We had the good fortune of connecting with Mezuo and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mezuo, what is the most important factor behind your success?
There’s a lot of factors that have played into the success of my brand thus far, which makes it difficult to pinpoint just one. The fact that I was able to balance college and my creative pursuits in an extremely rigorous environment gave me a different level of confidence navigating life outside of school. It equipped me with top tier time management skills because I was striving to operate at the highest level on both ends. I can comfortably say you need the time management skills to build a career as an artist because there are plenty of factors outside of the art itself. I remain grateful for my foundation as I look back on my journey thus far.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
There’s quite a bit to unpack here. I took an unorthodox approach into entertainment largely because of my academic background. Holding a business degree from a top 5 university inherently set me apart very early on. Fortunately, I was crafting my creative skill-set during High School so it was much easier to be able to commit and create some end goals for myself within the industry. A lot of my peers in college were being shaped to thrive in the corporate space, so I had to utilize selective listening and take what applied to my professional goals. One can imagine that this was very frustrating and conflicting at the time because I knew what I wanted to do but felt like I had to jump over unnecessary hurdles to get there. I contemplated dropping out of college about 9 times but ultimately stayed after losing my mother prematurely and deciding that college would be the best mental escape.
I thought carefully about how I would separate myself from the pack within the industry. I knew I had to diversify my skill-set to stand out more. So in addition to rapping and producing, I picked up screenwriting, directing, and acting during my time in college. I learned very quickly that they were all more closely tied than I had previously known. I’ve also learned very quickly that you can have anything you want in this world, just simply not all at the same time. Currently, I’m building on my first two records and debut music video. We are blessed for the critical acclaim received on the debut video of “30”. We’ve unlocked several exciting opportunities including my recent feature film composition debut on Netflix for “Clash”. Additionally, I’ll be releasing my debut EP titled “Major League” on September 3rd. With that being said, I refuse to place any ceilings on myself and there is no limit as to what’s to come.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
We would have to tap in with my guys at NoHo pizza for a slice and Slangin Birdz for a hot chicken fix. Drink wise, we can always catch a happy hour at Anejo looking over the hills from Sherman Oaks. May even slide to El Tejano for the Texas vibes. We could comfortably end the night at Madame Siam/Dirty Laundry in Hollywood with the home team. There’s no shortage of moves to make in the city but these are some reliable spots to catch a vibe.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have to shoutout all of my family, friends, and fans that have supported me along the way and kept gas in the tank. Definitely have to recognize my brothers on the team between my Manager/DJ, Ken (@Kenin3d), as well as my photographer/videographer, Mase (@MaseVisuals). Looking forward to all moments moving forward that we get to share.
Mason Williams – @MaseVisuals Jack Langlois – @JackLanglois Angel Andrade – @AngelAndradedln