March 13th, 2015 King Braize takes the stage at the Mansion Nightclub in Brick NJ alongside others such as Joe Buddens & Cory Gunz, Braize performance songs from his newest project titled “In The Land Of Korruption 2” that can be found here kingbraize.com be sure to check out the King Braize App www.kingbraize.com/app
Four years and three projects later I’m here with hip hop lyricist King Braize once again for another amazing project. Similar to our last interview, Braize opens up exclusively to #TheSassyRant about some pretty personal topics. Without further or due, I present The Krowning of A King.
It’s definitely been a while — I’d say about four years since we last interviewed for your iLive Dat Jungle Life mixtape. You’ve clearly been moving a lot since then, but let’s jump right into In The Land of Korruption 2. You had two successful projects since ITLOK, and left left listeners with no indication that there would be a part 2. What made you revisit that chapter?
Doing unoriginal beats—all industry beats. At first I had stopped and was doing all originals, but then I got the urge to start goin’ off on other peoples beats. So I’m like, ‘if I’m gonna put together another tape using other peoples beats, why not bring back a part two to the most successful tape that I’ve had using industry beats.
In a radio interview recently, and even in one of your songs, you reveal that this project was actually supposed to drop Fall of 2014. What was the delay?
In august around my birthday, I bought a studio and pushed the tape back so I could focus on building the studio and have the tape recorded in three days. That was my mindset. I thought I’d have the studio but everything just went wrong. In the midst of that, it just seemed like everything around me was going wrong. 2014 was a very terrible year.
Elaborate on that…
In 2014, I lost like five people, I was homeless for about a month, lost the studio, had my car stolen on my birthday… yeah, it was just f**ked up.
More recently you shared with the world your heartbreak over the sudden passing of your sister, Amirah. How has the situation impacted you/your music, and your ability to continue progressing?
I wanted to quit. I didn’t want to do anything. But I know how she was and how she is with me and my music… that’s the reason I changed my bio on Twitter to, ‘If I don’t shine, @aMirahOnTheWall is gonna kill me.” Because it’s the truth. So.. my whole mission now is just based on her. I changed my company’s logo to have her face on it because I have to remind myself that that’s who I’m pushing for.
You tweeted ‘Hug from you 2?’ is there a real possibility of that happening?
Whew! It’s a strong possibility that I might do it. But if I do it, it’ll be a freestyle. Probably an original beat… probably an industry beat… who knows, maybe even the same beat.
We all battle some tough situations in life, you in particular… How have you managed to pull through those situations?
I honestly don’t know. I wish knew. Part of me wishes I never had to. I don’t know, its just every situation…every time something happens I just hear people saying ‘be strong,’ or I hear them telling me ‘you’re so strong.’ But after this recent thing, I don’t even want to be strong anymore. I don’t want to be strong for anybody. I don’t want this at all… I don’t wanna be “the guy” for everybody anymore. I ain’t trying to be strong anymore.
I have a show on March 13th with Joe Budden and Cory Gunz at The Mansion in Brick, NJ. Another show April 16th with… nah, I’m not gonna say who the show is with, but it is a major name. More music is coming honestly – I’m in a rare form. I might do something I’ve never done… there’s a possibility I may drop three projects this year… might even drop four. That’s how I’m feeling.
We have several mixtapes, dozens of features… we need answers, when is the album coming?
The album is coming this year.
Can we have a date? Spring, Summer, Fall?
No. *laughs* There’s no date on when the album is coming. But It’s definitely coming this year and is titled “Gold Mind” with the first single being “Car Sex.” And all of that will be coming to you VERY, VERY, VERY soon.
In the last post, I declared this #BraizeSeason and listed my top five favorite songs on In The Land of Korruption 2. Give us your top five favorite on this project.
Hostage, Draft day, The Last Rose,That’s Bae, and 78 to Easton. Hostage because when I was done with that song, I felt accomplished. Even if the person I wanted to notice the song never notices, it still feels like an accomplishment. I feel like I outdid my idol (Nas). More importantly, in the first verse you can hear sound effects that go along with my story. And I want people to know that those effects were already part of the beat. I wrote MY story around the sound effects and still made it work. After that song, I didn’t really care who got a chance to hear it, I just told myself and knew in my heart, ‘I’m the greatest storyteller of all-time’ and regardless of if the world acknowledges it or not, I know it’s the truth. And that’s why I love that song. As for Draft Day… that was my hurt song.
Well, who were you hurting over?
