Tell us about yourself.

I’m a 24 year old recording artist, husband, and hardworking father, rapping out of East Bay, CA.

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Tell us about yourself as an artist.

A jack of all trades, I’m a self-taught music engineer, singer/ songwriter and rap guru.

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Tell us about the genre of your music.

My music varies from project to project, although if we had to categorize it by genre it would fall in Rap, Conscious Hip-hop, and Trap Soul.

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Tell us about the story behind your song.

The story is what you paint in your head. To me I wrote it as a reminder not to let anyone get to me or let them slow me down.

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Tell us about the challenges you are facing as a musician.

Working rogue. Not having a dedicated team behind me to bounce ideas off of. A few heads are better than one.

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Tell us about the recording and production of the song.
I stumbled across the instrumental through YouTube from a talented producer by the name of YoungRA. I myself put the work behind the song, recording the vocals, mixing and mastering.

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Tell us the names of blogs, radio or TV stations that have supported you so far.

Beside the few Spotify playlists I’m featured on, I’ve also been on Underground Industry Radio, a local station that would play

on Sundays in Oakland, CA and a blog feature on RudeBoy Lifestyle. RBLMAG.COM.

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Tell us more about your music career, experience and future goals.

I took making music seriously after graduating high school, and realizing I didn’t want to waste my time in college. That same year I dropped a mixtape on DatPiff, and followed it up a couple years later with my debut E.P. and performed at local shows in the Bay Area until my son was born. I’ve since been working on my debut album quietly for a good year and plan to drop it early 2018. My goal is to continue making music and hopefully be able to make a comfortable living someday.

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.
My music reflects my life and those around it. Taking all aspects of life both negative & positive with a little storytelling, help deliver an experience that is all my own.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.
There is no secret. You know you got something special when it comes to you effortlessly. One can easily overlook a hit song if one is not too careful.

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

Work with as many artists, producers, promoters, clubs, etc. as possible & don’t be afraid to throw yourself out there. You will get NOS, but remember that all it takes is one YES to change it all.

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

Collectively I will have churned out 3 projects; a mixtape, an EP, and a debut album this year. I have been featured in multiple features with artists from Atlanta, Miami, to back home here in the Bay Area. No tours yet, but a strong go to for opening up shows.

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

I always need to have the beat first. I can have an idea in my head already, but by hearing the instrumental it helps bring the raw emotion to life. Using the beat as a guideline to compose the perfect song.

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Name the artists you are willing to collaborate with.

It depends on the list. There are so many artists who are already thriving that I would love to work with like G-eazy, Nef the Pharoah, Kaytranada, Goldlink, N.E.R.D, Drake, Mac Miller, Sampha, YG, the list goes on, but  Young Bucks needs love too. There is nothing like working with someone who is as hungry as you are.

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State the links to your social networks and stores for purchase of your songs.

INSTAGRAM

instagram.com/hizzle4rizzle/?hl=en /

iTunes

itunes.apple.com/us/artist/hans-rizo/977293233

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

My happiest day besides saying “the birth of my son.” would be having my first show. Feeling the rush for the first time and walking off stage knowing all that work you put in wasn’t wasted. The cheers helped A WHOLE bunch too. The worst would have to be a bad night on stage. I can recall a time feeling like hot shit, and not needing to rehearse for a big show & and ended up forgetting my set & the words the damn songs. Bad Night! Great wake up call.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

There are so many answers I can give that you’d be expecting, but honestly a smart man would save that cash. Obviously I’d set myself & my family up to live comfortably, but after that I would make a few donations to charities that have impacted my life, and save that change.
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Tell us about your song.
“You See Me” is a song I wrote that you can jam to before work, or before a big game. Don’t take your position in life for granted because you didn’t get where you are by accident. Sometimes you need to celebrate your achievements, because your haters are waiting for you to fall.

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Tell us how you manage other activities with your music career.

It’s hard to balance both life and work alone, but having to juggle my time, between real world work, my music career, and my family life is one task I still struggle with today. Nothing in this world will be handed to you, so you work towards what you want, but sometimes what you want is already under your nose. You can’t keep everybody happy, so using your time wisely is key.

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Tell us five artists you can regard as legends.

Kendrick Lamar

Lil’Wayne

J.cole

Eminem

E-40

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Tell us your future plans pertaining music.

I originally fell in love with music production. Being an engineer is something I see myself doing more as time goes on. Learning from who and where I can. So once my rap career slows down a little I can see myself being happy behind the scenes. Music is my life, and I always want to be a part of it.

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Tell us what you think about creativity and originality in music.
I agree. It’s easy nowadays to sound like everyone else and still be successful. But, that’s where the difference lies. It’s the artist that are able to adapt what’s currently the trend to their own style and are able to connect on a deeper scale that stay around a lot longer. Fads come and go in the music industry just as fast as everything else.

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Tell us the reason you are into music.

Music is a drug. To be able to change someone’s mood with the power of lyricism, or vise verse is a powerful thing. I’ve never felt more comfortable with who I am.

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Tell us your view on old school music and new school music in terms of preference.

I mean the genre itself wouldn’t be what it is today if it weren’t for the rap fore fathers, but preference goes to the up and coming artists; they have a refreshing perspective these days with everything that’s going on. No offense to the OG’s. They had a lot to talk about too with how society treated lower class and politics, but we’re talking about a whole new generation with fire in their eyes. It’s exciting.

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Tell us your most memorable day as an artist.

The days that are most memorable are when my fans let me know how much my music has impacted their lives. There is no better feeling, than being reassured you’re on the right path.

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Tell us what you would do for the people if you found yourself in a position of power.
I would do exactly what I do today. Stand up for those who can’t, and defend those who are defenseless. I would become the hero I watched growing up. The power of media can be very persuasive.

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