Rich Hunter Interview @RiskyStar

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Check out our exclusive interview with Rich Hunter.

I2G:
All right we’re here with Rich Hunter. How’s it going man?

Rich Hunter:
I’m doing wonderful man, thanks for having me.

I2G:
Absolutely, absolutely. Let’s get right into it. You just recently dropped your new single entitled “You are Everything”. Tell me more about the single and how it changed everything for you.

Rich Hunter:
The single’s doing great right now. You are Everything is just kind of an ode to all of the wonderful women that have entered our lives to help support us since. I really wanted to make a dope album that’s just more mature, some grown ass stuff, Which lets me talk about all the things I’ve been through in my life.

It kind of gives to the people, so I wanted to come out with that as kind of a first single, get that R&B Soul thing out there and, let everybody know that I kind of slipped up to monitor a lot of the Hip Hop albums going over to the Neo Soul stuff.

I2G:
Now you got your new album, “Third Eye Inspiration”. Maybe assist somebody that’s new to your music, what are listeners in store for once they check out the project?

Rich Hunter:
So, Third Eye Inspiration is a nice song that are based on I would say, love, life, some failures and successes, and more empowerment. Definitely revolutionary at times, and just kind of boils down so far as just sounding like, as well as what we kind of go through even as a black man, what I go through on a day to day basis.

Recently, I wanted the honor for Risky Star but going into like I said, this current album Third Eye Inspiration, there’s definitely more a Neo Soul flow, with a Hip Hop influence line.

I2G:
Now as far as visual, do you have anymore upcoming videos [inaudible 00:02:14] from the project?

Rich Hunter:
I do. I got a video dropping called “Smile Again” and it’s featuring Joyya Marie.

I2G:
We’re now about half way through 2017. So what’s your thoughts right now on the music that’s out right now? Hip Hop, R&B, the hits in general and, maybe some albums that you’re feeling right now that’s out?

Rich Hunter:
Well, I’m really happy with the music industry right now. I feel like there’s been a shift. The positives have come about so far as with Kendrick, and Joey Bada$$ and things of that nature. And that kind of falls into some of … In the vein of what I’m doing as well.

And I think that … There’s a lot of people on local levels, the underground levels that’s been doing that type of music for a long time, but it seems to be … I don’t know if it’s in the wake of things that are going on but, the trust issues and what not but there seems to be shift, an awakening in the cognitive in the Hip Hop community.

So it’s good to see and hear a lot of more progressive positives coming out of young artists in the mainstream, in the loop and lose everything.

I2G:
Yeah, and that even leads right into my next question. You’re probably the … I would say, eighth or ninth artist that I’ve interviewed that’s been around the Portland, Oregon area. Seems like there’s been a booming or a Renaissance in Hip Hop that’s going on out there. Any artists that you’re feeling or maybe artists that you’ve collaborated or, worked with that’s … What do you think about the Hip Hop scene in Portland?

Rich Hunter:
The Hip Hop scene in Portland is amazing. I’m super proud of it right now. I’ve been working with Libretto quite a bit from out here. I’m super proud of what the artists is doing out here There’s a lot of people out here that rep, young men and women that are just doing an amazing job right now setting off with the city. So it’s just like a big boom man that, I’m super proud of man.

I2G:
Ok.

Rich Hunter:
And I also got 6ix on my album, who’s a Portland native and he’s on there. And I got Madgesdiq from out here in Portland as well. Yeah. So, I’m happy about it all brother.

I2G:
All right. Do you have any upcoming shows or tour dates or anything coming up that you want to let people know about?

Rich Hunter:
Yeah. Actually, I’m doing a … Like I said, I’m trying to do the switch over to the R&B Soul side of things and so, I’m doing a show on June 24th with Chante Moore and Dru Hill.

I2G:
Oh wow.

Rich Hunter:
Trying to take it back, it’s called “The 90’s Rerun” tour so I said, all right yeah I’ll jump on it. So I’m going to be … I’ll be doing that on June 24th. And then besides that, I have a couple of art show galleries. That’s another big one out at June 24th.

I2G:
What’s your website information for people looking to check out your music and see what you got going on?

Rich Hunter:
So, everything is at Risky Star so far as everything from Sound Cloud, to Instagram, to Facebook, everything. Everything is at Risky Star.

I2G:
All right. Well, that’s all the questions I have for you. Appreciate you being down for the interview. Is there any last words or shout outs you want to get out to the people?

Rich Hunter:
Yeah, I just want to tell everybody to strong out there. Keep being independent, keep being creative, and that’s about it brother, one love.

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