Man Bites Dog Artist Hayze sits down to discuss his new album, influences, and more with an exclusive avenjerz interview below;
How long have you been rapping?
I’ve been rapping since about the age of 13 or 14. I actually started rapping with a friend from the town i’m from named Rellz. He stumbled upon Cool Edit Pro 2.0 and we were off and running from there. That was my first experience really recording and making my own music.
What does Hayze offer hiphop?
I feel like I offer a different perspective to Hip-Hop. While most rappers who talk about what I talk about are all about being flashy and on the scene and well known, my music is about doing whatever you have to do to get money but being smart about it at the same time. That’s why they call me the King Creep. I would rather be quiet and un-noticed. When out in social areas I tend to be quiet and reserved. I’ve always been about not causing any attention to me, seeing as the Police don’t look at my previous occupation in the brightest of lights and it wouldn’t make sense for a young, job-less, urban kid to be flashy with money that I shouldn’t have had. I actually struggle with this new attention i’ve gotten since I started taking my music career seriously. It makes me nervous sometimes when people know me and I don’t know them.
Why the smoking section as the name of the mixtape?
I chose The Smoker’s Section as the title of my EP because smoking is really a major part of my life, obviously seeing as my name’s Hayze. I’ve been smokin since I was 8 years old and never really looked back since. And the feel I wanted for the project was my personality, laid back smooth and somewhat sophisticated. I wanted the whole tape to be something people could roll up too, sit back and relax. When you listen to my EP you’re entering The Smoker’s Section.
Why did you choose to do this record off the smoking section?
I chose to do this record because it was actually the first song I recorded towards The Smoker’s Section. Before I started recording the EP I was stock piling beats for it. When I felt I got a good number of them I started attacking putting lyrics to them. This song being the first recorded, after I recorded it it gave me this wild type of adrenaline rush that made me feel like, this project is gonna be BIG!
Where did you record Ridin and Smoking?
I actually recorded this song twice. The first time I recorded it I was kicked out of my house and started living with my cousin, Fellow Creep Co-Founder, Kappa Gamma. I had my recording equipment from when I was younger sent over from California, because I had been living out there while going to school, and we hooked it up to a computer he had. I recorded the song real real late, like 4 in the morning type shit. He woke up about 8 and came out his room as I was finishing mixing it down. I looked at him and said, we got one my nigga!
The second time I recorded it was at a studio called Smoke The World HQ. My manager Lew was working for them at the time and he brought me through. We recorded that along with 4 or 5 other songs that night. I just remember my studio session was 9 hours and we didn’t stop working from start to finish.
I don’t even remember where I got the Ridin N Smokin beat from because I had stock piled so many from so many producers. I just remember as soon as I heard it I knew I was gonna Creep it Out. It felt like trap music but with a smooth undertone to it. It fit me perfectly. I wrote the verses for it the night I recorded it at Kappa Gamma’s. they came to me really quickly. The hook actually came to me while I was out Ghoulin around the town one day. I was riding around with a former female associate of mine and I just kept thinkin to myself, I be ridin and smokin always roll up somethin potent. That was the birth of the hook. Once I recorded it at my cousins I polished it and added a couple tweaks to it so that it wasn’t so monotonous.
whats next for Hayze?
The next thing i’m gearing up for is the A3C festival in Atlanta, GA on October 2-6. I just got the confirmation I’ll be performing on the 4th I believe. I’ll release more details as they come to me. Aside from A3C, we have 2 more videos for songs off of The Smoker’s Section coming. We also have a video for one of Hayze’s 1st and 15th Installments on Soundcloud, Certified Creep Music. Also i’m gearing up for my second EP entitled, Night of The Creeps, which will be released on Halloween this year. So we have a lot coming your way in the coming months. The motto we follow; Creep or get Creeped Out.