Bringing the islands to the streets has always been a lifestyle of representation for rappers Tone Loco and G Blue. Growing up in the streets of Inglewood wasn’t an easy thing for these artists. Their music and what they represent discusses the struggles of growing up Tongan in the streets of Inglewood and helping out with their families. Tone Loco states, ”We hungry and we’re not playing no games.” They are focused and determined to make their mark in the music Hip-Hop scene.
Taniela Tu’ihalamaka a.k.a G Blue talks about how his family first came from the South Pacific island nation of Tonga and how it was “an adjustment on how to learn the ways of Los Angeles let alone America.” The great thing about that migration struggle is that most Americans have similar backgrounds from their ancestors down to their parents.
Tony Sekona a.k.a Tone Loco shared how he started rapping at the age of 14 back in 2004 and how he felt it was an outlet for him to express his emotions. He’s influenced by west coast rappers like Snoop Dogg, Kurupt, Daz, the Dogg Pound family as well as east coast rappers like G-Unit to the south with Young Money/Cash Money family. He says, ”I just want everyone to know that the Tongans can do Hip-Hop too. I’m trying to rebirth the west coast.” Holding these two artists together and keeping their game tight is their manager Charlie Wolfgramm. When asked what his focus, Wolfgramm said, ”Basically making something positive out of nothing.”
These Urban Island rappers know their roots and stand on a solid foundation. Their lyrical talent integrated into their music has created a buzz throughout the state of California from the Bay to L.A. What’s undeniable is that they know their roots and they’re driven character keeps them in focus mode. From palm trees to street lights, that’s a definite WhatItDo!
The Whatitdo hosts were able to catch up with urban island rappers in Hermosa Beach, Ca at the Zen Lounge. Please check out their video below.
-Article Written By: Elizabeth Lavulo