Just a like the saying goes, “don’t judge a book by it’s cover,” the same should go for a hip hop artist’s moniker. I’m guilty of passing over cats simply based on their name, in fact I doubt there is many if any at all that can honestly say they haven’t done the same thing. So when the cat Hollywood Floss sent me an email about his music, it almost got the quick delete treatment. I don’t remember what kept my finger off of the trigger, but I ended up checking some of his music and was pleasantly surprised. Although he comes out of Houston, land of Rap-a-Lot and southern gangster rap, Hollywood Floss is more along the lines of another Houston bred emcee Kay of the Kay & Nicolay fame. Floss brings his soulful stylings to the table with a bit of everything as far as the subjects go. This cat is versatile and has a lot of potential to make some noise in the coming years.
Hollywood FLOSS – She Said….
WYDU: What’s good, can you give us a quick introduction to yourself and some background?
Hollywood FLOSS: What’s good WYDU, I go by the name of Hollywood FLOSS, from Houston, Texas. I’m a Rapper / Producer extraordinaire that loves making upbeat soul music everyone can vibe to! I’ve always been around music and freestyling with my older cousins but didn’t decide to take it serious until about 2005; but it has been a wrap ever since.
W: Alright, so on to the generic (but need to ask) questions, like….How did you get your name and what is the significance?
HF: LOL, everyone has inquiries about the name, but it started as a hood name “Flossy B”. The B is the first initial of my government name and the flossy came from neighborhood friends who always said I was flossin’ or fresh with clothes. I’m from a poor to low middle class hood but I was fortunate to have both my parents present and when they could, they would buy me extra Jordans or Polo or Tommy Hilfiger etc, and my friends would just say quit flossin on them. Well when I decided to rap I didn’t like FLOSSY B, so I changed that to FLOSS, but then that was too plain so I added the Hollywood to make it memorable and a brand. So now when I book shows or release music, people don’t know what to expec, is it a rock band, a girl or a boy etc. So it really helps marketing wise. I’ve had acronyms along the way like Flawless Lawless Opposin Stagnant Situations, but I like to keep the FLOSS to remind me of old times.
W: One of the things I’ve noticed about your music is that it’s kind of covers both spectrum, you can rap about the “flossy, hollywood” things, but then you’ve got some thought provoking songs as well..what’s the deal?
HF: Yea, and I plan to keep it that way, detailing my love for fashion, pop culture etc along with social messages from the heart. I think that’s the best way to stay relevant and not limit yourself. When I make songs, I’m letting the beat dictate the mood and the lyrics come out. Plus I’m human, and we all have more than one side to us. Some days I love to go shopping, flirt with some women & other days it’s alone time driving the streets reflecting on life. Always expect two sides from me.
W: You don’t have that traditional southern sound that many of us would probably expect out of an MC coming from Houston, how do you look at yourself as an MC and what you bring to the table that differentiates you from that “traditional” southern sound?
HF: Don’t get me wrong, I love the southern sound, but my favorite MC’s have been able to reach to a mass audience ex: Andre 3k, Lupe, Cee LO. They all have a way of fitting in musically no matter where they’re placed and thats what I want to be remembered for as well. Plus I’m not in this game to copy what has already been giving to people, I’m here to expand on me and give the game something new and original as much as possible. Shout out to those who paved the way in the Houston though, from KRIno, Scarface, UGK, Lil Keke, Big Moe and countless others. The thing that makes me different is a combination things #1 a slight southern voice, but its mid tone and proper sounding, so it throws people off when I say Houston & #2 I give the FLOSSY life mixed with perspective, I’m not afraid to rap about the other side of the coin (my fears,insecurities, etc)
W: How long have have you been honing your craft? Who are some MCs that have inspired you over the years?
HF: I would say seriously since 2005, both rapping and making beats. As far as rapping in general but not being serious on and off since 2000. I love music so I cant just say its only rappers that have influenced my sound, but my list of favorites reads like this: Andre3000, Lupe Fiasco, Cee Lo Green, Jay-Z, Nas, Eminem, Kanye West, Common, Big Pun, Mase, Snoop and Mos Def.
W: In your opinion, what makes a good MC?
HF: Good question. The Best MC’s to me are versatile and aren’t afraid to take risks musically!
W: Your internet hustle has been rather solid. How much does the internet help/hurt an up and coming MC such as yourself?
HF: Thank you, I appreciate that. The internet “buzz” is helpful because your able to reach fans that would’ve taken 2-3 years to reach in one night. Literally I can make a track and send it to London in 2 minutes!!! But where the internet hurts you is that you cant gauge your tangible fans. You have no clue who will really buy CD’s or merchandise from you. You can be the hottest rapper on the net and cant even pack a show in your own city. The internet is a
W: On your latest track I heard, “She Said…”, it was noted that you did the beat for it, pretty fly beat. How long have you producing? Do you produce much? Is that something you get deeper into down the road?
HF: Thank you again, I’m always fearful to let people know I produce or make beats lol. I’ve been producing seriously since 2006 a year and some change after I took rap seriously, and that was out of desperation. I never had any intention of doing so, but as I couldn’t get production I had NO choice. As far as getting into the production thing… SURE! I welcome it with open arms, because it will better my music in the end.
HF: House of Dreams is the direct opposite of Art or Fiscal Intelligence. I want that to be known, because I feel the fans want the same project every time from the artist haha… Well HoD is definitely different and more personal, in fact its still good music, great music to me, but I wanted to pick up where I left off on the last tracks of AoF and show a better song making side.
The whole album is my goals, fears , dreams and wait to you hear it. I definitely brought a different approach to rap song making on this one. Each song has a twist at the end, which are suppose to be dream sequences, so definitely listen to tracks all the way through!
W: Anybody you care to share with us that you are working with?
HF: I work with other artist if there is a mutual respect for the craft, but I don’t like collaborating too much. I will say shout out to TreaZ, Rob Jay, Uzoy, HasH Brown, John Dew, and Kidd The Great! I respect each and everyone of those artist!
W: What else is on the horizon for F.L.O.S.S.
HF: More music and shows fam! I believe to get better you have to put in work, well expect nothing less from Hollywood FLOSS, music around the year, and god willing a tour. I want to be able to do music full time by the end of the summer 2010.
W: Any last words for potential fans and future ex-wives?
HF: Thanks to blogs such as yourself and the many others that have shown me support over the past year. Please stay tuned to House of Dreams and cop it when it drops! www.hollywoodfloss.bandcamp.com ==> buy my music!