More Under the “HOOD” than Meets the Eye

When I asked this young man to describe himself in one word –he instantly said, “BUSY!  Stick and move, stick and move…that’s my motto." This was Nige Hood as he talked about his attitude and work ethic—a young man who definitely has his plate full in Charlotte, but even so, can't sit still.

As a successful rapper, songwriter, illustrator, radio promoter and show organizer, Nige can now add Trendsetters to Trendsetters Media Groupto his resume, as one of the newest contributing writers on the Charlotte team.

Nigel Gideon Hood (Nige), a native of Charlotte, North Carolina, has been making big waves with his music, brand and leadership in the hip-hop and arts community. "I've been creating my whole life. My parents kept me in acting classes at the Charlotte Children's Theater, and took me to hear the Charlotte Symphony all the time.” Being enrolled in art classes at the Afro-American Culture Center (now The Harvey Gantt Cultural Center in Charlotte), was just one of the experiences that introduced Nige, at an early age, to the power and importance of art in his community. As a child, he knew he wanted to play an active role in this culture, and has not looked back since.

Nige is the founder of University of North Carolina Charlotte’s (UNCC) Cypher—which is a program developed to foster creative expression through freestyle rapping, on campus every Thursday. Additionally, he is the brainchild behind a concept calledThe Clash—a concert series that brings rock bands and hip-hop artists together on the same stage. This series, that kicked-off in January 2016, is bringing together music lovers of all backgrounds "under one roof in fellowship" and fun.

 

"This is what I love to do…I love making people feel good,” Nige states. “I love entertaining people who have worked hard or been in class all day long.The Clashis really achieving that. The concept was so well received, that it is now being adopted in other cities including Durham, North Carolina.

Now, if his face looks familiar—it may be because Nige recently starred in an independent film –Charlotte Bound (Black Forest Films) –which premiered at the 2015Charlotte Black Film Festival. His role as Trey (an aspiring rapper) allowed him to pull inspiration from his real life experiences, for he is currently working diligently to take his own rapping career to another level! 

"I guess I didn't have to pretend much," the artist jokes with a smile. "Seriously, I had a great time working on that film and I learned a lot. After seeing the process first hand, I’ve gained so much respect for the directors, crews and actors.” Nige also mentioned his admiration for the films director Adrian Jackson—@Black4estfilms.

Marrying his love for music to his aspirations of making entertainment his life, Nige recently started working as a promotions and marketing assistant for Radio One’s 92.7,THE BLOCK – Charlotte’s newest hip-hop channel. “It keeps me busy—whew…it really keeps me real busy,” says Hood. He realizes that he is not made to be chained to a desk—and working a random job that “doesn’t seem to be in my master plan, wont work. I believe one should work a job that taps into their true calling and purpose…and I truly believe, music is mine.”

"As a kid I'd listen to old music my parents played like Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Jimi Hendrix and Parliament Funkadelic. I wanted to make music like them. So, I've always had my own way about doing my thing.” After he was introduced to rap in middle school, he decided that was the lane he wanted to pursue, although he wanted to keep his “flavor” – “distinct and groovy!”

During his senior year of high school, Nige put together his first mixtape, which he believes garnered him popularity among his peers. Through this experience he learned what it takes to be successful in this business, and that was work –“hard work!”

Nige and fellow rapper Quent Young began establishing a name for themselves in the business by promoting and coordinating concerts, while students at North Carolina Central University (NCCU) in Durham, NC. Since then, he has graduated with a degree in history. These activities, as well as other initiatives, have afforded Nige the opportunity to open for Kendrick Lamar at NCCU’s homecoming.

Now that Nige has returned back to where it all began—Charlotte, he is using his valuable experiences at NCCU to help with his mission of becoming a successful musician, and he is well on his way. His desire is to be known as a trailblazer in the music industry, and Nige describes his genre as “FOLK RAP,” attributing it to some of the music he listened to as a child – Motown, Jackie Wilson, The Beatles and the Rolling Stones. He tells us he wants to continue to pen songs that are about the pursuit to happiness—songs that are “simple, catchy and make you feel good.”

So you see, this up and coming Trendsetter and newest member of the T2T staff is staying real busy and has found his niche in many areas. Make sure to follow him on social media and check out some of his music including:  “Return of the Nasty,” “Breakfast,”  “Fired on Friday”  (produced by Krazy Figz) and “Medicine. ”

We are excited to welcome him to the team and know that he will continue to blaze the trail with new music, creative ways to mix genres of great music, and bring some fresh ideas to the Charlotte team.

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