Becoming a successful artist is difficult, and even more so when you have to face personal tragedy. Enter Modesto, Calif. rapper, who faced a near-death experience before entering the rap game.
Rapping since he was an eighth grader, Hayden dropped his first song at 13 (“Modesto”) and kept working hard. Then in 2017, at 16 years old, Hayden nearly lost his life in a car accident in his hometown. The rapper was a in the backseat of a car when his friend crashed while under the influence of weed. The 16-year-old girl who was driving the car was charged with the murder of a mother and daughter in the other vehicle. The accident left Hayden badly injured, including a broken back, broken ribs and an injury to his small intestine.
Turning a tragedy into triumph, Hayden hit the studio in 2018, and recorded “29,” the title inspired by the date of the crash, Nov. 29, 2017. Though his injuries still hadn’t fully healed, Hayden dropped the song about the incident and started to experience real momentum. The song has 20 million Spotify streams and 7 million SoundCloud plays to date. “We was drivin’ hella fast, I woke up seeing nurses/Happened in a second, mind spinnin’ like a circus nigga/I’m in the back seat, how the fuck it’s my fault?/November 29th, almost died up on that asphalt,” he raps over a piano-driven beat.
Hayden’s true breakout song came out in 2019. “Brothers,” a Luh Kel-assisted track, finds the West Coast rhymer rapping about putting friends over the women that may come between that brotherhood. The subject matter, Hayden’s catchy chorus and sing-song delivery got him tons of streams, over 60 million on Spotify. “Costa Rica” came in 2020, and it’s moving even faster than “Brothers,” amassing 65 million plays on Spotify in considerably less time. He even teamed up with The Kid Laroi on the remix.
With a growing buzz, Hayden dropped his debut project, Pain Is Temporary, last Friday, and he is seeing better days. He’s grasping success after such a traumatic experience. Learn more about Bankrol Hayden in this week’s edition of The Break.
Hometown: Modesto, Calif.
I grew up listening to: “Kid Cudi was a big inspiration for me on music, and I used to go to record stores, and we would just rap on instrumentals and shit, but Kid Cudi was really who inspired me with my music, and still to this day that I’m here. His melodies, really how he talks about situations in real life and shit inspired me to do shit like that.”
My style’s been compared to: “[People say I look like] Lil Mosey, but when I went on tour with him, it ended all that. We can be locked in, and you feel me? But people who used to say that a lot, really him and then that’s pretty much it. I don’t really look like much artists.”
I’m going to blow up because: “Just, as an artist, it’s hard to always believe in yourself, but you got to, it’s just something that you have to be. As a rapper, you got to always believe that, and that’s something that I believe in strong, that I’m going to blow up, and yeah, just my music. I feel I’m coming different.”
What’s your most slept-on song, and why?: “Maybe ’29’ a little slept-on now, as time goes on and people forget about it and hear ‘Costa Rica’ and ‘Brothers’; but at the time I don’t really got a slept-on record, because I don’t got much records out, but when the project’s out, we’ll be able to tell. I feel like there’s a lot of slept-on records on the project that’s going to be fire, too, there’s a record called ‘School Girl,’ and I feel like a lot of people are going to connect to that could be a slept on record, in a good way.”
My standout records to date have been: “‘Costa Rica’ could go gold faster than ‘Brothers,’ it’s crazy. It’s picking up more speed every day. ‘Costa Rica’ is really big right now, and did amazing. We didn’t even think it was going to do that good. ‘Brothers’ is doing amazing, and same thing.”
My standout moments to date have been: “Being able to give back to my city was big for me, that’s something that I always wanted to do as a kid. Just being really, or getting just money off music was crazy, bro. Never thinking that. I was just in Malibu for the week, and I woke up and I just looked out the window, and I was playing my old, one of my first songs on YouTube, and I was just like, “Bro, that shit was so bad, how am I here?” So I don’t know, really, it’s all new.”
Most people don’t know: “I used to skateboard when I was little. That’s something I would be doing, but I don’t do it that much no more, and ever since I got hurt from the car crash, I can’t do too much. I don’t want to … Because my back and everything is still healing and messed up a little bit, so I can’t be wilding out like that.”
I’m going to be the next: “I’m going to be a superstar. When we met with a lot of the labels, that’s what I was trying to say, and to be a superstar, you going to have to do a lot of stuff. That’s why I’m putting out so much types of music.”
