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HiriiTheHuman Is a Suburban Rap Prodigy

For this week's Mahal, I met up HiriiTheHuman, a 15-year-old member of Rochester's suburban rap scene. While hanging out with Hirii, I asked him about growing up in the suburbs, his new song, and why there are no spaces in his name.

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For this week's Mahal, I met up HiriiTheHuman, a 15-year-old member of Rochester's suburban rap scene. While hanging out with Hirii, I asked him about growing up in the suburbs, his new song, and why there are no spaces in his name. 

What's it like in Rochester?
Rochester is a very cool city. It's like the small version of NYC that's exactly the same, only with more rachet hos and fake ass hipster bitches. 

How far is Rochester from New York City?
‎It's not that far from the city—probably about six hours at the most. It's really no different from NYC. It's cold, and it's very urban—a real tight scene for the most part.

‎‎What's the rap scene like?
The rap scene up here is hella dope. Shit, the music scene here is crack period. There [are] a lot of different kinds of rap up here. The only thing is not everyone supports everyone like they should, and I feel like that's not just in Rochester but also everywhere, which sucks.

What's the story behind your name, HiriiTheHuman?
Hirii the Human, aka Hirii Humana, is my favorite show. Adventure's Time's Finn The Human [is my favorite character], because adventure shows are the shit. He got all the princess hos trying to mac with him, but he's [only about] 15 years old. He's always getting misunderstood and friend-zoned by Princess Bubblegum and Marceline. There are also episodes where he gets trapped inside his mind, not literally, but basically he thinks way too much and goes astral a lot. I felt like that's exactly who I am—always, misunderstood and shit—so I named myself HiriiTheHuman. 

Why don't you include spaces in your rap name or song titles?
The reason why I never put spaces between my name is for the simple fact that i feel  “HiriiTheHuman” is more approachable versus  “Hirii the Human.” In my opinion, [using spaces] would lead people away if they have never heard my music before. 

What was your inspiration for your latest track, “Yosamiteesosaaa?” 
The latest inspiration for my latest track is cartoons, cereal, Ye [Kanye West] and Kendrick [Lamar]. My new tape is called 808sAndAstralTapes and is my first official project since i disowned my old work, changed my name, and worked on my image. It features only ABGOHARD, because I wanted to keep the rap features to a minimum since this is my first official project. Almost every beat on the tape is produced by me. This tape may not be my breakthrough, but it's definitely something that won't get old fast and something I can look back at when I'm out doing tours in the future.

Thanks for sharing your new track with us. Congrats on your first official mix tape! 

@RedAlurk

Previously - TV Killed the Lower East Side