Hobbes Duende

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Hobbes Duende is a hip-hop producer, mixing engineer, and occasional scratch DJ. He’s originally from and currently based in Pittsburgh, but also has strong ties to DC where he attended American University and made a name for himself competing in beat battles.
Over the past few years Hobbes has released a number of beat tapes including Repurposed Radiance Vol. 1 (2017) and Vol. 2 (2018). He followed these up with a series of instrumental releases towards the end of 2018 titled "And That Concludes This Week's Episode..." Hobbes' most ambitious and sonically-cohesive instrumental project, titled "In A Perfect World," is set to release in May 2020. Through this project Hobbes explores translating the sound and feel of 50s/60s doo-wop into the contemporary hip hop form, while also constructing a loose narrative of love songs in the process.
In addition to his solo releases, Hobbes is a member of the hip hop collective Foreknowledge and has worked with various other rappers, singers, and producers including Calamity, Unorthodocks, Hannah Rodriguez, & P.T.P. In 2019, Hobbes and Kilamdapro released their instrumental album 'KilaHobbes Season', which received a limited physical release via Insert Tapes. Other 2019 production include credits on Kwaj's "Leaves of Memories" and Saïd's "The Kid With The Golden Arms"
Upcoming releases include the debut Foreknowledge album, an EP with Pittsburgh-based rapper Saïd, and a second album with Kilamdapro.

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