City Haze is my dog for life. That boy is from NYC and he wants the world to know it. Haze is a youngin’ in the game but he is on the come up for sure. You know here at Skope we messes with artists on all levels and that is why I had to get some time in with City Haze, respect that!
Stoli: Growing up in Brooklyn & the South Bronx you are living hip hop. What is the toughest thing in the streets trying to get your music game recognized?
City Haze: The toughest thing to me would be trying to outshine everybody else, there’s hundreds maybe thousands of emcees from NY trying to make it & get their music recognized and mainstream music has changed so much that the job has become so much harder.
Stoli: When you are chilling on a Saturday, hitting the streets, what kind of ladies are you peepin?
City Haze: (Haha) Definitely anything that catches my eyes, if I walk past a girl & she’s worth my attention I’m going to definitely speak up.
Stoli: You have been working the mixtape game heavy, when & where can we buy the ‘New York Warning’ mixtape?
City Haze: The “New York Warning” mixtape will be available real soon all of the information on getting a copy of it will be posted on my myspace which is www.Myspace.com/cityhaze718
Stoli: How did you get the name City Haze?
City Haze: Being from New York (City) dudes use to always say, “Yo that kid is gonna be the future of Hip Hop & New York” so I took that into consideration & used (City) to the best of my advantage. Haze was a name that was given to me by friends I hang out with. If you buy a bag of (Haze) in the streets, hustlers refer to it as “that fire” so basically I just put the two together (City Haze) .
Stoli: If you were to do a collabo with another emcee from NY who would that be?
City Haze: I grew up listening to Jay-z, Biggie (R.I.P) & Nas..so they always comes to mind for a NY collab .
Stoli: When you sit down to write lyrics do you use 100% inspiration from your real life drama?
City Haze: All the time man, growing up anywhere where you have to struggle to get over is tough, so I try to keep my music as personal as possible & I make sure all types of people can relate to it .
Stoli: Being that you are under 21 you are still rather young. When did you start rhyming & pursuing music full time?
City Haze: I started rhyming when I was about 17. Music runs in my family & it was something that I became extremely good at. I have older family members who always wanted to be rappers but no one ever gave them a break, so I invested in a home studio & started recording music in August of 2007. Within the short period of time of recording music, I was able to step & take things to the next level .
Stoli: When you are at a party or the club do you prefer a smoke session or shots at the bar?
City Haze: (Haha) Most likely shots at the bar.
Stoli: When the haters come around trying to step to Haze, what keeps you strong & focused on your goals?
City Haze: To be completely honest…haters come in a handful, but to me for every person that hates on talent there’s always a supporter & fan that will back your music up 100%. So definitely major shout outs to everybody that shows me love & support from the fans to the DJ’s & other artists .
Stoli: How do you & your crew react when you have beef in the streets verse beef on record?
City Haze: Beef plays a major role in the Hip Hop world. Most of the time on the underground scene that’s what people want to hear & see. Beef on the street sometimes gets solved by expressing yourself on a track or in other & worse matters . For it to be solved in worse matters isn’t good but people are always going to be people and sometimes certain things just never change.
Stoli: What producers are you working with on such tracks as “Brown Eyes?”
City Haze: I’ve worked with a handful of upcoming producers most of them reside in the UK. “Brown Eyes” was produced by Guilty J, a young upcoming producer from the UK (under 21). Me & J definitely have a strong connection when it comes to music or better yet real Hip Hop . He definitely reached out & we both believe that we can make things happen & bring great music to public ears.
Stoli: What can we look forward to from City Haze for the rest of 2008?
City Haze: Nothing but power moves in 2008 . Also look out for my “City Lane” project which is in the works right now & is sounding real serious so far. Major shout out to Mike Friedman & the rest of Skope Magazine for making this happen.