Liizen – I DARE YOU [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Emotional, lyrical and expressive.

Tell us a few things about your new work I Dare You

I DARE YOU as I was writing it was meant to be a symbol of surviving yourself. Rather it’s addiction, mental health or even your surroundings, you’re bigger and badder than it. I struggle with drinking sometimes and drugs, I admit, but I know I’m better than that. Everyday is a new day to start anew. Sometimes our addictions force us to hurt people we don’t always mean to. At some point we have to get our heads out of the sand and wake up.

For which lyric you are most proud of? And Which song of this work is your favorite?

Probably ‘Who RU’ I said:
“Claim you raised by wolves/ I Fck with Baboons/ Stay on my grind feed my family with proof/ Cough at my table then Btch you excused/“
As for my favorite song on the album? That’s a hard decision, but the one I find myself listening to the most is probably ‘Didn’t Mean It’.

You released a full album. Do people still listen to full albums? What was the best album you listened to in the past year?

I’ll probably have to say no. Streaming things made it easy to skip around to find songs that express how you feel in the moment. I’ve never released a full album before, so I wanted to do it in two months time and surely enough I did it. The best album I heard thus far this year would have to be Nicki Minaj’s 2014 album: ’The Pinkprint’. I knew most of the songs individually and had no clue they were part of an album, I was hype in the car bumping it. The Crying Game and Bed of Lies always leaves me in my bag. I swear.

What does hip hop symbolize in your opinion?

Hope. Many people roam this world without a voice and music is a universal language, Hip-hop is like a super power to me. Eminem being my #1artist, when I was little I didn’t always understand a lot of what he was saying although his aura, his verses, his presence alone spoke volumes to this 7 year old kid in the city of Philadelphia. I wanted to follow in his footsteps and still do. I wanna be the hero for other’s that he was for me. I want to give people HOPE.

What was the best film you have watched during the quarantine?

I’ve watched so many different movies since the start of COVID, I’m going to have to say ‘The Wrong Missy’. I know it forwards, backwards and inside out. The movie doesn’t get enough credit. I won’t say anymore about it, because I’ll spoil it. You just gotta watch it yourself.

One last thing we should know about you?

Just one thing? I’m like pandora’s box, there’s so much tucked under my vest. But just one thing I can reveal, let’s see. [Thinking] I’m going to say my first concert I ever saw was Bullet For My Valentine in Scranton 2010. I’d always wanted to be to a rock concert, I was so overwhelmed by the atmosphere I had to walk out. The mosh pits, people spitting, smashing their heads on stuff and screaming told me this isn’ where I belonged. The crowd necessarily, I wanted to be on that stage, up here with the lights and watching people lose their minds over me. Chicks flashing me from the crowd, dudes fighting one another over which of my songs is the best. Haha. I aim to be the best me that people fall in love with.

Thank you!

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