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Apr 11, 2014

ReignCity Interview: Raz Simone -  “The Sober Solider”

Raz Simone

Raz Simone’s music has been compared to a typical Seattle day. With it’s quick wit the music is heavy, moody, cloudy, stormy hip hop that you can’t help but play over and over again. But Raz Simone is far from your typical rapper. Reign City had the pleasure of catching up with the busy up and comer where we talked fast food, the touring, and being the “sober” one in any situation.

Reign City: You want a slice of pizza?

RAZ: Aw, man. I just ate pho actucally.

RC: Pho is kind of your thing. You’ve featured it in a few music videos.

Raz: Man. Guess I have. We were actually just talking about wanting to open up a pho truck with billiards and call it Pho Que.

RC: Heard you don’t smoke? Something you don’t hear about a lot of rappers. How has that effected you in your career?

Raz:: Yeah I don’t smoke. And I always seem to get asked about it. I mean being from Seattle it seems that everyone smokes but I’ve never smoked. People are always like “respect, respect” that I don’t. But I’ve never tried it, so I don’t see the reason for the respect. I mean say I smoked for like ten years and then stopped that’s more commendable because that takes a lot. But I’ve never had that feeling. I’ve never needed to take it out of my diet. So I don’t miss it.

RC: How come you never started?

RAZ: I’ve always had examples growing up; good examples and bad examples. I had examples from my mom and her family as my good examples. The good side gave me the backbone not to need that. I care a lot about my mind and body and soul. I mean I don’t eat beef or pork. I like the natural state that I’ve always had going.

RC: Why don’t you eat beef or pork?

RAZ:  I say “Eat to live don’t live to eat.” Don’t stress about your food option, like if I needed to eat a burger I’ll eat one. But I don’t miss pork. I am really about pork propaganda. It’s something I don’t need in my life.

RC: So, do you drink?

RAZ:  No. Not really. I have tasted alcohol before. I’ve taken a slip when I was pushing like 20 something, then I decided fine I actually try it. I can count it on one hand the amount of times I’ve been tipsy. I mean I’m a slower drinker, slow eater, I chew my water, so it’s already not going down. When I am on tour though it’s different, you know. I mean I feel like it’s more like smoking is like pork to me and beef is like drinking. I won’t get mad when beef is on my plate. I’m not like “oh my god there is a burger in front of me.” But with smoking I just don’t do it.

RC: Must be hard when you are on tour.

RAZ:  Well when you are on tour everyone is about “yo! Man let me smoke you out. I got that good stuff. Come!” And man, those are the moments I did wish I did smoke. Because then I could par take in this experiences right here. Sometimes I’ll take one for the team and if they hand me a handful of weed, I’ll take it. And then my guys are quick to take it from me. But that’s the thing - it’s everyone’s number one goal is to get me to smoke. Then it’s like “Aw, man let me get you a drink. Something! What you want. What you want.” Then I turn to the person next and be like “What are you drinking? You want it.”
I mean every night it’s a different person who wants to smoke you out. Someone wants to drink with you. Someone wants to get you drunk. It’s just the same thing again and again. And that’s the thing I don’t like. The consistent thing. I don’t like it when it’s consistent. It’s like an addiction in it’s own. Like you act like you need it. Like drinking coffee in the morning. You don’t need that but you trick yourself into thinking you need it.

RC: No caffeine for you either you?

RAZ:  (Laughs) No. I mean the most I’ll drink is like a tea. I mean once I went to this like tea wizard. Where he got me tea to help with my throat and voice. I’ll do that. So ginger tea, where it’s just ginger. I’ll steep it for hours.

***Rapid Reign Questions!

In your music video “Still mobbin” you are doing what I call “Mario Karting” which is where you stick your head out the sun roof while you are driving.
With that said - which Mario Kart character would you say you are?

RAZ: mario

Easily star struck - yes or no?

RAZ: no

All is fair in love & war - yes or no?

RAZ: false

Worst Rap Name?

RAZ: babyface pimp

If you tried out for a reality show - which one?

RAZ: Real world - Seattle

Lays Chips is looking for a new flavor - your suggestion?

RAZ: pancake (with a side of syrup)

Do you fear failure or success more?

RAZ: Neither

What will you buy with your first big check?

RAZ: nothing

One question you’ve always wanted to be asked?

RAZ: Why are my eyelashes so prefect?

We had Raz hit the photo booth before leaving. Big thanks to Raz and his management for making this happen! - Roseanne McAleese