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What is your name and what city do you rep?
Viz Dawg spelt a-w-g now, won’t change till I make the “OG’s” proud.
I’m from the city of Los Angeles. North Hollywood to be exact.
What is unique about you and your music?
There is a certain aggression/energy to my personality that naturally translates my music.
I’m addicted to energy and I feed off it everywhere I go. My goal with my music is to transfer that energy I put into the song, into the people listening to it.
I want my music to motivate and inspire people to not just be great but to be resilient. I want it to help them find the strength within themselves to power through whatever struggles/fears they are facing.
What shaped your music?
I grew up listening to DMX and Tupac.
DMX could tell you he’s gonna shove your head up you’re a** and then say one of the most powerful prayers you ever heard.
Tupac would tell you to “Keep your head up,” and then say, “I aint a killer but don’t push me.”
Both had a compassionate side for those who were going through pain and struggle Both had an aggressive side letting it be known not to f**k with them or anybody they care about
I relate to that immensely in that I’m willing to die for the people I care about. I truly believe that love isn’t being willing to kill for someone, it’s willing to die for them, take on whatever pain or suffering they may be going through. Both of them would understand exactly what I mean.
When did you realize, you were going to make music professionally?
When I saw the reactions I would get out of people when I’d spit a cold sixteen. People were taking notice not just of the bars I bring, but the energy that I bring to the table. To quote Russell Westbrook, “Why Not?” The key to expressing yourself and fulfilling your soul is to be creative and put it out there to the world. Creativity is a reflection of what’s inside you. Music is just my way of doing that.
You have to do what’s on your heart whether its professionally or not. I tell people every day to start baby stepping towards their dream because what pays you doesn’t make you. You do what you have to do to do what you want to do. If you’re working full time doing a job you hate, then you need to be doing what you love in some capacity in the time you have available so you can feed that part of you that makes you happy. This is what makes me happy.
What type of music do you listen to?
I give everything a chance and if it connects with me, I’ll listen to a song a thousand times. The song I NEED is Kanye West – Never Let Me Down ft. J Ivy and Jay Z. On a song that has two of the greatest artists of all time on it, J Ivy has my favorite part. He says, “If I were on the highest cliff on the highest rift and you slipped off the side and clinched on to YOUR life in MY grip, I would NEVER, EVER, let you down.” That lyric and song means so much to me because that’s exactly how I feel in regards to my loved ones. You can cling on to me and I will do everything in my power to never let you down.
Who, to you, is the most undervalued music artist?
Kanye West because he is a musical genius and not everybody appreciates him the way that they should.
The song I NEED is Kanye West – Never Let Me Down ft. J Ivy and Jay Z On a song that has two of the greatest artists of all time on it, J Ivy has my favorite part.
He says, “If I were on the highest cliff on the highest rift and you slipped off the side and clinched on to YOUR life in MY grip, I would NEVER, EVER, let you down.”
That lyric and song means so much to me because that’s exactly how I feel in regards to my loved ones.
You can cling on to me and I will do everything in my power to never let you down.
How do you prepare for your performances?
I call it tapping in. We all have a switch that we can flip when it’s time to deliver. When it’s time to put on a show, I flip that mental switch and go beast mode. From there it’s all feeding off the energy of the moment and making sure you give the people something to remember you by.
What ignites your (song) writing flow?
Environment. The term, “creative environment,” is a term for a reason. I live in apt with 4 white walls and that’s the last place that I want to write in. Right by my spot there are powerlines that go as far as my eyes can see. You can hear the energy buzzing off them and something about that motivates me. To me, the power lines represent my journey. They remind me how far I’ve come and how far I still need to go. My energy needs to match the energy buzzing out of those powerlines as I continue down my path. That’s the type of environment I want to be in when writing.
What do you do when you don’t do music (creative or otherwise) and that you are passionate about?
Work. I work full time making sure that the lights at my place stay on. I work out in the gym during my lunch break to make sure the lights in my brain stay on. Staying sharp physically is more of a lifestyle then a passion. I need it more then I love to do it. I also love video games with a good story and characters. GTA, Drake Uncharted, God of War, Witcher, Bioshock, just to name a few, all series of games that I love.
Success to you is…
Performing Get Me The Ball at the Super Bowl while my brother is playing in it, looking into the camera and yelling to the whole world that, “I’M HERE.”
Reaching a platform where I can do my part to help rebuild a broken generation.
Success to me is everyone around me feeling fulfilled and happy.
Everyone is broken in some type of way. We are battling something in our own minds. The only way to heal that brokenness is to help each other not just re-build the brokenness but to “fulfill,” it.
What do you wish you were told when you first started rapping that you think would help artists starting out?
I wish I would’ve learned the engineering side more. I had many sleepless nights bouncing out stems the wrong way, doing it over again the wrong way, so on and so forth. The more you can do on your own the better for your time, wallet. and sanity’s sake.
Any upcoming projects?
I’m currently working on my second album and I’m juggling to a couple names for it.
I have two singles on the album that will have music videos titled, “Bob Yo Head,” and “Going Deep.”
Where do we find you music / music project?
All of my upcoming projects will be posted on my social media accounts below:
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