Exclusive Interview: Rising Artist Half Deezy

What first got you into music?

When I was around ten years old, I heard ‘East 1999’ by Bone Thugs N Harmony for the first time. The whole album immediately inspired me to want to become a rapper like them. So, when I turned eleven, I started writing my own raps and I’ve been doing it ever since.

Who inspired you to make music?

My passion for music was instilled in me by my father. He was a huge music lover and used to sing along to his favorite songs, which always fascinated me. He would also share information about the bands and groups he liked, as he loved doing his own research about them. This was back in the 90s when Google wasn’t around, so being a true music fan meant doing your own research. MTV was also a big part of our household, and it further piqued my interest in music. Watching artists perform in music videos and on stage made me feel like that was where I belonged. Eventually, music became a way for me to express myself and provide people with an insight into what I was going through or issues that I felt needed to be addressed.

How would you describe the music that you typically create?

I always aim to tell a story or draw inspiration from personal experiences when I write songs. If the song requires it, I also try to incorporate a lesson or message in the lyrics. Depending on the vibe of the song, I am comfortable writing for any genre. I consider myself more of a musician than just a rapper, so I don’t feel confined to any particular style.

What is your creative process like?

When it comes to creating music, my process depends on how I’m feeling or the mood of the song. If it’s a feature, I can usually complete it in an hour or less. However, if it’s an original piece, I begin with the melody and then add other elements such as drums, chords, percussion, etc. This process takes a few hours to complete. After that, I take a day to mix and master the track.

Who would you most like to collaborate with?

I would love the opportunity to work with Eminem, Post Malone, Wiz Khalifa, and 50 Cent, to name a few. I am open to collaborating with any major artist, but if given the choice, these would be my top picks.

If you could go open a show for any artist, who would it be?

I would be happy to collaborate with any of the artists I listed. Their concerts attract huge crowds, and sharing a stage with them would be incredible.

What is one message you would give to your fans?

I appreciate the continued support! After years of effort, I’m finally seeing progress, thanks to them. It means a lot. #DeezyTribe

How do you feel the internet has impacted the music business?

I believe that the internet has had both positive and negative impacts on the music industry. On one hand, it has provided artists with a wider platform to showcase their talents and reach a larger audience. On the other hand, the increased accessibility of music on the internet has led to more competition among artists. With so many new artists emerging and so many songs available, it is now more challenging to stand out among peers. Therefore, artists need to put in extra effort to ensure that their music stands out from the rest.

Which famous musicians do you admire?

I admire artists like Bone Thugs, Eminem, and Tech N9ne for their unmatched lyrical abilities and drive as artists.

What is the best advice you’ve been given?

It’s important to trust your instincts and stick with the decisions you make for your music career. While it’s great to have a supportive team to help you along the way, always stay focused on your own goals and priorities. Remember to take care of yourself because if you don’t, you won’t be able to care for anyone else.

If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?

The amount of royalties we receive from the DSPs is very low. If they paid us more for the work we do, it would make it more rewarding for artists to spend countless hours perfecting their craft. Being paid only a fraction of a penny is unreasonable.

What’s next for you?

I am thrilled to announce that my new EP, “The Grit,” will be released on May 31st. The EP features renowned artists such as Havoc of Mobb Deep, Ghostface Killah of Wu-Tang Clan, Big Twins of Infamous Mobb, and others. If you are interested in supporting my project, you can pre-order it by following the link: 


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IG: @halfdeezy TikTok: @therealhalfdeezy FB: Half Deezy X: @halfdeezy

www.halfdeezy.com / www.smilemahrecords.com

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