Edward Hurtado is a Mexican American artist/songwriter/producer from Maywood, California. Having developed a buzz back in 2020 with his first single “Now or Never” (a power song that was referencing the events that were happening within the brown community), Edward was discovered through social media by westcoast rap icon The Game.
Edward is set to self-release his first EP “The Edward Hurtado EP” on all music streaming platforms in the summer of 2021. With no record deal or help from a major label, the Maywood rapper has been working hard to create his project independently. The project will be a short EP with no cussing which will have a feature by The Game. Edward wants his project to be a open invitation for people hear something different.
Where are you from?
I’m from Maywood, California
How long have you been making music?
I’ve been making music on and off since I was in middle school but I’ve been making music professionally since 2020
How many songs /albums have you released to date?
Since I began taking music seriously, I have 7 singles available on all music streaming platforms.
Can you tell us about your latest release and the background and inspirations behind it?
My single “Say Less” is a song I wrote, produced, mixed, and engineered independently. initially that song was a throw away record due to the fact it was a short song but we’re living in a era of music where songs are getting shorter so I just decided to just put it out. The song summarizes my progress in music and where I want to be.
How have you ended up in the music industry?
I don’t come from a musical family so I guess my gift in music comes from God. During the lockdown from the pandemic in 2020 I just found the creative inspiration to make music. I bought all the recording gear I needed to make music from home and put out my first single “Now or Never” on all music streaming platforms. a month after I put out my first single, The Game reached in the DM and I’ve been in motion since then. I wouldn’t say I’m in the music industry yet but I’m definitely on my way.
What do you think of the music industry in 2021?
I think the music industry is shifting because there is a lot more artists that are putting out music independently and are taking control of their music careers. I like how streaming and social media play a huge part in the future of music consumption. I think being a independent artist in the music industry is dope.
Who do you think the most influential artist?
In my opinion when it comes to influence I would definitely say 2pac is the most influential artist in hip hop.
Who have you collaborated with so far in your career?
so far I have collaborated with The Game, DC Young Fly, Roscoe (DPG), and Knomoe23
How do you think you differ from other artists?
I differ from other artists because I’m a mexican american full time single father that can write, produce, mix, master my own music, I own my masters, I own my publishing, I’m unsigned, and I don’t cuss in my records.
Dead or alive, who would be your dream collaboration?
My dream collaboration would have to be with the late great Selena. I remember listening to her songs on the radio back when I was a child. As I grew older I replayed her music with a better understanding of lyrics and I just became a fan. A hook from Selena would of been super dope. RIP Selena
What was the first album you bought?
The first album I bought was The Documentary by The Game
What’s your favourite song at the moment?
At the moment it’s Eric Bellinger’s song “One Thing Missing”.
If you had to sell your music collection tomorrow, what album would you leave in your draw?
Not gonna happen lol
What is your favourite saying?
What other hobbies or interests do you have?
chill alone, meditate, and restore energy.
Do you have any tattoos or piercings?
I only have tattoos, I don’t like piercings.
Tell us more about your upcoming project or this new project?
My upcoming project will be my first EP titled “The Edward Hurtado EP” which will hopefully be available on all music streaming platforms summer of 2021. This ep is special for me because there’s a song on there dedicated to a cousin of mine who committed suicide and there’s another song I made dedicated to my kids. The Game will be featured on my EP as well so I hope everyone gets the chance to hear it when it comes out.
What’s in the pipeline after this project?
I’m probably just going to be releasing singles, sell beats and collab with other artists.
Thank you for your time and may you carry on making great, fresh music.
A million thank yous for this opportunity. Much appreciated.