“Brothers” featuring Luh Kel
“Whatchu On Today” featuring Polo G
Pain Is Temporary
Join the wild ride as Big Bus Dream unleashes their alternative rock escapade, aptly titled “C’mon Dream”!
Renowned Indie Alternative Rock artist Big Bus Dream has recently released his highly anticipated single, ‘C’mon Dream’, setting the stage for the forthcoming album that is scheduled to drop on September 21, 2023. Drawing inspiration from real dreams, this musical endeavor promises to take listeners on a captivating and diverse musical odyssey.
Big Bus Dream has established himself as a force to be reckoned with in the music industry, garnering widespread critical acclaim. In 2022, his single ‘Hear Me Roar’ received high praise from critics and fans alike, solidifying his reputation as an artist who pushes boundaries. Similarly, the release of ‘Giant In My Mind’ in 2021 resonated deeply with his dedicated fan base, further cementing his status as a beloved musician.
What sets Big Bus Dream apart from his peers is his innovative approach to music. With each new release, he continues to evolve his sound, offering listeners a fresh and enchanting perspective. His unwavering passion for music was ignited at a young age, performing at legendary venues such as CBGBs and Max’s Kansas City from 1980 to 1986. After a twelve-year hiatus, he made a triumphant return to the music scene in 1998, only to find a transformed industry awaiting him. Reflecting on the changes, the artist candidly remarks, “The music business was never magical; now it’s merely a shell of a fantasy.”
As fans eagerly await the release of the full album later this year, ‘C’mon Dream’ serves as a tantalizing glimpse into Big Bus Dream’s artistic vision. With his distinct blend of genres and boundless creativity, he continues to captivate audiences, leaving an indelible mark on the music landscape.
Big Bus Dream site: https://www.bigbusdream
McMarro Family Restaurants: A Celebration of Mexican-American Heritage and Vibrant Chicano Culture in Los Angeles
Van Nuys witnessed an extraordinary convergence of culture, community, and culinary delights as Andrew Marroquin and the Marroquin family, esteemed owners of McMarro Family Restaurants, hosted the highly anticipated “Cold Brews & Classic Cars” event on Thursday, May 18th. As the one of the largest Mexican-American franchisees within McDonalds, they were perfect for hosting the auspicious occasion. This collaborative extravaganza, presented in partnership with McDonald’s and local car clubs, showcased the enduring spirit of the Mexican American community while paying homage to the vibrant Chicano Culture that permeates the streets of Los Angeles. With the presence of acclaimed personalities such as Rob The Original, LGND, and Concrete, the event became a cherished opportunity to honor LA’s rich heritage and experience the tantalizing flavors of McDonald’s new Cold Brew Coffee.
In their role as the largest Mexican-American franchisee of McDonald’s, McMarro Family Restaurants seized the opportunity to curate a truly exceptional event that embodied the heart and soul of Los Angeles’ Chicano Culture. The gathering welcomed an array of local car clubs, including the Diplomatics Car Club, Finessed Car/Bike Club, Family Empire Car Club, La Gente City of Angels, and a special appreciation extended to the esteemed Notorious Entertainment. Their collective presence infused the atmosphere with an unparalleled vibrancy, elevating the event to new heights.
However, the evening was not just about reveling in the passion for classic cars and the flavorsome Cold Brew Coffee. It was also an occasion to give back to the community. The momentous occasion played a pivotal role in distributing hundreds of Happy Meals to elated children, spreading joy and creating treasured memories. Laughter filled the air as attendees immersed themselves in captivating conversations, captured priceless photographs, collected autographs, and basked in the timeless elegance of the classic cars on display. Adding to the enchantment, the tunes spun by Chulita Vinyl Club created an unforgettable soundscape. McMarro Family Restaurants expresses profound gratitude to the city of Van Nuys for their warm embrace and eagerly anticipates many more remarkable moments in the near future.
McMarro Family Restaurants’ “Cold Brews & Classic Cars” event stands as a testament to their unwavering commitment to celebrating Mexican-American heritage and embracing the vibrant Chicano Culture that thrives in the heart of Los Angeles. Their dedication to crafting remarkable experiences goes beyond delectable cuisine, extending to fostering unity, joy, and community engagement. To stay connected with McMarro Family Restaurants and discover their future endeavors, please visit their official website and follow their social media handles. Join them in celebrating the rich tapestry of Mexican-American heritage and immerse yourself in the enchanting world of McMarro Family Restaurants.
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