Mr Hazel is most definitely an artist to watch in the Caribbean music scene. Born in Amsterdam to a Curaçaoan father and a Bonaire-born but Curaçao-raised mother, Sharuben Jonathan Hazel (he decided to keep his artist name simple) had a thoroughly Caribbean upbringing.
Throughout his career he has experienced a metamorphosis; At the time that he released his first mixtape ‘Welcome to my World’ his focus was strictly on old school hip-hop, even going on to perform at a hip-hop convention in Rotterdam, but in the ensuing years he took the time to reflect on his music and decided he wanted to take it closer to his Caribbean roots.
This is distinctly heard on his latest album Hazelseason EP, which was fully produced by Curaçaoan producer extraordinaire Menasa, on which he has infused his sound with Zouk, Reggae and Ritmo Kombiná. And showcasing his diversity as an artist he has blended these genres with R&B, some Trap, and even House/Electro music.
Having grown up listening to artists like Kassav, Bob Marley, Gregory Isaac, Doble R, ERA Outentiko, Tupac, Notorious B.I.G., Wu Tang Clan and Jodeci, he incorporates these elements into what he brings to the table as a singer/rapper.
Love for self and love for others and willingness to help others is the major underlying theme throughout his music and he aspires to reach a sustainable level of success with his music.
His main ambition is to become an international success and inspire Curaçaoan boys and girls to believe that no matter where they were born or what their economic status, they can achieve great things with faith, hard work, and perseverance. The biggest hits of his career so far have been “Nan no ta kumi”, “Zwoel” and “Imposibel”, the latter of which the video clip premiered on Skempi’s YouTube channel.