Issue #104 – Digital Cover

Published on June 13th, 2017 | by Jerry Doby

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Five Questions with Reach Record’s Aha Gazelle

Recently we introduced to some of you Aha Gazelle (@ahagazelle) the flagship artist for Lecrae‘s Reach Records via his joint “Momma House.”  Lack of reality has become a bane of Hip Hop and popular music as a whole so it’s refreshing to cover someone who’s more than satisfied with being themselves. In short, truth sayers have become in short supply as getting high and getting money have taken over the storytelling world that used to be music…ESPECIALLY Hip Hop.

Ahead of Aha’s June 9th album drop for “Trilliam2” The Hype Magazine got Aha to weigh in on a few things!

Speaking of “Momma House” Aha says, “Conceptually this song is unique because I’m bragging about living with my mom, something I’ve never heard a rapper do before. This record was fun tomake because I got to explore New Orleans Bounce production, which was something I struggled with. Fiji simply took it to another level and history was made.”

“Aha represents where music is going. He’s too versatile to label. He’s too creative to box in. At the same time everyone can relate to him and are drawn to his music.” ~ Lecrae
You’ve evolved from an online sensation to flagship artist for Lecrae‘s Reach Records, an amazing story. Has it sunk in yet or what will make it all the more real for you?
 
Everything is definitely real to me and honestly nothing was a surprise. My team and I created a plan that we wrote down and executed, so when the numerous doors started opening I was like yea the formula works. 
 
Do you feel your current project is the best introduction to you as an artist?
 
Not at all, but what it does do is intrigue the listener to try and figure me out. It’s like walking in on a movie mid way through or starting a book from the middle. You’ll feel left out cause you won’t understand what’s going on at moments. No one wants to feel left out.
 
First round draft pick so to speak, out of Grambling, that’s a lot of weight, besides the challenge, what excites you the most about making it to the big show?
 
For me personally and it may be because I’m young, but I really get a thrill off the “I told you so” moment. Your whole life you tell people your dreams and goals, then when it happens everyone wants to act surprised. How?! I stated exactly what I was gonna do from the jump. It’s hilarious mane.
 
“Momma House” straight pulled some hole cards but in an entertaining way. What do you want us to get from your music and lyrical missiles?
 
“Momma House” is a song with heavy content that can destroy the club or party. There may be only 3 other rappers who I’ve heard do this effectively. More than anything I’ve realized that most people really don’t listen. All on Trilliam 2 I’m coming at people’s neck and on Trilliam 3 I’m playing with their dead bodies. I don’t have a fake image to uphold so when I rap I’m saying whatever needs to be said. When I’m done people are gonna say Aha told the truth. 
 
The Hype Magazine wants to know: What’s been your CRAZIEST “Where they do that at?!” moment thus far in your career?
 
Maaaane, well one time there was this situation where this lil whoopty woo…lol well let’s just say back then they didn’t want me, now I’m hot they all on me. Haha


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Editor-in-Chief of The Hype Magazine, and internationally published arts & entertainment journalist. Member of the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture as well as the United States Press Corps.


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