IAA SPOTLIGHT: GET TO KNOW – HARV HUSTLE – TEXAS’ HOTTEST STAR!

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From Big D, Dallas, Texas; to the streets of Stockton, California; to the front lines of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Harv Hustle is the epitome of a real soldier. His music, a blend of street and reality rap, is a reflection of how far he has come, and how far his potential will take him.


Harv Hustle, aka Clinton Harvey Hendricks, started song-writing and performing in 2008 as a tool to help him get through the unspeakable things he witnessed and what he battled, both physically and mentally, while serving in the US Army. After losing friends and family to gang violence, he joined the army, serving first in South Korea, then in Iraq after 9/11. Born in Dallas, Texas, and raised in Stockton, California, he now lives in Austin, Texas.

“My image is real,” Harv Hustle says. “I don’t just tell people that, I show them, through my music. My music is for everyone because of everything I’ve been through. I know people can relate. I’m ready for my story to be heard.” -HHP

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What city and state are you from?

HARV HUSTLE: Born in Garland, Texas but raised in California. Spent most of my childhood in Santa Maria in the Central Coast and my teenage years up north in Stockton until I was about 18. I joined the military when I was 18 and moved around the world for a few years before finally settling in Austin, Texas the end of 2006. I have been here since.

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?

HARV HUSTLE: I actually used to beat box for cyphers growing up in Stockton, California so I would say that that is when my real background started. I was always intrigued by music but never knew that I would actually start making my own until the end of 2008 going into ’09, wrote my first song then and I haven’t stopped since. Tried the production thing for a couple of years, dabbled in to engineering, before finally making a name and making connection with people who really knew how to produce and engineer. So I finally decided to just focus on being an artist.

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?

HARV HUSTLE: My music comes from the heart; every single record you have ever heard me on is I and completely I. I have never used a ghostwriter, so my songs are about me, my life, and my interpretation of life. I feel I am very well rounded as an artist so I can dive into just about any topic and my music is definitely real and straight from the heart and soul.

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your favorite song to perform and why?

HARV HUSTLE: I have a few songs that I perform in my shows religiously because first and foremost as an independent, most crowds I have performed in front of haven’t seen me perform before. Second, they tell a tale about me and it gets me going through my set so that the fans get a better idea of the type of person I am. My favorite song would have to be “Get To Know Me” though, the vibe of the track, the baseline and the energy in it is ridiculous and the crowd grabs it more than the others in my opinion. The song has a lot of meaning in it as well lyrically, so that would definitely be my choice as my favorite to perform.

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What has surprised you the most in the pursuit of a career in music?

HARV HUSTLE: The passion I have at this point has grown so deep that I could never turn away from music, I would have to be involved with it in one way or another. When I first started back in ’08-’09 I did it as a hobby to as of now I am actually pursuing it as a career and have been putting my time and money towards making it a career. My biggest surprise would have to be how much people believe and grasp on to my music through my words and the respect I get from people I wouldn’t think would normally would. I think the industry is tough and climbing up the ranks has not been an easy road but the drive comes from the support and the support has definitely been humbling and surprising at times.

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?

HARV HUSTLE: Where do I start? I grew up out west and the 90’s had a huge influence on me musically. I listened to rap music for the most part and some R&B, but influentially, artists like Ice Cube, Dr. Dre/Snoop, DJ Quick and E-40 out west were whom I listened to most in the early years. Going into the middle towards late 90’s I got a little more into the east coast sound and listened to Wu-Tang, Meth and Red, Eric Sermon, Noriega, and Pun. Since moving south it’s been Outkast, UGK, and a fair share of Houston artists in the deck as it is more prevalent in the clubs down south. My biggest influence, nonetheless, and someone I would want to learn and work with because of the business savvy is Jay Z. He has shown the world decade after decade how to put quality music out and also do business outside of the rap game. You have to respect what he has done in his career.

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?

HARV HUSTLE: I feel I am the epitome of “reality” music. I don’t sugar coat my music and I don’t hold back in my music. The reason why I feel people like my music is because I can tell a story through experience first hand. I have never claimed to be a punch line rapper or battle type rapper, I just paint a picture through words through the experiences I have had.

