Barz da Lyricist

Tell us everything will need to know about you.

I’m Barz da Lyricist from Newport News,VA . I’m a hip-hop artist that intertwines vocals and great vibes throughout my music. I like to record songs that give messages or some songs that make you feel something. I have my own unique style and can range from energetic songs to chill, laidback, to R&B, to neo-soul, to songs with good vibes … you name it.

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State your favourite genre of music and your reason.

My favorite genre is definitely hip-hop. Hip-hop is so broad and goes beyond just music. It’s a whole culture that is rich in nature. The dancing, the art, the movies etc. I love the hype “jumping off the stage” hip-hop. I love the chill, smooth poetic hip-hop. I love drill and trap. I love positive, good vibes hip-hop. I love hip-hop that gives messages. I love melodic rapping or mumble rap/ auto-tune hip-hop. I love it all. Back in the day hip-hop wasn’t as widely accepted but now it’s taking over globally which is amazing.

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Tell us your experience as a musician.

I’ve been in All-Virginia Chorus, All-District, All-City Chorus. I sung for former President Obama in my high school’s upper choir Jubilee Chorale. I sung the national anthem at multiple basketball games and at a minor league baseball game by myself. I performed at multiple shows in Greensboro, North Carolina. I also won first place in a rap contest at North Carolina A&T SU. I’ve been recording music since middle-school but really took myself serious as an artist in the past two years. I’ve had many interviews done on me including an hour-long radio segment in Baltimore, MD. I also play the keyboard/piano which I learned in high school.

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Tell us the theme of your song.

The theme of the song is the near-future. A song on what I envision to be my legacy. “make a couple bonds, make a couple goals, write a couple songs , do a couple shows, my legacy I just want it to be known, my legacy I just want it to be shown”.

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Name the people behind your success and thank them on this platform.

I definitely did not get to where I am alone. First I’d like to thank God because without him none of this would be possible. I thank my parents for keeping me focused yet encouraging me to do what I love.  I thank my chorus teacher Mr. Pesante for teaching me proper musicianship and technique for the vocal side of my art. I thank all the general support from my hometown and Greensboro, North Carolina. I thank my brothers Kani, Sam, and Nik for their constant support and having my back through everything. I thank Denzel ( @nonotwashington) for being such an inspiration to keep pushing as a creative. I thank The Polar Movement for engineering my title track of my tape “Entrance (Yellow Room)”. They’re a great collective that’s really talented. I look up to them. I thank my photographer (@simoonnee__ ) for constantly pushing my art and giving me nice shoots to promote. There’s so many people I can thank for my success I could  go on for days but I’m so grateful.

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Tell us about your future goals.

I wish to simply be recognized on a wide-scale as an independent artist. A goal is traveling, connecting with great creatives and making great collaborations. I want to do a huge tour when I can. I want to perform at SXSW one year. Another goal is to get interviewed by Sway one year and eventually be nominated for Best New Artist on some award show. My last goal is for my art to simply impact people, I want my art pushing people to keep creating their own art so that the arts community can consistently boom.

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Go into detail about your opinion on religion and politics.

I don’t really get into politics however for religion I’m a Christian. I believe having faith in God and loving him each day keeps my life great. God continues to bless me when I least expect it. Even when things aren’t going so well I continue to have faith in him and frequently pray, things eventually get back together. I believe Christianity is really great and walking in the way of Christ has helped me flourish. I think that some Christians try to force the religion on others though and that’s not okay. Evangelism and spreading the word is different than judging someone for not having the same beliefs as you.  Also people weigh sins when they don’t realize sins are sins . People shouldn’t put one sin over another. Other than that I LOVE MY GOD AND I APPRECIATE THE THINGS HE’S DONE FOR MY LIFE. “you made a way … don’t know how but you did it (made a way) … don’t know why but I’m grateful”.

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Elaborate on how you think your music is inspiring your fans.

People message me all the time saying how my music inspires them to keep enjoying life. My music helps people have great days and also helps other artists keep pushing to create. People say my music relaxes them and “makes their day”.

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Explain the changes you have observed so far in the music industry.

I noticed a huge change in the way people have “made it” in the industry. Before you had to have huge, raw talent and be noticed by some major label or person that can co-sign you. Now it’s like if your marketing or brand identity is good enough then you can have decent talent and be prospering in the industry. I also noticed how hip-hop before was a lot of competing and beef. There’s some of that still currently of course but these new wave rappers are more about performing, enjoying getting paid for music, and enjoying the recognition. It’s a different industry now for sure but I don’t mind it. Of course the sound in the hip-hop industry has changed. Now what used to be mainstream is more so underground (boom-bap hip-hop) besides the select few mainstream boom-bap artists. Hip-hop now is mostly rapping over 808s, mumble rapping, auto-tune, drill and trap. Once again, I dig it all if it sounds good.

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State the artists you cherish most and your reason.

