Chazzy is a hip-hop artist of not so much the norm. An artist of rarity today, not going with the flow of today’s agenda, showing he is an artist, whether it be singing or rapping, one that will speak his mind to the fullest. With a past of showing he has what it takes, proving it multiple times by winning rap competitions, sharing the stage with Pharoahe Monch, former Dr. Dre protege: Jon Connor, rocking the House of Blues for an official Sony Playstation event, tackling tracks with the likes of Krondon, Young Maylay and Glasses Malone, there are an arsenal of reasons to give more than a listen to this artist known simply as: Chazzy.
Q: Hi Chazzy! Please introduce yourself to the readers and how you first got into this field of work –and who were some of your influences growing up?
A: How are you doing? Glad to take some time with you. I’m Chazzy. I’m a musician. I’ve always had a love for music, probably due to the fact my parents had such a love for music. My family, including my father, were musicians, in bands. I was always in the studio and at performances with my father at a young age. I was even in a rehearsal studio with the band KoRn when I was younger.
I have a plethora of influences, ranging from hip-hop to rock to heavy metal to gaming music. Mike Shinoda, Linkin Park as well, Koji Kondo, Pearl Jam, Chris Cornell, Eminem, J. Cole, Drake, Biggie and so on and so fourth.
Q: What has been your favourite project to work on so far?
A: Definitely the one I’m doing my best to wrap up and put out right now. It speaks to me differently, as I have aged, grown-up much, much more. I see the world in a different light. I see the industry in a different light. I see people in a different light. I’m not holding anything back. I’m speaking my mind more than 100% and speaking on topics I never have before. It’s nothing like what you hear today. And I’m proud of that.
Q: Your new single ‘Before I Die’ is out and Who inspired you. Can you talk us through that?
A: “I’ve got a lot to do before I die”, the song opens…and that couldn’t be more true. Whether it be with music, podcasting (I have recently started a podcast), or anything else I venture off into in life, I’m not done. The songs inspired by the world today, in a way, and it’s nonsense. It’s an obsession with the fake-ness that is molding yourself into some walking plastic abomination that a lot of women feel they need to delve into. Alongside, within the verses, a rhyme-scheme and hard-approach to the flow that I don’t see many artists tackle anymore.
Q: If you had a chance to work alongside anybody who would that be?
A: Without a doubt, currently: Mike Shinoda.
Q: How did you come up with the title?
A: For BEFORE I DIE? I was just writing the hook, and feeling what came to me. BEFORE I DIE stuck out as what I felt should be the title. No major event behind that one.
Q: What was the recording process for ‘Before I Die’?
A: The recording of it, for the vocals was one session with me and my engineer Tyronne “Taco” Calsadillas. I light candles sometimes in the booth. I keep it just him and I. I’m not the type of artist who brings an entire squad to party. We are working. We are creating. We are building. We are having fun, yes, but it’s also something I tend to take more seriously. The mixing and mastering process is much longer and tedious. Tac and I both do, but I also enlisted Diogo “Kilso” Zaccara for this one.
Q: What artists are inspiring you at the moment?
A: Mike Shinoda. Eminem. I Haven’t been currently listening to much hip hop.
Q: You have collaborated with some impressive artists over the last few years — who is on your dream list of people to work with?
A: Once again, at the top, Mike Shinoda. Of course, Eminem. I would love to do a melody-driven, more story-driven, real record with Drake. I would have loved to work with Kanye on production. Timbaland on production. We all got dreams. There’s more. But there’s a couple.
Q: What moment are you most proud of?
A: I made it to the House of Blues before, man. I performed at the Troubadour. I performed for an official Sony Playstation event…I’m a big gamer…that meant a lot. I’m proud to say that I put my heart into what I do…I put in effort…I don’t just walk into a booth, mumble a bunch of nonsense and hope an engineer can make it sound good.
Q: What are some of your favourite tracks from the EP and why?
A: I have two singing records on there that I’ve been listening to and found much appreciation for, “Blackbird” and “Copy & Paste”. This project I’m trying to get out, has a variety of rap and singing on it. Something for everyone, I guess. I’m digging those because they speak so much truth and passion. And show confusion and hurt and…they tackle real life. Among some of the harder-hitting tracks, but right now, those.
Q: Can you share your social media link?
A: My Instagram is currently shadow banned, I’ve got limited engagement, it’s a whole unfortunate, ridiculous thing, but you can find me on Instagram: @igHatesChazzy. And I recently started a podcast with a friend, if you’re into gaming, movies and more: @SideProjektPodcast on Instagram as well. You can find my music on all streaming platforms, links are my bio of course.
For everything easy-access-Chazzy: https://linktr.ee/ighateschazzy
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