Uh… let me get to it. Draft day was my hurt song. That was me just getting out of a relationship; angry and writing. I was in a long relationship with a young lady and it’s that same young lady I wrote “Life Outside the Bedroom, 13’ Bonnie & Clyde, same young lady I was talking about on the song, Courtesy of Quitman on those four bars when I was saying how she hold me down. And you know, that was one project ago, which was two years ago. Now this project, I have three songs that’s about her: Draft Day, Stay, and Roses.
So do you care to tell us who that person was? Are they still in the picture? Or do we take the song for face value and realize that it’s over?
Uhhh… take the song… take everything as it is. For y’all to really know what’s going on I guess you’ll have to wait for the next tape because that’s what happens. I don’t speak too much about it, I write about it. So if out of the blue I just drop a freestyle and it’s on some R&B/Love type sh*t, you can put the pieces to the puzzle. At the end of the day, I don’t hate that person, I do think about them from time to time. But you know, life happens, so I’m okay with that..
I just have one more question about this then we can move on. It seems as if you’re inspired a lot by your personal life situations, with women in particular. Would you say it’s a gift and a curse because you get great music from it but a curse because of the emotional turmoil you have to deal with in order to get to the music?
To be honest with y’all, the songs that have nothing to do with women are actually the ones inspired by women. And I lot of people don’t know or understand that. I get into this mode where the women in my life – I try to impress them with my music. So when it comes to songs like Life Outside the Bedroom, I was really going through something, so I wrote that song for/about her. But it’s a lot of songs I have out there that I wrote for a specific female and had in mind like, ‘yo, I’m gonna play this for her and she’s gonna love this.’ From then I just try to go crazy with the bars. Even on “regular songs,” songs that have nothing to do with females.
Shout out to Quitman. Shout out to Krown movement and shout out to anybody in the world that heard or knows of In The Land of Korruption. If you read this interview and it makes you go back and listen to chapter one, shout out to you.
Message to your supporters?
That King Braize app is available for iPhone and Android users. Go there and go crazy.is available and it has everything I’ve ever published ever. Go there, and go crazy.
– Yolanda Danae’
View full interview here
Standing in the middle of an L-shaped housing complex, consisting of 14 houses, I was a bit apprehensive. The environment was completely different than the suburban area I am from, or the Jersey City area I live now. The sky was a deep gray covered in clouds and fear that it would rain made me a bit more uneasy, but as I spoke with the man before me, I grew more and more comfortable in the environment. It was a place he referred to as “The Jungle” or more simply, home.
This man was a rap artist from South Central Newark named King Braize. He stood about 6’3” with a very long beard, very common among Newarkers. The 24-year-old has lived a life well beyond what many of us can imagine in a very short span. Living in the tough streets of Newark and being drawn into gang culture put him on a one way road to danger, but now, being a father and artist with a message, he had to serve as a good example to his children and those in the community.
We stood in the middle of the complex in the grass next to a rather vacant parking lot as he told me his story. He had been rapping since he was 3 years old, and pursuing it seriously as a career since he was 12. When he was 9 years old, he was absorbed into gang life. Shocked at this revelation, I noticed that Braize appeared to be older than his 24 years. He had seen a lot and experienced a lot, causing him to grow up a lot faster than others.
“All this here…is mine”, said King Braize, pointing toward the 14-house complex. His protective nature of this area and those who live in it can be heard in his music. He often takes a stand on issues that he feels should be exposed to his listeners.
Two years ago, King Braize released a song called “I Am A Gift”, in which he tackles the lack of substance in hip hop at the time, expressing his dislike for rappers obsessed with material items rather than the process it took to get those things. In recent years, King Braize’s view on hip hop has changed with the emergence of acts such as J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar, who, like him he feels, focus on lyricism rather than flashy gimmicks.
Braize has a very honest approach to his music, taking from his own experiences, and laying stories out on a track for his listeners.
“Everything I rap about, I am about,” said Braize. “You’ll never hear me rapping about an expensive car. You’ll never hear me rap about chains. You’ll never hear me rap about watches. Never.”
On October 1st of this year, Braize released his latest mixtape, Courtesy Of Quitman. Songs on the tape included “Visions,” “Alone,” and “Red Panther.” The mixtape contains very raw content, but as stated earlier, King Braize is not one to talk about anything he is not familiar with.
The song “Red Panther” describes how gang life is often glamorized, making it more and more attractive to younger generations. Braize discusses how the structure of gang life has changed from something prideful to something that guarantees death or incarceration.
“I’m not really doing it for money,” says Braize. “I want the world to hear what I got. I want to tell a better story for Newark and most of all, I just want to do what I love.”
King Braize’s mixtape Courtesy of Quitman can be downloaded here.