By Kim Coco
Introduce yourself to our readers! Let them know your name, where you’re from & the name of the project you’ve dropped!
Yerrrrrrrrrr! What’s going on? My name is Kenji out of Union City, New Jersey aka Hu$tle County. I just dropped my latest project entitled Nothing at All which out now on all Platforms so go check that out.
Kenji, you just dropped NOTHING AT ALL on 10/8 which is off your upcoming album TRY STATE TRAPPIN’ and the industry has gone crazy for it. Tell the readers about the vibe of this track and the team that helped put it together.
Word. My single Nothing at All is more like a smooth type of chill vibe and sound but it’s still in that trappy lane, ya know what I mean? Some would say it has like a bit of a dance, club feel to it. It’s still that hip hop that I usually do and people know me for. Nothing at All is a single that I wanted to show another side of me and how versatile I can be so I put my own style and sound to it. Like my own genre. It’s the type of track that is something for both the ladies and the fellas ya know? And as far as the team that helped?- I had a great producer- 1996 Beats and a really great engineer Chris. And myself. That’s the team who helped me put Nothing at All together.
Kenji, you haven’t put out the music video yet but I hear you have something exciting in the works/ Can you give the Hip Hop Weekly readers a sneak peek of what you have in store for the music video?
Oh I’ve been working on the concept of the Nothing at All video for a little while now. I want it to be perfect so I am taking my time with this one but the final video is gonna be mad good. I’m all about the visuals so it’s gonna be something really icy. I have something real exciting up my sleeve. There’s going to be a lot of trippy lights, lots of flashy stuff, the location will most definitely be in a spot in Jersey. I am keeping it in Hu$tle County of course and will probably put it out either right before or after the new year. The readers can stay tuned for the official announcement and release of the music video by following me.
Nothing at All Visual: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpbgtSnQWx0
Speaking of your upcoming album, Try State Trappin’. Tell the readers about the album name. Is there a subliminal meaning behind it?
Yes, there is a subliminal meaning for sure. I named the upcoming album TRY STATE with a Y, instead of TRI STATE (with an I) because I feel like where I’m from there are so many people / artists be trying as opposed to just going for what they really want- ya feel me? I feel like where I’m from I’m surrounded by this mentality. Everyone is trying but I actually WANT TO DO. I want to prove that if you really put yourself and all you have into what you want you can have it. I want to take it to take level where other people can look at me and say “Wow- Kenji wasn’t all talk. Kenji really did it.”
Tell the readers what we can expect from this upcoming album TRY STATE TRAPPIN. In the past you have put out records with major artists like Fetty Wap- also from New Jersey, Rich the Kid, Manolo Rose and rumor has it that Slater is on the upcoming project.
Yeah actually, me and Slater got a real crazy record- like CRAZY on the next project. I’m working on all the other features on the album as we speak. It’s like 90 percent done but I want to make sure that everything is correct and perfect before I release it to the world and the fans. You know -they say timing is everything so I am really putting my all into this one. You know my music is in every way a reflection of me not just as an artist but also a person. So before I get ready to officially debut this project, I want to be sure it’s phenomenal
Trap No More Ft Fetty Wap: https://soundcloud.com/scaleup/kenji-ft-fetty-wap-trap-no-more
Kenji, this isn’t your first project. Drop the names of those other projects so the readers can check those out too!
Saint Valentino- EP, Touch Down Ft Baby Enjae, Trapstar ft Blizzzy & Fuegogamo ,Sabi Tapes Vol 1- EP Cash App- Single,Boof Pack ft Reggie Mills,Tony Monkuza- Single, This!that! ft Rockstar Harlem- Single Money Savage- Single, Double UP- Single, The Epidemic, The Gospel of Trap
Follow Kenji On: Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/us/artist/kenji/1441468073 Spotify:
Kenji –The Tristate is buzzing about you because your sound and style is very different for someone coming out of NJ. They say you’re the one to look out for. You even won Rap Feast a few years back. How do you respond to that?
To be honest I have been working for years to get that title. I worked hard to get that top spot. I feel like I have been training so hard for this. That’s all I’ve done is train kind of like a soldier who just came out of boot camp. I’m Ready to War. I know what it takes to get there and I have put all of myself, blood, sweat and tears into this music thing. I earned my spot.
How did you get your artist name Kenji?
Kenji is actually my grandfather’s name and it’s also my real middle name.
You also have your own Clothing Line: Hu$tle County which is part of a bigger movement you are pushing – The Hu$tle County Movement. Where can the readers shop for that and what’s in the collection?
Did you see the recent collection? It’s dope. The latest collection I dropped has hoodies, tee shirts and different hats. It’s unisex. I just recently dropped the Scarface collection. Scarface is one of my favorite movie characters. In a way he inspires me to keep fighting for what’s mine and how he died.
Shop The Collection: https://hustlecounty.shop/
Tell us about your Hu$tle County Movement.
Hu$tle County- I started it a couple of years back to represent us, my people in Hudson County which is where I’m originally from but I changed it to Hu$tle County because a lot of people from there, if they don’t have it, they just hustle to make it happen. They find a way to figure it out. It’s a mission. A whole movement so to speak.
Tell us 3 fun facts about you that we would never know otherwise.
1. I’m Japanese
2. I dig Anime
3. I love Rollerblading actually (Laughs)
You have a very supportive and solid team.
Word definitely can’t do it without my team ¡joewunstop ¡iam_bigjerz my producer ¡1996beats , also shout out my guy ¡madlimited holding me down with the merch .
OK Rapid Trivia – One word answers and no elaborating. Ready?
Yes- let’s do it.
Sum up the current state of Hip Hop in just 1 word
Name your favorite Old School rapper:
Name your favorite New School Rapper:
Who are the TOP 5 artists of all time dead or alive?
Well in no particular order, I’m going to go with
Biggie, Stylez P, Stack Bundles, Jay Z and I want to say…. Damn- whose another one? Oh- I gotta say Pop Smoke.
Whose got the best pizza in NJ
DiPalma’s in Union City
You are standing in front of 2 doors. The door to the left goes to your past. The door to the right goes to your future. You get 24 hours behind one door. Which door are you opening?
What’s the first thing you would go do if you woke up tomorrow with all of the riches and fame in the world?
Swim with Dolphin’s
So Kenji! Your new single Nothing at All is out now on all platforms! And the fans are patiently waiting for you to debut TRY STATE TRAPPIN’. Tell the readers what we can expect from you in the future?
I have the music video in the work for Nothing at All. And my single with Slater coming soon while I put the finishing touches on the album. I’m going to keep growing The Hu$tle County Movement so you can expect to see and hear more of me. I’m going to keep releasing new merch and do drops from my clothing line so stay tuned for that. Once the world opens back up you can expect to see me headlining more shows and doing more live performances. You know- more interviews and you can expect to hear Kenji on the radio in the Tri State. I have even more features with other artists that I’m cooking up while I still create music and grow my Brand. I can’t wait to perform again. You will certainly be seeing and hearing more of me. I’m going global.
Thank you Kenji for taking the time to talk to me and Hip Hop Weekly Magazine today! Where can our readers find you on social media? Plug yourself in so we know how to find you for features, collaborations, more interviews, bookings and all things Kenji!
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