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Exclusive Interview: HDN Cujo Discusses Career, Background, & New Music

HDN Cujo is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter from Niagara Falls, New York. His lyrics often draw on more intimate details of his personal life than standard rap fare, and he delivers them with a melodic sensibility. 

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He is known for songs such as Jungle, On My Own, Up And Away, and Warzone. He made a name for himself independently, releasing singles such as On My Own, Up And Away, and Warzone all in late 2020 early 2021. HDN Cujo has collaborated with artists like Menice, Rxalu Loaded, and Jamie Ray. We had the opportunity to interview HDN Cujo to talk about his background and where he is today in the music industry.

Questions and Answers:

1: Tell us about your background getting to where you are today?

HDN Cujo – I came from a city where no one gets noticed in what they’re doing unless you move out of the city. People dying every day, and there’s a lack of support. I moved to San Antonio in 2018 and 2020 after I went to an A Boogie concert in late 2019 I gained a lot of motivation from watching him perform and being so young and still be known worldwide blew my mind so with my passion for music I put it to the test and started as a recording artist. 

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2: Where are you from?

HDN Cujo – I am from Niagara Falls, NY born and raised

3: How did you get into music?

HDN Cujo – I’ve always been into music I played alto saxophone, keyboard, and drums for my church choir as a kid up until 2018 then I started recording and became an artist in 2020

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4: What is the most challenging thing you have overcome in your life?

HDN Cujo – The most challenging thing I had to overcome was feeling depressed and suicidal.

5: Are you currently signed or independent?

HDN Cujo –  Independent 

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6: Who inspires you the most musically?

HDN Cujo – A Boogie, Lil Baby, and Tory Lanez. 

7: What do you want people to take away after listening to your music?

HDN Cujo – I want people to relate to me on a real-life level. I want them to hear the melodic versatile pain and be able to connect with me as if I was speaking to them.

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8: What is your greatest achievement as a musician?

HDN Cujo – My greatest achievement is finding fans that truly support me and love to see my growth because without them what would I be? Without them, I would’ve never gotten the streams I have gained and the platforms I have been on that have given me multiple opportunities.

9: Do you produce your music? If not who do you work with?

HDN Cujo – I do not produce my music. I have a producer “Trill Gates Production” I help with ideas but I do not produce. 

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10: Who is one artist you wish you could work with?

THDN Cujo – Tory Lanez is one artist I wish I could work with because not only does he have a great voice and make great music but he has a story to tell.

11: Tell us about any new music you have coming out? When is coming out? What is it about?

HDN Cujo – I have 2 viral songs that acclaimed 1M + TikTok views called “Warzone” and “Zoom” dropping soon. I am also working on a project “Hear Me Out” that is a melodic and trap vibe musically representing where I came from what I’ve been through all the hurdles in life I have jumped to get to where I am now in life.

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12: What does a day inside your shoes look like?

HDN Cujo – A day inside my shoes would be me starting my day off taking care of my family. Then going to the studio to record a few songs and analyze what I can change and what needs to stay the same to get to one of the top spots in the world as an artist. Then gaming and streaming with my friends if I am not working on music.

13: Anything else you want the audience to know about you?

HDN Cujo – I appreciate all the love I have gained this year and glad that I have my fans that I consider family that I’ve been growing with and cannot wait to show them what God has in plan for me. New merch dropping soon on the site as well as a bunch of new music showing different sides of me other than hip hop.

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Natalie is a journalism major with a focus on Entertainment and Music who aspires to become a Content Creator For Honk Magazine. Eventually, she wants to be the Publisher or Editor-in-Chief of a major Publishing House. She loves helping people find their voice and passion for writing and journalism, and she can always be found with coffee in hand, editing another article.

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Exclusive Interview: Rising Artist Rasta Man Jay

Hello Rasta Man Jay, Thanks for coming to Honk Magazine to talk about your career.

What 3 things does anyone starting in your industry need to know?

Always stay focused and consistent on your goals,never give up no matter how hard life gets,also never let people bring you down.

What would you do differently if you were starting in your industry now?

I Would be dropping music constantly and making my fans happy with new music every week so my audience is always listening.

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Which people or books have had the most influence on your growth and why?

When I was younger I always listened to great music from Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa,Young Jeezy and many other artists from the early 2000s.

What would you say is the #1 key to success in your music career?

