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29
Oct
09

Video! Izza Kizza – "Ooh La La"


Here’s a colorful video for Izza’s cut “Ooh La La” off of the *Connect The Dots* EP which you can purchase HERE via iTunes!

02
Sep
09

New! Izza Kizza – "Runnin’"


Never disappointed with some Izza Kizza. Here’s a new track from Kizza’s upcoming LP Saturday Morning. This one’s called “Runnin'” and it’s produced by Kwame. Check out Otis at 2:42! As usual, Izza Kizza injects hip-hop with a unique energy and a style all his own. Don’t sleep.

Izza Kizza – Runnin’

23
Aug
09

Pics! Izza Kizza + Colin Munroe – "Connect The Dots" Shoot

Maaaannnnn Listen! Ya’ll lucky I love P&P and Confusion, cause otherwise I couldn’t take these mofo’s calling me “The Press” all damn day!!! Had to let them know that this isn’t something I usually do!
But damn I had fun!! Both Kizza & Colin are cool as sh*t!! I got to chop it up more with Kizza since it was his shoot. But I was ill-prepared. Didn’t have much space on the memory stick for the camera I had & deleting a few things to make more space killed the battery life a bit.
None the less I got some nice footage and now it needs to be edited. For now I’m just going to drop off these pics from the shoot & the mp3 for “Connect The Dots” below! Be on the lookout for the video in about a month..well, it’ll most likely be posted here.

Izza Kizza Ft. Colin Munroe – “Connect The Dots”
I’ll tell you this much, everybody there (Izza, Colin & the ppl from Decon Records) ALL knew about P&P and said they check it regularly! Amazingly Dope!!! & there might be some Ramz + Kizza sh*t in the near future! Hmm

15
Aug
09

New! Izza Kizza – "Lola"

By now you should know what to expect from Izz. Here’s a new joint from ’em titled “Lola”. Something refreshingly different and dope (as usual) from Mr. Kizza!

Izza Kizza – “Lola”

07
Jul
09

Exclusive Interview w/ Izza Kizza

Izza Kizza found some time out of his busy schedule to chop it up me and answer a few questions. After listening to his latest mixtape (thanks to Confusion) I had a few questions in mind & coincidently his manager had already reached out to P&P in regards to an interview. First, for those of you who haven’t heard anything from Izza, please download *The Wizard of IZ*. It’s a great way to get introduced to him & get familiar with his sound.

Ramz: First just let everyone @ P&P know where you’re from.

Izza: I’m from the bottom of the map….Valdosta, GA…

Ok, now I have to ask, where did the name “Izza Kizza” come from?

Izza Kizza is a name I chose as a cool factor …something different that had an appeal… it also kinda describes my spicy delivery. When you hear Izza Kizza as a name, you can imagine what my music will sound like…. And when you hear my music, you can imagine my name being something like Izza Kizza.

The name definitely does match with the music; they both stand out! You have a very polished sound & strong mic presence. How long have you been laying it down on the mic?

I’ve been slayin’ the iron dragon (a.k.a the mic) for well over a decade…it grew from a hobby…to a art…and into a career. And now it’s a lifestyle. Most people may not realize this, but I engineer myself for my recording sessions. I learned to use Protools when I didn’t have an engineer. I decided “Fuck it, I’m gonna learn this shit and record myself”. So I set the mic up right next to the board and the Protools computer and record all of my own vocals. One day, I will learn how to mix my own records as well.

CLICK HERE FOR THE ENTIRE IZZA KIZZA INTERVIEW

Izza Kizza – *Wizard Of Iz* (Full Mixtape)

06
Jul
09

Up and Coming Emcees: On A Scale of 1-10


With all the talk of up and coming emcees, I decided to throw in a couple pennies and let you know what I think. When reading this, I’m sure some Stans will get all worked up and dish me some hate; try to keep in mind that this entire post is my opinion only. I do not consider myself a professional critic by any means, so take it how you want. Here’s how I’ll break it down:

Delivery: For me, this is probably the most important category. Most of the time, I care more about how an emcee sounds than about what he/she is saying. Inflection, flow, tone, rhyme scheme, and voice all come in to play.

