Blaze Ya Dead Homie claws to Oddbody’s

By Tim Anderl

On Friday, January 15 rapper Blaze Ya Dead Homie released his newest LP, The Casket Factory. Years in the making, it hit the streets via Majik Ninja Entertainment.

Dayton City Paper caught up with Blaze to discuss his persona, video games, his latest LP and koala sexual health.

When did you first realize your affinity for music?

Blaze: I had music around me growing up. My grandparents had musical instruments adorning their rooms. I started in choirs when I was really young singing and doing things of that nature. I moved on from there. At first I did it in the privacy of my own home. Or I’d be rapping on the side of the building on a break from work and one of the guys would tell me I sounded good. That helped me push myself into the course of what I’m doing now.

When and how did the idea for your stage persona become clear to you?

B: I started out with some things when I was 16 and 17 and tried some things based on what others were succeeding with. I followed suit. As I grew as an artist, I figured out some ways to evolve and change. I’ve been through a few name changes. I started calling myself Blaze right before I signed and started doing stuff with Psychopathic in ’96. I was gonna be Blaze The Butane Magician. Then as I was there I was kicking it with Violent J and he said, “How about Blaze Ya Dead Homie?” I’ve ran with it since then.

Where did you find the inspiration for your latest LP, The Casket Factory?

B: I take inspiration from all over the place. A lot is from movies or what is going on in this day and age. Video games, comic books. I’m into all types of different things. I get a little bit from all over the place.

So you’re enthusiastic about multimedia then?

B: I’m trying to get into it the right way. I’m on the fringes I guess. I have a lot of multimedia stuff. I’m just getting into Xbox One and I’m thinking about getting that PS4 too. I grew up with Atari, Sega, Nintendo, Super Nintendo and so on.
When Nintendo came on Christmas it said, “To the family.” But I saw it say, “To you. To Blaze.” That’s what I seen. I laid claim to it like it was mine. My brother had an old rust bucket Barracuda and I think we bet on a game like Excite Bike. I bet him the car against my Nintendo system. He lost, but never came through on the bet. He still jokes, “I still owe you that f–king Barracuda, damn it.”

You did an early release of a couple singles from the album in “Ghost” and “Worm Food” and released a video for “They Call That Gangsta.” How were those received?

B: Real good. Each one has a little different flavor and style to it. Every time you get some visual out there it is really special. It seems everybody likes it.

“They Call That Gangsta” has a nice west coast vibe to it.

B: It is for everybody. It is to take them back and say, “This is what gangster was and this is what they call gangster right here.” We wanted to show people that. We had a blast filming it; we had a vision and just put it together.

Last summer you toured Australia. Did you get to hold a koala?

B: I was very close to one, but I don’t know about holding because they started talking about some old crazy shit about how koalas had the clap or some shit. I was like, I ain’t feeling that.

Koala bears have the clap?

B: Something like that. You can look it up. I’m being for real on this. I’m gonna be a little smarter and tell you it is not contagious koala to human because I did ask. But, for real, it’s running rampant. I think it’s the clap. It’s some type of crazy shit. Their eyes get all f–ked up. It’s nothing nice.

Are you planning to do a benefit for all the koala honeys suffering from the clap?

B: We might need to.

Blaze Ya Dead Homie performs at Oddbody’s, 5418 Burkhardt Rd. on Friday, June 17 at 7 p.m., supporting Twiztid. Jarren Benton and Rats are also on the bill. The show is open to audiences 18 and over and tickets are $30 in advance and $35 the day of the show. For more on Blaze, please visit facebook.com/thedeadmanblaze.

Tim Anderl is the web editor and a contributing writer at Ghettoblaster Magazine and maintains his own music blog at youindie.com. Reach DCP freelance writer Tim Anderl at TimAnderl@DaytonCityPaper.com.

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