If someone were to ask you when the “Golden Age” of Hip-Hop was, most of us would refer to the 90s. Many also say that current Hip-Hop is nothing compared to its purer form from back then. Apparently, gone are the days of poetic lyricists like 2Pac or Immortal Technique and so-long are the strong political influence that rappers strived for like in some of Eminem’s early work or Run D.M.C’s “Fight the Power.” But I believe there is opportunity more than ever to create change. There’s a reason why it seems like everyone wants to be a rapper. True, on the surface, Hip-Hop has glorified guns, drugs, and promiscuity and has promoted a desensitized vision of women’s worth, homosexuality, etc. But if you dig a little pass what’s available on the radio or television, you’ll find an independent scene of artists and Hip-Hop lovers alive and well with similar goals- to perpetuate good music and tell their own stories. Dizzie Daz, who prefers to be known as a poet rather than a rapper/MC, is one of those artists that can bridge the gap between the cassettes and boom box era and the Fruity Loops/autotune generation that fills the airwaves and news feeds today. Take a listen to his track “Mary” and see if it reminds you of some of your favorite old school Gangsta Rap jams.
Born and raised in Baltimore, MA- Dizzie Daz started playing on turntables and learned how to mix records alongside his family and friends at the age of 9. His curiosity for developing new sounds and growing up in the late 80s/early 90s era had him hooked on music ever since. At 12 years old, his talent for writing poetry earned him 13th place out of 1000 young poets and went on to have one of his poems published in a book.
Dizzie Daz comes from an old school era of Hip-Hop only a few got to witness first-hand. He solemnly speaks on the recent tragedies affecting his home-town especially in regards to the death of Freddie Gray. “Walking through the streets of Baltimore is an everyday struggle, Rap/Hip-Hop was my way of escaping the stress and pain as a young black male in this unpredictable society,” says Dizzie. Despite that, he considers himself blessed to be around talented friends and family making music daily. With more than two decades of experience, he continues to do what he loves- from recording to producing and performing.
Transitioning to the island of Maui, he has currently resided there for over 10 years. He states that studio time in the mainland can get expensive, and he was so fortunate to have met other artists with home studios and ambition to create music. While he has been part of many musical projects, Dizzie Daz is a member of the 808 Lava Squad Mafia, based out of Maui, which also features GIM$ and DallahDeezo. The group is building a buzz around Maui and the rest of Hawaii state. They will be performing collectively at their first Oahu gig at Hawaiian Brian’s in Honolulu tomorrow night, as part of the Post-Battle party following the “Maui vs. Oahu” rap battle. Be sure to come check them out! See more of Dizzie Daz on his social media pages and other music outlets.
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