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Interview | Legendary Tazmania Talks New Music, Hip Hop Icons, & What’s Next @sizzlejimi

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Legendary Tazmania has been deep rooted in the music scene dating back to his teenage years. He can recall the late legend Easy-E bringing him to his very first concert which of MC Breed and DJ Quick.  Born and raised on the south side of Chicago, he was up rooted at age thirteen to Los Angeles where music forever changed his life. He signed his first record deal in 1992 and released hit after hit. As he enhanced his craft and progressed in his career, he had the opportunity to tour the globe with major artists Mike Jones, Beat Nuts, Dilated Peoples, Eve, and more. To date he holds a lengthy catalog of music and hasn’t stopped yet.

” I believe in the words that Guru once told me, “keep spitting because you are what they need”

MJ: Thank you for taking time away from creating music for this interview. Let’s take it back to your younger years.  Do you think your career would have taken a different direction if you and your family didn’t move to Los Angeles?

Taz: Thank you for having me, and yes, it definitely would have been different.  I wouldn’t have met the people that actually made me love Hip-Hop like Skoolz, who let me have my first speaking role on a song.  Also Yomo and Markel who are Ruthless Records artists and their album “Burn Old Glory”, and I can’t leave out my relationship with the Bell’s of New Edition or how the Kinky Boys helped me to be original in my approach when it comes to creating music.

MJ: Talk about that concert that Easy-E took you to. As a young by that must have been an adrenaline rush to experience.

Taz:  It was I was on top of the world! To see everything up close was life changing, even though DJ Quick thought we were Crips because we were in blue…but Eazy smoothed it over.

MJ: In 1992 you released your first project “Come Say Hi to The Bad Guy”.  It can be mind-blowing to look back at your very first single or project. What would you say to that young Taz?

Taz: I would say don’t be so full of yourself, work hard and party later.

MJ:  From that you started your own rap group and label, which became a staple for Cali Hip Hop, and opened up some major doors for you. Share some of that with us.

Taz: Yeah being part of a group was cool it give me a chance to see other point of views and to remain humble in the face of so many egos. It also gave me the opportunity to meet a wide range of artists such as Outcast, Luda, and others. It gives you a sense of professionalism you need to have to live up to.

MJ: You’ve shared the stage with a handful of major artists and key players in the industry.  What stands out the most from those experiences?

Taz: I would say my chance meeting with Jay-Z in Stockholm along with Mr. Hayes, may he rest in peace, he was like a mentor for a short time. Meeting Warren G and his uncle Ron G was also life changing when they saw me perform overseas and let me know I had worth in the music scene.

 MJ: Let’s bring fans up to speed now. You’ve released a lengthy catalog of music throughout recent years.  Talk about your style and flow and how as an artist you have progressed and evolved from each project.

Taz: I have always looked at this business as an ever-changing one, and as an artist you must evolve with the times.  My flow is one of a kind, and smoothed out with a conscious realism.  I am a product of my environment with a world-wide sense of my people and the habitat we live.  But sometimes I like to make light of those differences.

MJ: What’s hot right now with Taz? Talk about your latest single “Flash Flood”. Also give us some inside scoop on upcoming projects or collaborations.

Taz: Yeah it’s coming out later this month.  It was produced by Synthetic, who made a fire track about getting rich quick dreams we all have at some point. The rest you will have to wait until it’s released, can’t give it all away…My latest single “Vinus” is the sh*t! It’s a shout out to all women of the world and how in their grace and beauty have made me feel that there’s always an unspoken meaning to someone special.

MJ: When it comes to influences, whether it be musically or personally, who do you credit?

Taz: Wow that’s a hard one.  I actually try to stay away from anyone else’s style, but some think I’m similar to T.I. But I think there is no other to credit for my style.

MJ: As we wrap up is there anything else you want the world to know about Taz?

Taz: Yeah, no one will give a better live performance than Taz. Be on the lookout for my new album “Paper Cuts”, I promise I will do everything in my power to make it groundbreaking for my fans!

