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Published on October 26th, 2019 | by Percy Crawford

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Mizery Da Beast: “It’s Really a Unity Thing Right Now in New Orleans Music Culture!”

Mizery Da Beast feels staying true to himself and his sound will be the keys to his success!

There is a new wave of rappers out of New Orleans, Louisiana determined to make their presence felt beyond the, Cash Money and No Limit heyday. Mizery Da Beast provides an edgy street flow that connects with the everyday culture of the city he represents. The Marrero product has been on his grind for quite some time and the hard work is finally starting to pay off. Street anthems like, “Trap Jumpin,” lyrical warnings like, “Ride My Wave have cemented the, LMZ Boss as a problem in the southern rap genre. After a series of mixtapes and singles, Mizery linked up with, V. Mitch last year and dropped the, “Bruddas” album. Expect an EP later on this year from, Mizery and a full album during the first quarter of 2020.

I recently spoke to, Mizery Da Beast about his joint album with, V. Mitch, the status of hip hop in New Orleans and he also elaborates on what separates him from the pack.

MDB, How have you been?

Mizery Da Beast: I’m alright, man. Taking it day by day.

Let everyone know where you’re from?

Mizery Da Beast: Man, I’m from New Orleans, Louisiana. Born Uptown, raised on the Westbank in Marrero. You already know.

Anytime I hear Marrero, you already know I think of the late, MC Thick and his hit, “Marrero.

Mizery Da Beast: “Cruisin down the street, real slow, what the fuck are they yelling, Marrero.”

I know you were young when that came out, but was that an influence for you?

Mizery Da Beast: I’m not even going to front. Not really. I was young when that song came out. I really wasn’t into music like that growing up. I was an athlete. I was into track and football. I just had musically inclined people around me. So, when I stopped playing sports, that’s when music kind of took the place of sports. Its just like when you get off something you gotta substitute it with something else, so you don’t go back to that. So, you don’t relapse. Music was sort of like, what I was making my new sport.

I see you did a collab with, J-Dawg from Black Menace. That was dope. I love seeing you young guys pay homage to the OG’s. How did you connect with him?

Mizery Da Beast: Salute to, J-Dawg. Absolutely! Me and J-Dawg had a conversation 2-years prior to us even doing a song together. And I kind of just hit him on a whim on Twitter when I was in the studio like, “Say brudda, we had a conversation back in the G.” And he was like, “Just send it. I see you working, send it.” He emailed it back to me in 24-hours. Dude solid for real for real.

You recently dropped the, “Bruddas” album with V. Mitch. What promoted doing a joint effort?

Mizery Da Beast: We were always together. Not even with the music. Just in our everyday life, we were always together. We had initially did the song, “Bruddas,” and then we did, “Party and Bullshit,” and then we did another song. We were like, “Man, we doing all these songs together, we might as well do a joint project.” We figured we would do 10-11 songs and just drop it on iTunes.

Did you guys construct how many solos and joint ventures will be on the album?

Mizery Da Beast: Yeah! It was strategic to have solos on there because we wanted people to know, first and foremost, individually, we could hold our own also. But with us together, it works. And we wanted to show people that we weren’t really a group, it was just two niggaz that really fuck with each other just dong music together.

When did you start taking the music thing seriously?

Mizery Da Beast: I can say, I started taking it serious when I got signed to “Next Records with, Gary Netta with Tec-9 from UNLV. That’s when I really started taking it serious. I was in a group called, Lyrical Midz. I was just about to drop my solo project, which was called, “Mizery Da Beast: The Introduction.” But we had got signed to, “Next” with Gary Netta. So, most of the material I had for that, I put into the new project with, “Next Records.” So, I canceled my personal project for the label.

You have your Reject Nation movement. Explain that to us.

Mizery Da Beast: I came up with Reject Nation talking to one of my old heads one day. We were just talking about life and shit. And something he told me just stuck. He said, “I always told my son, don’t be scared of rejection. Don’t be scared to be told, no and be scared to ask for what you want. All they can do is tell you yes or no. Me and his mom have told him, no all his life. Somebody else telling you, no is not going to kill you or break your heart.” Rejection comes and goes. People get rejected every day. So, with him saying that, it just kept replaying in my head; the conversation. Everybody can feel that rejected moment. That’s when I came up with Reject Nation because everybody has been rejected once upon a time. It’s not just for me or for my potnas, Reject Nation is for everybody, man.

