IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What city and state are you from?
$TEEZY: The city and state I am from is Chandler, Arizona. It’s a pretty nice sized city on the East side of Arizona. My family is from Saint Louis, Missouri. They moved to Arizona after they graduated college. I have lived there for 26 years.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?
$TEEZY: As I look at my musical background, I think about growing up in a house hold that listen to hip hop, rap, soul, church music, funk, and R&B. I always remember the lyrics to all my favorite songs, and I also made beats at a young age, therefore was nicknamed “DJ Steezy”.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Why do you want to record and release your own music?
$TEEZY: The main reason why I am on this music journey now is because my whole life I was told I was different and that I had to much talent to waste. I simply didn’t want to be a person who ends up with regrets in life. The universe put this in my life for a reason. Its all been positive energy since I started putting out my own music! I also feel I have knowledge that maybe if people listen, the people can hear the struggle we all come from, but also that we can overcome. Music touches people in many ways, I love to make music that the whole world can relate to.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?
$TEEZY: When I think about what I want my songs to be about I simply look at myself, and what I’ve been through in my life. I write about true situations or stories that have happen to me in my 25 years on this planet. To be more broad, a list of things my song are about: Life, growing up, cars, clothes, hoes, pimping, becoming the best, money, love, celebrating, sexy women, police, robbing/stealing, snakes, time, family, the streets, C.R.E.A.M, just to name a few.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who is your fan base directed towards?
$TEEZY: My demographic would probably reach the people from ages 15-45. The reason I say this is because I have knowledge. Some of my songs can help high-schoolers as well as adults get through their every day life. My fan base can listen to my music and relax, party, smoke, drink, and or work! I feel I have a wide range of age group I will reach with my music.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who is your musical influences?
$TEEZY: Although I don’t like to look up to an artist that could potentially be my competition, I would say artists like LL Cool J, BIG, 2 Pac, Wu Tang, James Brown, Stevie Wonder from the old school. My new school musical influences are Drake, Nipsey Hussle, Rick Ross, Wiz Khalifa, Jay Z, and artists like that. I also was inspired when I was working with a friend doing after parties for a entertainment company. I got to experience backstage and the behind the scene part of the music industry.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?
$TEEZY: If I had to describe my music I would have to say, it’s different from what new artists are putting out now. My music can send a message, tell a story, help a person out in a situation they are in, or simply just be smooth music! My lyrics are all truths, and what I speak about the world can relate to most of it.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artist?
$TEEZY: I feel like what makes me different from other artist is my intelligence level, also my vocabulary. When I write my music I don’t try to sound like anyone in the industry. I write poetry, and I put it to a beat.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?
$TEEZY: As of right now the projects I am currently working on is my first solo EP Album coming out Sept. 23, and also a mixtape titled “ Life In My View”. In addition to those projects, I will be releasing singles on Itunes, ringtones, photo shoots, teasers, and multiple videos.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
$TEEZY: The type of career goals I set for myself are ones that I can reach. I set goals such as, becoming the sound of Arizona, releasing a number 1 album, creating a buzz in the industry, and also create a sound that will last. When I look at myself in 10 years, I see a mogul in the Hip/Hop game who’s body of work rivals the top moguls in the industry.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
$TEEZY: Social Media:
YouTube- Steezy TV
MTV Artist Page- $TEEZY
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