What's up Leafers? Welcome to the latest edition of On the Rise where we interview upcoming hip hop talent. Today's guest is rapper, Rahzi 400. Razi reps South Carolina and his southern futuristic trap style paints a vivid narrative of his urban life.We can definitely see Rahzi performing on major stages all over the world. The rising MC has been on our radar for a while so we had to tap in with him. Check out the interview below.
Westleaf Staff: What's up, Rahzi? Your vibe is dope! When did you start making music?
Rahzi 400: I started making music towards the end of December of 2017.
Westleaf Staff: That's dope! What city do you represent?
Rahzi 400: Trenton, NJ but I also lived in Greenville, SC for the last 6 years which is where I started making music so it also has a special place with me and Atlanta; that's where the label I signed to is based out of.
Westleaf Staff: Shout out to New Jersey! So how did you create your stage name?
Rahzi 400: My stage name is my biological name which is Rahzi and the 400 part comes from the block I was raised on in Trenton. Most people don't even think my government name is my real name, I guess it's because it's my stage name.
Westleaf Staff: That's dope and unique. So how did your early life shape your interest in music?
Rahzi 400: My mother would always play music around the house like Sade, Destiny's Child, Jagged Edge, my dad was in the military and I have a lot of siblings so I guess she would play music to keep us all entertained. My dad would come home every so often from deployment and he would have me and older brother with him just riding and listening to UGK, Dipset, Nas, JAY-Z , AZ, all types of folks.
Westleaf Staff: Cool! So who is your biggest Musical influence?
Rahzi 400: There Are a couple to be honest, Young Thug, Lil Wayne, Chief Keef, Uzi, Kurt Cobain, just to be brief.
Westleaf Staff: Dope! I feel that. Those are some legends. What's been the defining moment in your music career thus far?
Rahzi 400: So far making the transition from being unsigned to being signed to an Independent label which is CME.
Westleaf Staff: That's dope! Congrats on signing. So what makes you a unique artist?
Rahzi 400: The energy I bring to the table; and when I say energy I don't exactly mean me running around and jumping etc. I mean the feeling and vibe I give to the people and I feel like I bring a new authentic sound to the table. I also feel like most creators are unique by simply just being themselves.
Westleaf Staff: Dope! So what does art mean to you?
Rahzi 400: Freedom. I feel like everything about art is free. Well at least it should be for the most part. The ability to create freely is true art in my eyes.
Westleaf Staff: That's deep! Where do you see your music career going over the next few years?
Rahzi 400: In the next couple years I see myself reaching levels I never knew I could reach. I definitely see myself impacting people through my music and through fashion and just by being my true self. I see myself filling up the billboards too, Thats a big aspiration of mine.
Westleaf Staff: I wish you much success! Before we go, describe music in three words.
Rahzi 400: Music is Humanity
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