K: Please explain who Hanzo the Phantom is and tell us about Trackyon Music
H: There’s a lot I know you want me to dive into, but I’ll keep it short. Hanzo The Phantom is a lyricist and a recording artist. I am an overall creative. I take the many ideas and concepts I think about, or study, whatever or however it comes, and set forth to make a soundtrack to it. Through my music I create my own multiverse and seek to develop it.
Trackyon Music and Entertainment is Record Label I founded in Seattle Washington, I operate, and represent. Trackyon originally derives from the word “Tachyon” which is a hypothetical particle that moves faster than light, commonly discussed in quantum mechanics. The word “Track” giving it a musical element as in recording a track, hopping on the track, murdering the track etc; so together the word Trackyon is intended to mean “Music that touches you faster than light.” And we are comin’ with it.
K: What do you consider to be your lane in Hip-Hop?
H: My “lane” in Hip-Hop….Hmmm… well the “lane” I consider is mine the GOAT lane. Does that make sense? Meaning that as possible as I can, but I want my music and my projects to be immortalized because I put out quality records. Timeless records to be specific. No matter when or where you are, the right Hanzo The Phantom song makes everything better. I also often tell people I make feel good music. Regardless of the sound concept or whatever, it has to feel good. So if there’s an easier way to explain that lane let me know. I just wanna kick rhymes so profoundly they resonate through life times…So yeah. Whatever THAT lane is.
K: Tell me about you worst show/set ever?
H: Trick question, there hasn’t been a worst show! Just less lit shows than other lit shows lol. But seriously, since I’ve been Hanzo The Phantom there aren’t many shows I can say were bad in the eyes of the audience. There’s been times I was a little too loaded before, or have the Sahara Desert of cotton mouths going on and I stammered words (definitely did that in Vancouver, WA one night), but the people there were still enthused by the performance. Lots of positive feedback, even though I’m super tough on myself afterwards. Outside of my time being Hanzo The Phantom, back when I was in High School I had a very challenging moment at our schools talent show. Walter Strumm (at the time NC Tha Great) had a set and he put me on one of his songs. I just failed. Completely. Utterly. Forgot my whole verse, couldn’t even get pass my 3rd bar. It was tragic lol. I was embarrassed and was afraid my homie wouldn’t wanna make music with me anymore. When that happened though, I just doubled down on my craft, kept writing, and practicing. Just passion and love for it you know. I didn’t touch another stage til after college. Think it paid off though lol.
K: What’s your latest project – and what should Hanzo fans (current and future) have gained from that album?
H: My latest project is titled “All Eyes Can’t See”. It was a tape I put together just really reflective of what is and what is mistaken. More or less about what we see, what we choose to see, what we don’t see, and what people refuse to see. That comes in many forms: life, love, judgments, personal growth and development. Overall I want my fans to understand that All Eyes Can’t See “THEM”. Most eyes will confuse them. There are plenty of eyes refuse to see them. So when it comes down to it, what do you really understand, or What can You really see? I could talk all day about it, and I know its kinda cryptic but you gotta feel it to really grip it.
Get ‘All Eyes Can’t See’ here (hanzotp.com/alleyes)
K: What’s next for Trackyon?
H: Trackyon Music has been cookin’ like mad men. But we are doing shows as often as we are talked about. We are solidifying some moves to get into some bigger venues. As a label we got some music projects on the horizon we are excited to share. From Hanzo The Phantom, I have been working on an LP titled “Fathom The Moment”. Been working on it for a couple years now, and I’m excited to share it with friends and fans alike. Another Trackyon artist, StP@, has some projects on the horizon titled “P@RIOTS” and “Finding Feng Shui”, very lyrical and deep projects for the mind to enjoy. To top it all off, Trackyon Music will release its collaboration called “Sp@dez” which is made up of Hanzo The Phantom and StP@, the project name itself is still being determined whilst finishing up recording and mastering. But it’s nothing short of awesome.
K: “Backyard Postcards” is my favorite Hanzo album – what do you think made it such a bomb project?
H: Lots of factors come to mind I think about my baby Haha… It was full of passion. When I started recording the project all I knew was I wanted to drop a mixtape. I fresh out of college and I was in a very weird “What Now?” phase. Was it grad school next or whatever? At that time I was really coming into my own as an artist. I worked out a lot of kinks. So when I was writing and recording the project I was just doing my passionate best. Another thing was I had some fantastic features on it. Early on there was a lot of enthusiasm when my apartment became the place to record. As time progressed we all found ourselves in different spaces. A few artists I stopped working with due to differences of opinion and understanding, which sucks, but when the project was comin’ together, we were only focused on the good times, the creativity, the sound, and developing as artists. That’s what Backyard Postcards is about: growth, growing up, and being aware of what’s next.
