24: Introduce yourself to everyone that doesn’t already know who you are.
Mazzi: Name’s Mazzi, from the northern side of the border. I make music and am in tune with all the other artistic dynamic that I choose to bring to it.
24: Before we get into your music, can you describe your history about how you got into music and what inspired you?
Mazzi: All my life I’ve been a critical thinker, didn’t really know what that truly meant until about my mid teens but now see why I was always intrigued by art. I was always attracted to music because it could be done shit by others and well by those who had the gift. Before music I was intrigued by film, and now I’m in touch with both aspects.
24: What was the Hip-Hop scene like for you growing up where you’re from?
Mazzi: The Hip-Hop scene seemed to be whatever you wanted to make it here. Sure there were always trending artists, but in my world it was going kind of stale. At least it seemed that way when Em started to fade out. It was hard for me to find characters in the Hip Hop culture I even wanted to be, then I heard Wayne for the first time when I was 14. People talk shit, but Wayne is a fuckin character and very much reminded me of myself with his cross context witty abstract of a mind. I have always appreciated Wayne’s work and although he’s been ‘trending’ for a while now, I have to say him and Em were the biggest influential figures that encouraged me to make hip hop music.
24: What makes you Unique as an artist and different from other rappers out now?
Mazzi: What I believe separates me from other rappers is that I do not embrace the concept of a rapper. Like I mentioned, I was earlier intrigued by film in my life rather than music, but grew a strong passion for both. What I see myself as when doing what I do, is an artist, using both music and film as a form of expression. I don’t like to approach either concerned with how the viewer will accept what I do, but only how my individual creative thought process wants to do it, otherwise it wouldn’t be art.
24: Tell us about what you are working on.
Well, just recently dropping Flyboy Anthem, we are all working on stuff, DiE/Vs that is. Jay Dolo had recently dropped Rear-View with KOMM, and I got some videos planned for the near future with Xander,Redeye Steez, plus other singles. The thing is DiE/Vs has just started having dropped our first mix tape just over 2 months ago, so all I can say is were working on a lot, but it don’t really feel like work tho. Young.
24: What producers have you worked with and who would you like to work with in the future?
Mazzi: My executive producer is MazzBeats, I love his sounds. We’ve worked on beats together but for the most part he feeds me shit my ear digs on its own. He’s got mad dangerous potential and I’m excited to continue making music with him. Definitely not saying that I’m not interested in working with any other producers, but I like to keep my shit original as possible if its being produced for me. Im confident in the new sound I plan on bringing to the game, my team as well, new wave kido’s y’aint seen before.
24: Are you happy with the feedback you have been getting from people on material you have released?
Mazzi: Yes, although I don’t get caught up in that.
24: In today’s free download age, what do you need to do to make yourself a household name?
Mazzi: Just be yourself, do what you want to do and don’t give a shit about people say because once you do, your identity gets degraded. Go hundo.
24: How do you feel about the current state of the Hip-Hop scene?
Mazzi: It’s alright, but I feel that just as the internet has opened up the Hip-Hop arena to the diamonds in the rough, it has also lowered the quality of the viewers expectations. I intend on bring back that quality with every project. There’s a lot of people out there who have a hyper-perception of themselves who think they got something because they can imitate a style or a rapper very well. They probably can, but that’s what the mainstream promotes, un-originality, and that is what I believe the hip hop industry consists of right now.
24: Outside of the music, what else are you currently working on?
Mazzi: Outside of music, I go to school. I have a passion for expression through art because it is so reliant on the unique. Having said that, I believe in my stuff and don’t wanna reveal any bigger pictures I may be trying to paint. Just know a new wave is coming like you haven’t seen.
24: Where do you see yourself going in 2012 and how do you plan to separate yourself from the other artist out today to get the recognition you feel you deserve?
Mazzi: I see myself continuing to do my thing. I like to stick by my guns and I know there are people out there who will appreciate my/our stuff. I plan on establishing a cultural meaning behind the word Mazzi where people will start associating my style with my name. I don’t rap, I can, but I like to think that I embrace a lot more dynamic than a rapper in my work. It’s that new wave, where just putting some bars together most definitely won’t cut it.
24: How can fans go about contacting you?
Mazzi: Our crew has a website currently pending soon to be up, but in the meantime you can follow me on twitter @MazziMahn, and the rest of the crew Xander @jaking91, Redeye Steez @RedeyeSteez. We also have a Kommunity fan page where our music is always dropped public and promoted (http://www.facebook.com/TheKommunity). I’m all about organic sounds so definitely open to work with aspiring original artists. Get at me through twitter, tweet, email, whatever.
24: Thank you for providing 24hourhiphop with this exclusive interview, do you have any last words for your present and future fans?
Mazzi: Ya thanks a lot, and get ready world.
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