DFM: Where are you from?
KAIZER SOSE: I was born and raised in Wilmington, DE right outside of Philly, PA, but moved to South Central L.A. when I was 18.
DFM: What made you decide to get into the music industry?
KAIZER SOSE: I’ve been rapping since I was 5, my older brother Big Ju-Ca$h was a rapper, a neighborhood legend! So I followed in his footsteps. I also used to DJ and sell my mixtapes. When I moved to L.A., me and my brother and two other native L.A. rappers (Savvy & Hen-Dog Hollywood) formed a group and record label called Green City, and we started working on our first album ‘The Epidemic’ which was released on Green City Productions in 2006
DFM: Who are your musical influences?
KAIZER SOSE: My musical influences are Nas, Big Pun, Big Daddy Kane, 2pac, Snoop Dog, Mobb Deep, Michael Jackson, Notorious B.I.G., Lloyd Banks, Jadakiss, Jay-Z, Beanie Sigel, and 50 Cent.
DFM: How would you define your music?
KAIZER SOSE: I would consider my music as real, authentic, what you see is what you get, and its what I call “listening music”. My album that I’m working on is the type of album you can listen to without skipping tracks. And its not one style of music, for instance its not just club bangers ect. I’m versatile so I bring a lil bit of everything to the table. As far as style goes, If the classic West Coast sound was on a crash collision course with the classic East Coast sound, what you would have is Kaizer Sose.
DFM: What inspires you when your creating music?
KAIZER SOSE: Real life situations. I’m a poet and bring my life experiences and global street knowledge to every track I record. And underestimation and hate fuels my fire. For example, my track “Power Moves” ft. Nipsey Hussle and Troy Ave is a verbal assassination of a “character” who thought he had the upper hand on me…but like I said in the song “I aint sayin’ no names, just bringin’ flames!”
DFM: What do you think your listeners will get out of your music?
KAIZER SOSE: I think they’ll get a breath of fresh air. I’m speaking for the niggas that’s trying to make something better out of what they got. I’m a motivation for the youth. I’m not one of those dudes waiting to get signed like I’m grinding, I started my own brand which I called United Nations MG and started a clothing company called United Nations Clothing. I’m showing people if you want it, you got to go out and bust your ass and get it! No hand outs, all grind and muscle. Im out here and my listeners know it, it aint hard tell.
DFM: How do you separate yourself from other artist of your genre?
KAIZER SOSE: I’m something different. I’m not the typical West Coast dude nor am I the typical dude from the East, I seen both and lived both lifestyles to the fullest, I got something to say. Like you see how Kurupt, who’s also from Philly brought that special flavor to Dog Pound? and how 2pac, who’s originally from Harlem brought that special something to Death Row, Im something like that, I can say something fly that the West Coast will love but in a clever way that the East Coast will respect. I got world-wide appeal. I also think my word play stands out…I take this shit serious.
DFM: What would be your dream collaboration with any artist or producer? And Why?
KAIZER SOSE: A track with me, and the late greats 2pac, Big Pun and Biggie Smalls produced by the late J. Dilla! Reason being…They all passed away, and its impossible for me to record with them. So its literally a dream for us to collab. Every other artist and producer out there its only a matter of time before we start working on projects, I don’t believe in road blocks. Where there is a will there is a way! and Im on my g
DFM: What is the most difficult thing you had to endure in the music industry?
KAIZER SOSE: Fake friends. Dudes who you build a “relationship” with, be it business or whatever, and when you run across them in different settings they pass you by. I will never get used to that.
DFM: So, what are your thoughts on the current state of the music industry?
KAIZER SOSE: I love it! I see nothing but opportunity! I’m extremely optimistic when it comes to this music shit.
DFM: What do you hope to accomplish throughout your career?
KAIZER SOSE: I wanna show the youth and those that look up to me that you can make something out of nothing by following your dreams, setting goals and executing power moves. I wanna be an inspiration and wanna make a difference in the community.
DFM: What projects are you currently working on?
KAIZER SOSE: Right now I’m working on my album that’s gonna drop this year! I recently released 5 crazy tracks that I recommend everybody check out, “West Coast Anthem” ft. Nipsey Hussle produced by Elusive Orkestra (Bizness Boi), the official West Coast Anthem! “Cali Love” ft. Nipsey Hussle & Messy Monk, “Cali Love” (remix) ft. Nipsey Hussle & Mistah F.A.B. produced by Bravestarr Beats, “Power Moves” ft. Nipsey Hussle & Troy Ave produced by Johnny Juliano, and the latest single “Late Night” ft. Freddie Gibbs and J. Stone of All Money In No Money Out Records produced by Bravestarr Beats.