Hurricane The King (HTK) – Surviving In Baltimore
Rashad “Hurricane The King (HTK)” Hawkins is an independent Hip Hop Artist, Songwriter, Producer, Videographer, and Graphic Designer from Baltimore, MD. In addition to his career as a musician, Hawkins is also a youth justice advocate and organizer in the state of MD. He organizes grassroots support and builds public awareness about issues and stories of real youth who are charged as adults.
Rashad created the youth steering committee for the Just Kids Partnership (an advocacy organization) and was also the chairmen and one of the main organizers of the widely publicized alliance of organizations that stopped the state of Maryland from constructing a new jail for Baltimore city youth.
Since 2008 HTK has been creating, distributing, and promoting his style of hip-hop music independently in Baltimore, MD and on the internet. At the age of 16, HTK began to produce his own instrumentals. Drawing inspiration from legendary producers; Kanye West, Timbaland, Heatmakerz, and RZA, HTK uses a “sample-heavy” style that incorporates techniques used in classic hip-hop while adding a new modern flavor to them.
In Surviving In Baltimore, HTK dives into some of the issues in Baltimore city and the negative influences that surround the city’s youth.