FACT Abu Dhabi catches up with award-winning rapper Wayne Hardnett, aka Bone Crusher, ahead of his gig this Halloween, October 30th, at Stills, Crowne Plaza Yas Island.

Why did you start making music?

I’ve always loved music since I was a kid. My mom would play music all the time when we were young.

Who was your inspiration?

My inspiration in this music was and still is RUN-DMC, Barry White, Alexander O’Neal, OutKast, and James Brown, just to name a few.

Were your parents for or against it?

My parents at first didn’t understand what I was doing. Haha! Then my grandfather told me to go for everything in life after he saw I was serious about it.

photo 2Where is your favourite place to perform?

My favorite place to perform is anywhere where people are ready to party!

Have you won any awards?

I have won and been nominated for a Grammy, American Music Award and I won a Source Magazine award.

Do you like to do collaborations with other artists?

I love to do songs with other artists! It’s great to see what kind of energy we can come with on a song.

What is your favorite song?

My favorite song is any song that creates nostalgia! Something made by Stevie Wonder or Michael Jackson.

Do you like being mainstream?

I love being mainstream! That way I can reach more fans with my music.

What is your favorite urban magazine?

My favorite music magazine is The Source Magazine.

When do you plan to retire?

I will never retire from music!! It’s my everything.

GO: The event takes place in Stills at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, on Friday October 30, from 5pm to 3am. Tickets are AED80 in advance, or AED100 on the door. Call Luis on 052 797 7222 for bookings and more information.