Get to know a talented 17-year-old artist coming out of Texas who is making his name known via his intense live performances and catchy music. Meet Lil HBK, who brings us a high level of energy on tracks backed by the distorted bass beats that are growing in popularity…this makes sure for the perfect layout for this fashion-wise artist to get his point across. Today, I had the chance to catch up with Lil HBK to talk about his movement, his first full project release along with his humble beginnings. So without any hold up, get to know Lil HBK.
RESPECT.: What’s up? How’s the day treating you so far?
Today’s been pretty good, thanks for asking.
RESPECT.: First off when did you start doing music and what were some of the things that pushed you forward to help you take Music more seriously? Who were some of the artists that inspired you in the beginning?
I started making poems around middle school when I got bullied. I wasn’t always the tallest, or the most athletic or the best looking so it was hard. My outlets were rhymes and lines. Eventually, I added swag and became more serious my freshman year. That’s when I started actually releasing music. Travis Scott was always my biggest inspiration because he came from nothing and makes some of the hardest music I’ve ever heard. Seeing him grow made me want to be better for myself.
RESPECT.: So coming from Texas a place known for trendsetting and is where many talented artists call home, What was it like for you growing up?
Growing up in Texas was tight as hell. My homies and I were always the most popular or known. We set the trends, kept our fashions up to date and gave the best music in our cities. Shoutout to Travion, Dre, Jaevonchy and Efren.
RESPECT.: As of recently you’ve done music with notable artists such as Lil Yachty, Ski Mask The Slump God & also worked with Metro Boomin How did you link up with these artists?
Linking up with artists wasn’t too difficult. I started learning the power of the internet when I made my Twitter around early 2016 and I used it as a platform for my music. I have a pretty good twitter following and my fans are pretty active so when celebrities go on my page I think of it as a resume. I always stay updated and make sure my page looks professional.
RESPECT.: Now that your music is growing and you’re connecting with other talented artists from all over What are some of the steps that you’re talking to stay focus and consistent with your music?
Everything that I’ve accomplished in these past few months has motivated me more than ever. I went from paying to perform at shows to traveling to festivals in other states. My music is about to be on Season 5 of Power and I’m on all music platforms. The goals, the money, the girls and the lights keep me motivated. I’m never stopping. I want to give the youth something they’ve never experienced or seen. I want to be motivation for a kid with talent that doesn’t believe in himself.
RESPECT.: As a young artist coming what’s been the most important thing you’ve learned about the music industry?
The most important thing I’ve learned about the music industry is instead of talking about what you’re going to do or bragging about accomplishments, you just gotta execute and stay humble. That’s been working for me so I’m going to continue to do it. Wifisfuneral inspired me to be more humble. Another thing I learned about the industry is you have to be a student of the game. If you want to be big one day and stay relevant, you have to watch interviews, work hard, even study what worked and what didn’t for other artists. Don’t make the mistakes you could avoid.
RESPECT.: What can we look forward to seeing from you for the rest of 2017?
For the rest of 2017 you can expect a lot of new music, new ideas and bigger features. I’m going on tour with one of my favorite new artists and I have a few more festivals to perform at this summer all over the country so I’m really excited. Don’t sleep, this is going to be a big year.
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