Pinnacle TheHustler [pinnaclethehustler]
What do you do? What is your musical specialty?
I make ignorant music that sounds smooth so I can get away with saying inappropriate things.
Do you work alone or in a group? If in a group, who are the others you work with?
Eh, I look at making music like sex. Sometimes it's good to do it alone, you're comfortable, relaxed, you can go at your own pace, and most importantly, you can achieved the desired goal quicker because you don't have to worry about being a productive member of the team. However, it's more fun to work with other people. Although, your sessions may take a little longer they are definitely more enjoyable and many times you're more satisfied with the end result.
So I get it depends on the project ;-)
Is there a web address where one can listen, see, or read some of your work?
You can go to www.planethustle.com for all of my updates, music, videos and more information for my company, Planet Hustle.
Please list discography in which you have participated.
Summer 2010 - South Cide EP
Fall 2011 - K.O.R.E.A.: The Album
Spring 2012 - BBQ Party Jam Sessions Mixtape
How did you begin making music? Who introduced you?
I've been rapping all of my life. Mainly because my uncle and cousin were really big into hip hop. They introduced me to the concept of making music, but I was always intimidated by them because I was very young and they were very good at their craft, so, naturally, I just wanted their approval.
When did you realise that making music could be a way of life for you?
To be honest, the only reason I performed in the first place was because people were making fun of me in school. I was 15 years old and sitting in the cafeteria and I let someone look at my lyrics (big no-no). He criticized every thing I wrote and had the whole table laughing at me. It was a very embarrassing moment for me, so, I decided to prove everyone wrong in the upcoming talent show.
The night of the show came and it was my turn to go on the stage. As I stood behind that curtain, holding that microphone, I was scared to death! My knees were shaking so bad and my heart was pounding so hard that I could hear it through my ears. One thing I did not hear, however, was my name being called by the announcer. Just as I was about leave and go home (because I was so scared), the curtains open and I was facing an auditorium full of my peers. All of sudden, a voice projected over the speakers; it took me a second to realize that that voice was mine! By the time I finished the song, the crowd roared and cheered with applause. Furthermore, after the show, I was waiting in front of my school for my dad to pick and one of the guys that made fun of me a couple months prior pulled in front of me in his car, looked at me and said, "That sh*t was tight man."
That was the defining moment when I knew that I wanted to do music for rest of my life.
When do you have your most lucid moments, in the morning or night?
It's a little bit of both actually. I really don't sleep much, so it's not uncommon for me to stay up from 6pm - 6am working on something. Inspiration is an unexpected phenomenon, so when it comes I take full advantage.
Have you ever awoken with a melody created from your dreams?
YES! A melody and sometimes lyrics! It's crazy, it's almost after you've hit a certain amount of hours with your craft your subconscious becomes a part of your creative process.
How do you know when a song is finished or needs no more changes?
When I can play it in a playlist with Jay-Z, Prince and Michael Jackson.
What part of your job is your least favourite?
Shaking everybody's sweaty, germy hands. You know people don't like to wash their hands when they use a public bathroom.
How often do you practice?