Click here to stream “Vinus”

Follow Taz @SizzleJimi

TazMan71@live.com 

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Compton Native Young Lawless Teams Up With Yn Jay for “Coochie Hoochie”

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Young Lawless is definitely keeping audiences on their toes this year. With the release of his newest track “Coochie Hoochie” ft. Yn Jay, Lawless (aka FatBoyLaw) is not letting up any time soon and keeps it coming hit-after-hit. The upbeat anthem is an impressive effort from the independent, Compton-based artist, and shows how he is capable of switching things up when needed.
The new track “Coochie Hoochie” follows the release of his previously released album titled This Is Not A Real Album. Through that project and others that he has under his belt, it’s clear to see how FatBoyLaw is making a name for himself and setting himself apart from the rest. His witty storytelling technique is unmatched and absolutely distinguishes him from all other West Coast artists.
When asked about when he decided to ultimately pursue a career in music, Lawless said that “Knowing that I have real talent made me ultimately decide to do music. It would be a waste of a gift if I didn’t do music. It’s something that makes me feel good and I believe I have a story to tell. Hopefully I can reach people that’s in a dark place and help bring them out of it into some light.”
As far as what’s next for the rapper, he says that he’s working on a new EP that fans can be on the lookout for called Psychoactive. Some notable features will appear on this project, including Sukihana, Steven G, Compton Menace, and Kevin McCall.
“My goal is to go platinum while being an independent artist,” Young Lawless says of his goals. “I’m not signed to a major label. I don’t have any management or an agency so that’s a big goal for me. Music and the fashion culture coincide together so I would also like to partner up with a few fashion brands as a creative director in the future. I got a few ideas and I’m all about innovation.”
Lawless is the example of an artist who creates his own lane in the music industry.
Listen to Young Lawless’ latest track “Coochie Hoochie” ft. Yn Jay below.

Keep up with Young Lawless on social media!
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Facebook
Apple Music
Soundcloud
Spotify
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Bangathemenace Drops Very First EP ‘Big Bang Theory’

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Bangathemenace is someone you need to add to your playlist immediately! With the release of his debut EP, he’s on FIRE and is showing audiences what he’s truly capable of. He has an extremely unique voice that’s deep and personable — something that is rare and unheard in most music today. The Houston-based artist is just getting started, but he knows that he’s ready to take over the music game.
Prior to releasing his debut album ‘Big Bang Theory,’ Bangathemenace released two singles. “Etuk’s Interlude” and “Can’t Be A Menace” were two tracks that spoke for themselves in terms of introducing his sound as an artist. Both very versatile and distinctive, the two singles set the tone for what audiences could expect from him in the future.
We had the chance to interview with Bangathemenace to learn more about how he got his start in music.

What city are you from/ Where are you based now?
I am born and raised in Houston, Texas but also branched off and lived in Denver, Colorado for three years.
 
What is your artist name? What is your real name? How did you get your artist name?
I go by Bangathemenace, due to my government name being Abanga Etuk. And I am of course a menace to society.
 
At what point in your life did you decide to pursue a career in music?
I began with poetry in middle school, and attempted to orchestrate a rap by 7th grade, and continued from there.
 
Has your upbringing played a role in shaping who you are and defining your sound today? If so, how?
Most definitely. I grew up in Acres home as a middle child of six. I’ve always had a balanced vibe entirely. I received knowledge and kicked it with my older siblings, and passed that same love and knowledge down to my younger ones.
 
How would you describe your sound to readers who may not be familiar with you?
A serious energy form created with a parent from New York and another from Texas in the ’80s. Very old school with an accessorized new school sound.

Who are some of your main musical influences?

Nicki Minaj, Foxy Brown, Queen Latifah, Mc Lyte, Nas, Tupac, Lil Wayne, Kendrick Lamar, Drake, UGK, Houston’s entire music scene old & new school. Andre 3K, Busta Rhymes.

You can follow him on social media @bangathemenace and stream his latest EP Big Bang Theory below.
https://open.spotify.com/album/0K0FqS2hht81LeHbvssBsS?si=nhZlTSqjQt6Y1rbVcDWkuw

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