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Hector Dominguez: “I’m just trying to push Chicago and Jesus”

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Misunderstood rapper Hector Dominguez can be considered a veteran on the Chicago Christian Hip-hop (CHH) scene by all definitions.

He’s experienced the grind of an independent artist for years, being signed to a label for a brief period before parting ways and seeing rappers come and go. Though Hector hasn’t garnered the attention or notoriety as many of your favorite artists, he has a million stories to tell.

ArtSoul Radio recently caught up with the Chicago native:

ArtSoulRadio: Tell us about the meaning of La Cultura and how did the band come together?

Hector Dominguez: La Cultura was just something that many Latin American / Caribbean American children were taught growing up as 2nd and 3rd generation people of color in America. We were taught from an early age to embrace the change of America but to never lose our culture. Our language. Our dress. Our pride. Our food. Our music etc. We are living in a time now where Donald Trump has demonized everything that makes my culture beautiful so I knew I had to say something.  The band is something that Marcos (drummer/rapper) and I have always wanted to do since we were in high school, we just never had the resources or skill to do it. So I asked a few friends to come help do a showcase and afterward the response was crazy. We all looked at it each other and just knew we had to keep this going.

ASR: What are your plans for the band going forward?

HD: We just want to perform as much as possible. We want to show that we are a diverse group of musicians who just so happen to be people of color and we want to showcase that Spanish music derives from African roots. Our hope is to use our band to promote, heal and create discussion between black and brown people. There’s so much culture between us. So much love. So much history but sadly through media and lack of maturity from both sides we’ve created a war between both camps. We want to kill that and just enjoy each other.

ASR: What gave you the idea for the Windy City Saints playlist?

HD: I would say that I have had a good career within the city of Chicago. I have been blessed to have real relationships with, open for, collab with, do graphics for and shoot videos with a lot of artists with bigger platforms. God has just been good to me in this area. I don’t deserve any of it. I know many artists who are better than me in every aspect but for some reason they don’t get the looks I feel they should get for reasons that have nothing to do with skill or talent. I grew real bitter about it and responded in anger so after repenting I decided since many ignore us that I would just create a playlist to push everyone in the city regardless of money, position or politics. I’m just trying to push Chicago and Jesus.

ASR: Will you do more playlists going forward?

HD: Not sure. One thing at a time. I’m new to Spotify and still trying to figure it out.


ASR: What’s next for Hector?

HD: I’m trying to finish this La Cultura EP and I’m trying to drop it sometime this year. Then I am working with an amazing producer, singer, songwriter named D. Lylez to drop a 90’s mixtape sometime this year also. After those two things drop I think I’m gonna transition from a rapper to a consultant/media design person. I have a business called Michael Nicole Creatives which has been creating art and content for artists all over Chicago and across the country so I feel like that may be the move.

 

Keep up with Hector via social media

Business- @michaelnicolecreatives

Band- @lacltra

Artist- @imtherealhector

Be sure to follow the Windy City Saints playlist on Spotify here.

 

Watch “It’s Them Not Us” Here

Listen to Windy City Saints Spotify playlist Here

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    May 10, 2018 at 2:03 am

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ArtSoul Radio Partners w/ 1st Annual Freedom Fest in St. Louis

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We are excited to partner with the Freedom Fest in St. Louis this summer! Our team is passionate about community and helping to build more of it within our neighborhoods. We are excited to partner with St. Louis’ “Freedom Fest” and the organizations in the city who have come together to make this happen! We will be presenting a stage “ArtSoul Radio’s Music Showcase” featuring local artists in the city and beyond including Torey D’Shaun, Mike Real, Tay Collier and Vivid Core Music artists such as Gully Mark and many more! It’s going to be hype! Trust us. You’ll be glad you came!

In addition to our sponsored artist stage, we’ll also have an announcement to make on the day of this festival for the St. Louis and midwest area along with some free giveaways!

We are excited to be apart of this FREE event which is presented by Omega Generation Young Adult Organization. The “Freedom Fest Community Concert is making history! This will be an annual event. But, if you’re in the area, you don’t want to miss this 1st year. The “Freedom Fest Community Concert 2021” includes Toys 4 Tots sign-up, stage games, school supplies, entertainment and food is a free event for the community. 

Come join in and celebrate the Omega Generation Young Adult Organization “Freedom Fest Community Concert”!  This annual event is also sponsored by A Place to Come and Worship God Ministry. The Omega Generation Young Adult Organization is proud to present this community event in support of, Mayor Lyda Krewson, District Police Department and District Fire Department. Each of these honorable public figures will be a part of Community Day Concert 2021. 

The theme of this year’s event is Omega Generation Young Adults Organization’s Freedom Fest Community Concert “Empowering our Youth and the Community”. Don’t miss it!

EVENT DETAILS:

DATE – Saturday, August 14, 2021

TIME –  11:00 am

LOCATION – Forest Park Upper Muny (Parking Lot), 1 Theatre Dr. St. Louis, Missouri 63112.  

SAMPLE THE FEATURED ARTISTS HERE:

Tory D’Shaun:

Mike Reels:

Tay Collier:

Gully Mark:

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Join The ArtSoul Insider Text Club for Special “Membership Only” Benefits!

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ArtSoul Radio released a brand new text club in 2020 and now it’s back better than ever! Members will receive special Membership Only benefits that will only get better over time! Sign up today:

Joining is easy! Simply text the word “ArtSoul” to 312-847-4648 and you’re in!! You’ll receive your next steps from there.

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Wande & Lecrae Perform “Blessed Up” Remix For Grammy’s Positive Vibes Only Show

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In the latest episode of Grammy’s “Positive Vibes Only” show, Christian rappers Wande and Lecrae come together for a performance of their recent remix of “Blessed Up.” Wande originally released “Blessed Up” in 2019 after making history as the first female rapper signed to Lecrae’s label Reach Records. The single was her break out song as an official artist on the label.

This year, Wande enlisted the help of Lecrae and Pastor Michael Todd of Transformation Church for a special remix the single. The same chemistry that is heard the song can be seen in their recent performance below. Scroll down and press play!

WATCH FULL PERFORMANCE HERE:

https://www.grammy.com/grammys/videos/2021-positive-vibes-only-watch-wande-lecrae-perform-blessed-up

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