans a broader outlook on you. So lets get it cracking … Will Texas resurge like they did in 05 and 06?
HISD-We shall see in Hue time.
HipHopLEAD: Top 5 rappers ..dead or alive?
HISD-(laughs) You have to schedule a session in The Gold Room on a Weakend to get an answer to this one (laughs). Remember its 4 of us so you will probably get 4 different answers (laughs). I think we can all agree that The Wow is the greatest rapper of all time though. When he spoke things came to in existence (laughs). He is Spaced.
HipHopLEAD: Jay Z and Kanye West – Watch The Throne ..give us a HISD rating 1 thru 10 .. (10 being the best)
King – Sweet question (laughs). How about an even exchange, we will rate their LP if they will rate ours (laughs). I think they had a goal in mind when they came up with the idea to do that LP, and I feel like they accomplished that goal. With that being said, they won. So whatever score that deserves (laughs). Our number system is different in Radio Galaxy so we are cautious when it comes to using these numbers (laughs).
HipHopLEAD: Are you concerned about the speculation of the end of the world in 6 months on 12-21-2012?
Scottie – No. We’re more concerned about being attacked by the Rockit Man on bath salts. (laughs).
King – This is not the first Weakend, nor will it be the Last. It will be a beautiful time to be Spaced though.
HipHopLEAD: Is the Illuminati in hip hop real?
King – This will be a good time to find out (laughs). These next few months should be interesting…
HipHopLEAD: Back To The Norm… Name 1 song you’ve done that will have the HipHopLead.com viewers hooked!?
King- That’s hard to say, we have songs that resonate on many different frequencies. It all depends on what space you’re in. But they should take baby steps, try Rockin aka Space Up on for size first.
HipHopLEAD: Thanks for hollering at us and in closing give any shoutouts….links to your sites….F.U.’S or whatever’s clever.
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