"I've been song-writing for over ten years. Ain't done much, but battled to keep the colors of my soul flowing; even when the world seems grey. Life is beautiful when you see the colors in other people's souls."
- Israel Castillo
"Hi, my name is Izzy, a.k.a. KURXMA, an unsigned Independent-Artist, from Brooklyn, New York." -Castillo, KURXMA
Israel Castillo (born on February 1, 1993) is an Honduran-American singer-songwriter/rapper from the boogie-down Bronx, and raised in Brooklyn, New York. In 2017, formally known as Neu.TRA.Lity, Castillo dropped the brand name and picked KURXMA for his brand new persona. He was also blessed to be raised down-south in New Orleans, Louisiana, and survived Hurricane Katrina (2005). After a tragic turn of events, Castillo resided in Carrollton, TX, soon after. In 2015, Castillo served as a videographer creating promotional videos for Boston Hip-Hop organization called Wreck Shop Movement. Castillo also performed at open mic events slowly building his musical career as a performing artist. He continues to put in the extra miles as Do-It-Yourself Indie Artist. After countless failed-attempts, he made his way back into the musical scenes. His debut single 'Already' were selected on multiple internet radio such as Dots LIVE Radio, QSJ Radio, KRXM Radio, and played by online music-reviewers.
Early Musical Career:
Castillo began his songwriter career at the age of 11 and officially became a recording artist at 17. Castillo was formally known as, Neu.TRA.Lity, released 2 Mixtapes along with 2 EPs under the brand name. In 2014, Castillo made his debut with A Trade 4 F.A.M.E. (2014) mixtape containing Hip-Hop/Soulful sounds influenced by Detroit Hip-Hop Producer, J. Dilla. Following AT4F mixtape, Castillo released, Luvable (2014), he focused on challenging his artistry with self-produced tracks and instrumentals. Luvable was infused with elements to deliver the mixture of Hip-Hop and Soul together. Untitled (2015) EP was the last musical project released under the name of Neu.TRA.Lity. "I've experienced so much, and yet, I have experienced nothing. There is SO MANY information and experiences I would like to share with other Indie Artists.
Good Vibez and Peace." as said by Castillo (2017).
A Self-Searching Journey (2017)
A Path away from depression.
THROUGH THE UP'S AND DOWN'S
Self-Searching Journey (2017):
"2016 was the worst year of my life. Living hotel-to-hotel to being dropped off by a Co-worker and looking at the Hotel asking "u good, homie?" 2017 was the worst bounce back ever, but it's still bouncing. I left TX and went back to NY to start a new chapter.
I kept quiet about everything. How frustrating it felt to start school and work at the same time; Only to come back to a house filled with unwelcoming vibes within my childhood home. I stayed inside my shell. Smiled when I needed to. Laugh when I didn't want to. Everything came all at once, crashing down. I stood there alone contemplating on everything. My mental health, life, position, and potential. I had to leave. It wasn't where I wanted to 'be.'
Before I left NY, I looked into my father's teary eyes and we talked a good talk. He asked me "Why doesn't all my kids love me and stay. Why can't I have a relationship like Moses had with his wife?" I paused for a few seconds, and I looked him in the eye. I told him his missing pieces as a man in a relationship. My advice to him hurt me the most; Cuz all this time, without him, I was looking for his guidance my whole life. There I was, giving what I needed. It's kool tho. Live, Laugh, Let Live. New York was a bust, But here I am...I am here to 'Be'"
(Oct. 26, 2017)
Usher, 2pac, Eminem
J. Dilla, Erykah Badu, D'Angelo
Dwele, Nirvana, Metallica,
Drake, Aaliyah, Floetry, Robin Thicke
Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, The Temptations,
Boyz II Men, PartyNextDoor.
FOREPLAY is KURXMA’s debut album released independently on several distributions platform such as Spotify, and Apple Music. This album contains Contemporary Hip-hop/R&B sounds....
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Q.) Who is your favorite anime character? Why?
A.)Goku will hands down be that dude, but this guy Hiei from Yu-Yu Hakusho is my absolute favorite. That anime is probably one of the greatest anime to ever be created with interesting characters and development. Shout-out's to Rurouni Kenshin. Top 3, for sure. haha!
You see, Goku likes to push himself beyond his limits. Which is admirable from a man's perspective. You aim to be greater than you were yesterday.
Hiei, overall, has a swagger, skill, simple-yet, "you done f**ked up, if you mess with him" character design. You won't ever see the hands coming. and boom! You got sliced 17 times from his sword in a second. Or better yet. You best be on your way before he finish saying "DRAGON OF THE DARKNESS FLAME" because that's on you. Hello? Who ordered a deep-fried soul? Yeah I'm nerd, bruh, haha!
Q.) What are your Favorite Hobbies?
-Collecting special-designed Arizona Bottles & Cans. Don't Judge me. I like their designs. haha!
-Play Video Games like Phantasy Star Online 2, Halo, and GTA. Anything MMORPG, First-Person shooter, Sports and Strategy.
-Watching Anime. Currently on Dragon Ball Super, One Piece and Steven Universe.
Favorite Foods to Eat:
I'm not that bad of a picky eater, but I'm still a picky eater.
Chinese Food: Sesame Chicken, General Gao, Beef Teriyaki
( Honduran-style ) Enchiladas
Arroz con Leche,
Oh! There's this Burrito from Howling Wolf in Salem, MASS called "The Good Wolf"
( It's like a world......but in a burrito.... xD )
Q.) What's your Go-To food when you're broke?
A.) Bread and Water. Real talk! I can survive with just those two, besides it's cheap as hell.
If I'm desperate, I'll throw some butter on the bread then toast it.
Q.) Favorite Band/Singer/Rapper?
Usher (All-Time) bbuuuttt PartyNextDoor is getting up there.
Kendrick Lamar & 2pac
Q) What are two Random facts about you:
1.) I was a vegan for about 2 months.
I like the process of being a vegan, but after awhile I couldn't resist......the Burrito.... I might convert back to a vegan diet, every now and then. To be honest.
2.) Apart of me didn't like having dreads. (2015)
Not because of the commitment behind maintaining them.
I got them for my ex-girlfriend after we broke up.
It was NOT an attempt to get back with her. It was the fact that I made a promise to her that I would get them, while we were in a relationship.
Her love truly changed me. I don't know if it was for the best, or for the worst. Her happiness makes me smile. Sometimes its hurts too much as I let it, but that's life, and we move on with smiles...
I hope she is doing well.
Isyman718 -> Neu.TRA.Lity -> KURXMA
"I just have A CURIOSITY To Create"