I cherish Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Beyonce, Rihanna,  Will Smith, J Dilla , TLC, Chance the Rapper, Vic Mensa, Michael Jackson, Erykah Badu, Drake, Joey Badass, Childish Gambino , and Andre 3000 just to name a few.  Kendrick and J Cole both put so much into their art. They give great messages along with lyricism that deeply influence my craft. Beyonce is legendary, she doesn’t release unless she knows its greatness. Her work ethic is almost surreal and her fan base is amazing. She’s been on a reign for two decades. I look up to her. Rihanna’s style and the way she mixes her vocals has played a slight influence on me. I love what she does with her art. Will Smith when he rapped always kept the same vibes, not switching it up for anyone and that influences me. J. Dilla was an amazing producer. His sounds influence my art and I can listen to his production for days. Rest In Peace legend. TLC’s style and energy is a huge influence. RIP LEFT EYE. Chance the Rapper’s style and energy is amazing plus he’s such a genuine human being. Vic Mensa’s style and flow has also influenced me. Michael Jackson is legendary, his work ethic and musicianship is amazing, rest in peace. Erykah Badu is a huge influence on my vocals as well. She is iconic. I cherish the way Drake can make content about anything and keep it on the charts. The way he pulls in the crowd influences me. Joey Badass’s consistency to the 90s sound influences me. The way Childish Gambino is a creative and is multi-talented influences my art beyond music. Last but not least Andre 3000’s style and flow is amazing. He is in his own lane. Huge influence.

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Give us the links to your social network and stores.

Instagram

https://www. instagram.com/barzdalyricist_/

Twitter

https://twitter.com/ barzdalyricist_

Yellow Room debut tape

https://itunes.apple.com/us/ album/yellow-room/1330170847

http://tidal.com/album/ 82932607

https://open.spotify.com/ album/4gThwV2HFHm8kyn9xz6ryX? si=yPUujr6qTE-d2lPsOsHrbw

Rap Genius (Verified Artist)

https://genius.com/albums/ Barz-da-lyricist/Yellow-room

Youtube Channel

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCktnJqnePiBOJvl8Mn2Oq1Q

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Elaborate on how you develop your lyrics.

I listen to music that inspires me. I’ll also play the instrumental over and over just vibing out or cranking the production … getting a nice feel for the music in my head and often the lyrics just flow. Sometimes it’s a little harder though and I have to really sit back and think “how can I impact someone rapping and/or singing over this production?” I’ll think of lyrics that have some message or gives vibes by starting off with a nice hook. After the hook is written down I go and make up some verses then I put it all together.

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Tell us if you enjoy collaborating with other artists or just singing as a solo artist.

I rarely collaborate because I truly do enjoy collaborating with artists but they have to be on the same serious mindset and passion for music as me, as well as same wavelength of vibes for the song. We can both be lit, chill, whatever as long as the vibes match up. Often times people just want to throw together a random feature and I don’t really feel that so I create music on my own. I collaborate with great producers a lot though for my art. As far as other artists though I’m yearning to collaborate with great singers or rappers that match me for future projects.

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Brief us your opinion on making music that makes people to dance or making the kind of music with genuine message that inspires them.

That type of music is literally right up my lane. I love making music like that because it genuinely makes people have a good time simply from listening to my records. Anyone can get lit to rapping over banger production but when you got people actually smiling and jamming out to your music , singing your lyrics saying “this my parttt” …that’s beautiful. Music is so powerful. It influences people good and bad, so making music with great inspiring messages is so important for this society.

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Tell us what you know about copyright.

Copyright allows someone to have exclusive rights to their original work. Copyright is often set for a limited time but it the time its set for can be long. You can sell, distribute, perform and create your work with copyright. Someone that takes your work without permission can get in serious trouble for plagiarism and copyright issues. They would have to pay money and/or possibly even go to jail.

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Discuss the impact of a Performing Rights Organization.

Performing Rights Organizations have been huge for musicians, especially independent artists trying to be successful without signing. The artists get paid when people use their music by collecting royalties for the artists. Some PROs are BMI, ASCAP, and SESAC. They really helped artists get the money they deserve for people using their work in TV shows, commercials and movies for example.

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Elaborate on how you develop your melody and instrumentation.

I start off humming notes I want in my head then I input the melody while keeping a metronome going. I then add the drum pattern I want and see if I like where it’s going so far. If I like the sound I add a little to it, like some extra chords or something else melodic to enhance the sound, making it catchy. If I don’t like it I’ll start back over thinking of a new melody, often trying to think of a certain vibe or feel I would want to write to. Sometimes I want a nice, smooth neo-soul vibe with production that I can rap or sing to. Sometimes I want an 808 sound with a catchy melody that I can have people vibe to. Sometimes I want smooth piano chords with boom-bap production to really flow to. It all depends on what I’m feeling that day of creating music.

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Go into detail on the recording process of this song.

I start off rapping or singing the song to the production without recording so I could make sure the flow and style is right. I then record it and re-record if I feel I’m not delivering it well enough. I like people to really feel my delivery and passion on each song. If the delivery is straight then I add nice adlibs or extra harmonies to really enhance the feel of the song. When the adlibs are done I then play with the mixing getting it to the sound I want. After I mix it I play it back then I may fade out the song or just let it end.

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Discuss your music performance.

My music performances are very interactive. I love to go close to the audience getting lit with them or vibing out. I love doing slight choreography having the audience engaged with me. I like putting on an actual performance. I like memorable moments. I’ll be like “lemme hear you say cash rules everything around me!” then the whole audience repeats it! It’s amazing.

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Tell us how you will rate yourself as an artist.

I rate myself a 9/10 as an artist. I believe I am very gifted through rapping and through my vocals. I captivate crowds and people’s heart as well as their mind. I’m a great songwriter and can venture off into different genres. I believe as a serious artist there is always room for growth and enhancing what I create though so I’ll never be a 10/10.

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