Thomas Hazey (whose real name is Dean), is a South African hip hop artist and occasional beatmaker from Boksburg, Born in Gauteng, born 18 March 1997. A member of the music collective, Frequency Manipulation (FM), Hazey began releasing music online from as early as 2010 with fellow FM member and long time collaborator, Daev Martian.
Their first full length releases being the “Planet Marz” mixtape (2012) and the follow up EP “Rough Sketch” (2013) – projects that helped them both find some footing in the direction for their individual paths as artists.
Hazey has positioned himself as a somewhat socially conscious, often introspective, thoughtful and confident wordsmith, ready to stand besides anybody who believes they can actually rap. After gaining some clout from his feature verse on Daev Martian’s “88” single on Daev’s debut album, featuring himself and ASAP Shembe, as well as having the music video for that very same single premiere on Complex Magazine UK and Zikhipani magazine (locally) in 2017, Hazey began releasing more and more music at a more consistent rate to his SoundCloud base audience – with the hashtag for the year being #HazeySeason.
With music that explores a variety of concepts such as personal triumph and reflection, as heard on his “A Prelude To Something?” EP (March, 2018) , Freedom and Social commentary, as heard on his collaborative EP with fellow EastRand MC, Seez, on their “BornFree-ish” EP (April, 2018), lifestyle raps, his frustrations with the rap industry and further showcases of rapping ability as heard on “PREVIEWS” (June, 2018) a collaborative EP with Daddy Longstem and “4Play” EP (August, 2018) with long time producer and friend Ty-Dilla, as well as personal, introspective, thoughtful and cleverly crafted his fifth EP release of the year 2018 “Lost” , a 4-track project entirely produced by Sowetan -based producer xSipping.
The limits as to where Hazey can and is willing to go with his music and what he chooses to speak on, are yet to be defined. Heavily inspired by a wide range of artists such Tumi Molekane, Mac Miller, J. Cole, Mick Jenkins and Kendrick Lamar, and many many more – as Hazey would put it himself, ” I don’t have a sound, I’m just dope “. Hazey, as well as his music, can be found across all digital streaming platforms such as Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, Deezer, SoundCloud and Audiomack