Just about every New Orleans artists I speak to, especially the new ones, feel like they are the underdog and that they have to work twice as hard as rappers from other regions to be seen. Reject Nation seems fitting because sometimes it does feel like we are just a rejected region.

Mizery Da Beast: You gotta keep going. One door close, you gotta knock on the next one. With New York and with Cali, they have the machine around them for one and for two, their artists, their mainstream artists, they politic with the up and comers. Now, I’m not going to say New Orleans artists don’t politic with the up and comers, but we don’t have these big artists at random like New York and Cali have. We don’t really have the outlets that they have down here. It is a struggle. I’m not going to say it’s a crab in a bucket mentality because, to keep it 100, you have to be careful who you do business with. All business not good business and that’s anywhere. So, a lot of people be like, “Oh, he not fucking with me because he hating on me.” No, he probably saw something in your character that he wasn’t feeling. Or it may not have been right for their situation at that moment. It’s not always about a nigga hating on you.

There is so much talent in New Orleans and in Louisiana period. How important is it for that talent to just stay out there and just be visible on social media and platforms like, The Hype Magazine?

Mizery Da Beast: It’s very important because the minute you’re not putting stuff out there, you’re forgotten. You have to stay relevant in people eyes. It doesn’t even have to be a full-blown music video or a full-blown song. With so many social media outlets, you can interact directly with your fans and just keep the momentum going. Right now, Da Baby, I salute dude because his Instagram isn’t even all about music. He really interacts with his fans. He do his lil videos, he play around… he uses social media the right way. Some people just get it.

What can we expect from you in the near future?

Mizery Da Beast: I was just talking to my management team about this like 2-days ago. I’m thinking about dropping an EP. I’ve been working on it; I have been working on this EP for about a year and a half. It’s really all me. Like the inside of, Mizery. I was going to call it, “The Reassurance.” But I’m thinking I’m going to do 6-songs, drop 6-songs. I got 6-picked out right now that I’m getting mastered. So, when they come back, I think I’m going to take those songs, drop them on Spotify and Apple Music and then I’m going to come with the full project at the beginning of the year; February or March I will come with the full project.

What do you feel like separates you from other artists?

Mizery Da Beast: I feel like you can’t put no New Orleans artists next to me. And I’m not discrediting nobody. But you can’t put no New Orleans artists next to me and say, “Oh, they sound alike.” Because a lot of rappers per say, would rhyme line one, two… A and B. If you really critique my music, you will see, I’ll put a line on line two and line four or line five would coincide with line two. You would have to listen to it again and be like, “Damn, that nigga got some shit with him.” I grew up on [Jada] Kiss and real spitters. That’s the niggaz I listened to. The New York genre. I’m not trying to do what’s hot. I’m not trying to do what’s popping. I’m not doing what everybody else doing. You’re not going to hear me… because, Da Baby just dropped his song and that bitch fire, you not going to see me go in the studio and see me try to mimic that song to try to catch a wave. I’m gonna stay true to me. I’m gonna do my thing, whether you call me a one-trick-pony or say I’m stuck in my ways or whatever, I’m gonna be true to me and that’s what’s building my organic fanbase. That being said, I love where New Orleans music is at right now. We have the momentum right now. Even with the big influences in our city. They are extending their arms out right now; the OG’s in the music industry. It’s really a unity thing right now in New Orleans music culture! It hasn’t been like that in a long time.

No doubt. I appreciate the time. Give me something in closing, my man.

Mizery Da Beast: Look, everybody go follow me on Instagram at mizerydabeast and on Twitter @LmzBoss. Make sure ya’ll are tapped in with me, Apple Music, Mizery Da Beast and Spotify. Any digital platform, ya’ll search, Mizery Da Beast, ya’ll tap in with me for real.

 



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