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Check Out Ozi’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you toOzi.

Hi Ozi, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
I started by freestyling around the age of ten on the bus with my friends. Since then, I’ve kept writing and grown immensely from the freestyles I recorded around that time. We always used to joke around on the tracks until after high school. I used to do track, but when I started losing love for it, I found a new love in making music. So I started working to release a track I made with a cheap Samson USB mic from Guitar Center and a cracked version of Logic Pro X. I started recording music that sounded different from what I wanted, but I grew to where I am today. I studied music to get where I am today and really got into the cadences, lyrics, and more. Some of the people that I studied include: Tupac, Biggie, Kendrick Lamar, Tyler the Creator, Big Daddy Kane, Michael Jackson, Erykah Badu, Fela Kuti, Drake, and more. Eventually, I found my voice and learned to mix and master tracks. I was able to pick out things that I liked audio-wise and add my own spin to them. I even mix and master for other people. I wanted to work with other people’s voices, so some of my friends I played basketball with in San Pedro would come and work with me on mixing and mastering, plus finding their voice and leveling up their music, in addition to my skills.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
It’s definitely been a tough road. I went through a lot of mistakes and errors. It’s all about knowing who to trust, knowing how to promote yourself, and relying on yourself before other people. You have to be in charge of your career, especially in this industry, so I’ve had to become flexible and make budgets stretch. In addition to that, I was in a medically induced coma and almost lost my life. I had to relearn how to walk, gain my strength back, deal with side effects from medication, do my best to hold it together for my friends and family, and have consistent checkups. It was a battle, I had to make tough decisions, like dropping out of my second semester at San Francisco State University. I didn’t even know if I would make it out of the hospital, but music kept me on my feet during this time. There are some bright sides to being back in San Pedro, like being reunited with my producer Jacob Cardell, being with my family, getting to see my grandpa one last time before his funeral, and just being locally and working with the local talent in San Pedro. What motivated me after the hospital was knowing that I had a second chance from God, knowing that I was given a purpose and I have a gift that needs to be heard. Tomorrow isn’t promised, so we have to make the most of the time we do have. My whole drive was changed, in addition to doing everything I’ve done for myself, I work with other people to help them find their stride in music.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am a rapper, and I go by the name of Ozi, but I don’t like to limit myself to that. I also write and produce songs. I take no beat as a challenge and I’m a mix of my environment, which is clear from my music. I’d say my music can be described as lyrical, empowering, and motivational. My music is available on all major platforms! I recently dropped a song called “Just Watch”. This song is about the time I took off of music and getting back into the flow of things. It was more of a high-energy song with lots of charisma and bars that just keep coming. I wanted to catch people’s attention during the new year and get people to recognize me as an emcee, or “Just Watch”. I love to make music that’s going to be able to touch people. Getting a good reaction from people means so much to me. I’m great at engineering since I taught myself from day one. I mix for a lot of different artists out here in San Pedro and get their sound right. I also have a label called Milenia Records with my longtime collaborator and friend, Jacob Cardell. We want to showcase the talent all over the world and make their music heard. Jacob and I have learned a lot, and we knew we should be applying this to helping other people reach their goals. It was destined to happen, and it needed to happen with the way labels tend to operate with fresh talent. Milenia Records is different from other labels because we want to look out for our artists, showcase all of their creativity, and let them have control of their careers while still being guided. Our current roster includes myself, Rahjai, and more! We are always scoping out talent, you never know who you might sign.

Before we go, is there anything else you can share with us?
Stay tuned with me on social media for all kinds of exciting things coming out, like the music video for “Just Watch”, new music, and more!

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Jacob Cardell Instagram: @jacob__cardell Alex Instagram: @blunteyephotography Christie Haffey Instagram: christie_haffey

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