HateSonny talks growing up with music, spoken word poetry, and Louisiana Hot Sauce

South Side Chicago rapper HateSonny has been making big of moves as of late. His new album titled GOOD LUCK was an especial masterpiece. The artist, heavily inspired by jazz and house music, is a person of interest in the underground with his multi-talented songwriting skills and articulately atmospheric sound. As a follow up to his previous album, BAD LUCK, his latest drop contains staple tracks for every musichead’s playlist, and leaves you wondering what else is to come. Recently, UVC had a chance to discuss HateSonny’s experience with spoken poetry, how music has impacted his childhood, and his plans for the future. 

Firstly, can you tell me a little bit about yourself? Where you’re from and some personal details most of us wouldn’t know?

im from da south side of chicago and uh, my favorite album of all time is Random Access Memories by Daft Punk

Was music a big part of your life growing up? How did you become involved in music?

ye music was always a huge part of my life, my pops used to be a DJ when he was younger so he would have hella records around the house and there was always some sort of music playing throughout my house. I became involved with making music via poetry, i used to do spoken word and shit like that for this Chicago competition called “Louder Than A Bomb” and I would perform poems and my shit. I always scored well on my solo pieces–

always 8s, 9s and 10s. Then I started recording at this studio through this program called YOUMedia

Some artists are uncomfortable recording for their first time. Is that consistent with your experience or did it come naturally?

not really because when i first started recording i was off the xans  and not giving no fucks, so i would just be off the bars freestylin until i realized i got a good voice and some real shit to talk about.

When did you get to the point where you felt that you could take music seriously as a career?

a little over a year ago, probably around the time I dropped my Devils Advocate EP. that was when I started getting real recognition.

You just dropped GOOD LUCK a few days ago, can you tell me about your growth between the BAD LUCK album and it’s follow up?

I think I allowed myself a lot more time to really focus on a concise sound throughout a project. I was involved hands on in a lot of the production and mixing of this project in contrast to bad luck where it was mostly just my friends emailing beats

One of the most popular tracks off GOOD LUCK is “Wizard Kelly”… what inspired you behind that track?

i had made that song when i was going through the roughest points of my life. i was broke as hell, down bad as hell and the only thing on my mind was like finding a way to make sum bread

Who influences your music style in general?

Mos Def, Kanye West, Ab-Soul, Xavier Wulf, and Pharell are my biggest music influences, also Lil Wayne and Earl Sweatshirt

Who inspires you in the underground?

mostly my friends like nombrekari and chase alex. i fucks wit lucki, kyslingo and dham lee super heavy too

Is there anyone in the UG that you haven’t worked with that you’re interested in?

yea it’s a couple, i definitely wanna get sum shit wit kyslingo, dham lee, lucki, xavier wulf, and a few other mfs

On the day of the drop GOOD LUCK’s cover art was everywhere on Twitter. Has your latest album had the public response you expected?

i mean honestly i didn’t really think about what the public response was gonna be before dropping it. i know mfs who heard it like it so far and that’s really cool to me. now i jus gotta try n get more people to hear it i guess

We’re all wondering what your next moves are. Do you have any future projects in mind?

I got a lot of projects coming that ima keep a surprise for now. Some real hot shit coming up very soon.

What’s your favorite hot sauce? 

honestly either Louisiana or Red Hot. Louisiana Hot Sauce on eggs is fuckin amazing

Okay thank you for taking your time to do this interview! Do you have any advice for any artists just starting out in the underground scene?

hell ye. jus b urself b expressive, keep ur close ones close