Kyle Hubbard raised in a suburb outside of the city with two loving and caring parents its hard to say at what point Kyle Hubbard made the transition from happy go lucky kid to bitter lyricist with a microphone.
His glasses, pale skin, and lack of muscle make he seem better suited for the confinement of a cubicle than for the stage, but through years of hard work he has proved that not only does he belong in the world of Hip Hop, but that it may be his for the taking.
HHL: Whats gud Kyle? Tell us something about your self, when and where you were born and grew up.
Kyle Hubbard: I was born in the heart of Houston, Texas on September 4, 1987 and I have been riding for space city since that day forward. I think it’s safe to say that I stand in contrast as to what hip-hop has deemed its norm as far as upbringing is concerned. I was raised in Houston suburbia in a two-parent household and would be lying if I told you my childhood wasn’t good.
Both of my parents worked their asses off their entire lives to provide my bigger brother and me a normal and healthy youth, and they were beyond successful. I say this knowing that admitting the fact that I didn’t have it that bad is almost, shamefully, taboo in the realm of rappers, but for me to sit here and fabricate a background for myself in an attempt to synthesize “street creed” or struggle is not only pathetic but it would discredit all the hard work and sleepless nights my parents put in to make sure I never had to want for what I needed. The truth will always remain that I am white kid from middle class suburbia, but it is also a matter a fact that I can rap circles around most anybody no matter where they may be from.
HHL: So as a child growing up, what were your interests?
Kyle Hubbard: Well ever since I have been old enough to read it has been the written word, anything from novels to comic books. It is my belief that there is nothing more powerful in this entire world than words. Words can change perspectives, they can swoon lovers, start wars, end wars, they can build, and they can destroy. As a child, and even more so today, I feared the man with elegant speech much more than the man with a gun.
He who can put the barrel to your dome does have undeniable strength, but it is nothing compared to he who can convince you, with words, to put the gun up to your own temple.
HHL: What actually made you get into rapping? And which are some of the artists that inspired you?
Kyle Hubbard: I have been passionate about writing my entire life, and it’s something that I feel I have always been relatively good at. It was around middle school that I realized I couldn’t just WRITE something dope and get off with presenting that as the final product. Like it or not the truth of the matter remains less and less people understand or even appreciate the art of the written word. Luckily at the same time I was coming to terms with this fact, hip-hop and rap music intervened in my life, and changed my outlook on everything.
I would have to pin point the Wu-Tang Clan as the act that had the most profound impact in regards to me choosing the career path that I have. I remember vividly being blown away at how intricate and detailed their stories were, and the fact that they were constricted to percussion patterns and time signatures didn’t hurt the story telling at all, if anything it only magnified it. It was probably through my third or fourth listen of 36 Chambers that I forever feel in love with hip-hop and said to myself “I am going to be a rapper”.
HHL: Are these still the same artists you’ve always listened before even considering your self as a rapper?
Kyle Hubbard: Beyond a shadow of a doubt, I still geek out something crazy any time Ghostface has a new album in the works. With that said I would say my taste in, not only hip-hop, but also music in general has expanded quite a bit since I have started making my own songs. It’s hard to hear something dope, from any genre, and not appreciate it. Hip-hop will always be my first love but I have Monsters of Folk and The Flaming Lips in as normal rotation as Jay-Z or Nas. Ever since I have fully committed myself to this music thing I find myself really falling in love with the acts that make me jealous and angry that I didn’t come up with what they did.
For instance, currently my favorite rapper, and any act in music for that matter, is B.o.B. AKA Bobby Ray. He is the most talented and creative dude I have heard in forever, but with that said anytime I hear one of his better songs, one that just really floors me, I find myself distraught and upset that he is so fucking good. The acts I really love are the ones that scare me into stepping my game up, the ones that keep me up night working on my craft.
HHL: How and what makes you work hard to take your music further?
Kyle Hubbard: Any rapper that tells you the bright lights and the allure of fame isn’t a motivational factor is a complete and utter liar. If you put yourself in a position where you throw your art out to the world you have to be vein, even if it’s just slightly. So with that said I will admit to everyone that, yes I am indeed addicted to attention and I can’t leave the pretty lights alone, but I wouldn’t say that is the main reason I wake up everyday to put pen to paper. My biggest motivation is my father, and my desire to do right by my future kids as he did right by me.
My dream is to rock the stage, spitting the shit that I wrote to a sold out crowd, but my dream of dreams is to have children that I can completely provide for…to have children that are proud to call me their father. I want my kids to be as proud of me as I am of my own Dad. I have a line that goes “Are my children going to starve be it due to the fact/ their father had a dream that his ass couldn’t catch”, I love that line because it completely sums up all my hopes and desires along with all my biggest fears in one swoop. A man is defined by his legacy, and there is no ingredient more important in that equation than his children.
HHL: How do you describe your music?
