Hotel Talks His Intensity, The State of Memphis Underground Hip-Hop, and What’s Next

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“Fuck my life, I’m just tryna get it for my kin.”

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I have been very passionate about exclusively covering Nashville artists, but this artist is too important to ignore on the grounds of geography.

Hotel is a Memphis rapper, and is a unique fusion of the “horrorcore”style pioneered by Bluff City moguls, Three Six Mafia and the melodic thumps of more current artists. The horrorcore style proved to be uniquely linked to Memphis, as the gut-wrenching, descriptive verses captioned scenes from the city’s streets, and were so iconic because of their terror evoking nature, and how fitting these were with the daily trials and tribulations the city’s residents saw. Memphis was, and still is, a very gritty place to live, and this style of music is a clear reaction to the rough realities lived by Memphians every day.

Hotel is a morphing of this, somewhere between the auto-tuned melodies pioneered by modern “Soundcloud” artists, while blending the style with a distinctly horrifying set of lyrics and unsettling imagery. His mixtape sported a genuinely terrifying cover, showing him holding a pistol to his head and some sort of flesh dripping from his teeth to his bare chest. The wild look in his eyes emanates throughout the seven track project. There is a bleakness or desperation to his lyrics. He often mentions the necessity for his rap career to succeed to support his family. Whether drug money or rap money, Hotel insists that he will run it up, and I believe him. Recently, he released an intense visual for his new single, “Black Mud,” which I will leave a link to below.

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Hotel falls along modern, non-traditional Memphis artists such as Chris Travis or Xavier Wulf nicely. With under fifteen tracks released on his Soundcloud, Hotel has loads of time to improve, and his potential is seemingly limitless at the moment.

His music is intense, and not for the feint of heart. Hotel makes dark music, but has a bright future, and I was lucky enough to talk with him.

MCU: Your music has a distinct intensity to it, where do you feel that comes from?

Hotel: Experiences and rage.

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MCU: How do you feel you fit in to the traditional Memphis music scene, and how has the city responded to your sound?

Hotel: I don’t pay much attention to the music scene in Memphis. There’s a few artists that I fuck with. The people in tune with me support the sound for sure.

MCU: How do you feel about the diversity, or lack thereof, stylistically in Memphis hip-hop?

Hotel: it doesn’t really make me feel any kind of way. It is what it is.

MCU: When can we expect another project?

My project Year of Death drops on July 27th.

MCU: Where do you see yourself in three years?

Hotel: Paris , working on some kind of album with my favorite artists.

MCU: What’s next for you, Hotel?

Hotel: Tour around the U.S

 

Check out Hotel’s New Single “Black Mud:”

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