Published on November 8th, 2015 | by Jerry Doby0
Who Is: Bizzy aka Pedro Bizz Juanjulio
Coming from a small town, even one that is capital of a state, the challenges for artists and entertainers are magnified. While music touches everywhere in some form or fashion, just being in a geographical trap like Topeka, Kansas is a story told by artists around the country. Want to know something REALLY EFFED UP?! Topeka’s zip code begins with the symbol of the anti-christ…666. It’s a known fact that one of the previous, Popes would not fly over the area just because of the zip code. Hey if God’s biggest faces on earth wont come here, who’d think real artistry would touch down?
The void of Kansas, that is its capital Topeka, has a few glimmers of hope! One of them is Brandon “Bizzy” Evans and bruh really lives up to his handle. From hitting the stages with the crew from Strange Music including features with Tech N9ne (Loud and Sex to the Beat), impacting contests like Funk Volume’s “Don’t Funk Up Our Beat” in which he took the podium in bronze position and his daily grind as an educator…that’s Bizzy.
On the music tip, Bizzy aka Pedro Bizz Juanjulio, comes with a big sound that belies his geographical challenges. He cut no corners on his “WTF iz a Hater? Movement and kept it funky throughout the project. My favorite on this one was “God Forgive Me”…you have to listen for yourself…cop that! He’s got a couple more projects out “Game Time The Movement” and the iconic “Pedro Bizz Juanjulio: Count Me In.” All solid offerings with great playlist value in my book.
I got a chance to break into Bizzy’s schedule and get him to answer a few questions, it’s clear to me not just from his music but his execution within his community and honing/developing his craft that this cat is destined to make a difference for the long run.
Introducing Bizzy, holding it down for 785, that crazy zip code (I’m not typing that twice!), Top City aka Topeka, Kansas:
From the outside looking in, who is the artist Bizzy?
Authentic, young, ambitious, and all about progression in as many lanes as possible.
What brought you to the entertainment industry, music specifically?
I spent my school years in Topeka with my mother. Our family stayed in church growing up. There was always a dope choir and Lamont Lassiter was on the keys. The church house was always jumpin! Finding the tapes at my dad’s during the summer time like NWA, Too Short and E-40, kept me busy while he was at work. Constantly being in a musical atmosphere sparked my interests.
What do you want people get from your music?
The message and the memories. I want them to be able to relate. If they are going through something, most likely I have been through the same thing and the message will make the instant connection.
Tell us about your current project and what’s on the horizon for you as an artist.
I have been very picky with the beat selection. I wanted to really focus on getting the message across in each track. I also had a lot of guidance and input from my homie Smitty and my engineer Rob Rebek, who always has my sh*t slappin’! It has a universal sound. I’m touching on a lot of subjects. Something you can ride to, something you can smoke to and something you can party to. As far as the horizon goes, I want to start tapping into different outlets. Video games, commercials, you know, really expand in the entertainment industry.
What’s the main struggle for an artist coming from a small region like Topeka, KS?
I would say the population and culture. The market isn’t there for rap and the city doesn’t cater to the hip-hop community like they do in other cities. There isn’t a radio station. There aren’t any solid venues for hip-hop shows or annual events. I am thinking about getting a few started once I get my chips right.
What has been your greatest professional achievement so far?
Personally, being able to help so many people and feed so many people. You know, pull people out of shi**y situations in so many different places, whether it’s the kids or adults. I appreciate being able to help a lot of people in the community because of the work that I put in around the community. There is no greater achievement then helping others achieve.
For new listeners, what song of yours would you pick as an introduction to you?
It would be the track Outta Hand from my project Count Me In. It paints a pretty good picture of me.
Outside of the entertainment business, you rock real heavy with the children of your city, tell us about some of the initiatives you have started and are pushing forward.
I owe a lot to the youngsters. They helped me snap out of my ignorant stage before it was too late. Pretty sure I would have ended up in jail, dead or taking somebody’s life. It is important to look out for our future. Myself and my team have developed small programs for the youth inside of the school district and outside. We do monthly giveaways and family adoptions on Thanksgiving and Christmas to give back. My goal is to create and expand many youth projects throughout the state. I want to get the youngsters excited about life and their future.
If you had one minute to deliver a message to an audience of 3 million people, what would that message be?
Live life! Anything you want to do, DO IT! Be cautious but take chances. See what the world has to offer. You only have one life and there’s a lot of sh*t out here to be discovered and brought to life.
Last but not least, HYPE wants to know…What’s your CRAZIEST “Where they do that at?!” moment?
I would have to say in general, people who wake up every day and do the same thing without any having any drive, goals or ambition. I don’t understand it.