ONE-ON-ONE With Dillin Hoox
When you think of Canada and Hip Hop the first name that comes to mind is Drake. But Canada music scene has a lot of creative artists that need to be recognized on a world stage. Dillin Hoox is one of those artists that the world needs to know about and he's one of Canada’s best-kept secrets. Born into a family who’s gifted with putting words together, made it easy for him to become an MC.
ONETEN MAG: What is your background? I’m Kurdish but I grew up in Canada.
ONETEN MAG: When did you first write your first rap? I was 15 when I first started writing. I was a huge fan of Biggie Smalls and Method Man growing up. My early bars sounded like a blend of Method Man and B.I.G.
ONETEN MAG: Now you were born in Mahabad, Kurdistan during the Saddam Hussein’s era. At what age were you when your family left and what was it like to live there during that time?
I was 4 years old when we moved to Canada. I don’t remember much from back home… One of my only memories is finding bullet casings at the park and bringing them home to show my mom. She wasn’t thrilled, to say the least.
ONETEN MAG: What made you want to become a rapper? I started writing with my longtime friend Sir Jax. His brother Jason always saw us rapping along to Biggie, Method Man, and Eminem. He encouraged us to write our own songs. He basically put us on this path. Unfortunately, he passed away last year. I dedicated my last album ‘Valhalla’ to his memory.
ONETEN MAG: What sets your music apart? I always create music with a message. I don’t follow what everyone else is doing. I just try to stay true to myself and what I stand for.
ONETEN MAG: describe your sound? Melodic hooks mixed with intricate verses on Trap/Boom-Bap beats. I usually have a goal with each song. Whether it’s to teach or get the listener to look at something from a different perspective, there’s always a purpose behind every song.
ONETEN MAG: How long does it usually take you to write your songs? I wrote my song ‘EZ’ in a couple hours. It took me a week to write my song ‘Kurdistan’. It varies from track to track and of course my mind state has a lot to do with it as well.
ONETEN MAG: What are you most proud of to date? And, what keeps you making music?
I’m extremely proud of having a mainstream artist as big as Snoop Dogg promote a song that I made about private prisons, world banks, poverty, Fukushima, GMOs.. Snoop later previewed my song ‘Clarity’ during the weather segment in his interview with Jimmy Kimmel on GGN.
ONETEN MAG: What drew you to the music industry? The response from fans... One of the first songs I released on Myspace was called ‘Home Land’ and the feedback was insane. I was hooked. It was charting for months and so many people reached out telling me how my words affected them. It was amazing to see the impact music can have on people.
ONETEN MAG: Who are you inspired by? I’m inspired by self-sufficient artists like Russ… He writes, records, produces, mixes and masters his own tracks. I think that’s a beautiful thing. I’m also inspired by yogi’s like Sadhguru to billionaires like Ray Dalio. I’m inspired by people who push limits and break boundaries.
ONETEN MAG: What’s an average day like for you? I wake up and meditate first thing in the morning. That helps me get a hold of my day. I try to do 20 minutes of reading after my meditation. I then workout and have breakfast… After my workout, I tackle my to-do list. Before I go to bed, I create a new to-do list for the next day.
ONETEN MAG: What’s the biggest problem you’ve had to overcome so far? My mind and mind made problems… I read a book called ‘A New Earth’ by Eckhart Tolle and something just clicked. Every word in that book just rang true to me. Our minds tend to run on autopilot all day long. Same thoughts day after day. The more we become aware of our thoughts the more control we gain in our lives. That book completely changed my outlook on life… as crazy as that sounds.
ONETEN MAG: What are your top five favorite albums of all time to date? Oh damn… you hit me with a hard one… In no particular order... The Marshall Mathers LP, There’s Really A Wolf, Blueprint, The Chronic and Hunger For More.
ONETEN MAG: Who would you most like to collaborate with? Rihanna. Having a Rihanna hook on a song would be a dream.
ONETEN MAG: You just dropped a new track “PROBLEM” feat Rick Ross how did that collaborating come about? The track is being released on June 12th. I have some connections in the industry that helped make it happen. Ross is one of the most consistent rappers in the game. It’s humbling to be able to have a feature from him on ‘Problem’.