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    Thu, 03 Sep 2009 20:27:12

    Interview: Hyro Da Hero - Hip hop up-and-comer Hyro Da Hero talks how much the <i>Sunset Strip</i> rules with ARTISTdirect.com editor Rick Florino in this exclusive interview...

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    Hyro Da Hero will soon be holding the hip hop crown.

    You don't believe us, just check out Hyro's MySpace or download his Rock N' Roll Gangster or Gangsta Rock mixtapes. The Houston-born, Los Angeles-based MC sharpens hip hop with a raw hard rock edge. His rhymes combine Eminem-style storytelling with 2Pac's deep delivery, cultivating hard-hitting "gangsta rock." On stage, Hyro's got swagger a la Scott Weiland—scoffing at canned "swagga." He's the future of hip hop.

    As part of the Sunset Strip Music Festival, Hyro's playing a special show at the Whisky on Saturday September 12 in direct support of Cypress Hill's B Real, and he told ARTISTdirect.com all about it in this exclusive interview.

    Does the Sunset Strip hold a certain significance for you?

    Not growing up here, I am from Houston, I never really paid attention to the Sunset Strip by title, but I always heard and read about places like the Rainbow and Roxy and of course The Whisky-A-Go-Go as launch pads and hang outs of the greats in rock & roll such as The Doors, Guns N' Roses, Led Zeppelin, and soon Hyro Da Hero.

    Is it inspiring playing over there?

    Of course it inspires me. It's amazing to be able to rock the same stages as some of the most legendary and influential bands and artist of all time. Knowing the energy and atmosphere, it helps me perform better. Another inspiration is knowing the deep history of the Whisky, which is well known to many people just like CBGB was. I want to be the first RAP artist that came out of the Whisky in LA.

    What Sunset Strip shows are particularly memorable for you?

    I remember seeing The Who at the Whisky and the Byrds, and I thought this is something new. PSYCHE. I have only been to a few shows on the Sunset Strip since I moved out to LA from Houston. I did enjoy Camp Freddy the couple times I saw them, because they always had cool special guests.

    Was there a memorable show you played?

    My first show at the Whisky in 2008 was my very first show EVER. Every show at the Whisky, Key Club and Roxy have been great and the people get into it.

    —Rick Florino

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