Holt @ SXSW

I’ve seen Holt rap with Treated Crew, interview ShowYouSuck at JBTV, and DJ on several occasions, but never seen him own the spotlight like he did this weekend at SXSW. It’s really not accurate to say I saw his show when it was more like I was at his party. When he wasn’t crowd surfing, Holt held The Main down with multiple tracks off his forthcoming release from GOOD Music. Clearly drawn from a diverse background of punk, indie, and hip hop, Holt has cultivated a sound of his own – I can’t wait for the world to hear this shit. After the show, I caught up with him for a quick Q&A…

WD: So was that a preview of the album?
HOLT: Yeah, all of those songs are on the album. Except White Wedding – that was just for the show.

WD: What about Nightcall?
HOLT: Nah, we made that shit just to give to people.

WD: That was smooth as hell, man.
HOLT: The album’s a lot like that, the song’s are either hard as fuck or super chill.

WD: Obviously, congrats on GOOD Music.
HOLT: Thank you very much.

WD: How many times did you jump out that window till you liked it?
HOLT
: 8 times. 8 times we jumped outa that fuckin window.**

WD: Was it your idea?
HOLT: Yeah, I concept everything visually. And no matter what I’m creating, I collaborate with homies whether it’s music, videos, clothes…

WD: Whats next for Treated Crew?
HOLT: Treated Crew is forever on the rise. We will forever make (actually) exclusive, high quality shit for people to have whether its clothes, art or music.

WD: Any show you’re tryna catch here at SXSW?
HOLT: Always gotta catch Freddie Gibbs, cuz he’s cold as fuck.

WD: Pizza or Tacos?
HOLT: Thats a loaded question!

WD: Aright gimme your favorite pizza place.
HOLT: Giordano’s pizza. Deep Dish. From the Crib. South Side. Chicago pizza. Pizza, mother fucker. Not Lou Malnatis. Not fuckin Uno’s… It aint deep dish if it aint Giordanos.

WD: Yes, thank you! And tacos?
HOLT: There’s too many at the crib!

WD: My spot’s La Pasadita.
HOLT: La Pasadita on Division? Yeah, that’s flame. But Zacatacos – flamest steak, bruh.

WD: Aright, that’s all I got.
HOLT: Tight.

 

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Holt “Nightcall” (Kavinsky Cover)

On the heels of last week’s announcement and signing to G.O.O.D. Music, Chicago’s Holt (aka Hollywood Holt) drops his first release and in the process reveals a new sound and direction. Still connecting with Mano on the production, the two concoct a new cover of Kavinsky’s “Nightcall” — a cult favorite from the cult Gosling movie Drive. The original is one of my favorites too so hearing a fresh version of it from these guys is definitely welcomed.

The pace is a fair amount slower and for the video, Holt had to provide some cinematic visuals to match. The colors stand out and the story plays out in an equally slow pace so watch above and see if you vibe with it. Holt and Chelsea Lombardo direct and Emily Morse contributes on the vocals.

Holt signs to G.O.O.D. Music

Congrats are in order to one of the Chicago scene’s most well-known artists, Holt, a.k.a. Hollywood Holt, as he officially announced his signing to G.O.O.D. Music this morning.

The announcement is accompanied by a dope trailer below, promising new music on the way soon. I’m not too surprised given Holt’s inclusion on the G.O.O.D. Music SXSW showcase a couple years back now and of course, being from Chicago. Lookin’ forward to the next phase of his career with G.O.O.D.!

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Treated Crew on Sway in the Morning

#TreatedCrew invades NYC.

Good to see the Chicago collective rollin’ heavy through not only Sway in the Morning, but the first stop on their Connoisseurs Tour last night at SRBs and through the Stussy NYC (@callmemano on IG for those).

Below are the videos from their stop off with Sway as Mano and Holt led the way in the interview that put some shine on the entire crew that made the trip — Mic Terror, Nick Jr., Jon James, Heron Da Don, Gzus Piece, and OG Webbie. They talked about the essence of #TreatedCrew, the new Treated Tribe project on iTunes and their clothing collab with St. Alfred’s & Stussy. And finally, Mano opened up for the first time about his parting of ways with Kanye West as his tour DJ (18 min. mark). Accompanying the sit-down, which is a nice play in your background this afternoon, is an in-studio performance of “Hit A Lick”. #Treated!