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