a South Russian and self proclaimed alcoholic, Hochii has been immersed in the scene for more than 10 years strong. With influences ranging from Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan, to Frank Zappa and Richard Pryor, its no wonder why he can best be described as a witty, gun toting, and revolutionary comedian. Fascinated with poetry through high school and with the help of his then current English and Sociology teachers, Hochii began writing his own compositions. This would become the building blocks of his career.
Naturally, he developed his own style and morphed from page poet to a spoken word MC. The same school that had provided nourishment for a young Hochii, would also provide one of the most influential persons of his life, Kangbai Suarray. How do a South Russian and African from Sierra Leone blend? Damn well. The two would become best friends and counter parts on stage, forming the Orange County based Hip Hop /Rock group, Students of Life.
These were the best times of my life, we had created a pretty nice buzz through the industry*, but as with all good things, SOL (Students of Life), would be disbanded leaving the door wide open for the next chapter in Hochiis life. Change is sometimes necessary for forward movement.* In 2004, a chance meeting would lead to an explosion of music, stage shows, and connections. D.J. Rallo, co-founder of Technicali and budding producer, was introduced to Hochii at a local show, and musically, the sparks flew.
DJ Rallo provided solace in the form of beats and a studio, while Hochii provided the now battle tested, honed and unmistakable sound that he has developed. One year later, Hochii would release his first SOLO debut album, Bullets through the Speaker. The first Single, The Fresh Coast feat. Ariano and 2MEX, has been well received and is quickly becoming and underground classic.
To date, Hochii has been blessed to work with such artists as L.M.N.O and 2-Mex from the Visionaries, Sean Price of the Boot Camp Click, Casual of Hieroglyphics, R.B.X. of the Dogg Pound, MCs Phooba and Trek Life from L.A., Ariano, Maylay, and thelostARt from the up and coming crew Technicali. Production has been equally as impressive including DJ Rhettmatic of the world famous Beat Junkie Crew, DJ Rallo (Technicali), L.D. (Up Above/Technicali), DJ Flic of Verbal Threat, Not Guilty Productions, and Loops Malodic of Glory.
So where can you find Hochii? Usually at your local bar enjoying good Scotch and meaningful conversation with anybody with an open mind that is. I love doing what I do and what I do is something you can appreciate, whether or not you like Hip Hop.* The Love is Evident. So is the savvy traveler that comes out when he talks about how he got to where he is today. Ive been through a lot.
Ive traveled a lot [US, Europe, the Middle East , Africa, Asia and the list goes on and on] and theres things thats changed me into who I am right now, I have a deep background of warrior blood and I hope to share that with everyone I ever meet. With Hochiis ability to turn everyday life, trivial and major, into classic music, you can guarantee he will continue to travel, perform, and share his witty personality and non-traditional warrior ways. taken from: myspace Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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