We had the good fortune of connecting with Hernst Bellevue aka Krunk-a-Delic and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Hernst, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
I was born in Brooklyn, NY and raised in Long Island. Uniondale to be exact. I tell people all the time, growing up as a 1st generation Haitian-American during the 80’s, the Crack Era, and most importantly the early rise of Hip Hop were single handedly the most important contributing factors to who I am as a man, and a creative today.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’ve been a professional songwriter and record producer for over 20 years. I’ve been so fortunate and grateful to have amazing mentors, opportunities and to be involved in or directly creating some beautiful moments. I’m so excited to still be here, to be passionate about creating, and making music with people that I really genuinely enjoy spending time with. There’s no better rush to me outside of being a parent than, connecting with another songwriter, artist, or producer and catching a vibe. During my career, and in general life, I’ve overcome a lot of obstacles, but none greater than my own self. Sometimes the only way to overcome that is to go through things and struggle. It humbles you and teaches you about yourself, and what you really want, or are willing through to grow. I wholeheartedly believe that you either do things that are not easy, or if you go the “easy” route, it will catch up to you. I’ve grown from a boy to a man in this business, and have learned a great deal about life in the process. Sometimes what you think you want isn’t exactly what you want. I’ve also learned that as long as you’re breathing, it’s never too late to find what you want, and that it’s not about the destination or the outcome, it’s the journey. If there is anything I want people to know about me and my story, it’s that the story is ongoing lol. You never stop evolving. I want people to remember Krunk-a-delic and KrunkU (my company) as someone who loves all above all, and genuinely wants to see everyone that I can, and can’t see, win.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Ten times out of ten I’m taking them to Abbot Kinney in Venice, and going to The Butcher’s Daughter. If it’s a weekend vibe I’ll probably go check out Malibu Cafe and hang out for the day. I really like to take small hikes, nothing crazy, so I’d probably take them to Wilacre Park in Studio City. When I lived in Hollywood, I was walking distance from Cinespia, the movie in a cemetery, so I’d take them to do that for sure as well. I love museums and art, so definitely The Broad, LACMA, and The Getty. Probably the Grammy Museum too. I don’t really do the night life stuff much, so it would probably be more chill stuff like that.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to dedicate this shout out to all fellow songwriters, musicians, record producers, artists, dancers, visual artists, writers, builders, out of the box thinkers, and overall creatives. If you are a creative I speak directly to you. We are fighting the battle right now to be properly heard in a world that is inevitably changing for the better, despite old and antiquated ways of thinking. We put our everything into serving and contributing light to this Universe, connecting with those whom struggle with expression and being heard, all the while healing our own past and sometimes present pain through that expression. It is time for us to be properly and fairly compensated for our contributions. The era of giving our power away is a thing of the past, and it’s our time to stand up to archaic laws and practices that have been used against us, exploiting us all in the name of “opportunity.” There’s a phrase that says “If you want to go fast go alone, if you want to go far go together…” So lets join and go together.

Website: krunkadelic.com

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Lisa Newton

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