2 Hungry is a Los Angeles rapper with hemi-facial microsomia is killing it in the music scene with his smooth bars, as well as, truly inspiring
story about his passion for music.
A bit about yourself
I love nachos & pasta. I’m a scaredy-cat when it comes to spicy food. My favourite numbers are 2, 7, 13, & 22. Shoutout to my fellow Sagittarius & fire signs.
When did you start getting into music?
Andre 3000, Kendrick Lamar, Drake, ilovemakonnen, Lil Wayne, Rae Sremmurd, Biggie, XXXTENTACION, & LA Rae aka my mom believe it or not.
Who are your music inspiration & how do these inspiration influence your music today?
Andre 3000 & ilovemakonnen were the first artists I saw truly be themselves unapologetically in their music with such different styles basically saying “fuck you this is my voice”.
Drake & X showed the rap game that it's ok to sing, which I love to do. Kendrick was my biggest inspiration content wise because he spit his truth & reflected on his upbringing in the hood. Kendrick, Wayne, & my mom always had bars that in my head I was like “damn why didn’t I come up with that!” Rae Sremmurd taught me to have fun & turn up, every song doesn’t have to be for the people it can be for me.
Biggie, XXX, & LA Rae made content with their realist emotions which probably made some people uncomfortable but I love to do that with my pieces sometimes because it gets people thinking.
What do you like to write about?
I like to write about my pain & frustrations, love, education, reflect on my upbringing, & most importantly I love to manifest my future with my music.
Who do you want to inspire through your music?
I want to inspire kids & young adults who feel they don’t fit in or will never be accepted by society.
Have you had to overcome any fears stepping into the industry?
I was born with hemi-facial microsomia which means the left side of my face is underdeveloped. Although you don’t see music, I love to perform live, & feared how people would see me.
As a kid in elementary & middle school rap battles & cyphers is where I got to show other artists who ran the schoolyard. When they realised I was the best all they could do is try to make me look weak by talking about my face. People in general dehumanised me up till my 11th grade year 2018. I had dropped out in 10th grade, fell behind, skipped 2 grades & came back to my original school as an early senior. At that moment people knew I could do anything most of the being shitted on stopped.
Has music helped you in any way?
Music is where I go to escape, get motivated or inspired, & most importantly get my story told.
How you get into the music creating zone?
Honestly, I’ve been making music for so many years it is easy for me to create that zone but harder for me to keep it all & put it out. I'm addicted to writing constantly & I freestyle like a normal person talks; no matter if it's rapping or singing.
How important is it to be creative?
I love creating art; I design clothes for my clothing brand “2 Hungry World”, paint, draw, make music, write poems & plays. So if I was incapable of freely being creative on earth I would move to another planet.
2 Hungry & LA Reid at Hitco Music
What is the music scene like where you are from? Is it collaborative?
Los Angeles is flooded with so many people trying to make it & so many that already have. It's super competitive here which I don’t like because my only competition is myself.
Unfortunately LA is boujee asf & everyone is too worried about themselves to work with anyone else, unlike me. I learned that the hard way being told no from mostly everyone I asked to collaborate with.
If it doesn’t benefit them in major ways they most likely won’t do it. It’s many opportunities to make it out here but the distribution rate of people that can obtain them is like 2.5/200.
I know what you're wondering what’s the “.5” about because a lot of us get close enough to get our foot in the door & get known but don’t get invited back in the room.
What is the hardest part about being in the music industry?
For me, the hardest part was knowing my art’s worth & standing firm in it. Everyone has an opinion but everyone doesn’t know what it took to create that piece. I have songs that inspire other artists to keep going & releasing no matter what your data shows, how many people are supporting you, or even you second guess your craft. Like “DFG” & “Lesser Then”
What do you love most about the music industry?
I love networking outside of my usual genres & trying new things. It's so much in the music industry left undiscovered the smallest change could make the difference. Like Roddy Ricch another LA artist he used the “Ehh-Err” something so small & unique but got his ass chilling at #1 like that’s where he lives. Just be you, be weird, & experiment.
What is the best thing that has happened so far in your music career?
The Art of Elysium gave me the opportunity & pleasure to do a speech at their “Heaven is Rock & Roll” event. I had no idea of the number of stars in the rooms that night! Like Jack Black, Marilyn Manson, Bella Hadid, & so many more I got to meet! Then a few days later Bella posted a picture of us on her Instagram, basically saying fuck with me & my music. I got like 700 followers in one day.
2 Hungry & Bella Hadid at “Heaven is Rock & Roll” event
2 Hungry giving his speech at “Heaven is Rock & Roll” event
If you could change the world in any way through your music, what would you change?
I would want to change the world by getting people to think & feel differently through their perception of my art. I feel it’s a lot of negative energy & intentions out in the world but everyone listens to music so why can’t our music bring world peace.
Is there any advice you can give someone wanting to step into the music scene?
BE YOU!!! FUCK EVERYONE ELSE!!! IF THEY FUCK WITH YO ARTWORK COOL!!!! IF NOT COOL!!!!
What can we expect from you in 2020?
Music videos for sure, new merch (pay close attention to the fashion), more shows, new collaborations with artists and organisations worldwide & a lot of sound experimenting.