R.O.Z. brings out Mo Piff as he preps for EPiffany debut [Interview]
Winnipeg, MB – As R.O.Z. (@ROZ_EMB) prepares for the release of his debut EP, EPiffany he put together a mixtape to hold his fans over while they wait. The young MC teamed up with award winning DJ from Toronto, Dames Nellas (@DamesNellas) and created a project that mixed things up, with both old and new joints, and contained an overall fun and light vibe. R.O.Z sat down with HipHopCanada’s Central Region Editor Natasha to discuss his intentions with Mo Piff, what he loves about it and what everyone can expect from his next project.
Check out the full interview after the jump or click here to download Mo Piff.
Interview conducted by Natasha Paolini for HipHopCanada
HipHopCanada: What was your vision for this project when you first began working on it?
R.O.Z.: I just wanted to put out a project that was fun and entertaining for the summer season. So I knew I wanted to have a DJ host and have fun with a mix of original and industry joints. My last 2 projects (Mo Piff 1 & 2) I was very focused on building a sound and being more conceptual but this time around I wanted to lighten things up… before I drop my EP, EPiffany.
HipHopCanada: How (if at all) did the vision change or evolve over time?
R.O.Z.: My vision didn’t change for how I wanted to drop Mo Piff, but I found myself thinking a lot more about what’s coming after Mo Piff. So instead of working more and more on it, I just wrapped it up and started working on new stuff for the future.
HipHopCanada: You teamed up with Dames Nellas as the DJ to host this project – how did that come about?
R.O.Z.: I met Dames last spring when I linked up with Styles P for the record “97”. Peter Jackson & him were rolling with Styles & Sheek for their tour so I met them all in the studio at the same time. We ended up linking up again at the end of last year during the couple dates we did for the Jadakiss tour. We both have a mutual respect for each others craft and work ethic so it was a no brainer to have him host my mixtape.
HipHopCanada: In regards to the production how did you decide which producers you were going to work with?
R.O.Z.: As I said, my last 2 projects had more original production and it went over people’s heads. So I kinda wanted to mix things up and drop freestyles, and features I had done for people in the past year. I still have NikoEMB and 2Epik on there but this tape wasn’t focused on in house production.
HipHopCanada: For anyone that’s been following you over the years they know that you grew up with Big Lean and regularly collaborate with him. Overall, it seems you two have a great connection. Can you explain the what it is about you two that works so well?
R.O.Z.: Honestly, we just get each other personally and musically. Other than the fact that we grew up together, we both make good music so that meshes well in the studio. I’ve been hearing and getting a lot of questions about “when are y’all dropping that R.O.Z. & Big Lean project?” (laughs). It’s coming, we’re just working on the situation. But I can promise this, our best records are yet to come, real deal.
HipHopCanada: You recently went on tour with Jadakiss – did this experience give you a new perspective on yourself as an artist or on the music industry?
R.O.Z.: I definitely learned a lot going on this tour. About myself, networking, and the work that goes into touring. We only went on the Central/Prairies leg of the tour (4 dates) but it was enough for me to see what goes into making things happen. If it wasn’t for that tour I probably wouldn’t be going on the Fabolous & Pusha T The Life is so Exciting Tour in May. I just know that you gotta go out there and get it, so I’m seizing every opportunity I have on this upcoming tour.
HipHopCanada: What’s your favourite song on the project? And why?
R.O.Z.: I’d say Styles P – “’97” is my favourite just because of the experience working on the track, the content, and that I met Styles and Dames at the same time so it brings the mixtape full circle. The Intro “Talk My Shit” goes hard though.
HipHopCanada: So far, you’ve released one video off the project, can we expect more visuals soon?
R.O.Z.: Yes, most definitely. I have a couple videos I’ve already shot that I’ll be releasing very soon. I released Piff Music 2 around 6,7 months ago so I still have songs off that I’ll release too. And we just got a MuchFACT grant for the “No Trying” track with me and Teddy T, it’s a joint for the summer so we’ll be shooting that soon also.
HipHopCanada: Can you tell us more about your upcoming EP?
R.O.Z.: EPiffany will be concluding the “Piff Series”. Mo Piff and my 2 previous mixtapes really embodied the lifestyle and mentality I had before taking music 100% seriously. I’ve gained so much knowledge, maturity, and experience in such a small period of time, so I have something to say. The title EPiffany itself already gives off the vibe of how it’s going to feel, but me and Niko already did the intro… You have no idea (laughs).
HipHopCanada: What is the expected release date?
R.O.Z.: I hope sometime around the end of the year but it’s hard to say. It’s my first EP so it has to be my best music to date. Just expect something memorable and look keep looking out.
HipHopCanada: Well, we most definitely will and thank you for taking the time to sit down with us, all the best.
Interview conducted by Natasha Paolini for HipHopCanada
Mo Piff premiered on HipHopCanada.com earlier this morning (4/20/2013). Click here to stream or download it now.
Download Mo Piff here