Exclusive: Pittsburgh’s Hardo Ups The Ante (Editorial)


Pittsburgh native, Hardo, exhibits a dexterity molded by the Iron City’s grip, refined by legal woes, until the pressure reforms malice into motive. With a heavy catalog in tow, Hardo doesn’t let up on the gas. Within the walls of his most recent project, “The Fame Or Feds Story”, a definitive sound echoes beyond his city’s limits. Hardo’s “The Fame Or Feds Story” is not a reckless abandon of inner city turmoil, it is a perspective where turmoil lies dormant. After a September release, recognition from Grand Hustle & Interscope Records, indescribable pandemonium while touring with Wiz Khalifa & Rae Sremmurd and a voided slot for Pittsburgh heavyweight, we sat down with Hardo along with his current state of mind.

Q: Respectively, you are a product of your own environment. At what pivotal moment did you decide that the music industry would be a route you would take?
HARDO: When I first jumped out to do music, It was making waves for me. I know I could do this cause it worked for me. It was THAT energy versus continuously going to jail, continuously seeing my friends get killed. Just things that i knew would go wrong if I continued to stay in the streets. Just knowing I had another lane, wide open. I came home in 2012, that’s when I wanted to take it seriously.
Q: We’ve seen the baton of Hip-Hop pass from New York, Philadelphia, down south and the West Coast. For the culture, what can Pittsburgh bring to the table?
HARDO: Personally, I’ve put out the best project of 2018. Better than everything, when it comes to substance from somebody whose coming from the streets. Especially from such a young age and standpoint. Rest in peace to Jimmy Wopo. He was a huncho. He would have had a real, crazy impact if he would have had his break. The music that was coming out of Pittsburgh was ridin’ with him at the time. But I feel like where I stand now, I feel big. Wiz & Mac were the only two people who came out the city and made an impact, in a major way, within the lanes that they placed. I do think Pittsburgh has a big wave, as long as we get the right light, but it’ll take more grinding.
Q: My condolences for you and your city on the loss of Mac Miller. I remember your appearance on his television series, “The Most Dope Family”, besides coming from the same city, how did you two cross paths?
HARDO: We literally rode the same school bus together, to get home and go to school. He went by “Easy Mac” at the time. I didn’t know about any fanbase, no nothing. But I heard he was rappin’ in a studio in his house. I knew he had lived close so thats when we initiated a conversation. I started recording in his studio, thats where all this started off. He said I was dope from that point. He used to tell me “Yo, you should rap with me”. At the time, I didn’t know he was going to be as big as he was. Plus I was too focused on the streets. I ended up switching schools during my senior year. Thats when “Mac Miller” took off from there. It inspired me. He later reached out back out when he saw me making waves. We picked right back up from there.
Q: You previously charted with “Blue Hunnids”, a record featuring yourself & Jimmy Wopo, off of Wiz Khalifa “Rolling Papers 2”. How was that feeling & are there more chartable records in the works?
HARDO: For sure, I’ve got a lot of stuff in the works. Singles we are putting in place soon. “Blue Hunnids” was a cool song but it sprung up during the time Jimmy Wopo passed away. I lost my little bro, it weighed heavy on me so I really ain’t get to enjoy it.
Q: You recently got off of the “Dazed & Blazed Tour” with Wiz Khalifa & Rae Sremmurd, what was that experience like & what wild antics took place?
HARDO: Aw yeah, that tour was crazy. It was a dope tour, for real. Everyone was real respectful, security was on shit, they had everything squared away but it was definitely turnt up. Rae Sremmurd had a 50 piece, every night. Fifty chicks with them. Every. Night. Backstage was a party, I don’t wanna get into to much detail.
Q: Whose playing in your iPod right now?
HARDO: Meek Mill. He’s one of my favorites but I’m listening to a lot of Future and Lil’ Baby. Especially Lil’ Baby. If you’re coming in from the hustler’s standpoint, knowing how to get to the money, then focusing on that, I can fuck with it.

Stream Hardo‘s new project “The Fame of Feds Story” out now on Apple Music & Spotify.

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