By Kim Coco
Introduce yourself to our readers! Let them know your name, where you’re from & the name of the project you dropped!
What’s up Hip Hop Weekly? For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Nyzzy Nyce, out of Fort Wayne, Indiana. My latest project is entitled Eighty Eight which is out now on all platforms so go check that out.
Nyzzy Nyce- The Debut of your latest album Eighty Eight has the industry buzzing. This album has 13 tracks and is very different from other projects you’ve done. I think it’s safe to say Eighty Eight sets a new tone for you as an artist. Tell the Hip Hop Weekly readers a little bit about the vibe of this one.
The vibe of Eighty Eight is different. I would describe it as more of that hyper-dynamic type feel. Eighty Eight is more of that hardcore type of rap, but still that Old school West Coast type hip hop. I would say it has that BIG energy vibe that gets you amped and hyped up like if you’re at the gym working out or out with the boys. All of the tracks on this album are the type of songs that you could hear in the club and it would get the crowd going wild. It’s also more lyrical too in a sense than my other projects because it tells the story of my hometown of Fort Wayne – where I came from. It’s still me but I went deeper with this one and more authentic. The whole tone of the album is different and unpredictable in a sense.
Stream the Album: http://hyperurl.co/EightyEight
Another thing that makes Eighty Eight different than your other projects is that this album has 3 songs with features by Dax which is pushing over 205k streams, MOE Cheez and Montana Yao which is interesting because it’s very rare that we see or hear you put out new music with features by other artists. Tell us about those 3 tracks and collaborating.
As far as the 3 tracks with the features -like you said, I don’t really do features but if I do- I’m real particular about who I work with. For this album, I wanted to do something different and out of the ordinary. Something the people and the fans wouldn’t expect so that’s why I decided to include those 3 features with Dax, MOE Cheez and Montana Yao. I felt like it made sense. The chemistry was there so it felt right.
Track #3 featuring Dax is called Counterfeit. Dax is an artist from Canada .That song talks about people acting like they are real when they are not. Acting like they’re your people when they aren’t. We call those types of people Counterfeit. Dax and I met through Nathan James. Shout out to him by the way. Counterfeit is actually the most viewed song on the whole project. It has the most streams.
Then we have track#6 Been Through Hell featuring MOE Cheez. He and I have collaborated before on other projects. The thing with me and him is, we understand each other’s creative vision and so in the end we always wind up putting out heat.
Been through Hell ft MOE Cheez https://music.apple.com/us/album/been-through-hell-feat-moe-cheez/1499764927?i=1499765049
Track #10 is Too Fast featuring Montana Yao. Montana and I met in LA actually after she dropped a free-style on World Star Hip Hop which went viral at like over a million views. Once we connected, I told her I was working on an album and that I really liked what she was doing so I invited her out to the studio in Hollywood to see if we could collaborate on something together. She ended up coming out to the studio and that’s how Too Fast was made. That was the first time we had ever met in person and the rest is really history. She killed it on that one. That record is hot. It got picked up by licensing companies actually.
Too Fast ft Montana Yao https://music.apple.com/us/album/too-fast-feat-montana-yao/1499764927?i=1499765062
Recently, Montana Yao made headlines because of a situation that had occurred in her personal life. However, the fans are patiently waiting and want to know- can we expect to see a music video for Too Fast in the future?
Well my plan was to put that one out as my next single and ultimately, I wanted to create the video for it and push that single because the fans seem to love that one. And Yes- that situation or alleged situation that made headlines is- I don’t know- Unfortunate. I don’t want to speculate or get caught up in grown adults business but it’s already been put out there by the media. All I can say is- I wish Montana the best. See- she and I worked prior to her getting married and having her baby. I think once she started her family- she focused on that and so we hadn’t been in touch after that but after I read and saw the headlines all over like everyone else did- I just reached out to her to see if she was doing alright. Out of respect for her I’m not going to say what we spoke about but what I will say is this- don’t count Montana Yao out yet. She’s extremely talented and I feel like the fans have yet to see and hear what she is REALLY capable of as an artist. If and when Montana decides to step back into making music- I promise you- the world is going to be blown away by what that girl can do. I wish her the best in both her personal life and in her career but yeah- I’d love to give the fans what they are asking for and put that video out. How’s that saying go? “A minor set-back for a major comeback.” Timing is everything. 2021 stay tuned.
Too Fast Ft Montana Yao https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=CT71SELQCIs&feature=share
Why did you name the album Eighty Eight? Is there a subliminal meaning to it?
I named this album Eighty Eight because 1988 was a crazy year and it’s the same year I was born. What’s funny is Eighty Eight wasn’t the first album name I had chosen but it’s the one I went with because this album is a more revealing and authentic version of me. As an artist, I’m always growing and changing but the real me- DeAngelo will always be the same. That’s why I named it that.
Nyzzy which song is your personal favorite on this album?
Ohhh wow – that’s a hard one. It’s either gotta be I’m Too Lit or Boss Talk. But if I HAD to pick a personal favorite I’m gonna go with I’m Too Lit. There’s so much character to that song and the beat- is just CRAZY. That track right there is me- the real Nyzzy Nyce.
Nyzzy- in your career you have collaborated with many legends and even have performed music festivals! Tell us about that!
