Hugo Da Boss is the next big thing. WOW! That’s a huge statement, but this talented rapper, who plays piano and sings, too, is ready to live up to it.
The music that the Son of Harlem is doing now, for his debut cd, is called “swag music,” but if you think that Hugo Da Boss is just about rap music, you would be seriously mistaken. His “swag music” is about “flava and musical instrumentation, plus some strong musical intelligence.”
The piano prodigy, who as a young teenager, attended the world renowned Juilliard School of Music in New York City, and is a trained classical pianist who learned music theory and took vocal classes. As a kid, he listened to his brother deejaying and the music of P.Diddy and Mase, both from his native Harlem, spilled out of the room, mixing with the sounds of Scott Joplin, whose life story and musical innovative pierced Hugo’s ears when he saw the classic movie starring Billy Dee Williams and got him interested in piano. The gifted musician has played the legendary Carnegie Hall, where he wowed (there’s that word again) the crowd. All of these intricate sounds and beats mixed in Hugo and he wants to blend hip-hop with the various styles of music (jazz, blues, pop, et al.) that he has learned to appreciate while studying at the prestigious music school.
“I like to call what I do ‘swag music.’ It’s the music that Ludacris, Akon and Fabolous (among others) do, artists who brought the party back to music. I want to do that kind of music so that hip-hop can be the music of the people again and not just about bling-bling and places that people might never see. I want to get back to music that you hear in the club and music that just makes you want to dance. I make music for the ladies, like any young artist does, but I consider everybody. I think about the party. I feel like only a certain amount of people can keep talking about violence and be relevant. The party and fun, that’s always relevant!”
With supportive parents who believed in his talents but also enforced the importance of school, Hugo Montrose became Hugo Da Boss and he’s daring to change the face and style of hip-hop. Hugo Da Boss began writing lyrics and producing his own songs at 14, mixing his classical music background with his Harlem hip hop swag. Soon, he found himself doing shows and gaining fans. Of client biography course, time in the studio soon followed and now, Hugo is developing his “WOW” style and his sound, which has already been heard by almost 1.6 million listeners on MySpace. (“WOW” is Hugo’s signature swag call and you will soon hear it on tracks and in clubs everywhere. “WOW” means this track is so sick or “WOW” this so good, I can’t believe I did it!)
“I can talk about harmony and melody because I sing and know music well.” Hugo shows his “WOW” style on songs like his first track, “LOVE POTION,” where Hugo flipped his flow and added Caribbean influences, which he gets from his father, to show his dexterity as an artist. “My pop’s is from Trinidad and I thought that would make the track more interesting.” He shifts and changes his style track-by-track and as an artist, Hugo hopes to show off all of his skills. Whether on joints like the club-banger “GOT ‘EM BOTH” or the smoothed out “WHEN I GET HOME,” Hugo Da Boss shows that he can be what’s hot in music and take that up a notch or ten. “I want to be seen like a male Alicia Keys, because she flips styles from classical to pop to R&B and plays piano,” which she does with the same skill.
Hugo Da Boss is in the studio, working on songs and tracks, while doing shows because he loves to perform. “I am working hard to really gather up my sound and concepts so that ‘swag music’ takes hip-hop to another level.”
Hugo Da Boss says, with his own skillful intelligence that “what makes hip-hop interesting is the metaphors and the ability to paint pictures with words, so that you can tell the story at so many levels. My mom’s advice that I keep up my education definitely pays off, because knowing how to write and read lots of different things, so that you have a larger range of information, helps so I can take it to the next level.” The 18-year old adds that “having my parents’ support definitely made it easier to dream.”