Hugo


Who: Hugo
Video: '99 Problems'
Hails From: New York, N.Y.
For Fans Of: Jack White, Cage the Elephant

Why He's About to Pop: With musical influences ranging from Jim Morrison to Howlin' Wolf to Michael Jackson, Hugo first started his recording career as a teen while living in Thailand, where he played with a band called Siplor. The rocker eventually headed off to England, and it was there that one of his songs, 'Disappear,' happened to land in the hands of none other than Beyonce. Beyonce chose to record the Hugo-penned tune for 'I Am ... Sasha Fierce,' which led to Hugo landing a record deal with Jay-Z's label, Roc Nation.

"It is intimidating to meet someone with that level of experience in the game," Hugo tells PopEater of his experience with Jay-Z. "His advice to me before a show was, 'Don't f--- it up!' Priceless."

Hugo's upcoming album, 'Old Tyme Religion,' blends his rock and roots background with a bit of relevant pop appeal -- and it features a cover of Jay-Z's '99 Problems.' PopEater caught up with Hugo about his bluesy, banjo-laced take on the song, his biggest influences and the story behind 'Old Tyme Religion.' Check out his '99 Problems' video and read on below.