I would say dropping different tracks constantly spitting lyrics from my struggle and pain in my life that is why I came a long way in the music industry.

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Talk about the biggest failure you’ve had. What did you learn from it?

Getting criticized about my rap flow and will people accept it which eventually my fans started supporting me from out of town.

What has been your biggest success story and why do you think it was a success?

When I hit News Weekly, that was the best moment in my life. I started building my confidence again with my music.

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What keeps you going when things get tough in the music industry?

Having 2 Daughters that count on me to win and I won’t let them down so they won’t have to struggle like I did.

What made you pursue being an artist full-time?

Wanting to prove people wrong that didn’t believe in me having a lot of non supporters and hate back in my hometown.

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Would you sign to a label?

Yes but it has to be a label that lets me own my music and doesn’t control my music and all my royalties.

What projects are you working on for the rest of 2022?

I just dropped my album with Distro Kid called Don’t Try to Be No One You Not and also has multiple songs and projects dropping this year so stay tuned.

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How can our readers follow you online?

Anyone can follow me from my instagram account @jholder051817 which already has an impressive following already from joining instagram within 1 year.

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BENNIHUNNA LAFLARE: AN EMERGING STAR IN THE MUSIC WORLD

BenniHunna LaFlare is an emerging star in the music world, and he has recently got fame due to his reality-based music rap music.

Hello BenniHunna, Thanks for coming to Honk Magazine to talk about your career.

Tell us a little more about when you first got into music?

BenniHunna- I have always been into music. Like I love how it makes me feel or puts me in a mood. I started rapping in 2017, I was on & off. I really just made rapping a career 2 years ago when I decided that this is really what I want to do for a living & that’s where I am now.

If you could describe your sound/style in one word, what would it be and why?

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BenniHunna- Hustle or vibe. I use my voice as an instrument sometimes to give me sounds the beat can’t give you so I fill in the blanks. My subject of music really about hustling in a financial way or hustling to put myself in a better position like mentally or emotionally 

What would you say to any aspiring recording artists who look up to your work?

BenniHunna- Lil Wayne, Gucci Mane, Future, Giveon, Summer Walker, Bryson Tiller 

What quote or mantra do you live by?

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BenniHunna- Treat people how you want to be treated. You never who you need in the end 

What is your hobby outside of music?

BenniHunna- Fashion. I’m in love with fashion. I’ve designed clothes for some of my favorite artist

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

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BenniHunna- On tour & starting a label

Do you have anything new or upcoming we can expect to see from you?

BenniHunna- Yes. Another single is on the way. We’re planning the video shoot now.

What is the inspiration behind your latest song?

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BenniHunna- It’s like a wakeup call for the people that aren’t paying me any attention to let them know that they should be & if they don’t I’m gonna make them regret it 

What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why. Please share a story or example for each.

BenniHunna- Save your money cause it will come in handy. Rap is expensive & you gotta have money to play this game. I’ve expedited missing out on feature opportunities & traveling opportunities that prolly would’ve had me further along if I was financially smarter back then.

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BenniHunna- Don’t let the lack of support tear down your confidence. I mean everybody is not going to support you & that’s okay. Just cause they are not supporting me now. Doesn’t mean they won’t in the future. You gotta put in that work & stay focused. Keep ppl around you that want you to win so you can keep that confidence.

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BenniHunna- Maintaining your confidence. Once you lose confidence you lose faith & you start doubting your talent. When you lose faith your audience will too. They can only believe in you as much as you believe in yourself. 

BenniHunna- Be more spontaneous. Everything doesn’t have to be planned out strategically. Sometimes you just gotta get in there & go do it. Don’t think about it. Don’t prejudge it. Just go make it happen. & see what comes from it. I’m not saying do that every time. It wouldn’t hurt to do it sometimes because that spontaneous move might just give you what you been looking for that you couldn’t plan for.

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BenniHunna- Believe in your talent at all times. You need to believe it til the point when people that just met you can see that you have a light that can shine way brighter than how it’s shining. You just have to believe in yourself & never stop believing.

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?

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BenniHunna- I say different flows & beat selection. Try different types of music. You don’t want the audience to feel like they’ve heard the same song over & over. You can even keep the same style but just switch it up lil bit so they can’t predict how the record will sound.

 How can our readers follow you online?

@Bennihunnaaa is my name on all social platforms. & BenniHunnaTV is my YouTube channel.

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