conducted by Hugo Lunny
MVRemix: For those that are now hearing about you for the first time, tell us about yourself.
City Haze: Basically City Haze is a young unsigned Hip Hop artist on a very heavy come up. I grind hard day in and night out. Aside from just having skills, my work ethic and dedication puts me above thousands of rappers from the New York Metro area.
MVRemix: How important do you feel networking is as an indie artist?
City Haze: As an indie artist networking is very important, it’s always good to socialize with different people from all over the world… Possibly make strong connections for yourself.
MVRemix: As a songwriter, who has influenced you?
City Haze: Wow. There’s so many… But to name a few; there’s Bill Withers, Al B Sure, Donnie Hathaway, Michael Jackson and the list can go on forever…
MVRemix: How does living in the Bronx shape your attitude towards music, art and culture in general?
City Haze: Being from the Hip Hop Mecca is definitely a blessing and it makes me look at music completely different. You can always pick out a New York rapper from other artists. Being from the Bronx or better yet New York itself, I’m very humble and im grinding 24/7 because as many know New York is labeled as the city that never sleeps.
MVRemix: How did the name City Haze come to be?
City Haze: Being from New York City dudes use to always say, “Yo that kid is gonna be the future of Hip Hop and New York.” So I took that into consideration and 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.
MVRemix: Tell me about the “New York Warning” mixtape.
City Haze: Due to new production from new producers that I’ve been working with, in mid February I decided to cancel the “New York Warning” mixtape. Why? Im always honest with myself and I’m very strict when it comes to putting out good music. I felt that the tracks and production that I had for “New York Warning” could’ve been way better then what they were, especially with it being my first project release. Right now my new project is called “City Lane” which is way more intense and the production is off the hook! It will be out sometime this year, hopefully by mid or late summer.
MVRemix: How long did the mixtape take to record and organize? How planned was it – ie did you set out with a tracklisting and stick to it or record a number of songs and chose a select amount leaving the rest on the “cutting room floor”?
City Haze: It took me about 3 months to completely finish the whole “New York Warning” tape. I recorded a bunch of material with whatever I was able to work with. When I first started with the project I was basically just getting started with music, so I didnt have the production that I was actually looking for. As time past and I built a buzz quicker then I thought, I started linking up with producers from all over and new material was provided within the snap of a finger. [laughs]
MVRemix: How many songs are you currently sitting on and what are your plans for them?
City Haze: Oh, I have plenty of unreleased material. My plans are to just take my time with them and choose my tracks wisely. I have some crazy tracks that I know people would love but like I said my project is coming and my main goal is to come out as strong as possible.
MVRemix: Any collaborations in the works?
City Haze: Yeah, I get emails full of messages from other artists on the underground scene who want to collab. I’ll collab with anybody just as long as the song will be at it’s full potential.
MVRemix: What’s your writing process?
City Haze: I write something new every night before I go to sleep or better yet sometimes I don’t even go to sleep. My friends as my witness they’ll all let you know that Haze doesnt get any rest. [laughs]
MVRemix: As an independent artist promoting yourself, how do you separate the music from the business and keep a sense of art in what you do rather than just the selling of a catchy product?
City Haze: For as long as I’m doing music, I’ll always keep a sense of art and at the same time try to sell a catchy product. Mainstream music has changed drastically but me just being myself I will always be my own artist .
MVRemix: What separates you from other rappers? Why should I opt to listen to your music above others?
City Haze: My creativity, versatility and delivery is what puts me above thousands of rappers trying outshine each other. I’m only 19 and I still have plenty of time to develop as an artist. Ten years from now theres no telling where im going to stand in the industry and im saying that with great confidence.
MVRemix: Have fun with this one, a la “Fight Club” – “If you could fight any celebrity, who would you fight”?
City Haze: I watch a lot of action movies I would probably want to fight Keanu Reeves because in the “Matrix” series he thought he was all that, they should make one more movie and email me for a part. Shit…he’s lucky I didn’t play agent smith. [laughs]
MVRemix: Would you win the fight?
City Haze: Would I? Man I’m about to email Larry Wachowski a.s.a.p.
MVRemix: What next do we have to look forward to from you?
City Haze: Nothing but power moves this year. Look out for future magazine features, site features etc. etc. My main goal is take ’08 by storm and provide my fans with nothing but the best.
MVRemix: Any last words?
City Haze: Shout outs to all my fans and supporters and also major shout outs to MVRemix for the interview.