Today we’d like to introduce you to Halfofyou.
Hi Halfofyou, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I actually got my start just writing raps in my notebook back when I was like 11 or 12. I had just gotten introduced to hip-hop from the 90s and I decided right then that I wanted to rap. I started recording music like two years after that and eventually graduated to making my own instrumentals out of necessity and that’s where this whole thing starts to take off! I moved to NJ to be closer to NY, the mecca of hip-hop.
That’s when I tried dipping into my roots more and started listening to Latin urban music more in depth and decided to try to make a song, “Por Ti,” completely in Spanish. People LOVED it and I loved making it and haven’t looked back since. I was working with a friend, Fresco, who actually produced “Por Ti” really pushed me to get the song to sound as amazing it does. That’s when I decided to go back to my roots. I’m a first generation immigrant, my family moved to this country from Cuba when I was nine months old, so to me embracing my latinidad is everything to me now. That’s why my latest EP, “La Introducción,” is reminiscent of Café La Llave (my coffee of choice), it’s why I rap in Spanish, it’s why I make reggaetón and Cubatón now because it’s that Latin pride that I wear with a badge of honor.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
A lot of the struggle is really that financial and moral support that you won’t have in the beginning. That mental block where you start to doubt yourself. It’s never easy and takes massive amounts of confidence in yourself that not just anyone can have. I had to grow at this. Never listening to the naysayers, even if they’re your own family. The challenge is mental and you have to be your own validation a lot of the time, but it’ll be worth it if you stick to it.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I’m a recording artist that specializes in Latin urban music. I’m most known for my song “Diablita” and my latest EP “La Introducción.” I believe what sets me apart is my music and approach to melody. I take such a non-technical approach to music that a lot of people plan or work on as well as my Cuban perspective in a genre that is predominantly Puerto Rican, which is what makes me different from others. I’m carving my path and I think people will gravitate to it.
Any big plans?
I have a lot of plans for the future but the one I can confidently say is that I plan on a full-length album next year and a secret project apart from that as well. All I will say is that secret project comes from my new passion for Latin percussion playing.
- Website: https://tgsrecords.us/collections/la-introduccion
- Instagram: instagram.com/halfxyou
- Twitter: twitter.com/halfxyou
- Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCraTriqhPQZ_Pj42JLnYT8g
- Other: https://audiomack.com/halfofyou