Unorthodox Reviews had a heart-to-heart with Rapper Sizz The Truth. We talked about his thoughts on life, his music, and his future.
1. For those who do not know who you are, kindly introduce yourself and tell us how your journey has been so far
I’m Sizz The Truth, formerly known as S!zzle.
I started writing music very early in my childhood, started recording in junior high school but it was just last year I decided to take my music seriously. The journey has been good so far. I’ve released great material and performed on many major platforms while steadily growing a fanbase for my craft.
2. You are known for your exciting stage performances. What really goes through your mind before stepping on stage?
For me, I really love to come out to perform my music and see the crowd reaction.
I always look forward to going on stage but I think every artist gets those little butterflies in their tummies just before they go on stage. With me, as soon as I get on stage, it all leaves and I feel like I’m in a different world, a world of my own, my safe haven.
3. What was the thought process behind the making of The Whole Truth? How long did it take to put together?
My name is Sizz The Truth, ‘The Truth’ being my other moniker that reflects in my personality and music. I’m a very direct, honest and straightforward person most of the time. The Whole Truth is basically to make the world/fans get to know me properly (my thoughts, interests, fantasies, and emotions)
Thus getting to know The Whole of The Truth.
4. What’s your relationship with Arrow like in terms of making music?
That’s the number one producer I work with!!
We sometimes work on beats together like on records such as ‘Show You More‘. He is My very strong music companion and we always try to inspire each other. He produced half of the songs on this project.
5. Who or what genres did you listen to whiles growing up and what are you currently listening to?
While growing up I listened to a lot of R&B like Isley brothers, Joe, Backstreet Boys, R.Kelly, Sisqo, Usher, Craig David, and even TLC and Destiny’s child.
One of my sisters had Destiny’s child’s album cassettes and always used to play them out loud with my mum’s Cassette player while learning and singing along to the lyrics, I started to join in eventually lol.. I listened to a lot of hip-hop tho, a bit more while growing older.
I Used to Bump 50 cent, Nas, bone thugs, DMX, T.I, Lil Wayne, Jay Z, Kanye West, Drake, J.Cole etc… And also Wyclef Jean & Lauryn Hill, I don’t know which genre they fit in to lol.
On the African scene, I used to listen to a lot of 2face Idibia, he’s the GOAT in my eyes…the first time I ever performed for a crowd was in Primary 5 for a TV variety show and I did a 2face song lol… He has heavy lyrical content but will get you bumping still. You might not even notice how conscious/intelligent the song is till you really listen and digest.
I listened to M.I too, a legend undoubtedly. He changed the hip-hop scene in Africa with Talk About It and M.I 2.
Now I listen to a lot of random stuff…Bas (my favorite rapper atm), “Old Drake“, The Weeknd, old school R&B and a lot of alternative music from Africa & beyond.
6. Would you say these are what inspired the music you do now?
Well… We could say that But amongst all that I was able to go ahead and find myself thanks to their influences and inspirations
7. What keeps you going when you feel like giving up or when you have your back to the wall?
I believe everyone has a purpose and my intuition tells me this is mine so I constantly remind myself of that.
I also love the beach a lot and I frequent there to free my mind. I watch interviews/documentaries of major artists to be inspired by how they went past their struggles through determination and hard work.
Most importantly, there was this one time my auntie who I’m very close with sent me a text motivating me to push on, I saved it in my notes ever since and I read it from time to time when I feel down or mentally/emotionally drained.
8. How do you think art can be used to solve a pertinent issue in society?
The Creative arts industry in this part of the world isn’t taken as seriously as it should be.
There’s huge potential, there’s a lot of talent, from musicians, actors to designers and sculptors. I feel like in a few years to come, Accra could be a huge center for art in Africa, just like Berlin is in Europe, We just need the government and the corporate world realizing this potential early enough.
I met a lot of great artists at the ChaleWote festival a year ago and they do it out of passion just like all creatives but it reaches a point where one has to survive and fend for their family.
We don’t want these people going on the streets being hooligans just to secure a day’s meal, we will rather want them to inspire the world with their God-given gifts, right? So the right avenue must be put in place… We are in an era where good-paying jobs are difficult to find, you move from undergraduate to unemployed even with a formidable degree then begin to indulge in unlawful activities just to make money and survive, that’s the position this system puts you in.
So why not pay attention to this virtually untapped field to allow gifted individuals to use their gifts to create employment for themselves which then comes back to boost the standard of living and the economy we live in and also attract bigger/serious investors.
9. Where do you see Sizz The Truth in the next 5 years?
Touching people across the world with my music and being a HUGE export of rap & music from Africa.
10. Does Sizz The Truth have any label affiliations?
No, I’m independent for now.