The world of music, including those who listen to it and those who create it, is one that is often overlapping and of course, changing. Big H is a rising musical figure who is slowly seeking out a name for himself in the big picture. The White Oak native has already received much applaud and recognition from music lovers all over the world for his album Sorry 4 the H and his single Servin. His songs have charted the billboards in Baltimore and he has also collaborated with DB Bantino, another great personality in the industry. We had a chance to sit down with Big H and learn more about him and his upbringing.
Q: Tell us about your latest single “Pray For The City”?
Big H: “Pray For The City” is a story giving the Birdseye view of my life more specifically my late cousin Jarretts story which is also a story similar to many at-risk youths in the DMV metropolitan area. I felt it necessary to touch base on the rising gun violence and wanted to create a think piece. So even if the violence doesn’t stop, whether they contribute to the violence or a victim, this will make people stop and think. Hopefully, I’ll spark the minds that inspire change if I don’t create to change myself
Q: Think about someone or something that may have inspired you to make music. Who was or what was it?
Big H: My parents and my own life struggles inspired me to make music. growing I felt like I was I wasn’t talented or gifted in many things, except music. having a criminal record limited me on a lot of routes. It really upset and embarrassed my parents. and ever since I got in trouble with the law I just told myself I will make it up to my parents somehow someway. I know that seeing me go for people seeing me inspire people is what makes them happy. I feel like seeing my face on billboards, TV, and becoming my own boss legitimately and legally is what will make them happy.
Q: What accomplishments do you see yourself achieving in the next 5 to 10 years?
Big H: In the next 5 to 10 years I see myself being a chairman on my own record label and producing high-quality music at an international level. With plans of using my musical success to diversify I see myself with brand endorsements, my own properties, and real estate. My plans for my entrepreneurial expansion will also aim to provide careers to those close to me for generations to come. I’m really trying to set my people up for the win and financial freedom
Q: How would you describe the music that you typically create?
Big H: The music that I make is true to myself, it’s my life and stories from my own perspective, I have my own unique styles and cadences that aren’t on the typical DMV type beat with our native “DMV” flow. It’s like I’m the only rose in a room full of sunflowers.
Q: What is your creative process like?
Big H: I like to vibe by myself, the actual music content is just based on the mood I’m in at the moment. I have beat email producers send beats that I might spend 20 minutes going through. My mics are portable so I set up where ever, roll one for the vibe and go.. recording doesn’t ever take me more than an hour for a song.
Q: Take us on a journey back to the first song you have ever written. How was that experience?
Big H: I was 14 in St. Louis Missouri, my cousin had a $15 windows computer microphone tapped on the wall in his closet and I rapped on young Beezy’s bottom of the map. Horrible mix, but I knew this was what I wanted to do.
Q: What is your take on the increase in gun violence within D.C., specifically with the youth?
Big H: I think the gun violence with the youth can be seriously curved if the older generation steps up in communication if recourses are distributed so kids can actually have options in life, and if black people as a community can change the narratives we promote on a daily basis. It’s a mindset thing but I believe we are all tired and ready for change.
Q: What challenges have you encountered since being a music artist and how have you overcome them?
Big H: One of the biggest challenges in being an artist is conducting business with people who may not always have the same values or principles as you. There’s a lot of industry people with empty promises and smoke and mirrors you have to weed through on a daily basis and you want out of your situation so anybody talking about money will peak your interest but they know that and play on an artist’s hunger for success. it’s easy to get finessed I had to learn and get burned a couple of times before realizing it.
Q: Which qualities do you think to make a great musician?
Big H: I think my open-mindedness gives me the ability to create new sounds, and my creativity allows me to lyrically and visually tell my story in a unique way. Overall I think it’s my drive and consistency that has got me to this point and keeps me going
Q: Describe your favorite and least favorite part about being a musician.
Big H: My favorite part about being a musician is hearing how people appreciate or relate to my music or getting approached by people I don’t know who tell me they are fans. My least favorite part of music is just like anything else when you want to get to the next level you’ll have to deal with people you don’t like, but I know how to navigate that.
Q: What are your goals and aspirations?
Big H: Plan on being featured on REVOLT TV and BET this year, opening a music school, and going platinum as an artist, all while becoming a household name in the DMV
Q: What is the best advice you’ve been given?
Big H: The best advice I’ve been given is so what’s true to your heart. Self-awareness can save anybody years of struggle or pain
Q: What’s next for you?
Big H: The world next for me, My plug brother Exotics Brand has Clothes, Rolling papers, Strains, as well as NFTs. We’re rapidly expanding past music so keep an eye out