IAA SPOTLIGHT: GET TO KNOW – CUZZO – ILLINOIS’ HOTTEST STAR!

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Cuzzo is dedicated to bringing social and economic issues back to hip hip. He states, “Hip Hip today is so flashy, materialistic, and full of product placement. I’m not saying anything is wrong with that but what happened to rappers who spoke about how they were living in poverty and wanted to get out the ruff situations that they were in.” Cuzzo is working on his second mixtape release titled “Halfway There” with a release date set for July 4, 2013. Cuzzo is also working on a joint mixtape with his cousin and fellow artist Tay-G based out of Miami, FL tentatively titled “City Boy Country Boy”.

IAA:  What is your music background?

 

CUZZO:  I first fell in love with music because of my mother. She used to play old school music while she would clean the house. I fell in love with hip hop when I was about 8 or 9 years old while watching BET’s “Rap City: Tha Basement,” hosted by Joe Clair and Big Lez with my brother. I wrote my first rap in 1996, and I had my first performance at my local high school talent show. My friend and I performed Coolio’s Grammy award winning song “Gangsta’s Paradise”. Years later I fell even more in love with hip hop when Big Tigger became the new host of Rap City: Tha Basement. While in high school, I would do freestyle ciphers occasionally. I didn’t take rap seriously until I was in college. While attending Mississippi Valley State University, I met a fellow artist by the name of Denali who introduced me to FL Studio. FL Studio also known as Fruity Loop is a computer software application that allows you to do music production. Every since Denali taught me how to produce beats I started taking this music thing serious.

 

IAA:  Why do you want to record and release your own music?

 

CUZZO:  I want to record and release my music because music is my passion and my first love. I feel that I am very musically inclined. I am an artist/writer/producer, and the world needs to hear my music. I am currently an IT Analyst for a Fortune 500 company. I make pretty good money but I am using my job as financial backing for my music career I want to inspire people and shed light on social & economic issues. I also want to one day own a record label and find new talent.

 

IAA:  What are you songs about?

 

CUZZO:  My songs are about pain, love, war, survival, having fun, and stunting. My songs are about fashion, women, money, cars, clothes, pretty much the American Dream. My songs are also about social and economic issues in the communities and home. I write about family issues, work, environment, all obstacles, and roadblocks that may be thrown at you in life.

 

IAA:  Who is your fan base directed towards?

 

CUZZO:  My fan base is directed towards the urban community because my music is about experiences and things that I have seen from living in that environment. I want to be the voice of the urban community.

 

IAA:  Who are your musical influences?

 

CUZZO:  I’m influenced by so many different artist such as: Micheal Jackson, 2pac, Biggie, UGK, R Kelly, Twister, Do or Die, The Ghetto Boys, Master P, The Hot Boys, Lil Wayne, T.I., Ludacris, Three Six Mafia, Playa Fly, Pastor Troy, 8 Ball & MJG, Fabolous, Jadakiss, Busta Ryhmes and Outkast.

 

IAA:  How would you describe your music to people?

 

CUZZO:  I would describe my music as being every emotion that you have felt in your life. It’s pain, its love, its war, survival, its fun, its serious, its playful, its hood, its gutter, its gritty, its grimy, its heart felt, it’s timeless. My music gives you that old school 90’s feel of hip hop.  My music is reminiscent of the time where hip hop talked about social issues in the community and home, mixed with the new school flashy, party, crunk, and hood feeling. My music will take you on a roller coaster ride that will leave you wanting more when you are done.

 

IAA:  What makes you stand out from other artist?

 

CUZZO:  What makes me stand out from other artists is that I’m not confined to a certain type of music. I grew up most of my life in Mississippi and we didn’t have any big artist to come out of there for a long time.  I listened to all types of music from different regions of the world. I feel like there is just one big melting pot of music in my head that I transfer onto wax. I also feel that I stand out from other artists because I just do me. God created us all differently and that’s how we should exude ourselves in anything we do in life. With that being said, I just record what I feel and what comes from the heart.

 

IAA:  What are some upcoming projects you are working on?

 

CUZZO:  I am working on my second mixtape release titled, “Halfway There” with a release date set for July 4, 2013. It’s the follow-up to my 2012 mixtape titled “This Is Just The Beginning”. I am also working on a joint mixtape with my cousin and fellow artist Tay-G based out of Miami, FL tentatively titled “City Boy Country Boy”.

