How Miami's Bizerk Went From Locker Drums to iTunes No. 1 With Shaggy
How did you start out over at the Circle House?
Originally, I was never a rapper, but I used to do the beats on the lockers and drum on the tables at school with the pencils. I'm talkin' like 7th grade. This is back when Al B. Sylk was on Power 96 and he would do the Roll Call, so that made everybody wanna rap. I was goin' to Northwest Christian Academy on Opa-Locka Boulevard. I remember Lunch Money started goin' to school there and he was always rappin'. He was like, "Yo, I need somebody to rap with," so I started rappin' with him in school. He's the one who gave me the name Bizerk. I rapped for Abebe on the phone, and he was like, "Yo, bring him by the studio." So I started goin' there when I was like 13, bringing people water and doing whatever I could.
You and Lunch had a group right?
Yeah, we were actually signed to Universal Records. Our first show was the Y100 Wing Ding, which was huge for a first show. I was the hype man. People loved us. We were autographing their arms and everything.
How'd you get with Slightly Stoopid?
They were at the studio doing a Jacob Miller record with Inner Circle, and I was supposed to be on it and write a verse. But when I went to the studio, I got a call that my homeboy got shot, so I left to go make sure everything was alright with him. Give thanks he didn't die, but I didn't get to write the verse. That was gonna be my first big chance to write for somebody, but I love the way it came out anyway.
A while later, I had the session of the track and I got with the engineer to chop it up and made my own remix. I was in there with Jah Rog, and he told me, "Yo, Zerk get on there, and change this part to say Convertible Burt, just to make it a Miami song," they loved it and showed it to Slightly Stoopid, and then I got on stage at the Nine Mile Music Fest and did the verse and they got to see me perform, and that's kinda how I got cool with them. They seen me rap, they were like, "Yo, you killed it." They actually grabbed the record and did a remix with Capleton, and then Vans grabbed it and they did a new video for it.
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What's some other shows you've performed on?
With Inner Circle, Soja for a sold-out show at Revolution. I've opened for Redman and Method Man. I opened for Bone Thugs. Me and Lunch toured with the Marley brothers all over Florida. Jacki-O, we went on a small tour with her and Ross. We were real close with Iconz, they schooled us, they showed us a lot.
What's the track you got with Robbie Dreadeyez and I-Octane?
Robbie does music in Shuttle Life. Robbie's from Jamaica. They were actually featured on National Geographic TV show Drugs Inc. But they make conscious music, they not drug dealers. They're in the marijuana section. But they're for music, not for drugs. That's the homies. They're real close with Ruben Slikk and Metro Zu. Dreadeyez talks that real reggae patois. He really helped me get that conscious reggae vibes in the studio. That's the homie.
How'd you get with Magazeen?
I linked with Mikey T the Movie Star. He's like the main blogger at AllHipHop. He done all the interviews with Yo Gotti and stuff. He also works with Maybach Music. He took a liking to me and he linked me with Magazeen. We got in the studio and banged out a lot of tracks. I lost one, but I captured a good one with him. He's all over the Ross albums. He's on that "Yacht Club." I told him he should start a Maybach Jamaica. He goes in. There's no discrepancies. He just goes in and does track after track. I'm a fan. Magazeen is stupid with it.
What do you do with Abebe?
He's got a company called Abebe Lewis Marketing and Branding Group. He does a lot of big marketing for major alcohol companies like Rémy, Cîroc. He runs all the clubs on South Beach, not like owns them, but they go to him when they wanna blow the club up. He puts on artists and gets them in the studio, in the clubs, he gets them everywhere. He runs Miami. He works with Ne-Yo, Flo Rida, does major events. I work with him on the email blasts. We have a database of, like, 100,000 people. We have it all demographically organized. We have major people linkin' with us.
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