Dizzy Wright isn’t a typical rapper. The Las Vegas artist weaves messages, insight and social commentary into his weed-flecked rhymes. His debut album, “Smokeout Conversations," on Funk Volume, peaked at number two on iTunes’ hip-hop chart upon its release in April.
On September 12, Dizzy Wright kicks off the Funk Volume 2012 Tour with labelmates Hopsin, SwizZz and DJ Hoppa. While on the road in Florida, Dizzy took a minute to pick five of his own songs that mean the most to him.
5. “Hit Me When You Comin.”
“That song was when I finally started realizing that I had a style that I knew people would fall in love with. It was on the stance of, ‘Hit me when you’re going to be a fan. If you’re not a fan now, that’s cool.’ It was my cocky, confident statement without really being cocky. I was just believing in myself.”
4. “Accept My Flaws Pt. 2,” feat. Chel’le.
“I feel like I brought out a lot of emotion in that song. I gave two different perspectives on a certain situation. In the song, a kid’s friend gets killed. They were from the 'hood and he wanted to retaliate, but he had a kid on the way. The girlfriend is like, ‘You’re out there trying to retaliate and be a thug, but you need to be a man and get ready to be a father.’ But it was his boy and he was loyal to his boy. He couldn’t just let it go. He couldn’t really change who he was.
"I think I was able to open people up to understand both sides. There’s never really a right or wrong. You just have to know how to work with each other. I know somebody who really went through that. I was able to put it into a song and make it make sense and make people learn something from it.”
3. “Funk Volume 2012,” feat. Hopsin, SwizZz, DJ Hoppa.
“That’s when I smacked all the Funk Volume fans in the face, like ‘Motherfucker, I’m here.’ I got with Funk Volume because I felt like I could stand out but also fit in. At first, the fans didn’t really accept me too well because my sound is a little more on the smooth side and I have a different approach than Hop and SwizZz, but I felt like it was a perfect song for me to be me. So I think ‘FV 2012’ shows how I fit in but how I stand out.”
2. “Can’t Trust ’Em.”
“That’s one’s really important to me because I was able to be live and I was able to put out that sound and people still accepted it, the realness about it. I want to be able to just be me.
"I listen to a lot of trap shit, so I wanted to let people know I can’t trust ‘em. I feel that way because I’ve been through a lot, a bunch of learning experiences. I went through a whole bunch of different managers, labels -- even on a personal level with friends. I felt like I couldn’t trust any of them.
"The video for the song also plays a big part of it because it was the first time I really got to broadcast my personality. I was able to have everybody involved. Overall, it was just a good experience.”
1. “Solo Dolo.”
“That’s just how I operate now. Right before ‘Solo Dolo’ came out, I went through a whole soul-searching process. I was just trying to find my way on my own. People get hyped off of little things. When you start making little accomplishments, start making a name for yourself, people just start expecting more out of you. You’re able to see the real from the fake.
"I feel like I found my way just being ‘Solo Dolo’ and focusing on me. I feel like that’s my statement song because I feel like everybody feels like that or thinks like that, where they want to be ‘Solo Dolo.’ My daughter also played a big part of that. I didn’t want to be out there with a bunch of random people when I was trying to step up to the plate.”