Creed Chameleon’s album demonstrate his growth
Friday - March 24, 2010
One of Hawaii’s hip-hop greats, Creed Chameleon aka Kristopher Rojas, follows up his 2005 album Defy, 2006’s Love Potion Cyanide and 2008’s SIQ of Lazy with The Ultimatum, his first project with Flip the Bird Entertainment.
The Waipahu native of Filipino-mixed descent stays true to his roots as he continues to demonstrate his superb lyricism, knocking down barriers with the hard-hitting truth.
Since making a name for himself on the local hip-hop scene back in 2004 winning several emcee battles, the then 23-year-old spoke of his time lost to drugs and the social pressures of being a teen. His lyrics resounded in the many teens and young adults who also lived that struggle, fueling Creed’s desire to create.
At 30 years old, Creed says fatherhood and the unrelenting responsibilities of life have allowed him to grow as a person and as an artist. Creed has taken his maturity and deeper outlook on life and penned nine songs for his new album: The Ultimatum, The Monologue (cutscene featuring DJ Packo), Morning Blessing, Always, The Groupie Song, Homesick, Paradise Relaxin’ (featuring Geo of Blue Scholars and Bambu of Native Guns), Like This (featuring T-Qron) and Honolulu City.
“I’m cutting back on the swearing because, to me, if you can minimize the swearing it’s a little more constructive,” says Creed, who is a year away from obtaining his criminal justice degree. “In this album I talk about a lot of different topics, just as I did in my other albums, but I address it a little more maturely. I feel it’s better than the albums that I’ve released. I’ve gotten a little more constructive on the writing, and the production has been stepped up.”
Creed credits Tassho Pearce, founder of Flip The Bird Entertainment, his producer Osna and Jimmy Taco.
“Osna gave me some of his real dope beats to work with to write my stuff,” says Creed. “I didn’t even expect it to be an album. But later I jumped on with Tassho and he encouraged me to release it as an album.”
The album is available on iTunes and at local stores Prototype, In4mation, Dig Lifestyles and Fitted Hawaii. For the latest on Creed, visit http://www.creed-chameleon.com ...
Also just released this month is Michael Rosales aka Mic3‘s new album Respect My Pride.
Born in Germany, Rosales’ dad’s military career brought him and his family to Hawaii in 1984 at age 4. Rosales has since called Hawaii home, residing in Foster Village and later graduating from Radford High School.
It’s his childhood days that marked the beginnings of Rosales’ love for music, particularly hip-hop, and also created the foundation of his understanding of his Filipino heritage. His parents are both from the Philippines, and Rosales explains that representing his heritage was the inspiration behind his album and all he does as an artist. “My message is to make people aware of our Filipino culture and our ways through the Pinoy hip-hop music,” he says. “What I’m trying to do is educate the youths and the adults who don’t know about their lineage and our struggles of Filipinos coming to Hawaii. My goal is to get across the history that I learned, and that I’m still learning, and putting that into my music.”
His album features a generous 15 tracks that incorporate Hawaii’s local culture and speak of the pride of knowing where you’re from.
“I’m a Hawaii-raised local boy, but my heart is in the Philippines,” adds Rosales. “This album has a universal message, which is if you love yourself and you love your culture and everything that you’re about, then represent it.”
For more on Mic3, visit www.verseoneproductions.com.
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