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NEW MUSIC: ’1990s’ (official lyric video)

February 20, 2014
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I was born the year before the gameboy, in Edmonton, Canada. My dad played guitars and managed bands and my brother was 10 years older than me and into skateboarding and video games. When my brother was 16 (and I was 6) he built a studio in our basement and I would try my hardest to sit quietly and not get kicked the fuck out because I was a loud and obnoxious child. My favorite song was ‘Say it Aint So’ by Weezer, and if i managed to behave for the entire session he’d play it for me at the very end. This song and ‘Teen Spirit’ by Nirvana were the first two songs I learned all the words to.

’1990s’ kinda speaks to that time in my life… when I was stealing my brother’s audio cassettes and gameboy games, while ruining kids lives in pogs at school. I’m pretty sure all the Spice Girls choreography is burned into my brain forever and I’m not sure there’s a guy out there who could ever be my Kurt Cobain or Nick Carter.

’1990s’ is my love letter to all the things that made me the cool motherfucker I am now. I’m going to spend my first million having them remake King’s Quest, and I will never EVER unplug my Sega Genesis.

I made this song with Greg and Spencer, same guys who worked on Problem, I showed up at studio and they’re like “what do you want to do today?” and as usual “get really stoned and make 90s rock”. I wasn’t expecting to write a 90s anthem and I wasn’t even really trying to – i was just trying to throw in as many honest references as I could.. from Spice Girls to Kid Rock to RAW by Big Daddy Kane + Kool G Rap…

When they told me I had to do the lyric video for this, I had this idea almost immediately. I was really into Kid Chameleon that week, and had been playing hella zelda. Man Zelda was so good in the 90s. The first shitty one was that twilight one. Ocearina of Time is probably one of the best videogames to date.

So i built my own little pixel world in photoshop and using some free art I found on the internet. Kavan the Kid helped me shoot green screen footage, Our green screen is literally 4 feet wide, so we really defied odds. You have no idea how much of a weirdo I felt like in my living room fighting the air day after day.

Editting the video was horrible. I got it about half completed and then begged Kavan the Kid to jump in and get his hands dirty. He’s also the guy wearing all my gold chains and a ski mask. Ha. Ugh, the things I make my friends do.

So all in all, this lyric video was a month and a half of my life. So if you feel it, show somebody.

NEW MUSIC: my self directed ’1990s’ lyric video debuts on VIBE MAGAZINE.

February 19, 2014
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GO TO VIBE ARTICLE AND WATCH THE VIDEO

Thanks so much to VIBE for throwing this up for me. To Kavan The Kid for co-directing it with me, and Chest Rockwell for their production. LOVE YOU ALL.

My web series (10 weeks) of ME DOING STUFF + Episode Summaries

December 10, 2013
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One of the most annoying things that ever happened to me was being asked by my record label to start doing this series. Kidding. Or am I?

People often have a fucked up perception of me… They think i’m all sorts of things that I’m not, and I guess this series was to show everyone just who I am. So from drinking in parking lots and ruining kids lives in lasertag to performing and playing role playing boardgames with my friends.. This was ME DOING STUFF.

EPISODE 1 –

I drive home from Vegas, show off my new lip tattoo, work on my ‘Problem’ lyric video and end up super covered in paint.
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NEW MUSIC VIDEO: “PROBLEM”

September 12, 2013
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It’s been over a year since I put out new music, so here’s me putting my best foot forward.

I’m in the SUPRA lookbook!

August 12, 2013
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Link here

Nova Rockafeller + SXSW = FOREVER! <3 * <3 *

April 18, 2013
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So! I drove down to Austin with my best buddy Kavan The Kid and more couldn’t have gone wrong. It cost me literally thousands of dollars in speeding tickets and car purchases and cancelled hotel rooms and gas and weed that I had to throw out the window before we got to Texas border patrol…..

but fuck it because yolo right? don’t stress shit you can’t change, the only thing you can control in life is how you react. So laugh it off. Or drink. Drinking works.

I got so drunk that I made my friend come in the Portapotty with me while i screamed my face off and tried not to step in any bodily fluids. I started fights with bike cabs. I got pooped on by a bird. I accidentally hit on G Eazy….. I had a blast.

I’m sorry we didn’t film me wasted. I’m not a cool drunk anyways. I’m an obnoxious over the top you can’t tell what i’m saying but i sorta get my point accross drunk.

NOVA ROCKAFELLER + SXSW = FOREVER.

RCKFLLR INTERVIEW: Do I fuck HOs? Spending advance $$$, and smokin dro.

April 3, 2013
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Are you and RA on speaking terms?
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DIRECTORS CREDIT: MC S.A.V. – Frankenstein Flow 2

March 28, 2013
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Me and Kavan the Kid put this together in Seattle for MC S.A.V. .

TOYS ON CHAINS was featured in NYLON MAGAZINE. <3

February 26, 2013
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Black Gun Chain by TOYS ON CHAINS

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Why I never want to talk about HIP HOP.

February 16, 2013
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One way to get on my bad side REALLY fast is to talk to me about hip hop. I LOVE rap and HATE a lot of hip hop heads (They hate me too – we’re even).

A couple weeks ago i found myself in a studio in an extremely heated argument over THIS POSTER:

This “hip hop DJ” rolled in with SERATO to lay some scratches down on one of my friends tracks. Our fun game is trying to name all the rappers on this poster – because it’s an impossible hash of horribly drawn rappers from the 80s + 90s + Eminem. Anyways. The guy around the bottom right corner in the black hat is NOT FUCKING BUSTA RHYMES. When I explained that it was definitely NOT busta this guy started shooting off “facts” at me in some attempt to make me feel stupid (which is fine – i make people feel stupid all the time) – untill he asked “Do you even know where Busta comes from?” he then tried to inform me that Busta’s first track was Scenario and he used to rock it with Tribe.

SO LEADERS OF THE NEW SCHOOL NEVER HAPPENED!

I kept bringing up the song “Just another case of the PTA” and he looked through me – dead face – while still running his mouth about Scenario.

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