As a way to kick off the new and improved redleafgoldteeth, we will be giving you all a chance to get more familiar with the team behind the site. Every day this week you will get a chance to check out a short bio piece about the squad, and check our some of our newest posts! Keep leaving feedback, because this site is for you, and we love hearing what y’all have to say!
RLGT Meet & Greet: Negele
Who are you?
Full Name: Negele Hospedales
Age: 20 (’95 ’til infinity)
Occupation: Student at the U of C, and studying to work in MarCom/ Social Media
What city are you repping?
I was born in Edmonton, AB (unfortunately), but I now hail from Victoria, BC. Calgary is where I currently call home, and Trinidad and Tobago is my blood.
Top 3 favourite albums/mixtapes of all time, and why?
Albums are too political now-a-days, and I’ll get ripped apart if I don’t mention at least 1 classic and 1 Kendrick album, so I’ll just stick to my favourite mixtapes (In no particular order):
- Big Sean -Detroit: Big Sean has been one of my favourite rappers for a while, and until Dark Sky Paradise, Detroit was my only real glimpse of the type of project he was really capable of, and I still consider it to be his best project thus far. Rapping along to “Higher” still gives me chills. Much of my initial experiences with visual art was conjured up while listening to this tape.
- Mac Miller – Best Day Ever: This is another one of those tapes that really give you album quality. If it was an album, it might be a little less regarded, but as a mixtape it gives you everything you could want, plus it came at a time when mixtapes were becoming a lost art again. For me, BDE dropped at the perfect time in my life, when I was just getting in to music. I remember hearing about Mac Miller but not knowing who he was, and downloading the tape on spring break and taking the longest walk of my life while taking everything in. Still a great project.
- Chance the Rapper – Acid Rap: Not much more to say besides this IS a masterpiece, and well deservingly put Chance on my radar. Now holding top place in my favourite artists, Chance the Rapper delivered an absolute experience. The only tape capable of not having an antecedant for 2+ years and still having the power that it does. (At the time of writing this post #SURF has not been dropped yet, but it’s safe to say it will probably take a commanding place in my top 10 rotation)
Who are your favourite artists right now?
Right now I’m listening to all sorts of hip shit, throughout hip-hop, electronic, and other genres. Witihin hip hop besides the obvious guys, people like Luke Christopher, Towkio, and Kehlani have been grabbing my attention. It’s hard for me to pinpoint a particular artist, but within EDM right now, Future Bass is really revolutionary right now for me, and is going to be making many appearances in this summer mixes. If you aren’t familiar with the genre check out below for a crazy future bass mix by SevnthWonder!
How would you describe your writing style to the RLGT readers out there?
My writing style is a very introspective (I have no idea what that word actually means, lets be honest), and satirical. I use a lot of sarcasm because I’m a jackass, and a lot of brackets because for some reason I feel like you might care what I am thinking. Meh, you’ll get used to it.
Finish the sentence: The most interesting thing about Canadian Urban Culture is the overwhelming diversity. A few years ago when you heard the term “urban” culture you might have been limited to only a few terms. Not only has the global idea of the term “urban” changed, the fact that we live in the most culturally diverse country in the world probably helps too. From fashion, to music, to art the way we affect the culture is unprecedented, and unmatched anywhere.
Basically, my name is Negele, but online I’m usually known as Hospey (a nickname based on a shortened version of my last name). I go to the University of Calgary, and I’m in my 3rd year. Besides writing I enjoyed creating across a ton of platforms, including making videos, mixes, visual art, and more. I created RLGT in February 2015 as a new platform for me to create, and a way to channel all the things I enjoy into one. My goals with this site and to create a loyal following of people who can relate with our message, and fuck with the movement. I want to create a site that people check out everyday when they are bored in class because the posts are interesting, and a site that people, Canadians specifically, visit to become inspired to make and share their own creations. One day I hope for RLGT to be picked up by a media group to open the possibilities even further. The biggest accomplishment for me so far through redleafgoldteeth was the chance to premiere music from one of my favourite artists, Jarreau Vandal. I love working with “up-and-comers”, because I love the opportunity to grow with them, and build that relationship.
To say I’m proud of my team and the success we’ve experienced over these last few months would be an understatement, and I look forward to our complete takeover in Summer 2015. The Summer Is Ours.