Nicolas Gallardo might seem like your average Southern California Twenty Something. He enjoys watching anime, playing video games like Super Smash Bros., and drinking a cold beer with his buddies. As a profession he works the night shift as a security guard for a university dorm. What people don’t know behind the stocky build, gauged earrings, and Oakley glasses is that Gallardo is a young rap star in the making.

Ghost Stories Vol 1

Ghostie 8k is Gallardo’s alter ego. Through singing with auto-tune over a medley of trap beats, and electronic dream pop instrumentals he’s developed an interesting sound. Still early in his career, Ghostie 8k has about 200 followers on SoundCloud with three projects available for streaming. This September he self released his debut album Ghost Stories Vol. 1. Here he details his ambitions of fame, riches and the Hollywood lifestyle. Most of all Ghostie 8k aims to become as successful as possible in his rap career.

Raised in a multi-cultural household, he is of Mexican, Dutch, and Italian descent, but has half-brothers who are African American. Some of his early influences are 2pac, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, and Outkast along with Linkin Park, The Germs, Nirvana, and Sublime.  Today’s SoundCloud super stars like Xavier Wulf and Thouxanbanfauni, have driven Ghostie 8k to develop his anime meets trap sound and aesthetic.

Never judge a book by its cover. Ghostie 8k may look nothing like a typical rapper, but has the chops and lyrical abilities of being the next sensation. If only one song from his catalog of work could be selected, listen to “Bright Lights, Fast Cars.” He’s a member of the San Gabriel Valley based rap collective Void Gang alongside close friends Pryne and Lil Snorlax. They’ve collaborated on a couple tracks so be sure to check those out as well. Ghostie 8k is a compassionate young man and a proud supporter of P A L M.


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