Who Is Harry Hudson?

Who Is Harry Hudson?
From WWD - January 23, 2018

Harry Hudson? As in Kylie Jenners bff-cancer-survivor-overall positive human being Harry Hudson?

Such is the legend of Harry Hudson, as noted by his photographer for the afternoon. A seemingly average kid who found his way into the social media of some of the most famous offspring on the planet (and beat cancer along the way), Hudson plans on being one of the biggest acts in music, haters be damned.

Hudson, 24, rose to fame among the Kardashian-following set for his friendship with Kylie and Kendall Jennerhe often appears on their Snapchat and Instagram feeds. Hudson is also close with another pair of celeb siblings, Jaden and Willow Smith, with whom he initially got off on the wrong foot after Jaden claimed he could cure Hudson of cancer. But, were getting ahead of ourselves.

Having joined the Smith siblings to create Msfts, advertised as an art collective and lifestyle brand that encompasses music, fashion, education and more Hudson is also making a go of a solo career, with two new singles via Interscope Records and more on the horizon. If all goes to plan, the question of who, exactly, Mr. Hudson is will be self-explanatory by years end.

He arrives for his portrait session in a denim ensemble and a red wide-brimmed hat, immediately cueingup the soundtrack to the Hugh Jackman film The Greatest Showman and gamely climbing atop a ladder for a shot, before jumping off unprompted. His brother, Remy, reminds him to remove the wristband he acquired earlier in the day from an impromptu session on the ice rink at the Standard Hotel.

Just go do sht, you know what Im saying? he tells his followers in the Instagram Story he posted from the outing. Go do things youve never done before. Ive never done this! Ive never done this before.

Despite the association with social media, Hudson maintains he isnt a fan. I just try to promote dont be on your phone, go be outside, he says, seated for the interview. He admits that most likely people know who he is from Instagram or Snapchat, but Im not really a big part of social media. I like using it to promote positive stuff, but its a distraction. Theres just too much st and people just flaunting cool stuff and rich stuff and for me its just negative. You dont know them, you just perceive them in some type of way and I dont like doing that to people.

Hudson was raised in New Jersey before relocating to Southern California with his mom and brother. His interest in music stems back to first grade, when a babysitter would play him Eminem.

I had a strange childhood, and I was the shyest kid youll ever meet, Hudson says. There was a lot of anger and confusion that I had going on as a kid, because there was a lot I didnt know or understand. Such as? Just personal stuff, with, you know, your parents, and just trying to understand what sht happened. Pretty dark sht.

Though repeating back Eminem in the first grade got him kicked out of class more than once, it hooked him on music. Nowadays, though he cites Johnny Cash, Bruce Springsteen and the so dope Phil Collins as inspiration, he doesnt listen to much music for fear of absorbing their styles. Instead, he prefers to drive around Los Angeles in silence, listening to piano ballads off YouTube when home.

His two new singles Cry for Love and Yellow Lights project the open, positivity-driven narrative Hudson says he has lived by his whole life, but was certainly buoyed by his overcoming of Hodgkins lymphoma, when he was diagnosed at age 20.

Everyone is at a place right now, I feel like, where they need love. A lot of people are accepting to truth. So if you put love and truth into something youre passionate about people are going to feel the same thing, he says. You know?


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