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?

HARV HUSTLE: Not even going to lie, I feel my story and drive separate me from the majority. I am a combat veteran, a father/dad, a spouse, and an entrepreneur. I know everyone has a story and I respect every artist, but my drive for success, and the life I have endured through hasn’t been done by many especially at my age. I have been through so much and I am still blessed enough to be here and I really try to give people motivation to endure anything through my music.

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What would you like to see changed in today’s music industry?

HARV HUSTLE: My personal opinion is that music has become saturated with a lot of the same sound so the quality today isn’t what it used to be even a decade ago. Don’t get me wrong, there are dope artists out there still and they can put their words together better than others but yeah, I think too many artists sound alike, not enough originals in the game!

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects that you are currently working on?

HARV HUSTLE: I am currently working on my third solo album entitled “Freedom Of Speech”. I have two already out on my website www.harvhustle.com, my first solo “Twisted And Gifted” and my newest “Despicable G’ with my headlining track “Get To Know Me”. My next second big single called “Hatin” will be released soon for the world to hear and has my fam Rymeezee out of San Francisco and Synn Bonafide out of Boston featured on it. The track is produced by L1VE Beats out of the Denver area. Be looking for that to drop soon, it’s serious lol.

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

HARV HUSTLE: I really aspire to grow in everything I do and I have a business mentality. I am still learning and by no means know it all, but in 10 years I would love to be in a position to write checks and bring out the best artists to the hip-hop scene as well as goals of owning multiple businesses in different fields. Helping people cope with PTSD is one of my goals in life as I have been diagnosed with it because of the combat I endured in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003.

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?

HARV HUSTLE: My personal website www.harvhustle.com is the best way to find me; it has my links to every other main site including Facebook, instagram, and Twitter. It also has links for iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play to buy as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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36 COMMENTS

  1. I liked this it shows alot of grind man idk how many artist ive seen an worked beside but Hhp has some grind in a age where any 1 can just throw words down an call it a song he takes pride in his work it shows i think more artist like this should have doors open for them or musicwill stay in this state of uneducated rambling Atx supports HHP

  2. Harv is a true artist painting pictures with his words. It’s not hard for him because he ain’t making stories up just to get someone’s head bouncing. He’s speaking from the heart and recalling “real” memories. Today’s rap scene is so full of fakes who grew up in the burbs and tell fairy tales about their life it makes me want to puke! I love listening to Hustle because he’s real and he ain’t trying to record what he thinks people want to hear…he’s recording what he wants to say without caring about what other people are doing!

  3. Harv is a solid dude. Period. He tells it like it is and he goes out there and works for his. He doesn’t switch up or try to be something he’s not he just soaks it all in and turns it into his own thing which I respect now-a-days because so many artists try to fit a mold. Much love brush…

  4. Mane HHP music is dope orginal definalty underground music at it’s finest I don’t like jammin main stream I wanna hear my local people and there thoughts and views on life and Harv brings that to this game mane salute

  5. This guy is absolutely amazing live. He brings crowds of disparate people together like no performer I’ve seen. People who may not realize they are rap/hip hop fans become entranced with the stories he tells in his music. And aside from the deep meanings in his songs, Harvey comes up with some straight dope ass beats! I really believe in this cat and his talent. He’s gonna be huge soon.

  6. Harv Hustle is the man! Ive been a fan since day one with this dude and had the pleasure of being able to work beside him as a producer and an MC. I still find myself listening to his old songs as if they never got old. Definately an inspirational story behind this guy here too. I got respect for anyone who has been into combat and served our country, and i could see his music being therapeutical to vets and/or people currently serving. Ive been blessed to know this guy and i will always hope the best for his music. Glad to see that ‘get to know me’ is getting out there as a song, i remember bumpin that song on the low when he first sent it to me lol

