Big Island hip-hop artist The Free One has just released two new live music videos for “Alone” and “Bullseye.” These videos coincide with his new mixtape called Tranquilo.
Last December, the duo went into the jungles of Hilo to do a live video performance for 2 of the songs on Tranquilo. The first of the two is a song called “Alone,” produced by The Free One. (*This music video contains adult language — viewer discretion is advised.)
Performed on a tiny peninsula that looks out on the Pacific, The Free One sings with the ocean on all sides around him. Hypnotic synths and the soothing singing voice of The Free One make for a very calming yet peculiar vibe. As the song progresses, it builds to get more energetic and lyrical. The blend of distinct sounds and styles merge so well on the song that the artists felt this was one of the 18 songs special enough to perform on video. The catchy tune and awesome music distract some, but behind the music, there is a powerful message about what is really on most people’s minds these days.
The other song is called “Bullseye.” This song was produced by Loyo and performed in front of a waterfall in the middle of the jungle. You can hear the water trickling down the rocks and into the pool below as The Free One performs. “Bullseye” is a much more conventionally sounding hip-hop beat; it also has an undeniable bounce that makes it difficult not to dance to. The uplifting lyrics help the song and intentionally set the listener up to feel empowered and ready to seize their goals. Ultimately this is the mission of The Free One, to uplift and brighten up anyone who may need it.
His mixtape Tranquilo is a refreshing mix of rhythm and blues, hip-hop, and the classic Free sound that audiences across the planet have come to love. It features 18 new songs, with a few from another hip-hop producer from Big Island named Loyo. Loyo is an astonishing producer from Kea’au and owns LoyoRecords. For the past six months, The Free One and Loyo have teamed up and made new music.
The saying, “the best things in life are free,” doesn’t ring true very often anymore. But there is one exception to that rule. In this case, all you need is The Free One to get your body moving and your blood pumping. Coming from the Hamakua Coast on the Big Island of Hawaii, The Free One is no stranger to making things get wild. With his capability to harness the raw energy of the world around him, he can translate that into heavy-hitting beats, rhythmical melodies, and vibes that touch your brain in all the right places.
I was born on Maui and raised in Hilo. Ever since I can remember, I have been listening to music and studying it. It only feels right to create and perform music of my own. When I’m creating or just performing it just feels right. The biggest show I’ve performed at was when I opened for tekashi 69 on Oahu in 2018. There were hundreds of people there going crazy and vibing with my music. It beat my wildest expectations. – The Free One
When it comes to underground hip-hop in Hawaii, The Free One is one of the leading artists pushing for the progression of art in the Pacific. Despite the geographic isolation, The Free One has played on the same stage as many people’s favorite artists – Ski Mask the Slump God and YBN Nahmir, just for starters. He has been featured on Elevator and The Palm Tree blog websites.
Truly embodying the term independent artist, The Free One has produced a large volume of his tracks, directed his own videos, and designed his clothes and merchandise. His music is always upbeat, his music is a combination of underground hip-hop, melodic rap, vapor trap, phonk, reggae and even some dancehall. So, when you need to Free yourself from your current reality, The Free One is the cure.
Photos by Nani Welch Keli’iho’omalu