Thursday, April 30, 2009

Hugh Augustine the MC



Hamiltone
So, Hugh, how come you don't go by any stage names?
Hugh Augustine
Haha I kept my real name so we wouldnt all be the same... they always tryna change me. Im happy with who I am. If I changed for the stage I couldnt expect people to take me seriously as a person. This isnt a facade. You get me everytime.
Hamiltone
That's a cool philosophy, are there any others that you live by? Anything you're trying to share with the world as far as how to live your life?
Hugh Augustine
Oh yeah mos def. My biggest motto is F**K IT. People get caught up so much in what someone else is doing or how they aren't where they wanna be. Just say F**K IT. Do what you gotta do. Don't get concerned and stressed about things you cant change. I cant waste my energy, I got songs to write.
Hamiltone
Very true. What's the coolest thing you've experienced as a result of your doing music?
Hugh Augustine
Let me think. I think it was this one time I went to a friend of a friends house and we were watching a football game and he was playing his ipod and one of my songs came on that he downloaded from myspace. He knew all the words. it was a reality check that people actually like my stuff. Major turning point for me as an artist too. I never thought people were listening to my stuff before that happened.
Hamiltone
That must be a good feeling. I was just thinking about what I already know about you, which is kind of a lot, and I know you're a stylish guy. Are there any brands that you're watching right now?
Hugh Augustine
Voila Clothing Los Angeles just gave me a sponsorship so im rockin that all day. The Hundreds cut and sew stuff thats been coming out is dope plus im really into old stuff. My hat collection is getting out of control. Levis denim, Nike shoes. Im not really feeling any nikes that have been comin out lately though. I don't know who's designing for them, but i want a job. Besides that ive been buying dickies, black dickies, black nikes, black voila, black starter, i feel like im in NWA
Hamiltone
Speaking of NWA, and all that other stuff, who would you say are your biggest influences in the development of your music?
Hugh Augustine
Tough question. Lyrically it would be Nas, style wise it would be Ahmad, content, Tupac, but I love hip hop. I've been listening to alot of oldschool lately, trying to see how I can improve on the roots of hip hop, so I can create and develop my style better. Rakim and Mos Def have been great influences but I listen to rock and jazz... so it comes from everywhere.
Hamiltone
Is there anybody current that you listen to?
Hugh Augustine
Not really, its not that I dont like anyone, its that I dont want to sound like anyone, so I dont listen to it. I mean there are still OGs who put out albums and I buy them. Besides that, nope. I like my new cd, Thesis of Elevation haha.
Hamiltone
So do I (laughs). Is there anything else you want to say?
Hugh Augustine
Buy my new cd. Get money. RIP Kim, Kenan, Uncle Bo. Dont trust anyone. Get your own cuz I got mine. Wassup MPC. Wassup Bo and David J. Augustines run the world, and so does Nick. Besides that, thanks for the time, keep listening.
Hamiltone
Good talking to you
Hugh Augustine
You too, anytime. Peace.

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