Looking to turn Syracuse into the next NY city to make a name in Hip Hop, enter rapper Blizzy. We caught up with the upcoming emcee for our latest installment of The Whole 9. For more, check him on Twitter and Instagram.
the9elements: How did you get your stage name?
Blizzy: Well at first my stage name was Young Black Da Prodigy, then I switched it to Young Black, but I just wasn’t feeling the “young”. I wanted something different and unique but I was stuck. eventually I dropped the “young” and just started going by Black, which was my nickname, but how Blizzy came about was in the summer of 2015 I was chilling with a bunch of my friends smoking and making music and my boy was like “yo, you should just switch your name to Blizzy.” I said “I don’t know bro, I just got used to being Black.” I dropped that next song as Blizzy and it’s like a new artist was born. That song got a lot of views so I just stuck with Blizzy.
T9E: What made you decide to become a rapper?
B: Honestly I became a rapper to help my family out. I was 16 years old at the time. I wanted to get my mother a house in the hills, brand new cars. I wanted it all, but then I gave up. I was going to open a pizza shop. I put the music behind me.
But then this year I lost my best friend Rated M to a drunk driver. His music was so amazing. It inspired me to pick the mic back up and do this for him. I’m trying to leave a legacy. When I’m done I want people to know of me and him FOREVER. I also make music to inspire and teach. That’s why I consider myself an artist now and not a rapper.
I’m trying to make music that people can relate to and maybe help them with everyday problems that I went through as a child.
T9E: What’s the first rap song you ever heard? Describe the moment.
B: Without Me By Eminem. I remember I got my first walkman and my mom bought me the censored version but I knew my stepfather had the unedited so I went and stole it from their room. I listened to that song. I was in love. Eminem was so inspiring to me to overcome all the hate and to keep pushing to be the best. I loved Hip Hop music from then on.
T9E: How did Sauce come together?
B: I was just playing around with my sound. I laid down the verse first and I was like, “I need a good catchy hook for this.” That was when I first started mixing again but it came out to be a dope unique sound. But I usually start by finding beats and freestyling to them and see if I can get a feel. It’s truly how my mood is that determines the type of song I’m gonna make. I had all my jewelry on and I was feeling myself and that’s how “Sauce” was made!
T9E: What are your thoughts on the year in Hip Hop so far?
B: This year in Hip Hop is dope. So many new artists. I enjoy all the versatility most people don’t like 6ix9ine, Trippie Redd, Lil Pump, etc… because they are different. I think they are cool and unique. I wouldn’t say they are amazing rappers but I believe that make dope music, and their fans enjoy it. I enjoy some of it as well. I’m excited to see what next year brings.
I was impacted heavily by the death of XXXTentacion. He inspired me so much. I believe he is what a true artist is. He had the versatility, the sound, the knowledge and he was trying to spread his message about the power of the mind. I believe me and him are very similar and went thru a lot of the same problems as a child. I just want to be given the opportunity for people to hear me and follow me.