Lyrics: Whether it be some deep shit that makes you sit back and scratch your head, or some mean one-liners that make you crack a smile. If an artist can capture some shit that you’ve been thinking, or think of some shit that you wish you could have, then the lyrics are on point.

Beats: It’s impressive when emcees are also producers, but almost just as good when an artist has an ear for picking out beats that mesh with their style. It’s important to know what you sound good over, and what clashes.

Image: My least favorite category, but it’s part of the game. People want to listen to someone that they can either relate to, or that they wish they could be like. If you have no image, you’re going to blend in with the crowd. This is that “it” factor that you always hear about.

Consistency: Anyone can stumble upon a hit. Few can recreate that magic. Even fewer can come correctly time after time.

Here we go. Click on the “CONTINUE READING” button on the bottom right under the pics.


Wale

Delivery: 10
High energy, loads of inflection, and a great sense of timing. Wale has that adrenaline injected type of flow that can tear shit up during live performances and make your heart beat a little faster.

Lyrics: 8
Wale sprinkles his lyrics with some good punchlines, and he showed on the ironically titled A Mixtape About Nothing that he can touch on some serious subjects and stick to the topic. Too often, however, Wale just boasts about various unrelated things for 3 minutes.

Beats: 9
He’s got a knack for picking the bangers, and those go-go inspired beats give the music that sound unique to him. I don’t think 9th Wonder was the right choice for his last mixtape, but other than that, he’s made great production decisions.

Image: 9
He’s down with the in crowd, he’s always got the newest gear, his shoe game is flawless, and he’s got DC behind him. All good, but if you follow him on Twitter you know he can be pretty obnoxious.

Consistency: 9
A Mixtape About Nothing was great from start to finish. Back To The Feature is spotty. I’m loving his new joints that may/may not be on the album. I know if I see a new Wale track there’s a very good chance I’ll dig it.

Total: 45
Wale – Pretty Girls

KiD CuDi

Delivery: 10
I know people are going to disagree with this, because Cudder doesn’t have that high speed, lyrical prowess that hip-hop purists drool over. But his laid back, half-singing flow is so unique and so clearly spoken, that for me his verses become more catchy than most rappers choruses.

Lyrics: 8
KiD CuDi comes across as a real dude. He isn’t afraid to be a little vulnerable, but at the same time, he’s too cool to be picked on. Very relatable, and good word choice makes you able to listen to songs about being an outcast without feeling like a loser. Just a little too simple to get a 9 or 10.

Beats: 9
I love the beats CuDi chooses. Usually they’ve got that outerspace vibe to them, and unlike some rappers who go in over beats that consist of nothing but claps, air horns, and car alarms, Cudder’s beats always seem to have something called melody. Being friends with Ye (who in my opinion, has a great ear for music) doesn’t hurt either.

Image: 10
He’s got appeal that reaches much farther than the typical hip-hop audience, and he comes across as the type of guy you’d want to have a beer (or a blunt) with.

Consistency: 10
His solo joints are sick, his guest spots are sick, and even his on the spot freestyles get gobbled up faster than most rappers’ new album leaks.

Overall: 47
KiD CuDi – Man On The Moon

J.Cole

Delivery: 8
J. Cole also comes with a lot of energy on most tracks, but his classic flow is a little more straightforward and comes across as slightly monotonous on his slower tracks.

Lyrics: 9
On his latest mixtape The Warm Up, J. Cole proves that he can manhandle the English language and he gets his passion across with a fierceness that lets the listener feel how hungry he is.

Beats: 7
As more doors open for him, he’ll be able to be a little more picky when it comes to production. Up until now, his beat choices have been solid, but nothing outstanding.

Image: 7
Not that he’s got a tarnished image, but he hasn’t built it up enough to let people know what he’s about yet. A little more time mixed with a little bit of marketing and we’ll all (or just me, if you already know) have a better idea of who the man behind the music is.

Consistency: 7
Again, this is a matter of opinion. I know a lot of people put The Warm Up up there with the top mixtapes of the year, but i still find my finger itching to hit the “skip” button on a handful of tracks.

