SXSW Stories: Haseeb

SXSW Stories: Haseeb the Few
SXSW Stories series is a series done where we interview individuals who experienced SXSW 2018. This interview is with an artist who performed: Haseeb the Few
SXSW Stories: Haseeb the Few
SXSW Stories series is a series done where we interview individuals who experienced SXSW 2018. This interview is with an artist who performed: Haseeb

Coming from a place where education is survival, Haseeb is an emcee/rapper/producer who not only holds musical prowess, but also degrees in Marketing and Business Administration. With a distinct golden age meets contemporary sound, Haseeb's music provides his listeners sounds of rhythmic nostalgia coupled with deep thought. An intelligent lyricist and a buoyant showman, Haseeb is also no stranger to the stage. The young artist has shared stages with hip hop's finest, world-wide.

A first generation American, Haseeb is a practicing Muslim. His experiences as a Muslim American millennial create the cultural backdrop for a unique narrative not often found in hip hop music.

- Haseeb the Few

Interviewer: Mustafa Abubaker

How are you?

What up, man? I’m chilling, man. Just enjoying my SXSW experience, you know what I mean.

How has it been for you?

It’s been dope. It’s been super dope. First time in ATX by way of LA so it’s a change of scenery. It’s cool to see a lot of creative people and it’s cool to see people working, you know what I mean.

Favorite moment from this year’s SXSW?

Ooh, man. There’s quite a few. But I believe it’s the panel I went to with Blame The Label (@BlameTheLabel) and Talib Kweli (@TalibKweli). They were dropping some gems. I’m lowkey a nerd so that panel was probably my favorite part thus far.

What’s your earliest memory of music?

My earliest memory of music was probably around 1996, just hearing hip-hop on the radio and the tv. My older brother actually used to make these tapes recorded from the boombox. That’s my earliest memory. That’s around the same time I started writing. I would say 96 which is like first or second grade.

How many songs are you sitting on right now?

Mixed and mastered, I probably got about 20 joints just chilling. But overall if you look at all the beats and random joints I have on my hard drive, I probably got close to 100 joints.

Have you recorded music while at SXSW?

Yeah, for sure. So you know one of the first things at the airbnb was set up a little studio over there. I wanted to be able to create on the spot. Mostly just making beats. I probably banged out three or four.

Who are your influences, producer wise?

9th Wonder, J Dilla, Madlib, Just Blaze, Alchemist, Havoc, RZA. Hip-hop stuff, you know what I’m saying.

What advice do you have for artists attending SXSW?

Just be yourself. Be present. Be aware of the room. Represent yourself gracefully and professionally and just have a good time, you know.

I’m going to go back to LA, get back to work. Keep banging out this music. I got a project coming soon, look out for Growth. Hopefully drop another single soon as well. Currently you can find my music on Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, all the above, pretty much all the major platforms is where you can find my latest singles and that’s where you can find any upcoming music as well.

Check out Haseeb's soundcloud here (or listen to him below) and follow him on twitter at @Haseebthefew .