Kanye West is a busy man, especially with a new solo album on the way, but he's still making time to stack his G.O.O.D. Music roster with talented artists. The latest addition is Chicago rapper and producer, Holt (a.k.a. "Hollywood Holt"), who MTV News caught up with at SXSW 2015.
Check out the full interview, and a few things we learned about him below.
His name was inspired by an OutKast song
His last name is Holt (so that's pretty straightforward) but when he raps he's "Hollywood Holt" -- and it was inspired by OutKast's "SpottieOttieDopaliscious."
He's part of Chicago's Treated Crew collective
Kanye West's former DJ, Million Dollar Mano, is Holt's cousin, and they've been making music together for years, as part of the Treated Crew collective along with Mic Terror in Chi-Town. After doing his thing in the battle rap scene for awhile, he found his musical wave, and started to build his name as a solo artist, beginning with "Bang That" (a song about girls jukin') that blew up on MySpace around 2006.
His only solo project is called These Are The Songs That Didn't Make The Album But Are Still Cold As Hell So Shut The F--k Up Vol. 1
He signed with Chocolate Industries in 2008, but while recording what was intended to be his debut album, he ended up with an excess of tracks. Those tracks turned into his 2010 mixtape -- which has one of the best titles ever.
The first beat he made ended up on 'The Great Gatsby' soundtrack
Eventually he made the transition from rapping to production as well, and it just so happened that his very first beat ended up on "The Great Gatsby" soundtrack. He whipped up what would eventually become the Amy Winehouse "Back to Black" cover, which featured Andre 3000 and Beyoncé. Kanye got it in the right hands and the rest is history.
His debut album for G.O.O.D. Music is ready
Holt told MTV News that he's deeply influenced by punk music, so don't expect a straight hip-hop record from him when the album drops this year. "It's finished. I'm working on the second one already," he said of the project. "I produced the entire record, expect for one record that Mano did." Oh, and he's definitely excited to be on the label.
"I was already talking to a few other labels with this project but I wanted to sign to G.O.O.D. Music because -- one, I'm friends with everyone there, and two, as a label -- they really let you do your thing. They don't bother you."
He's a stunt man?
When he confirmed that he'd been signed to G.O.O.D. Music he posted an Instagram video of someone jumping out of a window...and that someone was actually him. In our interview he explained how he actually went about pulling off the stunt (and he doesn't even have good health insurance!)