Exclusive Interview


Bio: North Carolina native Twee-ze is on a mission to bring his lyricism to hip-hop, one bar at a time. A fan of music since childhood, Twee-ze cites legends like James Brown, Earth, Wind & Fire, KRS-One, A Tribe Called Quest, and Heavy D as his earliest influences. In addition to his solo ventures, he’s a part of the North Carolina-based hip-hop collective Evidence of Genius (EOG), with whom he frequently collaborates. With his charismatic style, lyrical flow, and groundbreaking subject matter, Twee-ze captures the essence of the golden age while bringing his unique flavor into the new era.

Top 5 Influences: Cyhi The Prynce – Gorilla Zoe – Nappy Roots – A Tribe Called Quest – Heavy D

When are your new projects coming out? In the summer of 2016, I will release myfourth project, “Parallel Universes.” This project continues my theme of “something for everyone.” The lead single, “Carolina Schemin’,” and its video is riding music, Carolina style. I just released my second single, “Be Right There.” It’s somewhat different for me because it’s about love and has that R&B vibe to it.

What helped you to get into music? Growing up, I was exposed to all genres of music, but hip-hop, gospel, jazz, and funk made a huge impact on me. I love artists like Eric B & Rakim, A Tribe Called Quest, LL Cool J, James Brown, and George Clinton. In 2007 I met up with college classmates who had the same passion for music I had, and we formed a collective called Evidence of Genius, a.k.a. EOG.

If you could tell your fans one thing, what would it be? First of all, I would say “thank you.” I appreciate each and every one of you. Other than that, I would tell them to expect more and to expect the unexpected. Expect mind music!

What are your biggest goals of 2016? I’d say the most important is to be better than I was in 2015–get my name out there. I want to keep making more relatable music that helps people understand me. The feeling I am going for is “new school words, old school vibes.” I also would love to be at a point where folks can use me as a reference when they’re thinking of doing something outside the box.

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