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About HXLT

After he kicked off his career as a party rapper hip to Chicago's bounce music scene, Nigel Holt evolved into HXLT, an act that was first dubbed a "hipster rapper" before he became the first "post-punk vocalist" signed to Kanye West's label GOOD Music. Originally known as Hollywood Holt when he performed party rap over bounce music, he began to focus on his love of Bad Brains, the Clash, and post-punk and became the more strange, less b-boy Holt. That name changed to HXLT in 2015 when he posted a series of tracks to the Web and released his free downloadable Cover Me EP, which featured songs from Amy Winehouse ("Back to Black") and Billy Idol ("White Wedding"). In 2016, he signed with Kanye's label GOOD Music and released the single "Together," featuring former Bikini Kill leader and riot grrrl veteran Kathleen Hanna as guest vocalist. The track landed on his debut self-titled album, which was released that same year. ~ David Jeffries

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