Overall: 38
J.Cole – Heartache

Frank Ramz

Delivery: 9
Ramz is another emcee with a more laid back flow, but it’s filled with attitude and emphasis at all the right moments. At times, I’d like a little more energy, but to his credit, Ramz sounds better every month.

Lyrics: 10
Real shit. Relatable. Story telling ability. Punch lines and metaphors that could only be born in the brain of Ramz.

Beats: 9
As with J. Cole, Ramz will soon have more options for production. So far, he’s done a hell of a job picking some top notch up and coming producers like Charlie Hilton to get behind him, and his latest mixtape Make The Road By Walking is musically backed entirely by a pre-recorded instrumental album. The results are incredible.

Image: 8
Again, it would be a 10 if more people knew what he’s all about. I’ve gotten to know him and from what I’ve gathered, Ramz is the type of guy that will win you over quickly. He’s a guy that you want to see succeed, and one that you can tell won’t turn into a total asshole when he does.

Consistency: 8
Ramz never puts out garbage, but (at least for me) his projects all have standout tracks that shine a little brighter than the others.

Overall: 44
Frank Ramz – The Traitor

Charles Hamilton

Delivery: 8
Charles has proven that he can bless the microphone with some greatness. His first couple mixtapes won over a lot of fans (including myself), but his massive output afterwards was spotty. At times it sounds as if he’s lazily thinking out loud over a beat, and his singing can be like listening to a high school talent show. Then again, one listen to the flow on “Brooklyn Girls” and you know why he has (had) the internet on lock.

Lyrics: 8
Great wordplay, sick metaphors and some hilarious one-liners. Charles isn’t afraid to get deep. He’s also not afraid to get raunchy. Sometimes he takes things a little too far, and sometimes his philosophies only make sense to himself. When he’s at his best, he can lyrically fuck with the best of them.

Beats: 8
Again, due to the massive amount of output, sometimes finding a dope beat among Hamilton songs is like digging in a pack of starbursts and only picking out the pink ones. Credit for producing a lot of his own material.

Image: 5
The sonic obsession, the stoner philosophies, and the large doses of pink. After a burst of popularity, Charles seems to be losing fans as quickly as he’s gaining them these days. I’m gonna speak up and let it be known that I still like Charles, and I think he can dig himself out of this, but he’s got some work to do. Right now, it’s all about damage control.

Consistency: 6
It’s hard to be consistent when you’re putting out a mixtape (or two) a week. He’s slowed down (stopped) for now, but when he returns I think he should put a little more work into each song instead of trying to put out every song that pops into his head.

Overall: 35
Charles Hamilton – Brooklyn Girls

Bobby Ray (aka B.o.B.)

Delivery: 10
Bobby Ray can rap his ass off, and even more often lately he’s shown us that he can sing his ass off too. His southern drawl add flavor to his sound and his personality shines whenever he lays down vocals on a track, whether singing or rapping. Andre 3000 comparisons are inevitable.

Lyrics: 9
Another great example of what it means to keep it real. Bobby Ray isn’t always caught up with being that cool motherfucker (although he can be). He also speaks about internal struggles with the way things are, and he isn’t afraid to play the outcast.

Beats: 8
Lots of melody, lots of production that crosses paths with other genres. I need to hear more non-mixtape tracks from Bobby before I really get a feel for what direction he’s going to take.

Image: 10
Bobby Ray is a down to earth (and out in space) guy that seems open minded, humble, and easy to root for. From what I know, he’s matured a lot in the past years, and I think he’ll be accepted with open arms by fans from all the niches of the music world. He’s also funny as hell.

Consistency: 9
I always like what I hear from him, and he’s definitely got a good ear for music. A couple of his mixtape tracks are skippable, but for the most part, if it has the name Bobby Ray on it, it’s gonna make it to my iPod.

Overall: 46
B.o.B. – Grip Ur Body

Mickey Factz

Delivery: 5
Nothing about Mickey’s flow stands out in my mind. Put him on a track with 10 other dudes and I’d probably have trouble distinguishing.

Lyrics: 6
Some good wordplay, but a lot of played out/slightly altered one liners and nothing that’s ever made me want to press rewind.

