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The beauty of hard times arrives in the lesson life teaches us in the aftermath. But that’s only if the person in the proverbial driver’s seat adapts and changes their life for the better.

It took some living, prison time and the gift of fatherhood for Pittsburgh rapper Hardo to finally come around and focus solely on his music career. Having been reinserted into society, the studio is his desired place to dwell as we works on his upcoming Trapnati project. A body of work he’s confident will live up to the hype created by viral sensations “Cut Throat” and “Stressin,” along with major co-signs from T.I., Wiz Khalifa, and Mac Miller.

Though prevalent in the streets, Hardo has an unconventional story — a previous feature written by Noisey reveals he grew up in a two-parent household and simply gravitated to the streets. But his time on the corner became his ammunition, arming him with the experiences to rhyme about a side of Pittsburgh that hasn’t been detailed in the mainstream and give listeners some game in the process.
Hardo doesn’t glorify living, the spoils of war, or the repercussion of illegal practices that come with running the streets. Instead, the rapper provides listeners with cautionary tales, the most sharp and poignant of which will appear on Trapnati, due between first and second quarter this year. It will feature T.I.P., Wiz, and other features he won’t disclose.
Read Hardo’s story in this installation of Certified Fresh.
Who: Hardo, a Pittsburgh-bred rapper    looking to impact rap music after a few prison bids briefly derailed his career.
Credentials: T.I., Wiz Khalifa, and Mac Miller have co-signed the up and comer, despite his lack of material. Not to mention that The Kang shouted him out on his 2014 hit “About The Money.”
Fun Fact: Hardo went to high school with Mac Miller.

Photo: Dan Folger/Instagram

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