Yooo wassup Stop The Breaks my name is Loom and I’m a music artist from Gary Indiana. A small 4 corner city right outside of Chicago IL. Music has been the primary focus of my life and my career endeavors.

I love everything that has to do with art; creating to me is finding that inner you and watching it flourish. It’s a passion thats often difficult to describe, but it’s so easily felt you know. I noticed I loved music the most when I was in band at 12 years old.

Of course before that I had many favorite artist, quotes, bars and what not from them, but there I found a more intimate connection with sounds. From there I really dug into music and started looking at a lot of music differently.

I found myself sitting down really dissecting songs taking them apart and putting them back together. It was a great appearance. I played the drums for 3 1/2 years. In that time it was a mini journey and a couple hurdles or should I say a couple of “par•a•did•dles.”

Teenage life was pretty dope for me of course it was very humble beginnings added to that. With growing up with my moms and grandfather that left a lot of time on my hands. I was into sports I played basketball, ran cross country, and ran track.

I was pretty good in the 3, just like anything I always gave it 110%. While in high school I started drifting back into music but this time more hands on. Writing poetry, songs, etc. I toke a very quick liking to it. It became almost like a sibling to me.

I turned my ideas into literature. After I graduated highschool I kept the ball rollin with music. Started slowly finding my self in some crazy ways but it all made sense. From then to now I released 3 projects, and created a brand called BOLD. I see BOLD as a stamp into being innovative. It’s not an acronym but a meaning.

It means “Make Transactions so that you can Transition so things can become Transparent.” I see myself as a bridge. I want to bridge the gap. Not only just in the Midwest but everywhere. Im from a place where the 4 seasons really affect you in a physical way and it’s action that you take in adjusting to those seasons, however you adapt. I want to create a significant change and speak from an evolving perspective.

1) Talk to me about the making of your latest project. What was the inspiration behind it?

The making of my latest project was very organic. From the places I recorded, the features on the project, the produces and the content. I got back to my roots with the beat selections. It has a hard jazz vibe. The inspiration came from a lot of intricate things along the way. Kinda within me doing it.

2) With the music industry tanking and record sales falling, how do you currently make money as an independent hip-hop artist?

Making money right now for me is the 9 to 5 type of grind. Just really getting it how I get it.

3) From a business point of view, which artists in the game do you think are really pushing the boundaries and changing it up?

I can definitely say the artist that are doing that are Curren$y, Big KRIT, Nipsey Hussle, Kendrick Lamar (really the whole TDE collective), Vince Staples, 6lack, Joey Bada$$ and some others.

4) What business lessons have you learnt from the music industry so far?

Branding is a must. Stay true to who you are. Be receptive to a lot of things.

5) What do you love about hip-hop music?

I love everything about hip hop. I love how there has never been a cap on the hip hop genre. It continues to evolve while expressing so much.

6) What still surprises you about hip-hop?

One of the things that surprises me about hip hop the most is how artist are so accepted outside of the United States or their “cultural boundaries.” It’s a very satisfying thing you know.

7) If you had the power to change one thing about the hip-hop industry to help independent artists – what would it be?

Creating more resourceful outlets for artist. Again being that bridge in more than one area.

8) Who do you think are top 3 rappers doing it at the moment?

I feel like a lot of artist are doings things that add to the culture in many ways. Some are noticeable and some are not. However the impact is the same to me. KDot and Chance the Rapper doing they thang tho. They are really pushing an agenda.

9) So what are your plans for the future?

My focus is expanding my brand BOLD, workin on my next project, gettin more publicity, and continue to bridge that gap while creating good vibes.

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Written by Hao Nguyen
Stop The Breaks is an independent music marketing company focused on showcasing independent hip-hop artists. Our goal is to help motivate, inspire and educate independent artists grinding around the world. We provide branding, content marketing, social media, SEO and music promotion services.