Well, Motz is actually
short for "Motzart" in reference to my musical sense which I spawned
from the actual composer "Mozart" after studying classical music in
school. I really related to parts of his life and just became inspired by his
genious to create so much music at an alarming pace, yet with efficiency. So
I disciplined myself in the same manner with creating my music, but I did remix
the name with a hiphop twist, thus Motz...Motzart.
up, who would you look to as your musical influences?
Damn! Now this
is a tough question. I say that because I was influenced by a variety musical
genres within my household. My moms bumped that old school Motown as well as
the 70's/80's R&B era. My aunt played alot of alternative and pop music.
My pops played alot of rythm & blues while my grandmother was soley into
playing christian gospel. But it was me who brought hiphop in the house and
being that I had all these different forms of music being played I came to like
and appreciate the significance of them all. So I'm influenced by a wide range
of artist & music. But I would have to say that these two genres and their
artist most influenced me. In old school...I'm most influenced by artist such
as "The O'Jays", "Stevie Wonder", "The Isley Brothers"
and "Marvin Gaye". With the 80's pop and R&B I would say such
artist as "New Edition", "Micheal Jackson", "Luther
Vandross" and "Debarge". In hiphop...man, theirs just too many
to name. I'll say "Run DMC", "KRS-1", "ICE-T",
"LL Cool J", "NWA", "THE BIZ", "Beastie Boys",
"Too $hort", "Heavy D", "Snoop Dogg", "BIG",
"Rakim", "PAC" and "Jay-Z". I would say those
artist have the most influence on me in Rap. But I will say this as well..."Frank
Senatra and Ellis Fitzgerald are the shit"
you know you wanted to be a rapper?
I knew I wanted
to be a rapper the very first time I saw RUN DMC and LL Cool J in concert on
the first "Fresh Fest Tour". And when Jam Master Jay was cuttin' up
that Run, Ru...Ru...Ru...Run on the turntables to bring Run out...man that shit
had me going. I was already in luv with the music and the culture. But seeing
them perform live, struttin' across the stage and doin' they thing. I knew at
that very moment I wanted to rapp. Unfortunately my efforts to pursue rapp would
be placed on hold only to be put forth alot later in life.
a dope mixtape out now, can you let heads know what's good with that?
Well, we threw
all of the latest hits and hot beats on a cd and I basically just blazed(literally
speaking) the shit out of them with witty, edgy, street savvy rymes. I wanted
every bar of every beat to feel punch drunk when I was done. So listeners of
all types would be like damn, that n***az nice and can blaze tracks even hotta
than the original artist themselves. So I wanted this to be a real attention
getter, feel me?
your next project coming up?
Well, our next
project coming up is our "StreeRunnaz MixTape Vol.II...Sieze and Disist"
which is being mixed down now, just chillen' in the cuts waitin' to overshadow
alot of music, huh. Which will have all the artist from the StreetRunna family
appearing on it such as Meez aka The No.1 Draft Pick, True Knocks, Wolverine
and the newest edition to the SR & TKP(True Knocks prod.) family, female
vocal sensation "Adrianna". As far as albums go, I got 12 "HOT"
ass albums sitting in what we call the vault that has neva seen the light of
day, just waiting to breathe life into the airwaves and speakers. But for now
we're just focusing on the newest mixtape of ours to give people a taste of
what we do and doin' shows you know.
A lot of
people say HipHop is dead, how do you feel?
Hmmmm, I don't
think hiphop is dead at all because to be dead is to no longer exist and we
both know that that's not the case. It's just evolving into more of what it
has to become, just like life. I mean the hiphop culture has infiltrated every
culture and society of today. From clothes, to music, to style, to sports, to
commecials, movies and so on. So every aspect of the music and the lifestyle
is constantly evolving adapting to the times and change wether good or bad.
It wouldn't be beneficial to have one without the other. Because the bad helps
us take notice and appreciate the good. So in lamens terms hiphop is is still
growing up as we all are. But no matter what...I Luv this shit.
I wanna give a
shout out to all the pioneers of hiphop who paved the way for me to be giving
this interview...1 Luv. Shout out to my city Oakland...stand up, it's time.
My cuzzin's who believed in me from day 1, my family who supports and encourages
me, B. Kayser (aka Mr730) for giving me the oppertunity to do this interview,
all the hustlaz who taught me the game within the game of life, the entire SR
& TKP family, DJ Classic, my pops and my sister...my gaurdian angels and
last but never least a shout goes out to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for
His many blessings...other than that and checking out www.streetrunnaz.com
for more info. it's a wrap.