Eazy Money is a New Orleans, Louisiana native who has worked with some of the most amazing talent that can be found anywhere in the world. He is a solo artist as well as a member of Skip’s Ghetto Slave imprint. His music has appeared on numerous mixtapes including one featuring the Geto Boy’s head honcho, Scarface.
Interview by Tim Brown
1-When and why did you start making music?
I was a part of a kids’ group called Rated PG with my 3 cousins. We were too young to be Rated R (laughs). My cousin Al used to write all our verses. After we split me and one of my cousins, “Reggie Hammin”, started writing our own verses. I moved to Hollygrove with my family and they had an older dude from the Grove named “Sweet Pea”. He used to come get us to rap at his car wash and at the DJS. I took it a little more serious after that – we had had a song called “Diva Divine” that the hood used to have us rapping 30 times a day. This was around the time “Recon” had gotten out of their deal with Big Boy Records. I’ve been creating our own music ever since.
2-Which famous musicians do you admire? Why?
Jay-Z because he came from a similar situation and beat the odds to become what we are capable of becoming. I feel my time is coming. I also admire Nipsey Hussle. He is in the process of doing it now. A lot of ideas I have, he’s actually doing them now, so it’s very impressive.
3-Were you influenced by old records & tapes? Which ones?
They had a show called The Box from which I used to watch early music videos. I ordered $200 worth of Slick Rick’s “Hey Young World” and got a real whipping. It was my favorite song. I still know the words (laughs). I’m a student of the game so I appreciate everything from UGK’s “Tell Me Something Good” to NWA’s “Hotel Motel Holiday Inn”, 2 Pac’s “Thug Life” all the Way to “Makaveli”, 8 Ball & MJG, Goodie Mob’s “Soul Food”, Outkast’s discography, and Nas’ and Jay Z too. The list goes on.
4-Who are your favorite musicians? Groups? CD’s?
I’m was a Frankie Beverly, Micheal Jackson and Stevie Wonder fan before I was exposed to rap. Snoop Dogg’s “Doggy Style” is one of my classics. “State Property: Volume 1” was one that changed music. It was classic. And the Fugees brought Hip Hop to people who didn’t normally accept it.
5-Why did you choose rap music as your chosen genre?
Maybe it’s the generation I grew up in, but I’ve found it as a way to express poetry over the best instrumentals created and that I can find them and put them together. I feel it’s the best way to blend the two.
6-Let’s talk about your music and your last work.
My music is more real experience created so I have to find a way to put it into words and create music with it – not just rhymed words because the core of my fan base is people who really know me. It’s fun and real life educational at the same time, with a dope vibe. That’s what makes it authentic. It’s more challenging than other artists’ problems who are just making up stories. But I know now that I’m giving people from my situation hope, so i wouldn’t have it any other way.
7-How do you feel about the internet in the music business?
It’s an adjustment, but it makes it easier. I started rapping for who would listen. Now with streaming, you get paid for it. Now it’s more accessible, if you’re computer literate.
8-What are your plans for the future?
I’m looking to create a new structure that will serve as a model to get promising talents’ careers to the next level. We come from a place where there’s nothing in place to obtain that.
9-How has your music evolved since you first began playing music?
My first poems were thoughts of a kid because it was from that perspective. As I grew up, so did my knowledge and information, so my music now is how to win and get out of our predicament and not just what it is and glorifying it.
10-Could you briefly describe the music-making process?
It’s hearing the beat that’s dope and riding to it and meditating for probably a day, trying to get the right first two bars because it has to make sense. After that, it writes itself. I usually write the hook. Then I can tailor it and make the second verse more for the topic, after knowing what it is. By then, it’s a special feeling.
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