Lastly, I took my time with it. I actually released Backyard Postcards a year earlier to some close friends and other people I was associated with and I got big thumbs up. Tons of positive feedback. Didn’t really promote it because I wasn’t the most confident with it. I was also caught up with trying to run Trackyon and all the artists I was attempting to include at that time. So a year later I revisited the project when I was workin’ with Walter Strumm, I had removed my focus from building the label and really focusing on my artistic solidification. What ended up happening was I released BackYard PostCards with 4 additional tracks from the original I sent out, and really got behind it on the marketing. Walter being on the boards was also very helpful to ensure the project sounded like an album and not an amateur mixtape.
K: Where can people get your music and more information about Hanzo the Phantom?
H: Right now you can find my music on two websites
www.trackyonmusic.com – which houses all the things my label has done. There are some other dope artists on there as well. I’m on pretty much everything presented in the music section with the exception of StP@’s “The Unveiling”. My self-titled EP is also available on the website, but additionally available on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon Music, and Google Play.
www.hanzotp.com –this website is my “personal” artist webpage where you can find things that are all Hanzo The Phantom. I also put projects on here separate from what Trackyon Music Promotes. Some projects that I do will only be available here (i.e. All Eyes Can’t See is available here but not on trackyonmusic’s website).
All Hanzo The Phantom information can found at hanzotp.com. There’s also a contact form if you need to get a message to me.
You can find me on IG and twitter: @hellfirejaq7 or @HellFireJaQ7
You can find me on Soundcloud – www.soundcloud.com/HanzoTP
Facebook – facebook.com/HanzoTP
Stay tuned to all of those for a bigger drop coming soon.
Shot and edited by Derrick Chambers with Chambers Photography X Song by Valmore Gold X Music by JWelz
Hey there, how are you doing? – if you haven’t listened to Solange’s new album “A Seat the Table” – Then you’re probably an idiot. That was a bit harsh, but I honestly don’t care…you’re an idiot.
I saw a notification from Tidal that Solange had a new album out, and for anyone that knows me knows that it takes me at least 9 years to listen to new music. They would also know that I’ve been a Solange stan for awhile…it gives me another chance to put someone over Beyonce (other than Robyn Fenty my Boo-thang)…I went to Tidal and at 11:45pm I started listening and I didn’t stop until it was over. My soul was singing with her – she touched parts of me that have been screaming about the black experience but calmly and melodically dealt with it. This one is for us! (and by US I mean black people).
The production is mood-shifting. Chord progressions are deep and intentional and she is definitely married to the tracks, this can only be explained by the fact she was heavily involved in the production. This album is like when Erykah first came out and no one knew what to do but shut up and absorb it all. Let her words sink in and be blessed.
“Don’t Touch my Hair” – this video has me mesmorized…I need to call my auntie to get finger-waves too btw….when she was just snappin’ with all those melanin-enriched folks dressed in white, I jumped up and started dancing with her.
In 2013 she started to make this album, and I’m godly grateful that she took her time with it. She documented her processes and jam sessions in the following video – I always love to see people in their creative processes.
The interludes with her parents, and frikkin MASTER P! – MASTER P of all people. Just sharing experiences and his mindset towards what he did in the 90s to get his “seat at the table”. Master P also talks about how he loves her message and how she’s gotten internet bullied and not given her just-do because her sister is Beyonce.
This album is well thought out, well put together and NO joke.
I know Rihanna is going to be mad at me – but this is my album of the year…last couple of years actually.
Thank you Solange,
~My sad, cold, corner of reality…~
If I’m being honest, I cry in the shower sometimes. Often because I feel the burden & more frequently because I wish I felt it more, so I could channel it into some method of sincere change. Being of mixed heritage doesn’t put me on the fence… In most cases I am the fence; so I debate and attempt show people the other side.
I serve my country proudly because we are a force of constant evolution, usually in the right direction, and that’s the glue that binds me to my military family. I’ve been name called, told I’ve only done “well” because I’m a woman of color and most recently I’ve seen the stares, which made me scared because they do not see my service… They see my skin and big hair.
I do not want us to assimilate, I want us to cohabitate. I’m tired of being angry, judged, hurt & without hope… Can’t we all just admit that though all lives matter, that black lives have proven to be grossly undervalued & that needs to change?