Beats: 7
Mickey can boast a diverse set of beats, and he has taken some risks and gone in over some stuff that most rappers wouldn’t dare to touch. Some work. Some don’t. Given his new status as a Roc Nation member (along with J. Cole), I think his musical backings will only get better.

Image: 9
The Bronx native has got style, he’s got connections, he’s got endorsements. Factz has little to worry about in this category.

Consistency: 6
Again, opinion. I think the quality of his output will get dramatically better now that he’ll have a team of musical experts around him, but so far it’s been miss and occasional hit.

Overall: 33
Mickey Factz – Who’s Hotter

Drake

Delivery: 10
Out of all the up and comers, I would rate Drake the highest in this category. He has a way of putting syllables together that is unmatched. Even in rapid fire mode, his flow is buttery smooth and the man can sing too. Another thing about Drake is he can go from laid back smooth talker to high energy spitter to R&B crooner…all in one song.

Lyrics: 10
Just listen to “Say What’s Real” or “Successful”. Drake is an intelligent guy and he can put his thoughts together well. Even when he’s speaking ignorant shit, he does it with a great choice of words. Too many quotables to even get started.

Beats: 9
One of the things that loved about So Far Gone is that it was cohesive, and it had a feeling to it that was present throughout. A lot of that had to do with the production. Drake sounds great over those clean, minimalistic stylings that sound like they were dipped in white chocolate.

Image: 9
Right now, he’s that dude. He’s got famous friends, he’s got the buzz, ladies love him, he’s got wide appeal. Pretty much the perfect image. 1 point off for being in Degrassi.

Consistency: 9
I fuck with pretty much anything Drake raps on. I pass on a couple of his straight up R&B songs. And sometimes his guest spots are a little questionable.

Overall: 47
Drake – Successful ft. Lil Wayne & Trey Songz

Fuze the MC

Delivery: 9
Another up and comer with a great sense of when to fire things up and when to cool them down. Fuze also has an instantly recognizable voice so even when he switches up the flow from song to song (which he does effortlessly) you know who’s speaking to you.

Lyrics: 9
From his spoken word biography to his reference filled braggadocio, it only takes one listen to realize that Fuze has a lot of brain power and he isn’t afraid to use it. A lot of rappers talk about keeping it real, Fuze actually does it.

Beats: 7
Besides a few standout tracks, Fuze outshines the production on a majority of his material in my opinion. I’m hoping to hear him over some better beats soon.

Image: 8
Another good guy, instantly likeable, but in need of some promotion so people can get to know him. I think Fuze will be straight in this category as long as he gets more heads to pay attention.

Consistency: 8
No trash, but I keep going back to the same songs when I’m in the mood for some Fuze. As with other young up and comers, I think Fuze is getting better with time and still in the early stages of his progression as an artist.

Overall: 41
Fuze The MC – Here We Go

Izza Kizza

Delivery: 10
Izza Kizza has a flow like no other. With his highly animated delivery, touches of trippy vocal effects, and his thick Southern accent, every line is entertaining.

Lyrics: 9
It’s not so much what he’s saying, but how he chooses to express it. He often fucks with the English language so much that it sounds like he’s inventing his own slang. By the end of most tracks, I couldn’t even tell you what the song was about, but I’m absolutely okay with it.

Beats: 9
Bass heavy, Timbaland style synths (he’s worked with Timbo in the past), and sounds that you’d expect to hear in an extra-terrestrial cartoon.

Image: 9
Izza Kizza is just a wild ass dude. The type of dude that you’d expect to jump off a building, land in the middle of a crowd and start beating his chest like an ape. Relatable? Not sure, but very unique.

Consistency: 8
I’ve come to expect stuff so out of this world from Izza that when a track sounds even half way tamed, I’m disappointed.

Overall: 45
Izza Kizza – Connect the Dots ft. Colin Munroe

01
Jul
09

Izza Kizza: The Pigeons and Planes Interview


Ramz: First just let everyone @ P&P know where you’re from.

Izza: I’m from the bottom of the map….Valdosta, GA…

Ok, now I have to ask, where did the name “Izza Kizza” come from?

