The Woke Dragon

Featured artist: Blayza – The Woke Dragon

As part of our ongoing “Rap’s New Generation” series, today we sat down with the upcoming underground artist Blayza from Kansas City to talk about his recent music, his upcoming projects, his career advice and his overall experiences being in the music industry and he did not disappoint…

Thanks for taking the time to talk with us, Blayza! Let’s go back to the beginning of your career. How did you decide to become an artist?

Blayza: I first started doing music as a way to get my emotions out, because I wouldn't express it any other way but on paper. Then after a trip from new york, I wrote a song about moms and struggling women. I told myself I can use my music as a way to give people the tools the courage to fight their demons. By giving them empowerment, through my music. That’s what I want my music to do!

The best advice given to me was by my father he said: "No matter what you do always believe in yourself and don't let others steer you off your path to your aspiration and goals"

Blayza


What about concerts? Do you play live?

Yes, I do I have just started getting on stage, I could have done so much sooner but I wanted my music to grow and I wanted to grow not just a person but as a brand, for people to remember.

Best punchline you ever wrote?

let me kill the Mumble rap, hit you with the simple facts, cuz if I really get the preaching you don't want to hear all that, try to lead them to the water, They ain't goin drink out that, taste buds to Sweet they ain't ready for these facts.

Blayza

What are you currently working on? Did you release something in the past?

Currently working on the Book Of Everily I just put out two music videos to the project one called "Plottin" and the other called "Northside". This project is about the different chapters in my life and how I overcame them

Last but not least: Would you sign a record contract with a major label?

I would join a small record label but not one of the major three. Pros are you can get noticed easily through a label and you not having to do all the business work are worry about getting shows because the label will book you then of course what every rapper loves is the cash that record label gives you to work with. These are all great things but they come with a price. The money they give is only a loan and you will have to pay it back through your record sales and online sales. With that being said you only see about 30% of your money because the recorded label is taking the rest of it and this is if your even making enough to pay off your loan they gave to you. The major three will also try to control how your music sounds if they think it won't sell or if it's not "Pop enough for them" with the small record labels you won't need to worry so much about this and you can still get noticed. As an independent artist, you won't have to worry about it at all but you have to do all the business work by your self and support your music with your own money. I would join a record label but a small one someone like Strange Music, Bad Boys, are the one, I would love to join dreamville.

Any last words?

Baxter Springs Ks the place that raised me into the person I am today and of course Kansas City the place I was born.

Where can people follow you to stay up-to-date?

Blayza: https://www.youtube.com/user/cj6111

Thank you for your time. We wish you much success in your further career.

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