Recently there has been a surge of new artists coming out of Jersey. Some of which include RetcH, Dash, Albee Al, and Mr. Fontane.
Let me introduce you to another Jersey spitter, Blaze, The Rebel, an East Orange (NJ) representative. At the tender age of 19, Blaze has a strong presence on the mic and his rapping ability is well beyond his age. Blaze developed his liking for music at early on when his parents enrolled him in music classes. That love for music continued to grow, when he attended Newark Tech High School he took Music Production classes. At the end of his high school career, he ended up meeting the producer IamJkeys and singer/rapper Alvine, which sparked the beginning of their crew “The Rebel Clan” and since 2013 they have been inseparable since.
Along with being a prolific rapper Blaze, The Rebel also owns his own Media Company. His talent in film and music videos has helped him gain even more notoriety to now the Jersey spitter is getting known for his lyrical abilities and not just his work behind the camera. Keep an eye out for Blaze The, Rebel the multi-talented artist is going to make moves this year along with his Rebel Clan. Salute.
Check out our interview below and learn a little bit more about Blaze and check out the video for his remix to AJ Tracey’s “Pasta.” The track will give you a good taste of his impressive flow.
1. At what age did you start rapping?
I started taking rapping seriously around the age of 14 around my sophomore year of high school.
2. Who were some of your influences growing up?
Growing up there were a wide variety of people who influenced me. Of course, there are my parents and my family and then there’s actual artists in the industry that helped mold me into who I am today. The ones who I would say stood out the most, in my opinion, were Kid Cudi, Kanye West, Jay-Z, and a few others.
3. When did you form “The Rebel Clan” and who is part the team?
Surprisingly, even though my name has “the Rebel” in it, I technically wasn’t the one who formed the group. Me, Josh Keys (my producer) and two other people actually came up with the name “The Rebel Clan” but the group itself had a lot of people jump in and out before we established who was actually in the group. As of now, there are officially three members in the Clan; that’s me, Keys, and Alvine. I’m the MC, Keys is the producer, and Alvine is the vocalist of the group.
4. I hear that you own your own media company. When did you start it and who have you worked with?
Yeah, I actually own a film production company known as Rebel Kingdom Cinematics and I used to do a lot of video work in and out of the Essex County/NYC area. It started back in the summer of 2014 a year after I graduated high school. I worked with a few known individuals such as Shotgun Suge, Tsu Surf, Jadakiss, and Arsonal Da Rebel to name a few. From that point on it continued to grow and I used my reputation and as an outlet to showcase my music.
5. What’s next for you and The Rebel Clan?
Well as of now there’s a lot of stuff in motion for me and the Clan but I’m not really a fan of speaking on matters until they come to fruition. What I can say is I’m currently under a production deal with James Cruz (Diddy’s Manager) and a few other playmakers in the game. Steve Rifkind developed a liking for my craft and will be reaching out to me very soon. I’m supposed to be performing at SXSW this upcoming March so that should be fun, I’ve never been to Texas. I also have a music video set to be released soon to one of my singles named “Multiply” — I’m aiming to blow everyone out the water with that one. Lastly, I plan on putting out an EP sometime in the Spring. There’s no telling what comes after that.
6. Is there anything you would like to add?
There’s not really much else I think I can say, you’ll just have to follow me on social media and watch the growth happen. I just want to show people that with enough perseverance and consistency, you can be anything you put your mind too. Everyone’s a work in progress, but you gotta start somewhere. (PS: I’d also like to thank everyone at The Rapfest, that’s pretty much it.)