Izza Kizza is a name I chose as a cool factor …something different that had an appeal… it also kinda describes my spicy delivery. When you hear Izza Kizza as a name, you can imagine what my music will sound like…. And when you hear my music, you can imagine my name being something like Izza Kizza.

The name definitely does match with the music; they both stand out! You have a very polished sound & strong mic presence. How long have you been laying it down on the mic?

I’ve been slayin’ the iron dragon (a.k.a the mic) for well over a decade…it grew from a hobby…to a art…and into a career. And now it’s a lifestyle. Most people may not realize this, but I engineer myself for my recording sessions. I learned to use Protools when I didn’t have an engineer. I decided “Fuck it, I’m gonna learn this shit and record myself”. So I set the mic up right next to the board and the Protools computer and record all of my own vocals. One day, I will learn how to mix my own records as well.

Dope! Def wish I could record myself. I’ve noticed that your music is more upbeat, electric & fun than the normal down south records alot of us are used to. Is that the type of music you decided to do on purpose to be different or was it something you just made naturally?

Yea I made a personal quest to keep it musical…a creative expression. My music comes from my influences and inspiration. They don’t come from your typical rappers’ influences and inspirations. Yes, I am a fan of the greats like Jay-Z, Biggie, Tupac…but I was influenced by a lot of top-40 radio growing up. Michael Jackson (God rest his soul) had a major influence on me and my performances. MC Hammer, Kriss Kross, Fat Boys, Otis Redding, The Wizard of Oz, Cartoons, etc. On the hip hop side, Outkast was a major influence of who I am musically. Being different and finding your own voice and standing out. Also, Busta, Missy, Luda, all the way back to Biz Markie —artists that had their own creative lane and didn’t take themselves too seriously always had a major influence on my approach to music. I think all music is for an era. I’m more than sure that my music will soon morph into another sound. I’m still growing in term of artist ability, so prepare for change and growth. It’ll probably never be typical, but it will change as far as vibes go.

Also I’ve noticed you are way more lyrical & diverse than alot of other southern artists so I have to know who inspired you & your style?

Well I suppose I answered a lot of that in the last question, but I have many many inspirations. The latest and greatest was the King of Pop…Michael Jackson (R.I.P…I love you man) He taught the world through music, he broke racial barriers, he brought good into the world since birth and persevered through criticism and crucifixion. Generations from grand moms to moms to us to our kids—the world mourns his passing and you can feel it in the air. The world felt so cold on that day. I think we should emulate his spirit—it is one we will probably never see again He’s the best that ever did it and my first and biggest inspiration ever.. As far as lyrics I would say Andre 3000 and Missy were a big influence on my lyrics, flow and delivery.
Definitely R.I.P. to MJ! In May you released a mixtape which was posted @ P&P titled *The Wizard Of IZ*. What was the reason for giving your project that title?

The Wizard of Oz…It was just something memorable to all. I was inspired by the journey itself, but the title kinda gives you a visual. I also had a couple songs already inspired by it so it was yessed into existence. I thought it was dope! See, I came from a very small town down south and journeyed from GA to PA to NJ to NYC to find my Emerald City in order to fulfill my dreams. Along the way I met people who helped me and in the process I found courage, I found intelligence, I found what it is to be real. And this whole journey has led me to where I am today. So the story of Dorothy, the Lion, Scarecrow, and Tin Man is something a lot of people can relate to, including yours truly.

Wow, definitely makes alot of sense now. Dope way of breaking it down! Featured on this EP are the likes of David Banner, Lil’ Wayne & a few others. When writing for those songs with big features on them, what’s going through your mind while/before writing?

It makes me think in full confidence that I’m headed in the right direction to be able to be next to those people on a song. It would make any artist feel more involved. It gives me somewhat of a chance to show my potential. It’s an opportunity to show that I can measure up to the mainstream competition, also. First thing I do is approach the record so that it works for the artist that I am collaborating with. I’m not into having features just because of name brand value. I like for it to work on an artistic creative level. But I’d be lying if I told you having my name next to a Lil Wayne, Missy, or Timbaland, for that matter, hasn’t helped me get to another level. But it needs to make sense. Working with that caliber of creativity makes you raise your game up artistically. I’m always trying to impress people so I find it within myself to push my creativity to another level to match or exceed theirs. Sometimes it works sometimes it doesn’t, but usually it brings out the best in me.

