Thomas Iannucci Wins 2nd Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards & Announces New Album
Kaua’i-born emcee and recent Rapzilla Freshman Thomas Iannucci has won his second Hawaiian Grammy (Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award), once again for Hip Hop Album of the Year, this time for his album Kuleana. Iannucci made history with the win, becoming the first rapper to ever win the category twice.
“I’m incredibly blessed to have won this award,” said Iannucci in a statement. “Honestly, it’s surreal; to make history like this is humbling. All glory to God!”
“Kuleana,” the J. Crum produced album that dropped in December of 2019, was notable in that it was Iannucci’s first album to touch on deeper social issues affecting Hawaii; sonically, it was also a notable departure from his previous sound.
“To pick up the win on World Mental Health Day,” continued Iannucci. “When one of the main themes of the album was the effects that living in the oppressive facade of ‘paradise’ has on local people here, is poetic, and couldn’t have been scripted better. The whole point of the album was to raise awareness of these issues, and tonight’s win is a bit of validation, though the journey isn’t over yet. There’s so much more work to be done…which why I’m thrilled to announce my third studio album, Doubting Thomas, releases in December! First, though, we’ve got a Kickstarter gearing up to launch so we can do some special things with this new project. More details to come!”
Kuleana is out now and available everywhere music is streamed or sold. Stream Kuleana now.