We Wit It L.A. would like to introduce you to Blaze & A-roC. The two are bringing a new definition to the term “rap duo” one bar at a time. With thought provoking lyrics and production value that would catch Kanye’s ears. If you’re still clueless take a look at a recent Q & A session we had with A-roC & Blaze.
Separately we know you as Blaze & A-roC, but does your duo have a name?
We go by the Name of “A-RoC & Blaze” [blah-zay] most ppl think our
name is “U.F.O.” [Unidentified Fresh Objects] but UFO is our team that
consists of more people such as Artist, Producers, Supporters etc. its
pretty much what you’ll see us rep’n all day everyday.
How do you two know each other?
We met back in high school and just happen to cut a track one day at the
studio and we sounded dope together, and it all started from there.
Born and raised in L.A.? If no, where at?
Blaze: I was born in LA. Raised in Inner City LA / Lancaster and grew up back out here in the area . I’ve learned a lot in so many areas that I’d hate to put a stamp on it. Gardena/Inglewood/Venice.
A-roC:Yes, Inglewood to be specific.
What H.S. did you attend?
Blaze: Started at Animo Venice Charter and graduated from Morningside.
A-roC: Venice High School
If you could describe your music in 4 words, what would they be?
Fresh, Dope, Real, Winning
What brought you to music?
Blaze: I heard the Stevie Wonder album “Talking Book” when I was a little dude,that’s what got me started.
A-roC: I’ve always had an ear for music but what finally brought me to it was me getting the access to a studio when i was 15. I walked in a ball player and walked out a musician.
How long have you been spittin?
Blaze: I’ve been rapping seriously since ’06 .
Who are your musical inspirations?
Blaze: Stevie Wonder has been my biggest musical inspiration,I look at him like most look at Michael Jackson. Also people like Kanye, Jay-Z.
A-roC: With me being a Rapper/Producer Kayne is the biggest inspiration on my
music. But beyond him Micheal Jackson, Outkast, Biggie Smalls, Lil Wayne, Pharrell etc.
Why do you think L.A. rap has died out?
A-roC: I don’t think L.A. Rap has died one bit. I think there’s a lot of “rappers” in LA that shouldn’t be doing music. But I think for the most part LA is booming right now in music and I’m excited to be apart of it.
Blaze: I don’t think L.A. rap has died at all. We have great artists coming out of here .
First album you purchased?
Blaze: First album I personally purchased was probably ..
A-roC: First Album I ever purchased was Nelly “Country Grammar
What’s your favorite UFO track?
Blaze: One question I hate to answer . My favorite track always is the one we’ve most recently finished . But as of this very moment it’s “No Gravity” intro. Or another track we have as one of the singles from the project called “Beyond the Rest” .
A-roC: I wouldn’t answer this cause my favorite changes every time we do a new song (while laughing). I love all our songs though, I just know our all time favorite is yet to be made.
When will you be touring in the future?
We’re working out touring dates now. No official info yet but it will be posted on our tumblr .
What’s your favorite thing about L.A.?
Blaze: Favorite part? That’s a difficult one to answer, I think it’s how fast the city is so much goes on. But it’s also can be the worst part cause you can miss some of the best stuff.
A-roC: That people look at LA as the place to be, it makes you more proud to be from it.
It’s Friday night where can we find you?
A-roC: Studio, Studio or a Studio (while laughing).
Blaze: In “the O” (Studi-O) or at my house “The Vice”.
What’s your favorite memory as an artist?
Blaze: Our first song is always a great memory. It shows how much we’ve grown as artists.
A-roC: When a random fan walked up recognized me and gave me props. That’s when I realized I had a actual purpose in music
What can we expect from you guys in 2012?
A-roC: Shit another mixtape, a lot more visuals and collabs with bigger artist
Blaze: Dope music, Dope videos, Dope shows
Other artist you’re feeling?
Kendrick Lamar, Frank Ocean, J-Cole, Big Sean.
Are you afraid of success?
Blaze: Once upon a time (while laughing) I grew out of that..I hope.
A-roC: This is probably one of my biggest fears and I don’t know why. (while laughing) But fear ain’t never really stopped me from shit so success here we come.
What do you want listeners to take away from your music?
Favorite L.A. food spot?
Blaze: “World Wide Tacos” a little spot in Leimert Park. The best tacos I’ve ever had.
A-roC:I gotta say “Fresh N Meaty” in Inglewood.
Who has helped you the most to get this point?
Blaze:Justin and JoJo (BET’s Baldwin Hills) have been with us every step of the way .
If you could have a musicians career who would it be? Why?
Blaze: 2Pac. Everyone can learn something from his music, Still. He stood for so much while he was alive.
A-roC: I would say Drake. Why? Who wouldn’t want a Lil Wayne Co-Sign (while laughing).
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