In the early nineties the Wu-Tang Clan was heard from West to South to North to East, everybody was banging “Cuban Linx” and “36 Chambers”. After much success in the nineties the millennium has been plagued with mediocre side projects and slumping sales. It is now time for a rebirth; Bronze Nazareth is part of that rebirth. You have heard his production skills on Rza’s solo effort “Birth of a Prince” and now his debut album “The Great Migration” has been hailed as having that old Wu-Tang sound we know and love. If you don’t know the name Bronze Nazareth, pay attention, this man’s about to become a household name.
Today we are chilling with Bronze Nazareth of the Wu-Elements Crew, what up man?
Chillin, taking care of my seed you know, excited about the album.
For those who don’t know who you are, break it down
I’m Bronze Nazareth from Grand Rapids Michigan and now I’m in Detroit, and I’ve been hear for a couple of years. I’m signed to the Wu Elements, the Wu-Tang family tree. I’ve been making beats since 94 and been rhyming before that. It’s my turn now.
Take us back to the beginning of where you met The Rza; some people know the story while others don’t.
This was around 96, I was already in hip-hop making beats, rhyming a little bit, and Wu-Tang was my favorite crew. When you are a hungry emcee you are looking for anything that will give you that chance to get signed or to be heard. I saw one of the members of the Wu-Tang Killa Bees (Cilvaringz) was online and they had his email out there in the open. So I just hit him with an email to see if I could make anything pop off. He listened to some songs that I had done and he hit me back because he was feeling it. So after that he and I started building and it got to the point where he thought Rza needed to hear the music so he pointed me in Rza’s direction. So it was like 4 trips to NY and on the 4th trip I met Rza. I was working with another group and Rza walked in a started nodding his head. So he listened for a while and decided to jet, so I asked for just 5 minutes of his time. He gave me the 5 minutes and I played a joint called “Blowgun”, after that he asked me the join the Wu-Element and the rest is history.
Definitely a case of being at the right place at the right time, aye?
Exactly, if you can’t get a break then you have to make a break.
Being that the Wu is in Staten Island and you are in Detroit, explain to use how you have made that work.
It’s been really easy actually. When I need to get to NY it’s no problem, but it’s been a lot of sending things back and forth. We exchange packages via the mail and through email and it’s been real easy to link up with the internet and get what we need to get done. If I need to be in NY, I just go to NY.
It’s 2006 and the industry has gone through some significant changes. Would you say the success you have attained would have been possible without the internet?
Definitely, the internet was instrumental in me getting on, basically it lead to me getting on. Before I got signed, me and my brother had an album and we were selling a good amount of copies through the net. This is actually the stuff that Cilvaringz heard and had already been sold to cats overseas, just off the internet. The internet is the best promotional tool in existence.
“The Great Migration” is out this week on Think Differently/Babygrande and this is your official solo album, it’s not just a production album you also rhyme correct?
Yeah, basically the album is about real life. I like to sit down and make things naturally. I don’t just sit down and tell myself “I’m going to make a joint for the women” Whatever is in my heart I like to just let it out and that’s basically what I did on “Migration”. It’s a good picture of life experiences and the lyrics are crazy. It’s all of my thoughts on paper and it will allow the listener to get a glimpse of my life.
So tell me this, first love…producing or emceeing?
I feel like it takes more skill and more talent to emcee. When you come up with a beautiful verse, it came straight out of your mind from scratch. With producing the sample or the keys are already there, you are just arranging them.
You have some Wu-Tang affiliates on the album, but you also have Philly and Kevlar some newcomers. Who exactly are they?
Philly and Kevlar are part of the Wisemen. Kevlar is my blood brother and he took a bit of a break from music but then I got signed with the Wu and we are back on the grind together. We have some crazy songs coming up. My man Philly is from West Detroit and I have been building with him for a while, he’s like a street scientist. We have a lot of elements, but our music has a message. We are just trying to make good music, period.
What would you say is the most influential or your favorite track on “The Great Migration”?
My favorite track is this joint called “The Pain”. It’s a song where I took everything I was going through and there was some heavy things going on. I felt like I could relive it for a minute and put that down on paper, it’s real and I can feel that.
What do you hope to accomplish by this album?
This album to me is about longevity. I want to make quality music and this is the first piece. Nowadays you have to bring people a puzzle. You have to put that first piece down and continue to bring quality music. I feel this is the first piece of a line of quality that will come from me. People are so tired of this watered down music, even if this doesn’t sell straight out the gate…word of mouth will get around and the quality of the music will continue to stand out.
You have seen a lot of things in this industry and the way you have made your way has to be an inspiration to others trying to get noticed. What would be your advice to someone trying make hip-hop a career?
Basically, go get it. Determination is the only thing that has gotten me through. There is been so many times that I have been let down, or cut off an album, or just wasn’t really moving forward. There are so many disappointments in this business and if you don’t have the mind set to stay determined through all of that, you won’t ever make it. The music is really just a small part of the big picture and you have to have some talent, you always have to have some talent.
Anything else you would like to get off your chest?
Watch out for the 7 Wisemen album. I want people to pay attention to lyrics again. I have a line “my sinister stings glimmer like minister’s rings/echo like singers who sing near hills and valleys of kings/alley’s and gallery art mallory gat and cold heart/travel with power line sparks sour dimes devour my heart” I’m spitting on this joint, after this y’all will have to see the lyrics.
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