  7. WE ALL THINK ITS EASY TO GO FROM DEFENDING THIS GREAT COUNTRY TO ENTERTAINING THIS COUNTRY AFTER IRAQY FREEDOM HARVEY HUSTLE HENDRICKS FOUND HIM SELF IN BATTLE FOR THIS COUNTRY AND WAS USED AS THE TIP OF THE SPEAR TO TEAR DOWN FALSE IDOLS AND SAY FAREWELL TO THE KING ON HIS THROWN .AFTER HE FOUGHT OUR BATTLES SERVING HIS GOD & COUNTRY HE IS TAKING THE WORLD BY STORM DOING WHAT HE KNOWS AND LOVES AND IM SURE IS HEALING TO HIS HEART& SOUL. SO TAKE TIME SUPPORT THOSE WHO HAVE YOUR BACK WHEN YOU DONT EVEN KNOW IT AND TAKE TIME TO GET TO KNOW HIM HARVEY HUSTLE HENDRICKS

  8. Shutout to a real solider someone who’s seen it all. His style is like a fine wine it ages with time he can give you the street’s and he can give you a story. He’s lyrical and determine in perfecting his craft. Keep you the work see you in Philly soon.

  9. Clint u r doing so well all these years I know it’s been hard but u r doing it can’t wait to hang out no matter what never give up u have complied so much and stepped up in this world proud of u much love and respect

  10. What up its ya boy Stacks showing some love to a true grinder Harv Hustle. i had a chance to be the same bill as him when he came to my home city Mpls MN, but got sick. the love he pulled out of there is unreal most local rapper don’t get the same reciprocation he got. i hope i get a chance to work with u in the future fam. keep it

  11. S/o my dawg Harvy H, and good looks on tha shout out too my g. Hard working artist right here doin his thang! I salute u bro! #Hatin #TheNextBigThing

  12. So see, I’m the lucky gal who shares a home, a life, and a love with this man. So you can best believe I know the ins and outs of who he truly is as a person, and a soul. Please believe he’s as real a it gets, and he spits exactly what he lives. That in itself intimidates a lot of people around these parts. Harv tells his life story, while they are making theirs up as they go along. Which invariably reflects whatever’s trending at the moment, and of course the ubiquitous money, hoes, cars and clothes. When an artist can not only have a sick beat, and intelligent flow, but moreover have the capacity through their words to make other artists take a hard look in the mirror; you call that nothing less than powerful.

  13. SAAAAAAYYYYY YOU OUT HERE WORKIN I SEE GREAT THINGS IN YO FUTURE JUST KEEP GRINDIN …… AND WHEN YOU TIRED GRIND HARDER MUCH LOVE!!!

  14. Great interview Homie. Keep pushing and grinding and in due time things will happen for you. Stay true to yourself and your music but allow yourself to grow. We all rap about where we came from which is very important but don’t forget to mention how to over come it and where your headed.

    Let’s go!

  15. It’s the music that illustrates the truth of an artists life that resonates with people….I haven’t listened to your music but the story intrigues me…..look forward to exploring your music….salute and keep moving…..

  16. Loved the interview as I learned a lot about who you are what you are about HH! Keep it rolling fam and all the best you and yours!

  17. I know Harvhustle on a collaborative effort we did here in Minnesota. . He rocked the mic, carried the crowd, and showed as well as received nothing but luv. He is consistently on his grind and always striving to grow. Sugar Baybe Management & Promotions salutes! Team SB supports Harvhustle all day! Woot woot!

  18. What’s up Mayne I’m back to show more support. I see your grind bro and it’s crazy. Keep pushing and like u said keep doing your music with holding anything back. The game needs the real and the raw, not this waterd down shit cats been putting out

  19. This was very interesting!! I wish you the best of luck in your adventures ahead!!! Hard work pays off!!! I would love to see you take off!!! Good job, and thank you for all your services to our country!!! God bless you!!

  20. Great interview! The truth in every line of Harvey’s music is what separates him from other artists; the rawness. You can’t help but be pulled into his world while listening. Excellent beats, phenomenal lyrics, all around outstanding music. I’ve been listening to Harvey since he put out his first album, and he continually surprises me with each new track. Always excited to hear what’s coming up next. HHP never disappoints!

  21. He’s one of the few that talked about persuing this career and has done so. It took a while but he’s getting to where he wanted to be at.

  22. Hey G…. I served with u when u served in OIF in 03. Got much luv for you n good luck with it.. so just showin my love n support homie…

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