How would you classify your music?
Conceptz is Short Fuze and HighRow.
We believe we have create a new sub genre of RAP. We call it Conceptual Rap. All of our songs are based on a concept and tell a story or has a message. We are cut from the mold of old skool rappers when rap music had lyrics and told stories!
Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?
Our influences are old but diverse. We like old Skool rappers like Big Daddy Kane band Rakim but we also like old skool bands like the Ohio Players, Commodores, Kool & The Gang, Mandrill. Recently I guess it would have to be Prince who can do it all Rock, Jazz, Rap, R&B!
What do you want fans to take from your music?
A message, A Concept we want them to listen to the music and see the images of the story being told. We want them to understand that there are still real lyricist in the Rap game who are committed to songs with meaning and that tell a story to feed the mind.
How’s the music scene in your locale?
Well being from both The Bronx NY and Orange County NY, it varies. Orange county is very suburban so the Rap scene is kind of stagnant. However The Bronx being the birthplace of Rap and Hip Hop there is always something poppin.
What is the best concert you have been to? What do you like most about playing live?
We went to a Legends of Hip Hop show in Atlantic City and Saw EU, Fat Joe, Eve, Dougie Fresh. We have had the opportunity to share the stage with Kool G Rap, Lady Leshur, Earl Sweatshirt, Tony Toni Tone and a host of other artist. On stage you get to not only recite the words but use your body language to make them come to life and exude the creativity that are in the words.
Is there a song on your latest CD release here that stands out as your personal favorite, and why?
Neither of us can pick a favorite because we write so many songs. We have over 300 songs in our catalog some recorded but never releases some not recorded yet.
How have you evolved as an artist over the last year?
As Artist both of us have diversified in style and content. The music landscape changes rapidly and subsequently you have to change your message and your music to fit the fans demand. We don’t compromise our craft by doing copy cat music or jumping on band wagons but we stay in touch with the vibes of the fan base and cater our music to them. It is still supply and demand!
If you could meet, play a gig, co-write a song, have dinner, have a drink with any band or artist (dead or alive) who would it be?
PRINCE, PUN, BIGGIE, TUPAC in that Order!
What’s next for you?
Our new single “Fall” feat Cassidy is out now and available on iTunes. We just dropped the video which has received over 70,000 views in less than two weeks. We have another track that we will be dropping in spring called “MCs Act Like….” It is set to the original beat of the song MCs Act Like They Don’t know by Premiere. The track is a message to so called rappers whose music glorify drugs and guns and have no meaning or content. We are letting them know that they act like they don’t remember the origins of Rap and that they need to show respect to the Genre and the legends who built it. We shot a video for it as well complete with old school break dancers! It is going to be Fire! Then come spring, we are back in the studio to record new tracks. Come summer we are filming new videos and will be releasing new music and going on tour, hopefully before the summer is over.
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