Interview with Whippaaka7_up:
Born in Inglewood, California, Whippaaka7_up is a recording artist and the CEO of Hard Head Entertainment. As a creative artist and the CEO of a growing entertainment company, he combines his inspiration for music and his business acumen into one. Through his productions, he takes the listener through a powerful and dynamic musical journey that celebrates of the resiliency of the human spirit and one’s ability to keep conquering challenges in life to taste victory. In 2009, Whippaaka7_up’s life changed when he experienced a tragic accident that left him paralyzed from the chest down. Never one to give up, he did not let any of these obstacles stop him from striving for success. He would go on to graduate with his degree in technology and a specialty for recording, business and real-estate. Thus, each one of Whippaaka7_up’s productions tells a story and provides a rich source of inspiration and strength for every listener to draw upon in both good and bad times.
Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Inglewood Ca,
How long have you been making music?
I’ve been recording music and perfecting my craft since 2001
How many songs /albums have you released to date?
I’ve published my first official album that has eight tracks that I released last year July 7, 2017, called “Fresh out the ICU”.
Can you tell us about your latest release and the background and inspirations behind it?
My album “Fresh out the ICU”, was created to become a vessel, to help me deal with my disability because at the age of 21yr. old, I was shot in the back of my neck and it left me paralyzed from the chest down. I figured I’ll embrace my situation and become the light that helps others with their struggles in life. I spent over 2yr. in the hospital and I knew want’s I got out I had a story to tell.
How have you ended up in the music industry?
My oldest brother Chuckie use to be a Dj for a group back in the early 80’s and I use to watch him play on is mixing broad all the time. The women in my family all are gospel singers, they get to travel and perform in different stats. I guess I was born to do music whether it’s writing a hit song for my self or for a client.
What do you think of the music industry in 2018?
I don’t care for it, I’ll rather listen to myself then to listening to something I can’t understand, but no disrespect to their grind. I just feel they don’t put enough effort into it like they should.
Who do you think the most influential artist?
To me, I would say Rakim because he gave you street, knowledge, and at the same time, he told you how to conduct your self as a black man.
Who have you collaborated with so far in your career?
I only collaborated with local artist like Half Ounce from “Wrong Kind Record”, but no major artist at the time.
How do you think you differ from other artists?
I talk about the struggle and how to get yourself out of it. I also talk about how to maintain that position and use that same struggle to motive you. Every one of my songs has some kind of message in it, rather its saying something that is uplifting to you or something that would have you think is he describing me. I do not like talking about cars or money because common people can’t relate to that style of music.
Dead or alive, who would be your dream collaboration?
I would love to collab with E-40
What was the first album you bought?
The first cd I purchased as a kid was the “Hot Boys”, by Cash Mony Records
What’s your favourite song at the moment?
Yo Gotti “Rake it Up”
If you had to sell your music collection tomorrow, what album would you leave in your draw?
I would leave Master P album “The Last Don”
What is your favourite saying?
“Tell me what it don’t do”
What other hobbies or interests do you have?
I’m also a certified recording engineer
Do you have any tattoos or piercings?
I have two tattoos one of them is the mascot of my company called “Hard Head Ent” and the other one is my rap name “Whippaaka”
Tell us more about your upcoming project or this new project?
“Fresh out the ICU”, is available on all streaming site except Pandora at the moment. I’m currently finishing up my new album called “105 Muzik” part 1&2 that’s dropping sometime later this year.
What’s in the pipeline after this project?
My goals are to be in films as a disables actor and also begin my non-profit program that will help people express their talents through their disability.
Thank you for your time and may you carry on making great, fresh music.
whoop that way, Thanks that means a lot dawg