I can certainly respect that! Too many upcoming artists try to get big names on their records (singles) just for the name. And speaking of writing, I read somewhere that you don’t physically write but you also don’t go in the booth & freestyle. Exactly what do you do?

Well…I got into recording myself. I’m not the dude who says that he doesn’t write for braggin’ rights or as a follower of bigger influence, cause some big rappers say they don’t write. Me not writing came out of necessity. I didn’t have much choice…it’s simply because I used to live in the studio at the dawn of my career. I could only record when everyone else was finished what they were doing. At night all the engineers and producers would leave, so I couldn’t record. So I ended up learning how to record myself by sitting in front of Protools with the mic and the headphones engineering. And I love to write, but it’s hard to read the paper, press the buttons and speak clearly all at the same time. So, I started punch recording where instead of writing, I would blurt out my thoughts as they came taking the actual pen and paper out of the equation. But by choice…nothing is better than the good old pen and paper.

Ok, that would be serious multi-tasking if you could do all of that once! And although the name is *The Wizard Of IZ*, I noticed you sampled a little peice of *The Wiz* @ the beginning of a few cuts. Which version of that movie do you like more?

The original was good, but The Wiz was waaaay better. I’ve seen both a zillion times though and I can’t see them too much…neither ever bores me.

Same here! So ok, on that note, out of the Scarecrow, Tin Man & Lion, which one did you like the most?

The scarecrow from The Wiz of course. 2nd would be the Tin Man from The Wiz. My favorite scene is the horse of a different color scene with Quincy Jones…classic! The Scarecrow wanted to get some brain! Lol! Seriously though, he wanted to get smarter and that is what I’m always aspiring to do. Learn and soak in.

Once again, same here! By the way, if you didn’t know, the Scarescrow from The Wiz was played by Michael Jackson. Ok, I know personally that alot of hip-hop artists have their own opinions on the state of the game. How do you feel about the current state of hip-hop?

I personally am very happy with the current state of hip hop. Shit, I am part of the current state of hip hop, so you damn right I like it. LOL! Overall, there are a lot of young cats out there who are coming with a lot of original styles that defy classification. It’s to the point where what the new cats are doing is influencing the older established generation of artists in not only how they approach their music, but also fashion and overall vibe. I like the fact that all the artists are no longer sounding the same. There are some truly original voices cutting through. All of that comes from a smarter listener. The internet has had a big influence on that. It has allowed a million artists to have an avenue to get their music heard and millions of people to say whether it is whack or not. So only the really talented ones are cutting through. I’m not mad at the state at all. I like the real throw back hip hop resurgence, I like the south dance records that have come out, I like the hard gangsta shit that has always been there. There is a place for all of that. Hip hop is bigger than being just one way. That is why I think I have developed a following…it’s because I am not trying to be anyone else except

Izza Kizza.

You stated nothing but real sh!t just now! There certainly is enough room for all lanes of hip-hop to shine. So with Jay-Z latest song out I have to ask you, how do you feel about the auto-tune trend that everyone is jumping on?

Overall it is a tool and it depends on what you do with it. Some people use it creatively, some go too far. I personally don’t have a problem with it. To each his own…not a big deal to me. Some of the music its used on is good…some not so much. That’s somebody else’s swag though. What would I look like using someone else’s swag? It was a great idea apparently but I ‘m looking for the next great idea. I could never make that my total steez.

Definitely agree w/ that. I’ve used it before myself! Was there ever a time where you felt like giving up with making music? & if so, what kept you going?

