AKO: What is one question that you have not been asked, that you want to answer?
Hello Negro: I probably should not bring attention to it, but one question you haven’t asked is, “What’s up with the crazy-ass name?”
sxb: Right – see, this is why we have this question.
HeNe: It came out of a crazy text conversation I was having with a friend of mine, and it just kind of shocked the sxxt outta you at first. It just grabs your attention and is supposed to bring you into the music – but it doesn’t have anything to do with what one would assume as the result of the name. It’s two words that don’t have anything to do with one another, it kind of has a rhythm. It’s Hello Negro and it’s like “woah – okay … what’s your name?” “Yes – Hello Negro.”
sxb: And in that you define what it is because you’re that one. Do you think with the reception to the music, and going on the road, that the persona has taken on a life of its own – evolved into its own sound?
HeNe: People seem to be liking the name. It makes you chuckle, and makes you uncomfortable at the same time. It kind of draws you in. It makes you jump for a second, and then you’re supposed to have a good time, listen to the wonderful music, and forget about the name.
sxb: It’s almost this re-welcoming, a reintroduction, to New Orleans.
HeNe: I mean, we have vaults, and vaults, and vaults, and vaults of wonderful music. If I can expose an individual to some great content, and to help open and enhance that human experience – that’s one of the highest compliments you can get as an artist.