24hourhiphop is always looking for the next in line, today we come across Crizzy Santaiga from Toronto, Canada. Crizzy politics with us about his life growing up, family life. He also tells about he came up with his artist name and when he started making music. He tells us also about his latest mixtape release W.S.I.E 2: Hustler Trapped In A Bubble. Lastly we get to check out some of his music videos and of course his mixtape. Check it out below and let us know what you think about Crizzy Santaiga.
24HHH: How did you come up with your Producer/Artist name? Tell us about it.
Crizzy Santaiga : Haha!! WWF WrestleMania for N64 is where my journey started. I was looking for a name when I was 13 and lent my game to my older brothers friend Logik. He came back and said I got the perfect name for you, “Crisis”. I was like that’s what I named my character in the game and he was like that’s where I got it from. Then it went to “Young Crisis” then “Young Crizzy” then I got old and it became Sir Crizzy”.Finally, I read a book Coldest Winter Ever and really felt I related to the character Santaiga being all family orientated and a hustler and added it on the end of Crizzy. Read books!
24HHH: Where are you from, and what was it like growing up there?
Crizzy Santaiga : I was born and raised in Mississauga in the Greater Toronto Area. Growing up there was cool. Not exactly what everyone would think coming into the city. I’m from a small block, Ridgeway, 3 buildings and a small complex. We just liked to get money and look good, do whatever we want like every other neighborhood. It was a coloured block, red and blue bandanas. Me and my guys from the block liked to look at the neighborhood as our little Harlem. Police weren’t cool with us and let’s just say they had reasons.
24HHH: Who were you raised by? Tell us your family situation. Got any brothers, sisters, or any siblings? Tell us about your childhood, and how it impacted your music?
Crizzy Santaiga : I was blessed to have both parents around and I love them both, however we our mothers children. We as in my two broskis, Nemy and Jah. We all look up to our mom a lot along with our friends or people that have met her. She’s a very powerful woman, she kinda set the trend for us to try and follow. That being said our childhood was good. Any trouble we got into was our fault, we were hustlers like our friends. My older brother Nemy got sentenced 2 years so I had to step up and be a good example for my little brother. By the time he came out I was already starting to get into everything he didn’t want me to. High school life. Since he came back we all been trapped in this hustle going through what comes with it. The impact it has on my music brings you the music I bring you today. I love music, I really gotta passion for it. Other than just doing it, I just want it to make me feel like I can hustle less the hard ways and more this way. It’s not easy either, but it’s easier to me and as a hustler, that’s how we grow to want to make things work. I want rap to be the new bubble I’m trapped in but just getting money like I’ve had to do outside of it and greater.
24HHH: What age did you start making music?
Crizzy Santaiga : I think 10 in a little hand recorder with my younger brother Jah. Funny he doesn’t even rap no more. I always rapped since then but didn’t take it serious till 16.
24HHH: What inspired you to pursue making music?
Crizzy Santaiga : You either rapped, hustled or balled in my neighborhood and foreal. My older brother had a group with some of the older dudes in my neighborhood so I was inspired from there. Also Rich Kidd, a top Toronto producer, was also raised on the same block as me and he had a group, The Rotten Ones, and I’d get beats from him with my group of guys and do my thing. Other than those close inspirations I was always a fan of Biggie, Jay-Z, Dipset, State Property, Wiz Khalifa, Max B, and Gucci Mane. Max B being my favourite of all time.
Check out Crizzy Santaiga – All That I Know (Official Video)
24HHH: What artists/producers do you work with? Or rubbed shoulders with?
Crizzy Santaiga : Outside of my team and neighborhood affiliates like Rich Kidd and Gudini, I haven’t got the chance to work with many other artists in or outside my city. Not saying it’s something I don’t wanna do but I’ve hit a few artists up and got no reply or they took too long on me, part the reason I just focus on me. Shoutout Kemi and Staasia Daniels though, I do a lot of work with them. As for producers I love working with my overseas heatmaker, BeatsCraze, out of Australia. It’s not easy to connect with someone so far and still keep up the creativity without even hearing ones voice or being able to feel they’re energy and he understands me well through the distance. Can’t forget Rich Kidd, Kemi, Mason Payne, Deezy of Showboiz, Bad Nuz and my homie Pilsbury beats.
24HHH: What else you got coming out? New Album? or Mixtape/EP?
Crizzy Santaiga : Well I just released “W.S.I.E 2: Hustler Trapped In A Bubble” available for stream and free download @ www.fittedent.com. So right now my main focus is to push that full force and get as many people familiar with the name and what I’m up too. I have already started working on the last of the W.S.I.E trilogy, W.S.I.E 3. Think I’m about 13 songs in so far but I only want it to have 8-11 on it. I’m trying to take my time with this last one seeing how much I’ve appreciated the W.S.I.E journey and really make it have that legendary sound to it. Hopefully I can get the listeners anticipating February 2015.
24HHH: Tell us about your newest single “Outside Of Your Leagure”, how did you come up with that, share us the story?
Crizzy Santaiga : I came up with my single “Outside Of Your League” over Wiz Khalifa’s “In my Eyes” instrumental. The beat had a little bounce to it and if you know me, a beat with a bounce is the beat Santaiga’s picking. Had me feeling cocky but with something still to prove. Like I had to show how I came up, why I feel I can be cocky and what’s gonna make me last in this industry all over one beat. You’d have to tell me if it worked hahaha. With that done I wanted it original and I found the best producer I felt was fit for this transformation job, BeatsCraze, and he did the damn thing.
Check out Crizzy Santaiga – 0-100 (Official Video)
24HHH: Any new travel plans, what you got going on?
Crizzy Santaiga: I got a few travelling plans I’m trying to put together to help get W.S.I.E 2 around and network with other artists, producers and people within the industry. I wanted to start in November by getting out to New York actually. We’ll see what happens.
Check out Crizzy Santaiga – W.S.I.E 2: Hustler Trapped In A Bubble [Mixtape]
24HHH: What is the biggest thing to happen in your career?
Crizzy Santaiga: I can’t say the biggest thing happened yet. I’m nowhere I wanna be or should be yet in this industry and that can only be my fault. Still going forward, all I can say I like the direction my craft is heading in development and I pray it continues to do so.
24HHH: Where can people find you?
In a cloud of chimney smoke counting money of course or:
24HHH: Where do you see yourself going in 2014 and how do you plan to separate yourself from the other artist out today to get the recognition you feel you deserve?
Crizzy Santaiga: I see myself gaining more recognition and I only say that because that’s what I’m working towards. I want more people to be a fan of what I’m trying to do, from the public to the executives. How I’m going to get that done is by working like Pac did in the studio. Staying true to myself and what I know I am capable of producing while challenging myself to do more. Who said it’s easy?
24HHH: Any last words or shout outs?
Crizzy Santaiga: I like to thank 24hourhiphop.com for reaching out to me of course. My team/family FBRFNO, Fitted Entertainment, FGR, No Chilling Gang, everyone who helped out with W.S.I.E 2, Murdock, Dot The Engineer, M.Works, S.Brown Media, everyone supporting and believing in me and my team, Ridgeway always, Toronto and everyone trying to put on for our city. Free my guys! W.S.I.E 2 OUT NOW @ www.fittedent.com!!