Myze: A Renaissance Rapper

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Hip hop is dominated by doers. These days, if you put in enough work, you don’t even have to be able to rap to be a famous rapper. But putting in the amount of work required to get noticed is almost impossible. Even if you have the time to learn all the tools of the trade, from promotion to production, and the time to stay on top of all those fronts, odds are you’ve stretched yourself so thin you aren’t doing any of it all that well. As a result, many resort to paying professionals to manage the periphery details while they themselves focus on the rapping. But the cost of exclusive production, mixing and mastering, and promotion alone is enough to keep many out. Even though this money can be thought of as an investment, few have the kind of capital to make such moves. And many among those few fear failure and the loss of their investment. Ultimately, its easier to just skip all the hassle and stick to releasing singles on Soundcloud.

But Tennessee Hip Hopper Myze isn’t about taking the easy route. In fact, he seems to be hell bent on making things as hard as possible, some would even say impossible. To that end, he has elected to handle nearly all aspects of his career by himself making him a producer, engineer, singer, PR manager, and, of course, rapper. I’m sure he would be writing this introduction himself if he could. His ability to defy the odds and handle all these fronts successfully is what inspired the title of his most recent EP Almost Impossible. At this point, many aspiring hip hoppers who aren’t able to pull off such a feat will reason to themselves that the EP is trash because if its not it calls into question their level of commitment. Well its not trash, in fact is pretty damn good.

What’s more impressive though is that, to a certain extent, Almost Impossible has a unique sound. As pointed out by 2DopeBoyz, Myze incorporates some elements of the Trap Soul aesthetic, but even so to define him by his region would be reductive. Since Almost Impossible has been out for some time now, a traditional interview would be redundant. Accordingly, below you will find ten questions. Each question was written while listening to one song on the project. Sometimes the questions were formed under false assumptions. Sometimes they are about music and sometimes they are about love. In all cases, Myze’s response offers you insight into his artistry and identity. If you aren’t already familiar with the track list, I urge you to take a listen before reading. You don’t have to but it certainly informs the interview. If you like what you hear, be on the look out for Myze’s upcoming Almost Impossible follow-up Hype Love.

On “Rain In Paradise” you say “There are many lessons in rejection.” What was the most informative instance of rejection you have experienced?

Rejection itself. You know, that pain in your heart when there’s something deeply you want to obtain or accomplish through the aid of another person but it doesn’t work in your favor? That’s the reject I speak of, and you learn from that. Either to be selfish and get what you deserve on your own or to utilize those around you who are willing to aid you in whatever the case may be; it can emotionally, physically. Do I reject others? Yes. Only in the instance that I have nothing to gain from that connection whatsoever.

Mac Miller once said “If you don’t love me than just lie to me.” Are the lies you are calling for on “Second Nature” related to romantic endeavors? Have you ever known someone was lying to you but acted like you didn’t?

It’s much more simplified than that. It’s just me saying that everybody lies. Like I said in the first verse, “Unintentionally lying, that’s the curse of being human.” What I’m saying in this song is we lie so much like it’s second nature to us. Haha yes, it’s almost impossible not to know someone who puts a facade over their lies.

Maybe on an individual level you are hard to forget but after you’ve been dead for decades you very well may be forgotten. How do you confront that possibility? Do you plan to be remembered long after you are gone? How?

Opening lines say, “Have we met before? I guess not cause I am not forgetful.” For all the people I have met, and will met in the future, I’m sure that my first impression will have a lasting impression if the first meet is the last meet. Every verse, every hook, and every melody, I strive to make sure it has listening longevity aka can stand the “test of time”. Sometimes, it’s not what you say but how you say it. Also equally important to that fact, production is key. If the production can’t tell a story on its own, then it doesn’t resonate with my soul. If I can’t feel it in my soul, then end of story.

I am a big fan of the production on “Feeling Your Vibe.” Tell me more about your beatsmithing process. How does being the producer of a beat you rap over impact your ability to do so?