There have been times in my life when I may have felt doubtful of myself. Like, was I good enough to be a big artist? Would people accept what I do? Is my sound what people want to hear? Do I have the drive and determination? I still question myself to this day sometimes. But I realize this is all I ever wanted my whole life, so even when it’s bad, it’s still good – cause I’m doing what I love. Right before I signed with Timbaland, I had my doubts if the music business was for me, or if it would ever happen for me. But God tapped me on the shoulder while I was sitting on the bench in the sidelines and said “You’re up!’ and I jumped in and joined the game. There have been low points, but I wouldn’t say they made me want to quit music. They have made me stronger and more equipped to deal with stardom. I’ll never quit music. It’s in my blood and too much a part of who I am as a person. But there are certain stresses that aren’t exactly normal people type stresses. I could live without that shit, but it comes with the territory. You in or you’re out. This business is one you have to be built for. A lot of sacrifice we don’t understand in the heat of pursuit. Then, by time you notice, you’re in too deep. It ain’t easy, but it’s worth it in the end. And you know what they say…anything worth having is worth working hard for.

There are way more fun records on this mixtape than personal tracks. Was that the initial plan when making this project?

I represent that style of hip hop. I have a socially conscious side to me, but we have Common for that. I have a street side to me, but we have 50 for that. I have a hazy smoked outside to me, but we got Snoop for that. Although it may not be the only style I do, for the most part, I want people to enjoy themselves with my music. That is my lane. There are too many listeners and artists who take themselves too seriously. I’m here to bring the fun back to hip hop. Where are the Nice and Smooths, The Biz Markie’s, The Salt ‘n Pepa’s, UTFOs, Luke Skywalkers, Das Efx’s? I will tell you…they are right here in Izza Kizza. That is overall what I represent. It’s the other side of hip hop that people don’t recognize so much anymore. When you come to my show, you realize that instantly. My show is like no other…pure energy.

You can definitely hear their influence in your music. And I must say, it’s certainly refreshing. I see that you’re signed with the NY based independent label, Decon Records. How did that situation come about? & what are your plans being on an indie label?

Yea I started dealing with Decon a little while ago. I feel more comfortable dealing with a label like Decon because I’m connected with the staff…I can reach the people I need to reach, I have relationships with those guys, I hang out with them. The vibe is authentic. They respect the artists’ minds and it doesn’t feel like some vague situation you’ve gotten yourself into. It feels right. My manager also manages 88-Keys (Someone who is a good friend, and I respect greatly). 88-Keys did a deal with Decon for his Death of Adam album, and I saw how it was promoted and marketed and was impressed ( side note: that is me on the hook of “Handcuffem’” on his album) . When my situation with Mosley Music/Interscope ran its course, I wanted my next situation to be one where I had a lot more control of the creativity outside of the recording sessions. Somewhere that I had influence on how I was being presented to the public as opposed to a big corporate giant, where I am just a number who may wait forever to get a record out. At Decon, it is more like being a big fish in a small pond as opposed to the opposite.

That’s definitely what’s up!! New artist Drake mentions ‘Money, Cars & Clothes’ as apart of being successful. What is success to you?

Success to me is definitely not money, cars, or clothes. Don’t get me wrong…everyone one has somewhat of a fetish for those things, including myself. But I think each individual has a different definition of success also and I think success to me is changing who you are for the better. It’s making a difference in whatever you do, doing your best, doing what you set out to do. For me that would be making my family crest worthy of mention. I’m the first person in my entire family to do a lot of things…the first to have a record deal…first in my town to make it to B.E.T.—on TV period. I’m the first to shoot a music video or drop an album nationally, just to name a few. I’m creating new family history and breaking the cycle…creating a new cycle. I don’t know my great great grandfather, don’t know where he has been or where he came from, so I want the following generations to be able to follow their roots. I want them to be able to know the names and have a legacy to begin with. That would be success to me.

Yes, totally agree! Before we end this off, let the people at P&P know about any upcoming shows/tours you may have & how they can reach you.

So yea…feel free to reach out to me at http://www.IzzaKizza.com to find links and updates to anything Kizza related. I have free music available for download via www.myspace.com/izzakizza. It’s also available on

iTunes. “Connect the Dots” ft. Colin Munroe video coming very soon. Single with Missy coming very soon, debut album coming in September, Alize cross-country campus tour coming in September towards a college near you…check me out…its good shyt…Izza Kizza over and out.

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Izza Kizza – *Wizard Of Iz* (Full Mixtape)