Hella Juiced: Lil Blurry

March 22, 2019

Read the full interview on YoungCalifornia.com!

The Yay Area ain’t ready for Lil Blurry! At only 13 years old, real name Aidan Farazdel has already signed a deal with the legendary Boosie Badazz and his Bad Azz Music Syndicate label, proving dreams really do come true. Read more…

This isn’t a deal where an artist just signs and they’re on your own, the Baton Rouge rapper has been mentoring Blurry in the studio, teaching him his ways and guiding him through this thing called the music industry. While the SF native only started rapping a year ago, he’s been playing the piano since the young age of 3 and even went on to pick up the drums.

With dreams and aspirations of being a musician and songwriter, the “Down To Ride” artist is definitely not too far off in his career. His music draws influences from Rae Sremmurd to Justin Bieber to G-Eazy, touching audiences of all genres and proving his worth

How did you get your name?
Blocking out the haters. I can’t see their hate pretty much. I picked it up 2 years ago, it sounded cool! I’ve been Lil Blurry.

Where do you fit in the realm of hip-hop & R&B?
I’m in the blurry way! I’m in the midst.

What part of the Bay are you from? How does that play into your life and career?
The bay is lit! I’m from San Francisco, out of Richmond.

The Federation’s from there right?
Jet (manager): Yeah they are, but he dunno about them. [laughs]

I don’t really know a lot about SF, it’s lit though.

So the hyphy movement was before your time?
Yeah, I don’t know about that.

Jet: He hangs out with E-40 now, go figure.

Do you know how legendary E-40 is?
Yes. E-40, I’ve heard a lot of his music. He’s really a big Bay Area influence I’d say. A big artist in the Bay, I got a lot of love for him.

You still live in SF right? What do parents think?
I do, still in the Bay. My parents are chill. They’re supportive of my career but they don’t do my career. I’ve always been just doing music.

How did Boosie find you?
I did this one video on Instagram about how I got grounded, ‘cause I was grounded at the time. Apparently he saw it then found one of my older records. He thought I was funny, and fire. He hit me and came to SF the next day. Best day of my life, that’s a legend.

How important is it to come to LA as an up and coming artist?
We just have a lot of meetings and business. I have a lot of big things coming soon with my career. I don’t even think people know what I’m ‘bout to do, this year is gonna be a crazy year. I’d say LA is important because you can meet a lot of new people. Definitely important to network out here, get the job done. LA is very important.

Definitely, what’s your favorite part?
You wanna know really the best part? The best part of LA besides the work part, is probably the Line Bikes. The little bikes, you just go to Santa Monica and chill there after the studio. It’s a fun thing I’ve been doing.

How did you build your fanbase?
I mean, that’s the Blurry movement! My management helped me build it. I’ve just been built, through more the music side too. I haven’t been in any beefs with any other artists.

Talk about your management.
Shout out to Jet, you know the vibes. We lit. We taking over bruh!

Do you manage other people? (to manager)
Jet: Mhm yeah. I’ve managed a few different artists, but everything we do is independent. No label. The deal with Boosie, that’s his independent label. Blurry Badazz.

Is he signed to anyone?
Jet: He’s signed to Atlantic.
Syndicate Blur! We’re all independent. We all do this the Blurry takeover way.

Talk about your mindstate in creating “Now I Made It.”
There’s something called haters yo, but I block em off. There was a lot of hate on me coming up I’d say. Once I made something out of the hate, it’s slamming the fact now that I made it. They said I couldn’t do it. ‘Cause a lot of people said I wouldn’t be anything.

What was it like bringing that visual to life?
It was lit. I put it in the song and got to work.

Where do you record out of?
There’s one studio I go to in San Jose, shout out to Red Eye. That’s our main studio, the only one we record out of. Shout out Johnny Hits, that’s our boy at the studio.

You’re 13, so what do you do when people are smoking and drinking?
I don’t condone any of that. I’m just for the youth. I’m lit. I’m from the Bay. I know that’s normal thing now in 2019, but I personally don’t condone any of it. I’m just chill-minded.

What inspired “Down To Ride”?
In 7th grade, I liked this girl. But then she played me so I said are you “Down To Ride?”

Does she know it’s about her?

Jet: She knows.

She might know, that’s why I think it’s cool. The previous school I went to, apparently everyone knows and it’s a thing. They’re all in my comments, it’s like a mob trying to get my attention.

Who’s in your top 5?
Roddy Ricch, NLE Choppa, Lil Tjay, YNW Melly, Kamrin Houser. He’s Lil Skies’ brother, he’s super fire. Tell me why both the Skies brothers are super fire.

What is it you want fans to get from your story?
I would love the fans to understand that everything’s lit. We’re all lit but just know, a lot of stuff goes through the way of my process. I always put all of my reality into the music.

What are some goals yourself as an artist at this point of your career?
To make sure that I’m happy, that my money’s right. I just want to have a cool little process through the game. The industry is super fake.

Have you see that already?
Yeah, I’ve already dealt with it. None of it’s phasing me though. The thing about that is I’ve caught through the times the little things, like unfollowing me on the Gram. If you don’t like me, just DM me. Don’t unfollow me, the disrespect. A lot of people throwing shade lately, but we’re always staying up. We’re always staying positive.

How important is social media for your career?
I don’t care about social media. I just care about making good music, that’s it. I’m just worried about my fans, I love my fans. I love my supporters. That’s it. I couldn’t care less about Instagram. That’s lit, I still love social media but at the end of the day, does it really matter? It probably doesn’t matter.

What did you do with your first advance?
I spent a little bit of it on Fortnite V-bucks, and the other little bit on Playstation Live. We saved a lot of it. We bought a lot of ice too, a lot of new chains coming soon. I saved most of my advance so I can have it through the year, through the time honestly.

Do you have siblings?
I have a little brother. He’s 8. Shout out Big Money Bool!

What’s a normal day in the life? Walk us through.
I usually wake up, chill, then I go to tutoring. Work on my curriculum. Later in my day, I’ll probably write some music, chill on my phone, maybe hit the studio, then go to sleep. That’s a normal day, I write a lot of music every day.

3 things you need in the studio?
Sour Patch Kids, a Red Bull, and Hot Cheetos. Takis! Those are the 3 things I need and the song will be 10x better. Literally, that’s a fact.

What would you be doing if you weren’t doing music?
I honestly couldn’t see anything else. If I had to pick something else, I would be a professional skateboarder. I would grind that.

Can you skate?
Not like that. I actually used to be kind of decent. That’s the only other thing I did, I always did music. I was never good at any sports. I’m okay at tennis, but I don’t play that. I don’t play basketball or anything.

Any shows?
Coming soon. US Tour coming soon. I’ll be at the Boosie Bash this year in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Boosiebash.com. I got my own set, pull up!

What’s the best encounter you had with a fan?
One told me how they were inspired by me, that meant a lot. I was just walking home and some 6th grader was like “yo, you inspire me!” I could just tell he has dreams, so I respected him. That was a cool encounter.

Dream collab?
Drake. I’d love to work with Drake, Rihanna, Justin Bieber. Maybe Boosie could make it work. Aye, I’m trying to meet these people! One day, we can be all up.

Do you listen to Bieber like that?
Yeah, I listen to him. His new stuff is pretty fire.

What advice do you have for new artists?
You’re gonna have to drink a lot of Red Bull. Listen to beats all day, that’s easy. Talk a lot. Constant moving. If you want to be like me, that’s what you gotta do.

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