HYPEFRESH® got the chance to speak with the man himself, Dizzy Wright. Having a rolodex of questions, we narrowed down the ones that would fit best for the occasion. As we all know, Dizzy is a very talented recording artist. However, he has a purple heart that is motivated to give and reach back to help others, especially the youth.
We chatted a bit about music... however this sit down was all about positivity and inspiring motivation for others. Check out the conversation below, as it is definitely a side of Sir Wright the public doesn't get to see often.
Let’s talk ‘Red Balloons’, your newest single… What did it take to create a song like that, knowing the sensitivity behind the topic? & What was your creative process towards this timeless work of art?
I found out about the Nigerian girls that were recently kidnapped, and wanted to speak my thoughts on the subject. My goal with 'Red Balloons' was to make an impact through this topic which obviously is a sensitive, yet pressing issue. This gave me a key opportunity to formulate an empowering message about protecting our youth from the dangers of our world, while giving back through my talent – making impactful music with a purpose.
Honestly, at first I didn't know exactly how I was gonna pull this off, until one day as I was on a flight back to Chicago. There was this lady sitting next to me reading a story in a local newspaper about a little 3 year old boy who was chasing a Frisbee and was killed by an ongoing truck passing by. His name was Ryan. I have a 3 year old daughter (she actually just turned 3) and by being a parent, I have a deep, deep respect for those who take care of their kids responsibly throughout life. Though I didn’t know little Ryan nor his parents, however my heart went out his family, because I couldn't fathom how I’d feel if that had been my own child.
Immediately, I hit the studio in Chicago. Being inspired from hearing about the missing kidnapped Nigerian girls, as well as little Ryan, I started going through beats until I found one that fit the part. From there, I spilled everything in my heart out… And literally, the next day, “Red Balloons” was released – just like that.
And you did such an excellent job with the execution of that record… Im a proud father myself of a beautiful young 2 year old, so thank you for creating that record for the parents (like myself) of the world. Big ups to you on that..
Man, thank you bro. I appreciate your saying that.
Moving forward, I don't think this has ever been asked to you.. If you had a choice to collab with any hip hop producer in the game, right now, who would you pick, and why would you pick them?
Wow… That’s actually a great question.. (Pondering)
DJ Mustard would be my top pick. I would collab with him for a summer and just shut sh*t down, (laughs).. DJ Mustard got them beats man… And during the summer, people want to smile, laugh & dance.. and just have a good time, you know? However, if I just wanted to be on some different sh*t, I would just work with the production team I’m currently collabing with now already.
“Success is a state of mind…” This was quoted from one of your XXL interviews a little while back.. I'm curious on how this quote you threw out to the world motivates your moves professionally in your career and in the hip hop industry. Please, elaborate.
Wow, that’s another great question man. You have to already believe that you can have anything you passionately strive for. Live for success, within your own mind, and know that you will accomplish your goals. I think about this a lot.. I’m successful in my career because I stuck to this thinking. Even though I went through different phases in life – like going through challenges the hood sh*t throws at you, to where I am now, I kept this quote in the forefront of my mind.
Success is a state of mind, plain and simple. People’s perceptions of true success can become tainted from what this world shows them, believing in the wrong things – first. It all starts with how you see things, correctly that is, and what you personally believe. This type of thinking keeps me confident and grounded, knowing that anything I set my mind to (positively & correctly) will be accomplished, you know?
You said that was a great question… Bro, that was a great answer. (Laughs)
Thank you bro.
Now, with that being said about “success”, I want to know where you feel you are mentally in your career and how much more needs to be accomplished according to the “success” standards of Dizzy Wright?
Wow man… (laughs) As an artist? its a lot. However, as I said earlier, my goal is to impact the world through my music and actions. I want to really inspire the youth, and get our kids going. I know what it’s like being that kid at the neighborhood Boys & Girls club (growing up), and have that one mentor brother talk to me and motivate me daily.
Unfortunately, My pops wasn't around, so having this inspiration helped me throughout my youth days in guiding my paths to this day. I truly know how this feels. I always said to myself, when I make it I’m going to give back to the kids that had similar upbringings to me.
Sky's the limit.. I’m doing sh*t that I thought that I would neverrrrrrr, everrrrrr do… you feel me? So now, I’m thinking about funding my own Boys & Girls club (in the future). I would love to put some money into it, make it state of the art and updated for everybody – kids and adults. It would take some work and consistency to get it going and maintain it, but it would definitely add to my “success” checklist standards. When this is accomplished, in addition to my artist checklist, I’d be fulfilled.
Man, this is truly admirable. HF® completely stands behind you because of you huge heart to give back and support others.
Thank you, for embracing these thoughts in your mag.. It’s much appreciated.
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