Inf Grizzy, an indie rapper representing the Jersey Shore, announces the release of his new video “Take My Time.” The Toms River, NJ native uses slick, yet uncut storytelling to paint a vivid picture of his life. From fake friends and failed relationships, to prison cells and being pinned against the wall, Inf Grizzy displays a raw sense of vulnerability. However, through it all he rose and will continue to rise, as does the empowering hook. Watch the video and tune into the in-depth interview below.
MJ: For those that might be unfamiliar, introduce yourself to the world of music and Hip Hop.
Inf Grizzy: I go by the name of “Inf Grizzy from ” Jersey Shore and I’m an American Hip Hop Artist born in Lakewood, NJ, but fully raised in South Toms River, NJ.
MJ: You represent Toms River, a town on the Jersey Shore and in the middle of Philly and NY but also a town with a limited Hip Hop presence and scene. Has that created any challenges for you, or does it motivate you more?
Inf Grizzy: It was a big challenge, I had to figure out my formula to get people to know who I am and for them to rock with me. What motivated me was back in the day freestyling at the movie theaters in front of a crowd of people. That made me who I am today stronger, wiser, and presentable.
MJ: Talk a little about your journey to becoming a recording artist.
Inf Grizzy: To be honest, it was a long ride. Throughout the years I was doing music with a lot of artists that let their egos get the best of them, and thinking they were better than everybody. I had to push myself away from that. Till this day I never gave up, I kept pushing no matter what. The other artists failed because they didn’t continue their grind and just fizzled out. For me, I can’t see myself doing that, so I grind everyday even when I’m tired…I still made things happen. I thank the man upstairs for giving me another chance at this.
MJ: Before we jump into your two hit singles, I want to take a moment to acknowledge that as an artist you move and live life true to the culture. That is rare these days when we talk about the evolution and artists who see rap as Hip Hop, forgetting that rap is only one element of Hip Hop. Take this time to share about giving back to communities and your philanthropic efforts.
Inf Grizzy: As far as me being an Artist, I been doing this for a long time. My mission besides being an artist is helping people get on their feet and guide them through life. I was the one out on the streets helping the homeless everyday nonstop. My plan was to talk to the community board and see how we can help the ones that can’t help themselves, even kids that are hanging with the wrong people getting into trouble.
MJ: After listening to your latest singles “Take My Time” and “Drip Remix” it’s fair to say you show up and show out. You display an uncanny ability not to be caged or boxed in. What is your recipe for creating both conscious records and club bangers? Talk about the importance of crossing genres as an artist?
Inf Grizzy: “Take My Time” is a record that’s about my life, what I’ve been going through for the last 2 years. This song has a meaning to it, be careful who you associate with and watch your surroundings at all times because even a loved one will turn their back on you…”Drip Remix” is a cross record mixed with real Hip Hop artists twisting it similar to drill in a way, but in our own way. Real artists like me and others get overlooked because we’re not on the radar, yet… But we are real Hip Hop and we’re going to continue to be Hip Hop. “Drip” is a club record that’ll have the clubs lit fo sho and the DJs will love this one.
MJ: What’s next for Inf Grizzy. Can you give us a little inside scoop on upcoming releases, performances, etc.?
Inf Grizzy: What’s next is I’m working on new singles that are coming out soon. I’m locking in performances and expanding my music catalog for tours.
MJ: Let everyone know where to connect and follow you.
Inf Grizzy: You can connect and follow me everywhere…