The Faze set the interwebs ablaze when he released his version of GZA‘s classic Liquid Swords. The reactions varied from mixed, positive to damn near hilarious. To say the least, the man has been able to get people to talk about his music and much more. Far from using gimmicks to push his art, The Faze is a pure lyricist at heart and from one listen to his Wu influenced project you can agree that he is a top class student of the game.
Today we connect with the man in question to talk briefly about himself, his music and much more. Check out the interview below.
Could you expatiate on the meaning of your moniker “The Faze”?
Faze is short for Fazyon which was suppose to be my birth name.
How did you get started in music, and what drives you to continue?
I just was born to do it, I’ve been rapping every since I could remember.
Your recent project is a complete revamping of GZA’s classic Liquid Swords. What was the music making process like?
It was real fun. I approached it like an album but at same time the mixtape feel with heavy bars is definitely there.
What role does the artist have in society from your perspective?
I think as artist we all have a big role in society and that requires us to be the voice for our communities and speak for those without a voice. Also with people hanging on to everything we do and say we must definitely be mindful of what we put out into the world.
If a movie about your life in music was to be made, what interesting/strange moments and stories would you share to make the movie cool?
Nothing as of now my movie is still being made and it’s only the beginning of the first scene
Are there any other interesting facts about you that hardly anyone else knows?
I listen to Black Sabbath “Paranoid” album. Classic lol.
What is the greatest thing about working in the music industry? And what would you change if you had the opportunity?
The greatest thing is that the industry helps you share your gift with the world. If I could change anything all the snakes and fake people would not be able to be apart of it, members only.
Looking back, what have been the most important moments in your life so far?
My very existence.
What have been the biggest highlights?
Performing a song I wrote for Angela Davis in front of her and speaking with Dick Gregory.
What has been your biggest challenge…and how did you overcome it?
The thing about life is everyday is a challenge, you overcome these challenges by being like water word to Bruce Lee.
What is the importance of the connections you make? How can you utilize them?
The industry is built off relationships. Do right by those you come across and that’s what you get in return.
Who have been the coolest, most memorable people you’ve met along the way, and how did they make an impact on your life?
My 3rd Republic team we all think different and push each other to be great.
When you’re sitting on the porch age 97 what would you like to look back on and smile having achieved?
That I contributed to shaping humanity in some way, shape or form.
What has been your most memorable or inspirational gig and why?
All of them. Everytime I get to hit the stage is a blessing.
What has been your strangest celebrity encounter?
The only stars are in the sky
Who would be your ideal dinner guest, living or dead, and what would you serve them?
J. Edgar Hoover and I would serve him exactly what he gave us back in the day, SHIT!
What are the greatest songs, albums, books, movies, TV shows, websites you’ve ever come across?
Marshal Mathers Lp, Thick Face Black Heart (book), The Dark Knight
Name 5 songs (yours excluded) that we would expect to find on your iPod or Music
Player 1.The Faze – Cream
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What special-hero type skills are you blessed with?
Where can everyone reading this interview keep up with your adventures?
Any final thoughts?