Hugo (musician)

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Chulachak Chakrabongse at VERY TV.JPG
Hugo at VERY TV in November 2014
Background information
Birth nameHugo Chula Alexander Levy
Born (1981-08-06) 6 August 1981 (age 37) London, England
GenresCountry, blues rock, bluegrass
Years active2000–present
LabelsRoc Nation

Hugo Chakrabongse Levy (born 6 August 1981), known under the mononym Hugo or Thai name Chulachak Chakrabongse (Thai: จุลจักร จักรพงษ์; RTGSChunlachak Chakkraphong) son of Narisa Chakrabongse and his British father, is a singer-songwriter. Based in New York City and signed to Jay-Z's Roc Nation label, his musical style has been dubbed by Roc Nation as "gangsta-rock". He is best known for his bluegrass re-working of Jay-Z's "99 Problems". His debut album, Old Tyme Religion, was released on 10 May 2011. He can trace direct royal heritage back from his maternal great-grandfather, Prince Chakrabongse Bhuvanath, a son of King Rama V of Thailand, and is a second cousin once removed of the King of Thailand, King Vajiralongkorn.[1]


Hugo was born in England to M.R. Narisa Chakrabongse, raised in Thailand near the Chao Praya River, and used to reside in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of New York City. Now he is in Bangkok, Thailand. He is the grandson of Prince Chula Chakrabongse, the great-grandson of Chakrabongse Bhuvanath, and the great-great-grandson of King Rama V of Siam.

As a teenager, he released four studio albums with the band Siplor, which had several of its records banned on the radio. After moving to London, he became highly influenced by blues musicians such as Howling Wolf, Son House, Robert Johnson and Skip James as well as more modern musicians and bands such as Guns N' Roses, Nirvana, Dr. Dre, Jeff Buckley, MGMT, Tame Impala, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Devendra Banhart, The Big Pink and Jack White. He achieved recognition when his song "Disappear" was featured on Beyoncé's album I Am... Sasha Fierce, beginning a series of collaborations that led to a record deal with Jay-Z's Roc Nation label in 2010.[2]

"Bread and Butter" was featured on the season two television promo for ABC's comedy-drama series Castle. This same song also featured on the seventh season of HBO's hit series, Entourage.


  • Jon Cornell - bass
  • Mark Slutsky - drums
  • Chris LoPresto - keyboards
  • Jay Barclay - guitar


Studio albums[edit]

(2011) Old Tyme Religion

  1. Old Tyme Religion
  2. 99 Problems
  3. Bread & Butter
  4. Rock 'n' Roll Delight
  5. Hopelessly Stoned
  6. Hurt Makes It Beautiful
  7. Born
  8. Mekong River Delta
  9. Sweetest Cure
  10. Different Lives
  11. Just a Shred
  12. Wake Alone
  13. Sai Lom (สายลม) (Thailand Edition)

(2014) Deep In The Long Grass

  1. Twitch and Tug
  2. I Need the Truth
  3. Secrets and Lies
  4. Quiet Fire
  5. Hailstorms
  6. Nightshift
  7. All I Think About
  8. A Fire Worth Keeping
  9. The Long Grass
  10. Down the River
  11. Feather

(2017) ดำสนิท[3]

  1. ดำสนิท
  2. อย่ามาให้เห็น
  3. ครอบครอง
  4. อานม้า
  5. ระวัง
  6. แค่มีเธอ
  7. แพ้ให้เป็น
  8. ยอม
  9. Love Song No. 9
  10. บันไดสีแดง

Pop culture references[edit]

Hugo's version of "99 Problems," his first single, was featured in the Natalie Portman/Ashton Kutcher romantic comedy No Strings Attached, in the 2011 remake of Fright Night, and in the pilot episode of the NBC thriller series The Blacklist.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Hugo Chakrabongse: From 'trash' in Thailand to triumph in the United States | CNN Travel". Retrieved 2015-11-13.
  2. ^ "The Official Website of Hugo". Retrieved 2011-04-18.
  3. ^ iTunes. Retrieved 2017-04-25.
  4. ^ "Fright Night (2011)". IMDb. Retrieved 2015-11-13.