Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience. 

Rize Tha Rebel – Kinjah Monroe, Born California USA, 3/25/95, I spent my early childhood moving around/Traveling between States and even spent some time in Europe before settling back down in Northern California for a few years. Around the age of 12 I moved to Mexico for a year before returning to the U.S. for school, I moved from Mexico to Colorado and have been here since

7wave – Tatum Duke, Born Colorado USA, 9/30/96.

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Tell us about your music career, your band name, musical background, experience and skills. 

The spark to start creating music hit me around the age of 13 when I found myself living in a place with much less Diversity/Culture than I was used to. Without a community of like minded individuals to connect with, Hip Hop became my source for community/ culture, and eventually my outlet for expression. I started taking rhyming more seriously around the age of 15, but it wasn’t until I acquired some skills as an MC around the age of 17 that I truly started realizing the dream.  During this time I created a group called Concept Musik with some local kids who shared my passion for Hip Hop. We created our first mixtape and had a lot more success than expected, unfortunately after the initial hype subsided, the group became discouraged and split up. It was a difficult decision between pursuing a degree/career to provide a comfortable life for myself, or continuing the music without a producer, network, or any of the advantages I’d been blessed with previously. I decided I’d never be satisfied in life with a looming “What If” in the back of my mind, and kept grinding. I landed on the name Rize Tha Rebel because of my drive to rise above and succeed without conforming to the standard methods of doing so. The goal is to be top 5 dead or alive.

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song.

My style of Hip Hop is a mix between boom bap, and trap with an emphasis on the importance of the lyrics. This particular track was inspired by the upbeat flamenco strings, which we wanted to flip into an unorthodox triphop/trap style.

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Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot. 

This song was recorded at the pad in the home studio. The lyrics/hook we’re created on the spot while 7Wave put together the instrumental, Then we sent it over to our favorite studio in Denver for the final Master.

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.

I’m inspired by the true depth of expression allowed by the art form. The possibility of great success, and great failure all bottled into one song, or one performance, and the accumulative journey that leads you to it. The process of the grind, to a product, to performance is a wide variety of emotions that make each day special, and unique. This process is intoxicating and keeps me inspired to create every day.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song. 

My secret behind making a hit song is to not take things too seriously, and to express whatever vibe I may be feeling. It’s easy to get caught up in the technicalities of things, but it’s the raw and genuine expression in the first place that people connect to. Let it flow.

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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there. 

Stay inspired, stay hungry and keep grinding. Today’s achievements are tomorrows victories, so don’t waste a second.

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist. 

Build a team. Network and capitalize on every opportunity provided. Never stop creating/releasing content. 

Passion, Persistence, and Patience are the keys to success.

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained. 

I’ve yet to go on tour, but I’ve opened for a wide variety of artists including: Dizzy Wright, KRS-One, Swollen Members, Sir Mix Alot, and Zion-I.

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio. 

When writing lyrics I like to sift through beats until I find the right vibe, then jump straight into the verses, once I’ve gotten a verse or two finished I’ll bring it to 7Wave, and we’ll build the rest of the track around the vibe established.

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Name five biggest artists that you like. 

Logic

J Cole

Kendrick Lamar

Sylvan Lacue

Mick Jenkins

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Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so. 

I’ve collaborated with Kenny Savage, Nikolai, and Jamal Raekwon. I’d love to collaborate with just about anyone in the industry who shares the same passion for the culture as I do.

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Give us the links to your website and your entire social network.

https://soundcloud.com/rizetharebel

https://www.instagram.com/rizetharebel/

https://twitter.com/RizethaRebel

https://www.facebook.com/rizetharebel/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClHgJaL8JNbe8CUamvKv5OA

Website coming soon.

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day. 

My happiest days are spent performing shows and turning up!

My saddest days occur if I ever feel like I’m not living up to my expectations, or progressing towards my goals. Purpose is Key.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

If I had a million dollars I’d invest every cent into music, live shows, and more music. I can only imagine what I’ll be able to create with a budget like that.


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