Edmonton, AB – Click the jump link below to check out HipHopCanada’s latest Prolific Profile. We’ve got an MC from Edmonton by the name of Dizzy who is currently promoting his G5 Dreams EP.
HipHopCanada: How do you define hip-hop, and where do you feel you fit into that definition?
Dizzy: I would define hip-hop as an expression of self through the instrumentation of music. Meaning the thoughts and feelings of the artist should be displayed in his music. In my music I have always pulled inspiration from personal experiences. I find that way it enables people listening to connect with me on a higher level and relate what I’m saying to what may be going on in their lives.
HipHopCanada: What drives you to stay in a business that is rarely profitable and highly competitive?
Dizzy: Strictly for the love of the music and a firm belief that I have what it takes to make a career out of doing what I love to do. Cheesy, I know, but that’s what it is. And I can’t forget to mention the love I get from fans too, all the people who message me and e-mail me and tell me that they like what I’m doing and they want to hear more… it’s a great feeling and a potent motivator.
HipHopCanada: Where are you based specifically?
Dizzy: Specifically, I’m based out of Edmonton, Alberta.
HipHopCanada: How has living there influenced your sound?
Dizzy: Edmonton is a city with many skilled MCs and lyricists. With so many trying to do the same thing as myself it forced me to grow and evolve as an artist. Without sounding vain I’d say I’ve made huge progress over the years in terms of my abilities and I continue to push myself to be bigger and better.
HipHopCanada: Who is your primary fan base?
Dizzy: My primary fan base would have to be women and men aged 18-30. Probably predominantly more female. And since releasing videos and pushing out my mixtapes and website I’ve been acquiring fans all over North America. It feels cool to make an impression on someone so far away.
HipHopCanada: What tips would you give young artists coming up, or what do you wish someone would have told you when you first started out in the hip-hop industry?
Dizzy: I would tell young artists coming up that if you don’t know what benefits are available to you as a Canadian artist then find out! I wish someone had laid out a game plan for me years ago and I could have tackled that list step by step. That being said I have no regrets for the path I’ve taken to get where I’m at and, if anything, it’s made me more ready for what’s to come.
HipHopCanada: In which ways do you interact with your community?
Dizzy: We try and make a positive impact on the local community by attending local shows, using and showcasing Edmonton in videos, performing at fundraisers, that kind of thing.
HipHopCanada: Which artists have you worked with that left an impression on you, and why?
Dizzy: I recently finished up a song with Kevin Cossum off of Maybach Music Group and I have to say I’ve never left a hook on a song up to another artist before so I was a little uneasy with what the outcome might be. He rocked it though and really didn’t hold back, even though he was working with an underground artist out of Canada. Showed a lot of integrity. And then of course there was being on tour with Bone Thugs N Harmony members Krayzie Bone and Wish Bone…that was an unreal experience! To see them go out and put on a show night after night really showed me what dedication is all about. I mean these guys have been doing this for 20 years.
HipHopCanada: Which Canadian artist would you most like to collaborate with?
Dizzy: I’d really like to work with Drake on a record. I feel our styles would mesh well on a track. Same goes for Classified too, whom is a pioneer of Canadian hip-hop and extremely versatile and creative as well.
HipHopCanada: Tell us about past and present successes, as well as future projects?
Dizzy: To date we’ve released “In the Meantime” (mixtape) and “G5 Dreams” (EP), have toured across Canada twice, filmed two unique music videos, one of which will be airing soon on Much Music, and performed in the US. As for what’s coming next; we’ve got a bunch of singles to release with features such as Ace Hood, Kevin Cossum and Krayzie Bone, a tour in the US, a possible tour in Europe, more music videos, an album release…and the list goes on. This is going to be a busy year for the Dizzy team.
HipHopCanada: Any last words for the HipHopCanada online community?
Dizzy: Yeah I just want to give a big shout out to everybody who has been supporting me over the years and I’d like to give a big thank you to HipHopCanada.com for getting at me for this interview opportunity. Support Canadian hip-hop! Peace.
Dizzy – G5 Dreams
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