I don’t believe any artist has the right to tell the world how to interpret their creations, so this question is difficult for me to answer. My school of thought is, if 100 people listen to one of my songs and it gets taken 100 different ways, that’s cool. As long as the words I say ring true in your heart who am I to tell you that you are hearing wrong? To answer your question, a word that gets thrown my way a lot in regards to my music is “different”. I wouldn’t say I completely agree with this thought process but I also do not think that it is unfounded. At the end of the day my music is hip-hop straight up and down, the spine to every one of my songs is the same boom bap that Tupac or Jay-Z used as a foundation to build their songs.
With that said, I have without a doubt made tweaks and alterations to the formula to better suit MY story, but what is more hip-hop than that? All I did was take an art form I completely adore and respect, made a few changes here and there, and told my story. You can call it whatever if you want to call it as long as you respect the hustle.
HHL: Do you consider your personal life and experience as part of your music?
Kyle Hubbard: My personal life and experience is my music. If it isn’t something I could speak on around the people I surround myself with in my everyday you won’t hear me talk about it in my songs, point blank. My music is just an extension of the person I wake up as and go to sleep as everyday, I’m not a made up character. One of the main reasons I use my government as my stage name is to make it clear to every one listening to my shit that you are hearing Kyle Hubbard speak, and that’s it. I would never use hip-hop as a means to live out a fantasy or to sell a manufactured truth; I respect the art way too much to be that kind of snake. In the end, Kyle Hubbard the rapper only exists because Kyle Hubbard the person lets him.
HHL: What have been the feedbacks on your music?
Kyle Hubbard: Something I want every one to understand is that my music is an extension of myself, so I’m not just putting my product on the line when I release it, I am putting myself on the line in a major way. If I were getting negative feedback I don’t think I would have the strength to continue to put myself under the microscope time and time again. I think the audience for hip-hop has grown up and matured like crazy, along with the music itself. I believe the hip-hop audience is as prone to dig a gangster rapper as much as a white kid from the burbs as long as both parties are telling their truths and their stories.
I know in my heart that hip-hop is ready for their artist to be grown ups, from all walks of life, that speak from the heart and make quality music…is there really anything to be desired beyond that? The feedback I get from my fans, especially from my people down in Houston, confirms that the realm of hip-hop is ready to put gimmicks on the back burner and give the cats with talent the limelight. The feedback and love I get from people is what keeps me going, and at this point in my career I am nowhere close to running on empty.
HHL: Tell us something about your current and upcoming projects.
Kyle Hubbard: Currently, I have my debut album “Tea Time With Alice” and the follow up EP “The Neon Summer EP” up for purchase on iTunes. As far as upcoming projects are concerned, I am putting in work! Right now I am in the final stages of my first solo mixtape “Who Do You Believe In” which is presented and hosted by the one and only DJ Vlad. That tape will be out early 2010 come hell or high water, that’s my word, and I can’t wait to unleash it on the world. “Who Do You Believe In” is my most cohesive and ambitious project yet and I am happy to say I hit all the marks I had laid out for myself, I’m super proud of it.
Included on that tape is my current single “Sorority Girl” (up on iTunes right now) and I just wrapped the filming of a video for that track at the end of October. The video is currently in post and I am anxious for the world to see my first music video. We took all the rules and stereotypes associated with the rap video and threw them out the window and ended up with an extremely creative and original product.
HHL: So what are your future plans?
Kyle Hubbard: As long as my now is better than my then I feel like I am winning. I don’t have a crystal ball and I know empires that took years to build can fall in a night so I bet against tomorrow, but it’s just to live. When people ask me what I have planned for the future I tell them all the same thing…I am going to ride this bitch until the wheels fall off, and just pray that the car doesn’t break down until I am at point B. My plan for the tomorrow is the same one I had yesterday, and the same one I am seeing through today. I do my thing to the best of my ability, I do right by my neighbour, and I wait with patience for the world to take notice. I do believe in my heart of hearts all the sleepless nights and stress filled days will count for something…I believe any heart made of gold will glisten.
HHL: Would you like to share anything else with our readers?
Kyle Hubbard: I just want to thank anyone who took the time to read this from the bottom of my heart. I hope that you look out for me and give my music a listen. I think upon listening to it you will be pleased, even if isn’t your cup of tea sonically I don’t think you can walk away from it without respecting the kid. At the end of the day we are all aiming at the same thing, despite the fact that we don’t take the same route.
I just hope when the trip is over we can meet up where we are trying to get to and be able to sigh with relief and satisfaction. Never let another person define you by your setbacks…and remember it’s a lie to compromise any of your hopes and wishes.
HHL: Nice been with you Kyle, best wishes.
Kyle Hubbard: It’s been great to be with you as well. I truly appreciate the opportunity and platform to speak. I have frequented the site for quite some time to stay informed and in the hip-hop loop so it’s beyond dope to be talking about my own music on here.