Having gained recognition after a song he wrote ended up on Beyonce's latest album, Hugo was contacted by Roc Nation to be part of the newly formed label. As a tip of the hat to Roc Nation's founder, Hugo put a country-fried twist on the classic "99 Problems" discovering an unforeseen link between pop, rock and hip-hop.
Following the buzz-worthy success of "99 Problems," in which both the song and Hugo were featured in the box-office hit No Strings Attached starring Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman, the album is a refreshing and brilliant blend of rock, pop and soul with hip-hop influences. With Old Tyme Religion, Hugo introduces a new audience to multiple international influences, style and true soul through well-crafted lyrics and contemporary music.
"I'm trying to make rock & roll in the age of hip-hop," Hugo affirms. "A complete thought in 3 minutes and 30 seconds, that's the challenge. A song is a planet with gravity and atmosphere and things living in it. An album is a solar system. All songs on this album are about two things; love and fear."