Introducing the Hometown Hero, Rexx [Profile]
Hamilton, ON – In our latest Prolific Profile, Steel City recording artist Rexx talks about getting into the game, his new mixtape Hometown Hero, working with hit-maker Arthur McArthur and more. Check it out.
Prolific Profile: Rexx
HipHopCanada: How do you define hip-hop, and where do you feel you fit into that definition?
Rexx: Hip-hop is a form of art, a lifestyle, passion. As a young artist, I am now beginning to see what it takes to achieve goals in the hip-hop industry, but I still have a very long way to go. I am extremely driven and very passionate about my craft. As time goes by, I realize more-and-more that it has become my life.
HipHopCanada: What drives you to stay in a business that is rarely profitable and highly competitive?
Rexx: The love of music is what drives me. I don’t do it for the money, the money will eventually come. I just love being in my zone and writing or even just listening to beats, I feel like a kid with his favourite toy, always excited to hear new material. I can’t lie though; I am very competitive so the thrill of trying to better myself and the fact of wondering “what if?” always keeps me on my toes. I don’t think that’s a bad thing.
HipHopCanada: Where are you based specifically?
Rexx: I am from Hamilton, Ontario aka Steel City.
HipHopCanada: How has living there influenced your sound?
Rexx: I would like to say it hasn’t, but in a way it has. From an artist’s perspective, I like to write a lot of things that I have seen and done. Most of those things were in Hamilton. Saying that, I have always been influenced by the southern, American sound. Probably because I grew up listening to old school music which just made people dance and care free.
HipHopCanada: Who is your primary fan base?
Rexx: I really can’t put a label on it right now, but I have a different variety of fans, people I wouldn’t even expect to like hip-hop. For now, it is mostly Hamilton fans who show the most support.
HipHopCanada: What tips would you give young artists coming up, or what do you wish someone would have told you when you first started out in the hip-hop industry?
Rexx: “Dreams Can be achieved,” that was something that my mom always told me as I was starting out. It might be just a saying, but having something to drive you, or someone in your corner is always a great help. I would tell them to keep chasing what they want most. That’s if they do it for the love of music and not the money. It takes a lot of time, effort and money but if you want it like a lot of artists do, you will do what it takes to reach for the stars. “Sky’s the limit.”
HipHopCanada: In which ways do you interact with your community?
Rexx: I really try to keep my community posted with what I am doing. I feel like it would benefit the city if they feel like they’re part of me reaching my goals. You could never have too much support, especially from your own city. Also, I have just recently done a show for Christmas, and all the money I made at that show was donated to the kids at the Goodwill. So I do try to give back as much as possible.
HipHopCanada: Which artists have you worked with that left an impression on you, and why?
Rexx: I haven’t worked with any artists yet, I have been building my own sound. That being said, I have worked with great producers and I could say Arthur McArthur left an impression on me because he knows what it takes to get to where you want to get to. When we had our beat session, I just felt the passion he had for making a beat, it was crazy. In a weird way, just feeding off his energy and passion gave me a boost of confidence. And it gave me more love for the hip-hop industry, seeing how hard others have worked to get what they want.
HipHopCanada: Which Canadian artist would you most like to collaborate with?
Rexx: I have been so influenced by the American rap game, that just recently I have been realizing how good Canadian musicians are. That being said, I could see myself collaborating with A-Game, Luu Breeze or Milli Millz: all very good artists. I am also fans of their work.
HipHopCanada: Tell us about past and present successes, as well as future projects?
Rexx: I have a lot happening this year, Two years ago I dropped my first mixtape, but I wasn’t too impressed with the way I did it, or handled it. I just sort of put it out without anyone knowing who I was… just a couple friends. But this year, this year I am going to bring it harder than I ever have before. I have worked with great producers, and I seem to have a whole team behind me this time supporting me, let alone a very supportive city since my buzz has been building. I have my Hometown Hero mixtape coming out within a couple of weeks hosted by Queen’s own Superstar Jay. I have a couple of music videos on the way as well as the release of my single, “Ain’t Nothin’ To It.” I feel like I have come a long way, and I know I will keep climbing because I have the passion and determination to not give up when things get tough. I am expecting big things coming up within the next year or so. I will take it one day at a time and see what happens. I am very confident that it will only get better from here.
HipHopCanada: Any last words for the HipHopCanada online community?
Rexx: I wanted to say thank you for taking the time to read this, and getting to know me a bit more. This won’t be the last time you read or hear from me, that’s for sure! I hope to continue to make good music and gain more fans. My website has a couple of my music videos and a bio that I have put out. I love the positive vibe, and support I get from Canadians, its dope. Thank you HipHopCanada!