[Editor's Note: I first saw and heard of Hud 3 Years ago at a music conference in Dallas, TX. Over the 3 years we reconnected and I saw growth , consistency and some great music. Check out this kid! - Steve Raze]Over the last two years, Dallas, TX artist Big Hud (named
Hud after his last name Hudson) has developed a resume that any artist in the
country would like to have. Having
had two songs featured on MTV Jamz (Whats Wrong Wit Em and Summertime Ish
ft Curren$y), songs with local artists Inertia, Trai D, Dorrough, Big Chief and
other songs in the works with Yelawolf
and XV, Hud seems to be on his way to mainstream success.
By developing a base with a strong underground following of
both backpack rapper and street fans Hud seems to have undeniable
crossover appeal. Take a look at
this sit down with one of AllHipHop.coms newest Breeding Ground Artists as we
sat over looking downtown Dallas in Big Huds urban loft.
Music/Video:Big Hud Ft. Curren$y - "Summetime Ish"
AllHipHop.com: So you got a longstanding career going
on right now, some nice singles working, you got the Summertime Ish, the
Aura and I think people are most familiar with that Whats Wrong Wit Em at
this point. Thats playing on MTV Jams now right?
Big Hud: Yea man [laugher] that Summertime Ish is on MTV Jams also. I made two videos, independent, no deal, so everyday is a
blessing at the end of the day. I can cut on the TV with out no major label or
no major machine behind what I got going on. Its coming straight out of the
heart and the grind and also a great management team. So thats a good look dog.
Now tell me a little bit about your inspiration. Are you originally from Dallas,
Big Hud: Yea Im from Dallas, born in Oak Cliff,
raised in Oak Cliff, moved and grew up in Desoto. Im from here man, I got a lot of roots, it aint too many
people out here I dont know out here man. It aint like I stayed somewhere else and then moved to
Dallas, you know. Born and raised
bro, my grandmamma from sunny South Dallas, from my daddy from Mobile, Alabama,
shout out to Prichard, Alabama, shout out to Rich Boy too. So yea Im from Dallas bro.
talk to me about some of the collaborations that you have been working on. I
know you did a song with Curren$y on one joint, I know you had Juvenile on
another. We were just talking
about some stuff you were working on, tell me a little bit about what you got
Big Hud: Man dog every
time I try and come out with something, I am always trying to push the envelope
man, you know? I just did the Big Boi Musik 1 with DJ Smallz, I did the Big Boi
Musik 2 with Bay Bay, and I got another project coming up called, The Benchmark,
and basically just stating that this is just like the judgment day, thats just
like stating my introduction to the world.
You know with the Summertime Ish it was like a lot of
people started recognizing, and
you know with the Whats wrong Wit Em was cool, but the Curren$y
collaboration raised a lot more eyebrows.
So its kind of like while I got everyones attention, its like let em
see what I got. I got an arsenal
man! I might be doing some stuff with Yelawolf coming up, shout out to Yealwolf. My boy XV, of course Tum Tum, Inertia,
Trai D, from the crib, so its a lot of stuff bro, and Im just making music
everyday man, and its what I enjoy doing.
So it aint, more or less about that hit record, but about being
consistent. The more I can be
consistent, the more fans I can reach and the more of a following I can build,
and once I get that steam, there aint no stopping me.
AllHipHop.com: So you are a Dallas artist, Dallas has
been getting more attention as a city, how do you feel abour your place in that
lineup of artists...So I just try to
touch everything and I just feel like that's my place man.
Big Hud: Damn, man. My
place bro, I honestly think I have created my own lane out here. Besides whats
going on, I dont really have to put it out there, man it is what it is, its a
lot of love in the city and when I go out of town people are like Man you from
Dallas? Thats whats up! and I know back in the day, it definitely wasnt like
that. At the end of the day, its
various types of lanes, and some songs might be ahead of other songs on the
national scene at this point in time, but the lane I represent is letting
people know theres another side to Dallas. Im not extra hard core, talking
about blowing your brains out and all that man. I represent more of the fly
guy, fly shit man, fucking women pretty women man [laughs] and do that type of thing man. And just let niggas know its not about
the fancy car and flashy chain, but its definitely real life situations going
on in here man. So I just try to
touch everything and I just feel like that's my place man. I just try to be myself and I say in my
jam, I stay in my own lane HOV man.
So thats me and where I stand man, Much love to my city, Im Triple D
to the heart. Like I told you man,
Im from this mothaf***a, so you know man, this is where Im from bro. It is what it is. I can say what I can say, what other
people cant say cause they aint from here man. When it comes to somebody outside the city, Im gonna stick
up for my city every time.
Now you have been touring a lot recently, where have you been at?
Big Hud: I just came from Kansas City last
weekend. Shooting to Milwaukee in the morning, I got a flight in the morning,
gonna holla at Tony Neal, shout out to the Core DJs. I think next week I got something
going on in Oklahoma. Should be
going out to Arizona soon, Denver, so you know, I got a lot of people thats
messing with me man. Definitely going to take a trip out to the Bay. The Bay messing with me. So right now its just strategic game
planning man. You know, Im just
doing what makes sense. If they mess with me in this region, then its going to
make sense to go in that region. If they mess with me in Oakland and they aint
messing with me in Alaska, then why the hell would I go to Alaska? So yeah, Ive just been on the road and
soaking it all in and taking it day by day and it can get tiring, but at the
end of the day I am an entertainer, and thats what I do so, thats what it is.
AllHipHop.com: Show money is good money.
Big Hud: Yessir!
AllHipHop.com: So you got The Benchmark coming up
whats coming up for you and whats next? Why did you decide to switch it up?
Big Hud: Its
almost like the Thank Me Later type thing man. Im gonna keep that Big Boi Musik 1 and 2, thats the
legendary series man. Its going
to make a lot more sense down the road.
You know after I drop the EP and drop the album we gonna take it back to
the roots with Big Boi Musik 3. Big Boi Musik is Hud when he didnt have anything man. Just to see how stuff has changed and
to have artists come up to me, and people reach out to me over hundred thousand
miles away, thats priceless bro so thats a good feeling.
So I wanted to do something different man with The
Benchmark, I want to push the envelope man with The Benchmark and its just
going to be a big sound. With the Big Boi Musik 2, people dont even think it
sounds like Dallas you know, but thats just because people havent heard that
side of Dallas music. I dont try
to my music appeal to one concrete area, I want it to appeal to the
masses. I had a DJ hit me up from
Germany this week and was asking for more music and he wanted me to put
together a cipher type freestyle, so they can support me in Germany. At the end of the day thats what its
about. I want to have a platinum record or song. Thats the beautiful thing about this music, its wide open. I be working hard man. Its definitely dope out here in Dallas.
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