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Portrait of Hollow the son of a dj

Hollow the son of a dj

About Hollow the son of a dj

Detroit, MI

Years ago, nine year old Marcel Leonard Hardeman Jr. woke up in Romulus, Michigan rapping. It was the early 90's, the MTV era was in full swing, Kris Kross was totally crossed out and Krush Groove had inspired a new generation of would be emcees, but the young Mister Hardeman wasn't your average rapper though. He wasn't one of those kids who chose to emulate the popular artists of the day. No, this one was different. He's the son of a DJ who grew up watching pops dig in crates; he's one of them who grew up listening to music, real music like funk, jazz and blues. Coming from a musical family has its advantages. It spawns musical genius, makes one live and breathe melody & rhythm. There are always notes floating around, clever cadences come from virtually nowhere, tunes find themselves resonating from a piano's soundboard, from a front man's vocal chords. Marcel Leonard Hardeman Sr. was his son's greatest influence. He single handedly led the youngster into a world where sound translated into love and beauty. Imagine it. Being a kid and watching your old man on the 1's & 2's, watching as ear cans indent the course strands of a music man's afro... And so it began. Discovering innovative ways to track sound and make beats became the order of the day. Rapping over live percussion, heavy bass and eccentric guitar licks became the standard. Music became the number one priority and by the age of seventeen, Leonard Hardeman Jr. became Hollow. Because of his fundamental relationship with the aesthetics of music, Hollow's reputation as a writer and producer began to flourish. By 1999 he caught the eye of Hot Spot Entertainment and spent much of his time there learning and perfecting his craft. In 2002 tragedy struck, the man who had introduced Hollow to his incomparable edge succumbed to heart failure. The following year, Hollow accepted an internship at Simpatico Records and it is there that he received his 'industry education' through study and hands-on application. Only through experimenting with singular techniques and pushing the envelope on the industry standard did Hollow develop a signature that he calls Gator Soul. Gator Soul is a jazz, r&b and hip-hop mix that makes Hollows most recent project, Son of a DJ such a stand out. The album, released February 6th, 2007 is dedicated to his father and is a music fiend's masterpiece. Son of a DJ is 14 tracks of weighty lyrics over back-in-the-day soul. The album leads in with a two minute intro of very soulful, old school, vintage originality. Triple Fat Goose, a club song dedicated to the female anatomy, is a laid back dance record brought to life by the type of guitar plucks that would make even Jimi Hendrix blush. Hollow's world philosophy shines on Mathematics, an up tempo song with contemporary drums accentuated by a 1970's feel. Not so long ago Hollow was a young boy just rapping for fun who watched his father turn 12 inches into montages of music from every era and genre. Now, a more seasoned Hollow, manages to create a new sound. That sound is the type of soul that's been influenced by varying musical styles in such a way that makes it extraordinary and special, not watered down, not local. Son of a DJ is in stores now. For booking call 313-742-1024 and for more info visit GATORSOUL.COM, " world"

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Portrait of Hollow the son of a dj
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