Following in the steps of Iggy Azalea, Nick De la Hoyde is out to prove that you don’t have to be from L.A. or NYC to be a wicked MC. You don’t even have to be from Miami. de la Hoyde is from the Land Down Under, Sydney to be precise. There’s a bit of musical pedigree in his family. The man responsible for the tight sound of Monks of Mellownah is none other than producer/composer Joseph de la Hoyde, Nick’s brother.
If fate had not intervened, we would not be talking about this young Aussie prodigy in a music magazine. We would have been reading his stats on ESPN. When he was 15 Nick travelled to Barcelona hoping to make it into one of the greatest soccer teams in the world. His four years in Catalonia turned out to be the death of his soccer dreams but brought the birth of de la Hoyde the rapper. The frustrations of not making the grade as a professional athlete lead to rhyme after rhyme. Writing in time with the instrumentals of his favorite tracks, Nick discovered that what he had going was much more than a hobby.
Thousands of followers
With the help of sibling Joseph he began composing original tracks and uploading videos of himself performing them on YouTube. Folks couldn’t resist falling in love with the fusion if hip hop, R&B, pop and soul that Nick presented, delivered as it was with finesse and passion. Perhaps what was even more captivating is how personal the content of Nick’s verses sounded. Whatever it was they followed him on Instagram by the thousands, expressing support from all over the world. One of the people whose ear Nick happened to catch with his online postings was renowned producer Lemoyne ‘LA’ Alexander. The beatmaker, who has worked with such greats as R. Kelly and the late Aaliyah, called Nick up to the US to see what they could come up with. What they did come up with is an eclectic, optimistic joint titled ‘The Longest Way’. It was released October last year and has been steadily gaining traction on the US charts.
The Longest Way comes across as a mix of hip hop, alt-rock and pop. Rather than overwhelm the Sydney rapper, the track offers the dramatic background that Nick needs to tell what is effectively a summary of the challenges he’s weathered in the quest for his dreams. The patient, laid back delivery belies the raging desire of a young MC striving to be the best in his craft. And seeing how far he’s come in the pursuit of his vision, it’s only a matter of time before rises to the summit of the game.
Miami Based, Internationally Known