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What’s Booth newcomer Hona Costello‘s favorite strain of weed? You might as well ask a parent to pick their favorite child. On his latest single, the Cali-based, Chicago-born spitter celebrates just a few of his greatest Highs: “Deep Purple… Northern Lights, Super Kush, Tangerine Dream, Maui Wowie, Cheese Quake, Land Crab, Willy Wonka, OG Purp, OG Hash, Cali Kush, Champagne Kush, Banana Kush, Blue Devil Kush.” Under-girding the artist’s blunted bars is an appropriately mellow, reggae-informed instrumental by Scarecrow. For this smokers’ anthem and many more quality joints, check out Costello’s Penelope LP when it hits online retailers in the first quarter of 2013. - DJBOOTH

hicago-bred rapper/singer Damar Core, also known as Hona Costello, recently released the Bob-Marley influenced "High," and the track is surprisingly smooth for a newcomer. The Chi-town artist recently relocated to Los Angeles, California in hopes of pursuing a music career, and shouts out that infamous California green on the record. Highlight of the song? That great chorus you can't help but sing along to over the guitar-laden instrumental. "High" is the first single off Costello's first project, Penelope. - EarMilk

Peep out Chicago emcee Hona Costello's first single 'High'. This is most definitely a 4/20 smokers anthem! Look out for his upcoming album "Penelope" coming soon! - Gowherehiphop

Dub heads, weed heads, gather ’round; the soundtrack to your next session has arrived. Aptly-titled “High,” the song is about canibus, and the (unpredictable) acts that come with it: deep thinking, cheap thrills, and everything in-between. And, with a backdrop of guitar riffs and bass loops, calling it “the best damn smoking song I’ve heard in a minute” wouldn’t be off-base. Hell of a first impression for relatively Hona Costello, a Chi-town MC we anxiously await to hear more from. - Smoking Section


Follow Me (2011)
Penelope (2013)



Chicago native, Hona Costello, is back with a new West Coast jam/smoking anthem that has been featured on the likes of SmokingSection, YouHeardThatNew, DJBooth, Earmilk, and more called "High". High has been regarded as one of the freshest smoking anthems of the past few years on Smoking Section and has a video in the works directed by "Playne Jane" to be released this summer.

Hona Costello was raised in Chicago Heights, IL - home to legends such as Kanye West, Michael Jordan, Common, and more. During his earlier years, he was signed to IBK/KOCH with group "Detour", which had spawned the critically acclaimed single "Gucci, Louie, Whatever". After leaving the group, Hona traveled to Los Angeles, CA to pursue his dreams. In 2011, he released his debut mixtape "Follow Me" which received over 20,000 downloads and was on TheJourneyThroughLawSchool’s “Top 50 Albums of 2011?. His follow up mixtape, "Penelope" is scheduled to be released in the third quarter of 2013.