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Daily Inspiration: Meet Nicholas ‘Lush One’ Hyams

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nicholas ‘Lush One’ Hyams.

Hi Nicholas ‘Lush One’, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
Am more often known as Lush One. I am born and raised on the soil of West Los Angeles & have been a hip-hop artist, event curator, and battle rap host since the late 90s. I started off doing homemade recordings on four track tapes and tagging the block up with spray cans and streakers and wound up touring the world of my talent and supporting my family off of it as well. I took a very abstract and unique path in life which often confused others but I never let that deter me. At this point, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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?
The road was never smooth. Just like the potholes in the streets I grew up in, my life was filled with obstacles. I got arrested for the first time at age 13, drinking 40s behind the In-n-Out in WestWood village. I went to juvenile hall and drug diversion program at 16… between 16-19, I was in about ten treatment programs. In the ensuing years, I got stabbed, shot at, had hits on my life, was incarcerated, overdosed several times, and under investigation for serious charges… all maintaining a successful music career and being a public figure who was revered yet constantly marred in controversy. I was on the brink of dying and through the grace of God, I am now almost two years clean and sober. My life has completely changed for the better and I no longer live tortured and stressed to the point of unmanageability by my own dysfunction. I strive to help others overcome the obstacles that I did because if I can make it out of the mud and prosper then so can you!

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am known for gritty brand of cinematic hip-hop music as the artist Lush One. I describe my style as LA NOIR Audio Cinema. I also am an event curator and battle rap host for Grind Time Now, King of the Dot and more. I host a podcast called FlavorJunkie with my brother DJ Smokey Martinez. I also own and operate a record label & independent artist resource center, Snow Cone Records, a subsidiary of Who? Mag / Sony / Orchard with my fiancé Marisa Urbano as well as brother-in-law John Urbano and our partner Matthew Frazier.

Can you talk to us a bit about happiness and what makes you happy?
Being creative and expressing myself is my greatest source of joy. Helping others pursue their dreams and working for greatness towards common goals. Building my community. These are the things that make me happy.

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  • Instagram: lushoneca
  • Facebook: Lushone
  • Twitter: Lushone
  • Youtube: Delmoncrew
  • SoundCloud: lushone
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