Late last month, when Dizzy Wright was in New York City, the Funk Volume rapper caught up with fellow up-and-comer Joey Bada$$. The two got together in the studio, and out of those sessions came “Maintain,” a track that will be featured on Dizzy’s upcoming, yet-to-be-titled mixtape. Today, Funk Volume and Pro Era are releasing the track, premiered by Complex.
While most collaborations nowadays rarely happen in-person, it was special for the two rising emcees to come together in the studio, and that chemistry comes across on the “Maintain.” “I’d made a track that I felt like it was perfect for Joey,” recalls Dizzy on how the song, produced by Funk Volume’s DJ Hoppa, first came about. “It was cool working in the studio together. We’re both young, both energetic – we just got a good vibe and got creative.” The finished product is an uplifting track, with both rappers delivering on the ’90s vibe that permeates much of their music. “We were trying to convey that feel-good sound,” says Dizzy. “It just all fell together.”
Dizzy Wright Background:
Not many 21-year old rappers can say that they’ve been rapping for over a decade. Las Vegas, Nevada, Rapper Dizzy Wright began rapping at just 8 years old, in the group “DaFuture” with his brother and very close friend – his mother wrote his raps at the time. Dizzy broke through when he was discovered at the Sheikh Music “Rip the Mic” competition in 2010 and signed onto Funk Volume a few months later. In April 2012, Dizzy released his first Funk Volume album, SmokeOut Conversations, peaking at #2 on the iTunes Hip-Hop charts which he followed up with a free mixtape, Free SmokeOut Conversations, which has been downloaded over 200,000 times, and helped propel Dizzy to his own national 30-city tour. In December 2012, Dizzy went on to release the first of four EPs, The First Agreement, which reached as high as #2 on the iTunes Hip-Hop chart. Dizzy is showing no signs of slowing down as 2013 looks to be his biggest year yet.
Funk Volume Background:
Funk Volume is a record label, marketing and production company founded to give hip hop artists a home to freely express themselves without feeling controlled or pressured by any other outside forces. Currently home to Hopsin, SwizZz, Dizzy Wright, Jarren Benton and DJ Hoppa, Funk Volume’s plan is to represent only the sickest, most talented, and most creative artists that we can find. The label’s objective is to produce music that it feel competes with any other artists or labels in the industry. Funk Volume is not a “movement”, not a “gang”, not a “squad.” Funk Volume is a commitment – to protect the integrity of the music and conduct our business properly. It is a commitment to hip-hop, to its fans, and to each other.