Tuesday, September 10, 2013

{FEAT. FEATURE} hollis

TIOJ is starting a new series where we'll highlight artists featured on popular tracks and give you the inside scoop beyond their featured spot. 

The video for Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "White Walls" is like a Where's Waldo of hip hop stars. I spotted the ubiquitous bucket hat of SchoolBoyQ, Wiz Khalifa's goofy smile, A$AP Rocky smoking, and even Sir Mix-A-Lot giving a West Coast shout-out. Who I didn't recognize, however, was the cool chick in the dress (that I must have now, puhlease) singing the hook to the song.

Turns out, that cool chick is Seattle spoken word poet turned hip hop darling Hollis and I had to find out more.

Hollis Wong-Wear is a busy girl! Aside from helping Macklemore & Ryan Lewis produce the videos for "Wings" and "Thrift Shop" AND being on The Heist tour for their acclaimed album, Hollis is also the member of synth-pop band The Flavr Blue, acoustic R&B band Hollis & The Heartfelts, AND is part of the hip hop duo CanarySing. I'm exhausted just thinking about her schedule.

(Loving "Hideaway" by The Flavr Blue too!)

And when she's not doing all that, she's covering Rhye's hookup-approved "Open" with Seattle producer Budo. Swoon.

In addition to all of these projects, Hollis is also very active in the Seattle music, poetry, and art communities and does not seem to be slowing down any time soon.

Keep Hollis on your radar and check out all of her happenings on SoundCloud and her blog (how she manages to maintain a blog on top of all this is incredible)!!

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