Heir To The Throne: Hadiya Love Exclusive Q&A

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Check out the interview with Hadiya Love exclusively on Rude Boy Lifestyle Magazine.

RBL: What is the meaning of your name?
Hadiya: Hadiya is an African Egyptian name and it means ‘gift.’

How did you get it and what is the significance?
My beautiful mom gave it to me; she said she believed the moment she saw me that I would be a blessing and a true gift to the world. It is my goal to be a difference maker and to give back.

Can you tell us about the music scene in your area? How is it like? How are the other artists?
Great questions! I live in the west side of Chicago and the music community is big, full of talented musicians and performers. The competition is awesome. I know I am only 9 years old, but it’s the competition that provides me with that extra bit of fuel and motivation to strive to be amongst the best. And believe me, I don’t need a lot of motivation. I love what I do!

One of my mentors who has worked with many top names in the industry gave me the name “Heir To The Throne” after watching me perform. I look up to the elders in Chicago and on the national stage. I study them, their writing and production. I was blessed to be selected to perform in many of Chicago’s top music festivals this summer ending with my on stage performance at the Westside Music Festival (2015) starring Hip Hop legends Bell, Biv, Devoe, and Case.

There are all types of music coming out of here. I really enjoy what I am hearing from young kids my age in Hip Hop, R&B, and Pop. As a student of music, there are kids such as myself learning to play real instruments. I study the violin and have become one of the top students in my class.

How did your friends and family first think about your career?
My family has been my biggest supporter from the start, no question about it. My friends also provided great encouragement and when I came out with my first single and video, Today Is A Good Day, at the age of 6 they were really turning it up.

What are some of your favorite brands out right now?
Never gave it much thought really, but as far as clothing goes there are a lot of really cool styles out there. I like all of the new computer gadgets from smartphones to watches. Seems like there is something new coming out every year. But when it comes to music brands, I enjoy Beyonce and Jesse J. I think they are really great. I love Earth, Wind & Fire and Gospel.

Who are your top five favorite musicians right now?
Truthfully, there is not a lot of music out for kids my age to listen to that doesn’t have a lot of profanity. That’s why I rock a lot of old school music, but I like really like that band from Disney called R5. And, like I said, Beyonce is a terrific and I really like Jesse J – that girl can sing.

I’m really old school though. I love to listen to Earth, Wind & Fire and Gospel with my mom. That may be where my desire to be an emcee who can actually play an instrument comes from. Earth, Wind & Fire is awesome. I want to make the type of music that people will be listening to for years to come. In addition to myself, there is a lot of fresh new talented kids coming out of Chicago; artists who recognize there is a gap in music that is hot with great beats and real good lyrics and messages for younger kids.

What keeps you going in this tough music economy?
Well for me, since I am 9 years old, it can be somewhat challenging because I am growing all the time and mom has to be sure my clothes fit from performance to performance and that can be expensive; not to mention getting around to auditions for various shows, classes, and rehearsals. My mother has made it possible for me to do what I love; she does not place any pressure on me as far as expenses go. She just makes it happen.

How has it changed you overall?
If you mean: how does the cost of things in the music business changed me? It hasn’t. I always work smart, hard, and harder. When I go to the studio I am prepared to do what I came to do and if there is a change in the plan where the arrangement of a song has been changed by my producer or something like that, I am a quick learner. I adjust. I get it done!

What are some of your focuses outside of music?
My biggest focus is school. My music would be shut down if I didn’t handle my business in the classroom. My mom does not play when it comes to my school work. I love to read. I attend church regularly and I enjoy doing things kids my age do like going to the mall, park, movies, and hanging out with my friends. I love eating ice cream, I also swim, run track, and play checkers. I have been told that I am a pretty good checker player. I am also an acting student. I attend one of the top acting schools in Chicago. It’s important to me to be a diverse entertainer and a contributing member of society.

Do you have family or other businesses around?
My team and I are in the process of developing a not-for-profit foundation to help children and families who have been victims of senseless gun violence. The violence towards children is very troubling to my spirit, it’s really scary out here. All the proceeds from my song No Love go towards that cause. The song can be purchased online from iTunes. People don’t realize that children like me have a real voice that needs to be heard regarding senseless violence. We are never interviewed on the news.

What separates you from the next artist in the business?
I am no different than any other artist that wants to have her voice heard. Perhaps where I am different from a lot of my peers is that I am an emcee who raps. I have no interest in talking about stuff that has no positive influence. I recognize and accept my responsibility to use what God has given me to uplift my peers, to educate the masses, and unify us because we have the answers to help resurrect our community and the world. I don’t hear messages like that. You know, kinda like the Marvin Gaye album Inner City Blues. I told you I was old school! I like the party, dance records too, and have some of that on my Hold Up Wait and Where They At singles.

What advice can you give to the other small artists that are just starting out?
The advice I would give them is to be yourself, just be you. It’s so easy to get caught up imitating your favorite artist, but there is no future in that – It has already been done. Don’t expect everyone to like you because they won’t. But there will be a whole lot of people who do, just be sure you like you. Don’t allow the haters to distract you. And if possible, go learn an instrument. Study and read as much as possible and most of all have fun.

Are there thoughts of signing to a major label or distributor yet?
That would be great! But as a young artist, not too many of those deals are being made today unless it’s with the Disney/Nickelodeon companies. I would love to be on a Disney or Nick roster. That would be a dream come true. Did I tell you that I can act too! I want to attract friends from all faiths and have people of various ethnicities enjoy and relate to my work.

What do you think the future of music industry will look like?
Wow! I have no idea! I know after listening to grown-ups talk about how different the industry is today than it was years ago that it’s anyone’s guess. The internet has made it possible for just about anyone who wants to be in the business to be in it. More artists will be able to be in control over their careers which is a good thing, but at the same time it will create much more work and responsibility for the artist and that can be challenging to downright hard. I know for my team it hasn’t been easy. Those guys work hard all the time. I am so grateful. They teach me a lot of stuff about the business.

Where can we find you and connect with you?
I can be reached through my management at Thomasalpaomega@aol.com.

Can you tell us your social media links, etc?
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Hadiya.me
Ourstage: www.ourstage.com/hadiya
Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/hadiyalove
Twitter at: @hadiya4real

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