Introduce yourself to our readers, let them know your name and where you’re from.
Yo yo, I go by BlazemUp and I’m from the Inland Empire, CA. One of the kids from the neighborhood that picked up a mic instead of a gun. I never expected this to come as far as it as but it was so natural I didn’t see how I couldn’t pursue it.
How long have you been doing music?
I wrote my first rhyme in 2005 about the passing of my grandfather. Then in 2008 I lost an uncle who had just started getting his hands into music. He was only 32 when he passed and after writing a few rhymes out of pain & frustration, it started to become something that grabbed everyone’s attention. I was always told to never stop because I had something. And so I decided to do what my uncle was just about to get started. I was going to live out his dream & love for music.
Do you plan on making a career out of music?
It’s something that I definitely want to give 100% on and see just how far I can take it. Signing with Voodoo Nation is going to be a very big boost for my sound. I’ve been at this steadily for about 12 years now.. but it’s only been about 3 years since I’ve been very consistent with the content. Projects, videos, features etc. The name BlazemUp is just now starting to spread throughout my own hometown in a way it should’ve, if had been consistent all those years. If I had then, what I do now. I’m very eager to see just how many people will appreciate the sound that I develop, now that I’ll be published and released on a much more broader scale than my recent work.
If you could get advice from any artist in the industry, who would it be and why?
Honestly I would have to say Snoop Dogg. People have always downplayed his contribution to Hip Hop for the fact that he branched out and got his hands into so many other ventures. Whether it was acting, his clothing line, and even doing songs with pop bands. He has always been consistent and out of all the heavy hitters from the 90’s, he is one of the very few that is still relevant. It doesn’t matter your age, race, gender or religious beliefs.. everyone knows who’s Snoop Dogg is.
What or who influences your music?
Honestly I get my motivation from stand up comedy. I’ve always found it so amazing that when done right, you could captivate an entire crowd. Make people forget that they are in an unfamiliar space, with unfamiliar people, and still feel comfortable enough to laugh hysterically. Stand up comedy is a genre where you could use just your knowledge. What you know and what you think. And still have people moved by what you have to say. It’s very thought provoking and I’ve always admired that. Dave Chappelle is probably my favorite comedian. His mentality of saying what other people are afraid to say and not give a single fuck is where I draw my inspiration from.
Have you ever released an album, EP, or mixtape?
A. Yes I released a mixtape in 2013 called “Closed Mouth’s Don’t Get Fed.” I believe it’s streaming on Datpiff.com. In 2018 I released an EP called “Subject 9D-Three” that was entirely produced by my God Brother, DopeKidDanny. Then last year in 2020 we released a mixtape called “Sunday’s Down Mount Vernon Vol. 1.” Those last two are streaming on all major platforms.
Tell our readers what to look out for next from you?
I’m going to be releasing my official debut album through Voodoo Nation LLC. It’s going to be called “New Game.” I want to create a new lane with the melodic sound that once dominated Hip Hop. It didn’t matter what artist or where they were from.. you got lost in every track. I feel like that type of sound isn’t appreciated anymore. Being that I am Mexican, I want to show just how diverse a brown rapper can be.
What differentiates you from other artists? I think what separates me from current artists is my appreciation of the craft and those who came before me. I don’t make music just because I’m good at it. I’m a student of the game. I do my homework. I’ve studied past and present and can appreciate all aspects of what it really takes to make timeless music. And I think that is my overall goal. To make timeless music.
What do you hope to get out of your involvement in the music industry?
Opportunity. I’m 28 and if there’s one thing I’ve learned from watching the industry from the outside looking in, it’s that it is never harmful to expand your resume. Writing, producing, acting or directing. Why not take advantage of getting to dabble in other work. To gain new knowledge and use it to create something. Rapping is a young mans game, but there is plenty to do behind the scenes. Now that I got my foot in the door, I’m looking forward to see what I can learn and who I learn it from.
BlazemUp – ’84 Monte Carlo