Rauziel “On The Horizon”

It’s 11:15 pm, my high school friend/assistant and I enter a semi-empty lot to a building of various studios, we were just sitting in the parking lot about to roll a Joint. A tall athletic figure approaches the car with an olive green Champion logo hat, white t-shirt draped with a flax seed color jean jacket, accentuated by an olive green handkerchief. Partially ripped black jeans, black footwear with a flax seed gum bottom- well put together, I said to myself. I roll down the window and asked how he got to the side of the studio, instead of the back lot where we were. “Cause I’m a jackass,” we laugh and head off to Inglewood.

He’s not much for words, in the beginning, approaching our destination he plays a couple of tracks he’s been working on recently, accompanied by two recent leaked songs off the album coming. Rauziels isolation process and ear for music is simply unique and refreshing. You can tell in the production and beat selection, he takes his time (which in reality watching the process seems like no time) to stitch every snare, high-hat and 808 to fit his warp of rhyming words and wordplay. The beat doesn’t lead him, he leads the beat.

Having been in music since the age of 15, school wasn’t always the forefront of what most of his time was spent doing. Prom, graduation and keeping various and unentertaining jobs were only attained to satisfy the sanity of his mother, and for her not to worry about the decisions he would make once high school was over. From grinding in the studio under the YFS umbrella to making it a semi-permanent residence in order to perfect his craft.  Nights upon nights of sacrificing, parties, family time, long-standing friendships for recording, in order to be secure within himself. There was always a bigger picture for Rauziel to attain, fulfilling his potential as an artist has taken the front seat in his journey throughout the music industry journey.

Although he still answers and relates to those that know him as ARoc, it’s time to become acquainted with Rauziel. The name change came with a change in creative direction and self-isolation in order to better relate to himself first and reconnecting with his audience.  Reaching shy of three years since the release of his first mixtape ‘Vice Versa’(2016), dropping independently under the YFS umbrella, the Inglewood native is currently putting the finishing touches on his most anticipated body of work to date, BIPOLAR. Working behind the scenes of the project and witnessing the process, it’s not your average session, not even the first of its kind, but a rarity of such a format. If you’ve ever seen Jay-Z’s ‘Fade to Black’ movie documentary, following Sean Carter through what was supposed to be his retiring album [The Black Album] it walked us through a day in the studio with Jay-Z, concert footage, and those around him who go to work side by side, while putting together his final project. Being in a session with Rauziel is no different. No pen; just melody, subtle humming, and hits.

Dot:

In short, why Rauziel, why has it taken so long to drop this project?

Rauziel:

Well, it’s really an evolution from who I was, you know? So it’s bigger than just the wait. I had to reinvent myself first before I could even put together a project.

Dot:

Who was ARoc then versus Rauziel, who’ve you grown into now?

Rauziel:

I’m really the same me. I just feel like a different version of myself- a better version of myself. I’m more advanced, more self-sufficient, just more not giving a f—. I do what I want to do type vibe, vs. me being controlled and manipulated coming up earlier in my career. I was doing music, now it’s music business. No one is going to have the same type of urgency I have for myself. I learned a lot more, I’m a fuller version of myself as a man and I’m a lot more hands on.

While developing the sound for BIPOLAR with producers like Jeffrey Rashad (‘Is There More’ Drake; Scorpion), Business Boy (‘Cuffed Up’ PARTYNEXTDOOR), AC the Producer (‘UNITED’ Rauziel) and others a new campaign emerged to stir up the excitement for the release of BIPOLAR. Currently trending #2weeks2Leaks will give audiences two new songs off the album, cohesive but different vibes to slowly but surely introduce you to what’s coming (available through fanlink.com/2weeks2leaks).

Dot:

“How did #2weeks2Leaks start?”

Rauziel:

“N—’s was sittin’ around trying to figure out a way to roll out the songs. We knew we had two songs to drop and we wanted to drop it in a cool way, so we were like ‘Alright what can we call it?’ N—’s came up with “2 piece Wednesday’s” or some bulls—-. It sounds like some s— you order at KFC. That s— sound terrible, so I was like ‘No, we have to gotta come up with something better than that. Then I said, ‘What about “2 weeks, 2 leaks?” Everybody got quiet like ‘That’s it!’ We came up with that two days before we dropped “Helium” and “UNITED”.

