Our Hustler Of The Day is Josh Herzog
Since 2015, Big Herz has been on the come up and hasn’t slowed down yet! Rapping out of Daytona Beach, Florida, and with only 2 years in, he has made a huge impact on not only himself, but also within the confines of his city, and, his place of employment as a Correctional Officer.
“CO by day, rapping by night,” one of his favorite sayings being, and the crazy part is, he’s extremely open about it!
Josh Herzog (also known as Big Herz) was born out of Tacoma, Washington. By the time he was 4, his family had decided to move to the sunny beaches of Daytona Beach, Florida. Herz was always into sports, although the athletic ability was never quite spectacular, he never was denied of playing any sport. Straight A’s student, go-lucky personality, he felt on top of the world, until August 23, 2003, when his life made a complete 180.
His youngest brother, Nicolas, was struck down in the middle of their street by a drunk driver. He was only 5 years old. “One of the biggest, but yet confusing inspirations towards my music is my little brother.
I know with an event such as that, I don’t have a choice but to continue to strive towards this goal of mine, to show not only myself, or others, but my little brother, up in heaven, that I can fulfill this dream and become something, doing something special in his memory.”
Music was never really in Big Herz’ interest growing up. Of course, listening to music before games, or for the downtime was always an escape.
But only in 2008 did he really start listening to the hip-hop/rap genres. and it wasn’t until 2015 when Herz decided to begin rapping himself. “I was going through a tough time, just had a huge breakup and just needed to escape for a bit so he went to see my dad and brother in December of 2015 down in West Palm.
One night while I was down there, my brother kicked on an instrumental to try rapping to. One of the first ones he put on, I instantly fell in love with and knew I had to put something to it. I stayed up all night writing to that beat.
I showed my brother what I had down, and he was just appalled. Ever since that moment on, I never stopped writing.” Herz has over 200 songs (half unrecorded) in his arsenal and to this day is continuing to grow.
On April 14th, 2018, Big Herz released his debut major project, “DOUBLE LIFE EP”. “This mixtape is a reflection on what its like to see what I see from both views of being a CO, and a rapper.
It reflects on what I see on a day-to-day basis at work, at the studio, what I’ve been through, thoughts on life, basically everything you could think of.
I’m excited about this tape. Finally, my music has true quality and I’m just super excited to be displaying it since being apart of this. And guarantee once this mixtape drops, its right back to the booth.”
You can stay connected to Big Herz via Facebook, Twitter, IG, SoundCloud, etc. for the latest news, updates, shows, and new music.
“Don’t ever give up on yourself. I’ve done that way too many times in my life. But failure always leads to success. If you have a dream, you better give it everything you got to catch it.”
The only way from here is up for this Daytona Beach local rapper, and don’t be surprised if you see him with the big dogs in the near future!
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