Here is the too cool interview that Amy allowed us to have with her. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
HHH: When did you fall in love with hip-hop?
Amy: I fell in love with hip hop the first time I heard Rapper's Delight. I am in Miami now, but grew up with New York radio. I think I was in 5th grade. It was like nothing I'd ever heard. After that I remembering listening to The Breaks by Kurtis Blow and Freedom by Grandmaster Melle Mel and The Furious Five with my friends and memorizing the words. I've been hooked ever since. To this day my love of hip hop is vast, but De La Soul and Tribe Called Quest will always be my true love.
HHH: What is the favorite piece of art That you have created to date?
Amy: I would have to say my Erykah Badu. My inspiration was her appearance at the 2015 Soul Train Awards. I really admire her style, creativity and innovation.
HHH: Do you have a creative process and if so what is it?
Amy: I start by gathering photos of my subject. Once I find ample photos, I bring them into Adobe Illustrator and trace using my mouse. I don't use much shading, so I just play around using trial and error until it starts to resemble my subject. Once I am happy with their likeness, I figure out what they are going to wear, color scheme, etc. That's the fun part. I listen to music all the while. The whole process is theraputic.
HHH: What are your thoughts about platform of hip-hop it’s power and how it’s being used today?
Amy: This question brings the band Prophet's of Rage to mind, Chuck D and DJ Lord from Public Enemy, B-Real from Cypress Hill and the three members of Rage Against the Machine, Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk. Artists like Chuck D and RATM have always used their platform to deliver a message and bring about political and social change. I admire that.
HHH: What is something that you want the world to know?
Amy: I am a member of Chuck D's Artist Collective, mADurgency and was recently featured in his book This Day in Rap and Hip-Hop History.
HHH: Speaking of that. How does it feel to work with mADurgency?
Amy: It’s amazing to be working directly with Chuck and so many other gifted artists. It’s exciting! I can’t wait to see where it goes. I have so much respect and admiration for Chuck - I’m blessed to be a part of his collective!
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