I will say it loudly, I walk with black people
I am a black woman
I worry about my black family & friends
I support the uber vocals like Jesse Williams, Colin Kaepernick & Bill Maher (to name a few).
If I serve and I’m worried, can’t we admit there is an issue?
Don’t stomp on flags, don’t support anti-white, don’t stop apprehending or subduing “criminals”… Just stop shooting first, allowing harm to come to people of color while in custody, assuming folk of color are always “up to no good” and pushing the agenda that America was always great!
We used to sell people!!! That’s not great, but for a great long while it was Legal… Legal doesn’t mean Right! It was once Legal to beat your wife on the court steps on Sunday! Not RIGHT, but LEGAL! America used to allow girls as young as 12 marry older men! It was Legal, but wasn’t Right!
Start by asking yourself would all these things going on bother you if the were pristine white faces? Men, women and children who were not given a chance or choice to be detained, questioned, have trials or be sentenced? Would you hurt then? If so, you don’t have to admit it to me, but best believe your heart known by he who is most high & I hope you find a way to live with yourself… Or at least have the opportunity not to perish like the ones on dash-cams!
I didn’t die. lol – otherwise this post would be hella weird. But I basically did. This post is about owning your moment. Celebrating your attention and literally not caring a single ounce about what anyone thinks about you. Gather around I have a story to tell about something that happened to me yesterday – listen up, this is good.
We had a promotion ceremony for our newly minted Chief’s. Almost the whole ship was there. For those that are Navy-illiterate, an aircraft carrier has a couple of thousand people onboard. Yeah, almost all of them were there. The bleachers were filled will Sailors and down on the floor there were chairs set up for family, friends and etc…I wanted to be close to the action so I went to the floor seats. Our Commanding Officer got up to give his speech – and I’m his Exec so I was listening attentively…then all of a sudden…
(this was me minus about a hunnit pounds and way more melanin)
My chair collapsed into about 29 pieces and I was flat on my back, looking up at the rafters. It sounded like a gun-shot…. and then it got silent. As I was laying flat on my back …I knew I had about 3 seconds to OWN MY MOMENT. I then yelled “Sir…I’m alright!” …everyone erupted in laughter – tear-jerking laughter. Some were laughing with me, and some at me – And i didn’t care at all. I stood up like i was gladiator at the colosseum, lifted one hand in the air, waved to the people…took a bow, kicked the broken chair out of the way..pulled up another chair and sat down….as if nothing had happened.
Afterwards many people came to me laughing – but talked about how they would’ve just died if they would’ve gone through the same thing. Some are quoted in saying “man, you even make breaking and falling in a chair in front of hundreds of people look cool” … I just owned the moment.
In life you can crumble in those moments – or seize them. I got my big dumb self up off of that floor and rose up like i had done something monumental and awesome, and the people should be grateful to have witnessed someone of my stature break a chair like a proud fat boy.
Some male social media users said they find an adult son being physically close to his father “unnatural.”
Recently some pictures of a loving father and son laying down together made some men very uncomfy. Tragic.
As you can see in the picture above – captioned “18 years later and he’s still under my arm” …this father has always been close to his son, they love each other. In this fragile masculine, patriarchal construct that exists today – the notion of a man not doing manly things just shatters the very foundation of some men. Perhaps I find nothing wrong with this photo because my dad till this day plants big sloppy kisses on my forehead and tells me how much he loves me, and if wanted to…I could lay up under him all damn day. And Big KB (my dad) is one of the manliest men that has ever manned! Cars, motorcycles, engines, hunting, camping, trucks, boats, guns, beef jerky, plumbing, carpentry and muscles = my dad. I assume the list above is what makes a man….idk, I’m still trying to figure that out.
This jaded sense of knowing what “men do” causes way more harm than you think. It trickles into other areas and stifles the potential for great friendships. I have several gay male friends – some closer than others…history has shown that my very own sexuality comes into question just from the mere association with gay men. How can a heterosexual man that is 1000% turned on by women be that cool with gay dudes? He gotta be gay fam…
EASY, because I know who i am….lol.
I think the that the men that are extremely concerned with things that don’t look manly – are men that are having problems with their own identity. They can’t work out in their mind feelings that they may have – so they project and judge in order to not be positioned in a place where anyone would call into question their “manhood”
I kiss my sons, hug my sons, and they definitely lay on me. If you feel differently, then go create you some john deer juniors that have severe relational issues and can’t gauge whether or not their dad loves them. I have no doubt in my mind that mine does, and my sons won’t either – because we have a father-son intimacy that goes beyond some idiots ability to comprehend love.