Interview: Jay Mizz

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Nowadays it’s hard to find rappers that aren’t doing trap of drill music but there are a good few that have a different sound with a message and one of them is Jay Mizz. He’s a rapper who raps with message similar to J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar but with his own twist. His flow and rhymes will have you listening to every word processing everything he’s saying.
Hailing from Louisiana and Kansas, Jay Mizz has been created quite a buzz for himself. He puts in the work and dedication which gets him far and noticed by a lot. He is the missing piece to what the rap game is missing with his straightforward heavy hitting flows. His latest work “Beats I Always Wanted” is a true definition of who is because he isn’t trying to conform to what’s hot now or what’s cool in the streets. His flow is so real so when I heard his music, I had to learn more! Check out the interview below.
Let’s start off with where you’re from?
Jay Mizz: I’m from Lafayette Louisiana and Kansas
Cool. What hip hop albums did you grow up listening to?
Jay Mizz: My hip hop albums? Man….I listened to a lot of Juvenile…a lot of Underground Kings, I listen to 8Ball, MJG, a lot of Jay Z…definitely, screw music. Actually I listen to a lot of that too. Quite a bit.
Nice. I saw that you opened up for Juvenile one time also. How was that?
Jay Mizz: Maaan. That was crazy! We were in Wichita. South Wichita showing love. But we were in Pandora. It was a club and it was crazy because  I knew the song word for word and I just…put me back in that place. He did “I Got That Fire” and I think I was the only one in there that really knew the words and I was yelling like a little groupie (laughs). You know what I mean. It was just a real big thing and when I saw him, I was like “man this is crazy”. I saw him perform when I was younger though. I think he came to Lafayette, Louisiana. I think it  was called Keep It in the Park and he came here and performed too.
That’s cool!
Jay Mizz: It was dope!
Would you say that he influenced your style or are there other artists that have influenced your style?
Jay Mizz: That’s a good question. I would definitely say he influenced it. Also Jay he influenced it as well because they weren’t all doing the same thing but in a way they were. It was just the way they worded it. So sometimes with different songs and structures stuff like that, they know how to relay the message. But to answer your question, Juvenile definitely influenced  the music, you know what I’m saying? I’ll keep it 400 degrees. I don’t think no one has heard anything like that ever…again. You know what I’m saying? So definitely influenced me.
Well you mentioned you’re a Juvenile fan, but what artists do you listen to now?
Jay Mizz: Oh now? I’m a big big fan of Kendrick, it depends on the mood too so…I like J. Cole as well. I’m a big, big Sean fan. I think he’s underrated. I listen to Pusha T, Scarface. As you get a little older, you look for more lyricism you know? You want that substance you know what I’m saying? Content. I definitely listen to that a lot. Who else…I listen to K.R.I.T! You listen to Big K.R.I.T?
Yes! I just recently got into his music.
Jay Mizz: Okay cool! I definitely listen to him a lot. That’s a lot of people, I listen to know though. When everybody goes out to the club, they might throw on something like…don’t laugh though (laughs) something like Chief Keef or something like that (laughs) it really just depends.
(laughs)… Well you mentioned Chief Keef, so what are your thoughts on the current rap and hip hop game?
Jay Mizz: This is going to sound crazy but they’re n*ggas, like me so I’m just glad they’re getting a check ….at the end of the day, you know what I’m saying. Helping other people from where they come from, so I think that’s a great aspect to look at it from but at the same time, some of the stuff is definitely watered down though. The same hook, the same track, you know what I’m saying? Record or whatever but you each their own but at the same time however they feel but…I think it could use a little more substance. It used to be great. If you think about it, nobody really wants to be great anymore. They just want to get that check which is cool, and I understand where they’re coming from, but I think the state of hip hop right now needs more of that lyricism.
That’s very interesting. So with your music, do you think people will get that from it?
Jay Mizz: I’m definitely working on that, so for example, what I just came out with, Beats I Always Wanted that was a little something I did on other people’s beats. So on that one I was talking to ‘em. I was talking, rapping, my lyrics stuff like that I think that’s where it’ll gain. Some fans listening will gain from that. A lot more content and also not to ramble about it, but as you go as you flow more and more you learn. You rap way better so I started learning from that as well.
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Awesome. What has been the most difficult thing that you’ve had to endure in the music industry so far?
Jay Mizz: The most difficult? Man. More or less giving out my music for free. Man, you be like “Yo look…” (laughs). “You need to start paying for this.”  It’s really the most difficult because other than that, it’s been a good thing man. [My team] are with me on every aspect of it. It’s been a good ride. It’s been a good journey. I’ve seen some good people… Networking, stuff like that. But people just want you to give them music free and you take time to do that and for somebody to just be like “welllll…” (laughs) When you give stuff out for free, it’s just different.
(laughs) True. So who would you like to work with in the future?
Jay Mizz: Anybody from G.O.O.D Music, because you already know what you’re getting out of that. K.R.I.T, J.Cole, K.Camp he’s dope. I like R&B artists as well so CeeLo Green, Prince (laughs), something like that artists that push the code. Childish Gambino, people that push the code, people that stick to their roots  as well. That’d be some dope artists for sure I’d want to work with.
Dope! They’re dope artists.  Lastly, what do you hope to do with your music?
Jay Mizz: I hope to make sure that the listeners gets a feeling out of what I’m saying because I want them to have an experience, something that lasts where you can tell your kids about timeless music.

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