Yes. Early on in my career I had been given the opportunity to write for many different artists but at that time I just decided to wait and focus on myself- my own career. I also am really protective of my art and don’t just want to put it in the hands of anybody ya know? But in my career I’ve worked with Yo gotti, Tha game , Ace Hood , Big Boi from Outkast, Killer mike , Wacka Floca , Talib Kawlee , YG , Wale , Ace Hood , Soulja boy, Wiz Khalifa, Big Sean, Montana Yao, Dax as you said and MOE Cheez. I performed also at South by South West
Nyzzy Nyce performs #SXSW 2013 https://youtu.be/BDNivloXtoM
What really sets you apart is that during the pandemic you continued to work by staying busy with your music licensing career. Nyzzy, you’ve had your music featured on shows like American Horror Story (FX), BET, the NFL and the MBL which are major Placements. Tell us about your music licensing career
Shout out to my manager Alex Smith. He was a part in getting the Nyzzy Nyce brand and helping turn it into a real business. Music publishing and licensing opens the market for an artist beyond selling out shows, albums and concerts. A lot of artists don’t know about that aspect of the industry and that there ARE other ways to make an income when the industry slows down. The benefits of music licensing are that you get a solid income. You get royalty checks, a way bigger platform and a bigger audience. The exposure alone is a plus. Music publishing and licensing is really how I crossed over from being an artist into the business world of music. I had a distribution deal with Duck Down in NYC and they were the ones who got my music into NFL and MLB. Big shout out to them and especially to Druha ( Druha at DuckDown) .
There are so many benefits to music licensing and publishing but you have to be in the mindset as an artist to take your career to that level. You know what they say- “Work smarter not harder”
Jets Music Placement: https://www.instagram.com/p/CI1BaMOJ6cO/?igshid=1k3r8n1xv4ekf
Honda Music Placement: https://www.instagram.com/p/CH_jQznpPEL/?igshid=1eq8rtqzv3kk8
Nyzzy Nyce- you have your own record label -Hurricane Music Group LLC. Tell us about that and are you currently looking to sign new talent/ artists?
So yes- In 2012 I started Hurricane Music Group which is my record label. I wanted to expand my brand at the time since the Nyzzy Nyce projects were really picking up momentum at that time. What I decided to do was open my label and sign myself to my own label. I named it Hurricane Music Group because “We Create Waves. We Don’t Ride Em.” And yes- Hurricane Music Group is looking for producers and strong songwriters right now. Those who are interested can send an email submission.
Hurricane Music Group: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Music_Group
Tell us about your MYCITY Movement.
That’s a good question Wow (laughs). That’s my guy Al Smith. He’s my right hand. He came to me with the idea of this project of doing a song about our city. We had about 20-30 submit verses for the song. The mission is aimed at highlighting the artists from Fort Wayne and the community in a more positive way. The MYCITY Movement is an ongoing music based project that works with artists in my hometown in order to take pride in our community. It brings artists together in a positive light. We have shut down bridges, schools, baseball fields. It brings artists together in a positive light. We shut down bridges, schools, baseball fields.
MYCITY Movement: https://youtu.be/t3MqpxZyEYc
So Nyzzy, Before the music you were a BMX bike rider. Tell us about your career!
Yeah man. My step father got me into that. He was into dirt bikes and BMX and all that. At around 12 years old, he asked me if it was something I wanted to try and so I said yes.
Soooo…. I picked up a bike and tried it. What happens the first time I ride? I crash. But that doesn’t stop me. I pick the bike up and try again and the next thing you know I’m riding good. Next thing you know I’m racing. Next thing you know I’m winning like every race. I don’t even know how I was winning but I kept winning.
I become the number one rider in my age group at fourteen. He attained sponsorships from Fort Wayne BMX and Gatorade along the way. I was number one for two years in a row. At around 16 I had to retire because I tore my ACL. I never got that jock experience or the chance to make big money off it. Ya know, unfortunately, my step father had an accident and is now a paraplegic. I am thankful that I got to have that experience and grateful to my step father for getting me into the world of competitive BMX racing.
Nyzzy Nyce Talks his BMX career: https://youtu.be/1vGCLXBD83Y
You have your own clothing brand- Hurricane Music Group Clothing. What’s in the line and where can our readers shop the collection?
Well the collection has hoodies and shirts with the logo but we are designing and adding more to the collection like hats, joggers, school bags. Stay tuned.
Shop the Collection: https://www.nyzzynyce.com
OK Nyzzy Nyce! RAPID TRIVIA! ONE WORD ANSWERS AND NO ELABORATING. READY?
Let’s do it!
Sum up the current state of Hip Hop in just 1 word!
Whose got the best Pizza in Fort Wayne Indiana?
Pint and Slice!
Who are your TOP 3 artists of ALL TIME Dead or Alive?
Ok well in no particular order
2. Michael Jackson
Name one thing you think that even with all the riches and fame in the world, Money will still never buy?
If you could walk NYC & Paris Fashion week for one designer who do you pick?
My own design of course.
You walk down a long hallway and at the end you come to meet 2 doors. The door to the left goes to your past. The door to your right goes to the future. You get 24 hours behind either day. Which door are you opening?
I’m going to my future.
Thank you Nyzzy Nyce for taking the time to talk to me and Hip Hop Weekly Magazine today! Where can our readers find you on social media? Plug yourself in so we know how to find you for features, collaborations, more interviews, business/ booking inquiries and all things you?
Booking/Press/ Media/ Business Inquiries: email@example.com
Hurricane Music Group: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Music_Group
Duck Down Music Group: https://instagram.com/duckdownmusic?igshid=15632jf7cevr1