Dot:

Let’s go a little further back. (Laughter)

You were in a duo ARoc & Blaze. You did majority of the beatmaking, some of the engineering and then had to write on top of it. Explain that transition, to where you are now as a solo artist.

Rauziel:

It was definitely a process, you know? I couldn’t finish songs cause I always writing one verse and one hook, waiting for someone else to finish their part or me finish mine. Over time I had to figure out how to get the songs complete. Getting things done myself now has been easiest, cause I don’t have to wait, but also the hard because I’m a perfectionist. Everything is and sounds just the way I want.

Dot:

Let’s get a little more acquainted with Vice Versa- an independent drop under the YFS umbrella, with some crazy records. Where were you in the space? What does Vice Versa feel like for you now?

Rauziel:

I was in the middle of a few things at that time. Finding my sound for mainstream, because I came in more on the lyrical side of things. After being under YFS, I started mastering the sound of a single. How a hit is made. But I also wanted to remain lyrical, so I had to master both worlds. What I’ve done and am still doing, to be sure it meets mainstream but leads with lyricism. Listening back to Vice Versa back then and now, it has that.

Dot:

Let’s jump back to the present. The song UNITED. I know that the song was supposed to be shopped and moved a few different ways before you dropped it. Tell us how that happened?

Rauziel:

The record was originally supposed to be an outro for my album. I was going to drop days before Nip’s passing. The record resonated more than ever and was relevant to what Nip wanted to do, was bring everyone together. I dedicated it to Nip, it was going to be called something else, but it’s UNITED now.

Dot:

How did Helium come up and who produced it, why drop it with UNITED?

Rauziel:

That one is produced by De-Capo. We came up with a video idea first and that’s what gave it the name. It was one of those unique song names and we just wanted it to be creative. I didn’t want to give 2 insane vibes. I wanted them to be cohesive, yet very different. I don’t want you to expect one dimension music.

Dot:

Your last job, was it 5 Guys? What was it like quitting and being like, ‘OK. I’m going all in with this music’.

Rauziel:

My last job was Sheikh?! I believe Sheikh Shoes. That’s the last one I can remember working. All jobs are politics, so whatever. I already didn’t want the job, I did it for my mom’s mental. To keep her happy and at ease. When I had a full sense of direction musically, I cared less about being at a job. My career was moving forward and that was it. I went up there one day [to Sheikh], and the manager lady tripped on me for wearing shorts and went off! She must’ve not known who she was dealing with, talking to all that s–t. She kept talking s–t, and I told her I quit, right there. Funny enough a week later I popped up in a video that played in their store every week. The “Snapchat” video with Eric Bellinger produced by Yoni. They played themselves. She must’ve really thought I cared about that job like it was the end all be all. Like I’m hurting without the job, s–t, the job was hurting me [Laughter].

Dot:

So with that said, what Legacy do you see yourself leaving? Is it just in music or do you plan to branch to other avenues as well?

Rauziel:

The money I make from music is definitely going to be invested into crypto-currency, more-so moving towards fashion and movies. All the money I make, I plan to use for value rather than material and a bunch of just dumb s—t. The times I was up, I’ve put it where it needs to be used. It’s easy to spend it on things that don’t matter, but it’ll go into tech investments and all.

Between personal development, perfecting a unique sound and dropping visuals like ‘Issues’ and ‘Dolce’ with follow up hits ‘Helium’ and ‘UNITED’ is just the beginning of what we can expect from the up and coming artist. Bipolar is set to drop this year without fail and will definitely keep audiences wide open. Being privileged to work with the project then to now, it’s not much of what you expect and just when you think you have it figured out, the same song can very well throw you for a loop all at once, hitting you like “Damn, I was NOT expecting that!” It’s rare lately you come across artists that take pride and consideration for what truly makes them unique in their own right. Rauziel is someone to keep your ear close to. Be sure to tap in and listen to both tracks by clicking the link: https://fanlink.to/2weeks2leaks. Follow on Instagram (@Rauziel) and Twitter (@Rauziel_) for updates and to keep up with what’s set next in line to drop. Are you ready for the next 2 weeks?

 

-Dot.

Photos courtesy of Isaiah Martinez (@ShotbyZayy)

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