When it comes to an authentic sound, Hooville Entertainment’s Hoolie is the name they call. Brooklyn-bred and a Tampa, Florida regular, Hoolie blurs the lines between trap and drill, becoming the prototype for his sound. Singlehandedly providing the relatable content we can feel, Hoolie dropped by Hip Hop Weekly with his latest hip-hop offering, “Swervin“. Check out our interview with the young phenom below.
HHW: First, we need you to introduce yourself to the readers who may not be familiar. Tell us a little about you.
Hoolie: My stage name is “HOOLIE” and my social media handle is @TheOriginalHoolie. I was born and raised in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY but I am also known as one of Tampa Bay, Florida’s favorite visiting residents. Currently I am the Co-CEO of Hooville Entertainment also known as The Hooligans. We provide marketing and management in the entertainment industry for products, services, and/or other companies.
HHW: When did you first fall in love with music, and how long have you been actively pursuing your dreams of becoming a music artist?
Hoolie: I fell in love with music and the industry as a child because I would accompany my mother to many of her events. My mother has always been in the music/entertainment industry and she is known as a promoter for open mics, showcases, concerts, award ceremonies and events for upcoming artist. i have been actively pursuing my dreams of becoming a music artist for about 10 years and I have been going full throttle for about 5 years strong now.
HHW: What differentiates you from other artists?
Hoolie: I try to display my passion for music through the selection of my words and the energy in my voice. I’m focused on creating my own lane, I call it Hooville. It’s a place where people feel someone relates to them or a world where people can go if they want to get away.
HHW: Are there any artists in the present day or before you that musically inspire you? If so, who and why?
Hoolie: I would have to go with lil Wayne, 50Cent, and Andre 3000. I say that because I was growing up and developing as an artist during their era in hip hop. I believe they were all ahead of their time, in music and business, and i learned a lot from studying their lives. Studying how they moved and what made them stand out from the millions of artist out there.
HHW: What motivates you in and out of the booth?
Hoolie: Necessity, the mother of all inventions. I’ve always hustled/worked but I needed a more secure way to provide for my family and at the same time do something that I had a great passion for. I am also motivated by the entertainment aspect of it all. I love to create something and watch people’s reactions. Whether my music makes you happy or sad or whether it makes you want to laugh or cry, I enjoy creating something that makes people react emotionally. I especially love to make people want to have a great time, that’s why my first official song is high energy and a feel good song.
HHW: What are three things about you that would shock the public?
Hoolie: Being an artist, my life is pretty much an open book, so there isn’t much about me that would shock everyone. But at the same time, people that don’t know me would be shocked if they knew the amounts of good deeds I do for so many people. I am sometimes accused of doing too much for people. People are always shocked to know that I am always working. For example, if I’m in the studio all night, I still have to work in the morning or if I post a party flyer, people think I am going out to have a great time but these parties are work and It’s my job to make sure everyone else has a good time.
HHW: What do you feel you contribute to the culture as an artist?
Hoolie: As an artist, my goal is to make music that would be a part of someone’s real life soundtrack. I want people to say, I’m going out tonight, put that Hoolie on so I could get ready. Or I would love for people to listen to my music to help them get through a moment in their life.
HHW: How do you balance your career with your home life? Family?
Hoolie: In my weekly schedule, I always make time just for my family because being a great dad to my children is actually my number one goal. It’s rough to balance my career and family at times because of all of the ups and downs in this industry. Nothing in this industry is guaranteed but at the same time every successful person in this industry has worked hard to get to where they are at. So since one of my goals is to create an opportunity that creates generational wealth for my family, then my only option is to work hard until I reach that goal.
HHW: What’s next for you? What should we be on the lookout for?
Hoolie: I will be releasing project on 10?25?21. I am also going to continue to work on developing and growing my brand, Hooville Entertainment and promoting my first official song Swervin. I am focused on networking and connecting with as many people as possible. Whether you have a business opportunity or you’re a fan of my work, I want to build on our relationship. I will be getting involved in many new opportunities and helping people with their products, services and/or other companies.
HHW: How can those looking to book you make contact?
Hoolie: For business or branding opportunities please dm us @Hooville_Entertainment.