With the emergence of Hopsin, light is beginning to shine on his stable of artists at his label Funk Volume. One of them being Las Vegas newcomer Dizzy Wright. With his latest mixtape, Smokeout Free Conversation, making a splash on the Internet last month, the rapper is finding a voice of his own, and creating a movement outta a city known mostly for its gambling and the mob.
In this exclusive interview with BallerStatus.com, Dizzy discusses the challenges of trying to break into the music biz from Sin City, starting honing his rap skills as a youth with the help of his mom, and what camp has influenced him the most. Of course, he talks SmokeOut Conversations (download here ) as well, which is out now.
Tell us about the title of your latest mixtape, Free Smoke Out Conversations?
I came in this year with a plan, the plan was to drop a mixtape and then it was to drop an album. When I came back to my team with all the material and my music, they said it was all album material. We end up making what was going to be my mixtape, my album. In the process of making the album, I was doing a whole lot of music. I was doing all kinds of songs, I was doing songs that had samples on them and I couldn't put them on the album, so we decided to drop a mixtape after the album. It would give the people who supported the album more music, and hopefully, get the people who just heard me from the mixtape to go support the album. SmokeOut Conversations is really like my 2012 package. I did the album, mixtape and tour, which was kind of like my 2012 plan.
Being a rapper from the west coast what is that you bring different to music?
I'm from Vegas and I think that sets me aside from the west coast. There are no rappers from Vegas doing it. I'm myself . I learned from a lot artists. I've been in the game for a while and I took a little of everything anywhere I could get it from. I think what makes me different is I'm comfortable with being myself. I'm not trying to change and become different. I just want to grow from where I am. I think that makes me a tad bit different. I don't really pay attention to other people to know how different I am.
How do you feel about the other competition in the game?
There is always going the be competition in the rap game. It's competitive. You have to focus on you. I don't get caught up in all of the hype. I'm not a diehard fan of anyone right now. I pretty music focus on my own craft and be the best I can be.
If you had to say, who would you say you're a fan of?
I must say I'm fan of TDE (Top Dawg Entertainment). I'm a fan of each individual artist. I feel that they're really doing something for the west coast that hasn't been done in a long time. The chemistry that they have, you can hear it in all of their music. I think that's dope. Also I went to a Kendrick Lamar show last year and he's actually the person that made me step my game up. At his performance, he did everything without the words and all he had was his hooks and adlibs. I think that was the first time I had ever seen that done like that so dope, so clear and so understandable. I knew I had to step it up. I knew I had to step my sh** up to the next level after that.
How did you get started as a rapper? Who were your musical influences?
I got started with music when I was around eight. I started off as a youth reporter. My mom was a concert promoter in Flint, Michigan, and then we moved to Vegas when I was young. She worked for a record company called CMX. CMX is the record label after B2K broke up, that's where everybody, expect Omarion, went. I grew up in the musical industry and my mom started writing my raps. She had a vision and that's how I stepped into it.
As I got older, I wasn't being myself with my mom writing my raps, I wasn't able to talk about a lot of stuff with the direction she was pushing. I went through a phrase where I didn't want to be a rapper because I felt I had to be somebody else to be a rapper. It wasn't until I hooked up with one of my friends, who had their own studio, where I did my own thing and found the love for it.
Some of my influences were Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. I grew up on them. They're not the most lyrical rappers, but I grew up on that style and their sound. I'm still influenced by it and want to bring that sound out.
Do you feel there are a lot of challenges being a rapper from Vegas?
I think it's a challenges being a rapper from anywhere where no one has blown up from yet. First, you have to get people to take you serious, and then you have to live up to your name. You can't let the pressure, pressure you. But, if there is pressure, you have to be ready for it. I feel like my whole life was built for this moment ... to be able to do my own thing and stand on my two feet. I feel we have all the same access as anybody, we just have to use them wisely.