5 Questions With ... Josh Baze

Brooklyn, N.Y., native rapper lets the beats tell the story
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    Josh Baze
July 29, 2011 -- 1:44 pm PDT
GRAMMY.com

Rapper/singer Josh Baze was the recent guest for an installment of The Recording Academy's 5 Questions With … series. Held at The Recording Academy's headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif., Baze discussed his favorite GRAMMY moment, music education, utilizing social media, his songwriting process, and working with music video/film director Hype Williams, among other topics.

"Each instrument tells a story," said Baze on his songwriting process. "I take a turning point out of my life and [match] it with the beat and make sure it makes a story that's connected to the people out there, or from my heart to yours. I make sure there's a connection with me and the fans."

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Baze, who was inspired by his musician father to start creating music, cites fellow New York natives such as the late Notorious B.I.G. and Jay-Z as major influences. Baze ventured to Los Angeles to record his debut album #smash, and since then several singles from the album have been released, including "Hollyhood" and "Peroxide." Baze's latest single, "We Made It," will feature an accompanying video directed by GRAMMY-nominated video director Williams, set to debut on Aug. 9. The album is set to be released on Feb. 14, 2012, and will feature collaborations with Deadmau5 and GRAMMY winner Jamie Foxx.

Come back to GRAMMY.com on Aug. 9 to view Baze's exclusive performance at The Academy. For updates and breaking news, please visit The Recording Academy's social networks on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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