Dezzy Hollow is here to make sure the genre of G-funk is alive and kicking. Inspired by the late Nate Dogg, the Oceanside MC follows the footprints of Nipsey Hussle, another legendary rap figure gone too soon. It was in high school where Dezzy unleashed multiple mixtapes, soon attracting a local buzz in his town. With hard work, dedication, and passion, the result is a growing fanbase, yielding increasing streams and views daily. Read more…
Most recently, he unleashed his new project titled Fireside, a 16-track album exhibiting the same energy from the original G-Funk and West Coast rap era. Each song is inspired by real-life experiences, his environment, the struggle, and finding the light at the end of the tunnel.
For those who don’t know, who is Dezzy Hollow?
Dezzy Hollow is a representation of making something out of nothing and accomplishing your goals. Coming from a small city, I like to do that through leading by example. Try to expand out of my comfort zone.
Why should people fuck w/ you?
The main reason is because ambition. A lot of the time, it’s about building relationships. Coming from where I come from, there’s not really a lot of people to get you to the next level. I like to expand and take chances.
Being from Oceanside, how does that play into your life and career?
It shows through my music. It’s what I preach. Oceanside is culture. Just my experiences living in Oceanside, growing in Oceanside. Being around so many different backgrounds, it’s brought me a different look on perspectives.
What’s the hip-hop scene like out there?
It’s the borderline of San Diego oceans. It’s really slow, not like Los Angeles. That’s why a lot of people come to LA. There’s a hip-hop scene, but it’s not jumping like that.
How important is it to come to LA as an up and coming artist?
It’s very important because building relationships is a big part in building a career. It’s all about who you know at one point.
What’s your favorite part about LA?
Besides the ladies, it’s the people and the connections. You can be in LA, and there’s always something happening. It’s such a big city for entertainment and the industry.
What was the inspiration behind your name?
It’s a childhood thing. Dezzy was always my nickname, then I came up with Hollow in middle school when I started making music. About 8th grade. As a kid, it was very childish. Hollow as in my feelings, like my heart was hollowed.
At what point did you realize this music thing was for real?
When I graduated high school and had to pick a career.
You recently unleashed Fireside. How’s the fan reception been?
It’s good. It’s getting there, I can’t really say yet. It did okay.
What was the creative process & how long did it take you?
It took me about a year and some change to create that project, mainly because I was trying to piece it together and make it sound realistic. I was getting skits here and there. It was a storyline project, so I had to really think it out. I had make a chart, figure out the storyline, and make it make sense. Be realistic and believable.
“EBT Boi II” stood out to me. Talk about the reality of coming up and the struggle you faced.
“EBT Boi” was about the environment. Many parts of Oceanside, there’s a lot of people struggling to make a living. You see a lot of young people in particular doing things that cause them to “live the fast life,” is what I like to say. You get money, you spend it, there’s not a lot of investing going on. “EBT Boi” is all about coming up on people and trying to find a break in life. Doing anything in order to meet requirements.
I know artists tend to have their own favorites on the project, what are yours & why?
Because the project was a storyline. I couldn’t pick one story out of that whole thing. I like them all personally. I like “In Vein.” “In Vein” is pretty dope. Mainly just the feel of it, it gives me my old type of vibe back, how I used to make music. It’s very catchy.
You shout out Nate Dogg in “Gangsta Shit.” What does G-funk mean to you?
G-funk means everything to me man. I grew up on the G-funk. It was a big part of me starting to do music because the first style I was doing was G-funk/gangster rap. From there, I found my sound but I was always listening to it. Nate Dogg was a big, big inspiration to me.
Who were some other artists that you grew up to?
All West Coast. All the mains: Tupac, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, but then you have Suga Free. There’s so many. I also like different genres. Besides funk, I like soul music. 90’s R&B like Aaliyah. There’s so many good artists out there, but back to talking about Nate Dogg, Nate Dogg is my #1 for G-funk singers for sure.
What is it you want fans to get from your story?
I want them to be motivated to do things that seem impossible. That’d be my goal. That’s a part of success to me. When you think of success, it’s not just what you have, it’s what you give people.
Talk about your Mexican and Pacific Islander roots. Do you feel like the minority in hip-hop?
You don’t really hear about that type of ethnic background for an artist, but it’s gonna be cool. It’s gonna be interesting. It’s something fresh and brand new. I don’t know, we’ll see how people take it.
What are some goals yourself as an artist at this point of your career?
My next goal is to be able to do a big, big tour. Maybe a Europe or US tour. Keep building relationships and climbing up that ladder.
How important is social media for your career?
Right now, it’s everything. Literally everything. You need to be consistent. You need to keep people updated. Social media’s everything now. Shit, it can make you or break you really.
Who’s your favorite person to follow?
You know who be posting some funny stuff? Snoop Dogg. He post that comedic shit. I like to watch funny things that are gonna uplift me, so I can just laugh. I think I don’t laugh enough.
What’s a normal day in the life? Walk us through.
For me, it’s scattered. The week, sometimes I’ll be up here in LA having these different interviews, etc. Then sometimes I’ll be home taking care of my nephews. It’s 2 different lives.
3 things you need in the studio?
A bottle of water, some medication (weed), and a good engineer.
What would you be doing if you weren’t doing music?
I’d probably a forest ranger. I like to be outside.
What can fans expect on the Fireside Tour?
A lot of energy. It’s gonna be a lot of fun. I plan to do everything from my new stuff to my old stuff. I have a big catalog of songs that dates way back, I’ll probably do everything and anything. I really wanna give people an experience, especially since it’s my first small tour. I want for the people who do get to see me for that time being, I want to leave an impression.
Favorite song to perform in a set?
“Gangsta Shit” or “EBT Boi.” One of those two for sure. It gets everybody very hyped.
What’s the best encounter you had with a fan?
One of craziest encounters was when I took the bus recently. I took it just to take it. I like it sometimes to think and brainstorm on the bus. I saw somebody who knew me, it was crazy because on the bus of all places. They gave me their whole spiel of how my music is incorporated in their lives, that they listen to me throughout the day. That’s crazy because music is a big part of everyone’s life. Everybody has certain songs they go to for the day.
Who’s the most played artist on your phone?
Right now, it’s Nipsey Hussle. I been on “Face the World,” one of his older songs off the Crenshaw album. But I been listening to everything by Nip, all of his songs.
What was his influence on your career?
Everything for a minute. I’m still independent and I was following his blueprints for a long time. I was watching him and studying everything he was doing. For all the young people who are trying to do it independent, he’s the blueprint. He’s the mastermind at it. He’s a big impact not just on his community, but artists. For the community of artists.
My dream collab was really Nipsey Hussle. Rest in peace Nip. Other than that, J.I.D.
Anything else you want to let us know?
New music coming soon, I’m excited!