HeadKrack is an American media personality, actor and hip-hop performer. He is currently a co-host on the nationally syndicated Rickey Smiley Morning Show that is featured in over 60 markets. The New York, Bronx native has had an exceptional radio career which initially began with his #1 rated night time slot at 97.9 FM The Beat in Dallas along side Keynote and Supa K. “KRACK” also has an extensive resume as a hip-hop performer having already completed tours with Wyclef Jean (Fugees), the Vans Warped Tour, his own American B-Boys in London Tour and a long list of high profile concerts and events. In 2010 Headkrack plowed through all competition to win Atlanta’s 2010 RedBull Emcee Battle.
The Hype Magazine got some time with the rising star and he’s truly an interesting person to get to know!
Who is HeadKrack, and where are you from?
I am music lover, movie fanatic, and food and connoisseur who hails from The Bronx, New York (with pit stops in Dallas and Atlanta)
How did you discover your musical talent?
Honestly, I’ve always been somewhat of a ham, a shy ham. My parents friends would come over and I would re-enact the Thriller choreography for them while they partied and played cards. I later became a great beat boxer (by my standards). Once I lost my 2 front teeth my reign was over and I tried rhyming. Come to find out, I was way better at that.
Who have been your greatest inspirations musically and why?
I’ve been inspired most by Michael Jackson, Run DMC, LL Cool J, Slick Rick, Nas, and Biggie. If you ask me the same question tomorrow I may say a whole different set of names. These cats all ushered me through a period in my life where I didn’t have my voice. Their creativity spoke volumes and each of these artist pushed music forward in some way or another.
What do you feel you offer the music industry that we don’t already have in other performers?
I feel that my story is unique and that people can identify with my honesty. I am such a flawed individual in many ways. I have every excuse to be a statistic but I beat every odd and continually push my self to do everything I’ve been programmed to believe I can’t. I’m here to inspire feelings. I want you to either love me or hate me with everything you got.
Have you encountered any problems in getting to this point in your career?
I wouldn’t say I’ve had problems but I will say that some of the places I’ve lived kinda forced me to take the long way. When I lived in Dallas, being so NY and so hip hop was the equivalent of speaking Mandarin in Switzerland. I wasn’t making music for the city, I was making the music that I believed in. With that being said, I may have missed a lot of money by not conforming and making the product I believe in but I’ve never been solely motivated by money. I’ve been motivated by the challenge of converting people who don’t get it to believers.
In 2002, Jerry was recognized by the West Coast Hip Hop Hall of Fame for his contributions to the growth and education of independent artists.
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