In another exclusive preview, HHW goes behind the scenes of the world famous H.I.T. Factory to see how it builds and produces not only music, but minds, bodies and spirits.
It was never Oakland, California native William Haney’s dream or intention to open a boxing gym or to create a record label. As with so many of us the challenges that life presented were what motivated Bill’s movements and subsequent ventures which came into being through truly organic circumstances. Big Bill Haney grew up in Oakland when West Coast rap music was still in its pubescent stages and an artist like Oak-town luminary Too $hort was personally pushing music hand-to-hand. Bill recalls, “Too $hort would go neighborhood to neighborhood and he would come to our neighborhood and he would give us these cassette tapes and his hip hop was different in the way that he said stuff, [we felt] it was a fair representation of our culture and us and not just the New York hip hop that we were used to hearing.”
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