Thank you so much for the compliment! My beatsmithing process (love that phrase) always varies. Some days, I train myself to pump out production between 10-30 minutes per beat. I made a lot of production that way. Some might say “well Myze, it’s not about how quickly you ma–” ok ok whatever I know that. Personally, I train for quality, not for timing. I normally get great quality when I pressure myself to time limits. As they say, diamonds are made at high pressure. I made “No Drama” that way. Took me about 8-10 minutes to make that beat. Now, actually mixing a beat is very particular and treasured on my end. Then there’s sometimes when I spend 30 minutes to an hour or more on just one beat. Just depends on if my soul feels like there is more work to be done. I adjust my workflow according to different days. And on the weekends or a super vibey weekend, Amy (New Amsterdam Vodka) or “The Potion” (Taaka Vodka + orange soda) is an ESSENTIAL!!!

What do you mean “save your drama for your momma?” Do you bring your drama to your mom? Or was it just what rhymed? When you are writing how significantly do you let looking for a rhyme guide you?

HAHAHA! Do I have a good relationship with my mom? Yes. I tell my mom stuff that I’m sure some people don’t know or care to hear. When I have nobody else to turn to, I tell her things. As far as rhyming and letting rhymes guide me, I don’t look into that too much. Production usually caries how, what, and when I say something. If there is something I am trying to said, it will get said

“Choosey” seems to be about a girl who is wavering between choosing and neglecting you. Why do you think people are so often wishy washy with their affection? Do you think it has anything to do with wanting what you can’t have?

Nope, you’re completely wrong. I’m glad you brought that to light. “Choosey” is a song about myself. It’s me realizing that I grew up doing all the things I said I never would do. “Choosey” was created to make you feel as if I would be conversing with a friend, a girl, whoever, but it’s just me basically talking to a mirror. People are just wishy washy because they are scared of rejection. I used to tell myself that I wouldn’t do things cause I feared that certain paths would eliminate themselves, when in reality any path that vanishes is a personal doing. Nobody but you can choose your path(s).

Why do you think long distance relationships tend to end so consistently? What makes the physical aspect of love so instrumental to its maintenance?

Long distance relationships only end because people get lazy. On the opposite end of that spectrum, life breeds freedom. You’re not bound to one person. Commitment is an idea. Ideas come and go. So I respect people who stay in relationships through tough sh*t and I also respect the people who aren’t afraid to continuously test the waters. If you never settle down, that means you never found what completed you. There’s someone for everyone. I do believe that. It can be same city love, or it can be across the galaxy. Love takes different forms. Not all love is physical, but physical love is key. The desire to be touched, aroused, or wanted is a subconscious necessity for most.

What do you mean you get one love? What is your one love?

There is only one thing in life that you can truly devote your love to. If you told me you LOVED your mom, your significant other, and sleeping in hammocks as the things you love most in life then proceeded to ask you if you would risk your life for sleeping in hammocks. You would more than likely say no. Ok, now we are down to two, quickly. If your life depended on it and not answering would result in your death of yourself & a random selection (mom or lover) I’m sure you would make the selection. LOL THAT’S FAR-FETCHED AS F*CK. Ok, I’m bullsh*tting. My one love is family.

What does it mean to title the track “One Look / Poison?” Do you mean to say that when you give a shorty one look its effectively poisoning her? Is your affection poison? If so, is there an antidote?

The story behind that is quite brief. I grew up with hazel eyes, so it was a main feature people were, still are, drawn to first when given an in-person encounter or when they see my pictures. With that being said, I know it only takes one look for me to win someone over. The song was made as an aggressive confidence builder for people who listen and know a specific attribute they possess that draws people in to them.

Who is Amy?

Amy is actually a reference to New Amsterdam Vodka. The idea of “Choosey” sort of came from this song concept. Misdirection is lovely. I had to wisely word the lyrics not to give too much away, but still leave opportunity for someone to realize what I’m talking about. The actual production on “Amy” was just an outro to another song of mine that hasn’t been released yet.

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Ian Lunn

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