There are many who claim music is their true calling, but a different story emerges when music lies deep within the layers of one’s DNA. That’s the case for Rahzel, Jr, the son of former Roots member Rahzel. The 25-year-old from the Bronx knew since high school that he was meant to go beyond being another all-star athlete and achieve greater things.
“I’ve always been known for music,” said Rahzel. “I was always known as the kid whose pops is in the game. Everybody always expect you to be some high school superstar dude, but I was just a regular kid making music for fun as a hobby.”
Rahzel, Sr. made a huge impact on Rahz and always encouraged him to keep writing. His dad was tough on him, but only because he wanted to see him succeed on his own. But as he says in his song “S.O.A.R,” Rahzel’s dad messed up for bringing him on tour with Ludacris. He got the chance to spit some bars in front of Luda and didn’t do great. After that, he knew he had to grow from ciphers with his group SNRC (Surviving Nature’s Reality Course) and work his way up to the top.
In 2012, Rahzel, Jr. dropped his debut EP Rahzilla, which was executively produced by him and his father. The 12-track project, which features Vaughn and his group S.N.R.C, was influenced by all kinds of sounds from trap to the beats of J. Dilla.
Soon after the EP, Rahzel, Jr. linked up with !llmind and dropped “The Culture.” During the course of making the song, he paid attention to the current culture and wondered where he fit in the mix. As soon as !llmind sent him the beat, he was able to write the song instantly.
“I was looking at everything that was happening around me in terms of the culture, in terms of hip hop and what’s going on. I decided that I wanted to do something that no one else is doing right now and I want to talk about subject matters that challenge the status quo. “
“The Culture” serves as the backbone of his upcoming project. Rahz is currently putting in work with Miami producer Streetrunner for his The Culture EP. His plan is to build off the concept of the single while bridging the gap between the new generation and the golden era of rap.
“I’m bringing the culture forward and I’m keeping that vibe, not the exact sound, but the vibe that you got from a golden era MC,” said Rahzel Jr.
Recently, the Bronx rapper has been stepping up his freestyle game by throwing down some bars for The RapFest‘s cipher along with fellow New York rappers Saigon and Vado with Streetrunner on the beat. From ciphers in the schoolyard to ciphers playing on MTV, Rahzel’s career continues to progress in the right direction as he follows the same road his father once did years ago.