Today we’d like to introduce you to Angel Gurrola.
Angel, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I’m from Alpine, CA and was raised on the Viejas Indian Reservation. I got into being a Hip Hop artist at 13. I was always intrigued by the wordplay and rhyme schemes and the way every rapper would flow differently on a beat. I would hear my uncles Papa Halo and Blue Eagle rhyme crazy bars and thought, “Yeah, I’m doing this.” So, I teamed up with my Godbrother, M.A. Productions and my cousin, Richwood and started doing music together from the ground up.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Tbh no. I was the Native kid who only talked about rez life and family while everyone else talked about other stuff. They always said I had a gift but I had to find a way to not talk about the rez all the time. Then finally got to hang with artists outside the rez and they helped guide me to help with wordplay and storytelling.
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I’m a native/west coast rapper. I represent for my people and my city. I’m very proud to be one of many Native rappers to come up in the music game and perform with people like Crazytown and Kottonmouthkings, Make songs with known artists like Bo Roc from the Dove Shack, Looselyric, Krizz Kaliko and more. What I bring to the table that is different than rappers today is that I always remember where I come from, Always representing my tribe and culture while keeping a little native twist.
Do you have recommendations for books, apps, blogs, etc?
Lately, I like to just listen to Apple Music and just scroll through the history of Hip Hop and try to be a student of the game. I’m never going to stop learning and perfecting my craft to be one of the GOATs of my genre. I also like to watch youtube of my favorite rappers (Ice Cube, Eminem, Tech N9ne, Hopsin and 50 Cent) on how they perform and watch how they get the crowd going so I can do the same for my performances.
- $200 for a verse
- $100 for a hook
- $25 for lease beats
- $100 for exclusive rights beats
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