 

IAA:  What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

 

CUZZO:  My career goals that I want to accomplish are to become the hottest rapper in the game, and top the billboard charts. I want to become a major success internationally as well as in the US. Another career goal of mines is too make the top 5 rappers list dead or alive and become one of the top artists ever. In ten years I see myself owning a record label developing some of the hottest new talent in the world. I also see myself owning my own clothing company, and my own shoes. I want to star in blockbuster movies, and last but not least I see myself being very active in my community. I want a charity of my own that raises money for the needy.

 

IAA:  How can your fans access your music and contact you?

 

CUZZO:  My fans can reach me and access my music through the following links below

 

http://www.datpiff.com/Cuzzo-This-Is-Just-The-Beginning-mixtape.370265.html

 

www.facebook.com/therealcuzzo

 

www.instagram.com/cuzzo_vision 

 

www.twitter.com/cuzzo_vision

 

www.reverbnation.com/cuzzomusic

 

www.soundcloud.com/cuzzomusic

 

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159 COMMENTS

  1. Keep da faith big brother you’ll do everthing you set your self to do god has yo back with all DAT said keep up da good work

  2. Nice article honey I can’t wait until the mixtape drops because you have been working hard on it for the world to hear.

  3. Congrats on the magazine interview keep working hard because your music is hot and somebody gone sign you one day.

  4. CUZZO…..I BEEN BLESSED TO SEE MY HOMIE PERFORM A FEW TIMES HE REAL NICE BRING A DIFFERENT TYPE OF MUSIC AINT THE SAME STUFF THATS GOIN ROUND!!!! KEEP PUSHIN MAYNE

  5. Great interview Lil brother it is nice to read something intelligent from a young Man!!! I am happy to know you plan on giving back and are planning on helping young Men like yourself to acheive their goals as well keep on striving I love you!!!!

    • Appreciate that my dude you already know I fucks with the Flag to my nigga I’m waiting on the next project to drop and I still got that JFB project in rotation in the whip.

      Yall make sure yall check out the Black Flag Committee they doing they thang.

  6. I’m inspired because Cuzzo is pursuing his passion and making dreams reality. I love that he raps about our experiences in an honest emotional way.

  7. Do your thang cuz, dats what up…u definitely can relate n address the truth to the sayin ” started from the bottom now we hear”. You definitely put reality to yo music. Good to hear an educated brother put knowledge n reality to lyrics…weather changing so we will turn up like we on da block…xoxo big ups

    • Appreciate that cuz you already know we lived that hard knock life and that’s why I’m trying to make it big so I can get our family out hood.

  8. Wow, LSims I’m so proud of you Sir. Outstanding article. Keep at it. Only those that work good when everyone else is sleep succeed. U are a star sir. Work hard! That’s it.,

    • Appreciate that Tuan and I find myself singing that every now and then. Man I done came a long way from them days. LOL!!!

  9. CUZZZZZOOOOOOOO!!!!!!! I am so very proud of you and your mission. Continue to work hard and it shall all come to you! Your purpose is strong and you are ambitious! I love you cuzin keep up the good work!

    • Thanks cuz and I’m proud of you with all of your modeling work don’t stop pursuing your dream either so we can all blow up at the same dam time me you and Dante

    • Thanks Natasha and yes I do believe that people should give back when they are fortunate enough to be blessed with a lot of money. I wish someone had of did the same for me and my community.

  10. Great job nephew! Your family loves you and it is good that you mentioned your Cousin Tay G. Auntie is so proud of you!!

    • Thanks Auntie I love you too and yeah me and Tay are suppose to do a mixtape together. I hope he shouts me out every now and then in his interviews. LOL!!!!

    • Appreciate that homie i’m working on a TTU song for the ablum that shit gone be hot I just got to find the right beat!!!!

  11. My friend has come a long way with his style and music and it’s a blessing to hear his lyrics take him to the next level!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Man its about time for some real lyricists in the rap game talking about more than what they just talked about last album. Keep up the good work mane….hardwork dedication and consistency…need I say more….

  13. Good job bro… Keep up the good work & keep that positive mind set & keep making those mixtapes… Your hard work will soon pay off & you deserve it !

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