New York City, rapper and entrepreneur That Guy Marz always knew music would be the path he took in his career path. As a youngster, he looked up to notable artists such as Michael Jackson, Missy Elliot, and more, one day hoping he would be able to create and inspire people in the same way. Just recently, the music sensation released his debut mixtape titled, Making Younger Me Proud as an ode to the experiences he’s endured in his own personal journey. We recently sat down to discuss all the details on the new mixtape, what he’s currently working on, and much more.
Tell us when you knew music would be the path you took in your career path.
Well, it started while I was growing up. Early on, I would watch music videos such as Missy Elliott, Michael Jackson, and Usher. Watching those innovators do their work onstage and, in their videos, really inspired me to want to pursue that as a career. I knew early on that was what I wanted to do eventually.
Can you tell us about Making Younger Me Proud?
It’s pretty self-explanatory. I think that it is something that everyone can relate to. Who wouldn’t want to make their younger selves proud? It started out with a dream, visions, and goals. I was pursuing them throughout high school, I had success even before that, and also doing national commercials. Mainly, my goal was to continue to keep pushing. I know a lot of people that stopped what they were doing or changed their career path, just because they were not 100% focused on following their dreams. Making Younger Me Proud is a statement for someone that wants to keep going and moving forward. It’s inspiration for people who may have changed up their visions for what they wanted to do, even though they have passion and dreams early on in their life.
What inspired the visuals for the new video, Airborne?
Airborne is a Call of Duty-inspired music video. When I made the song, that was defiantly not in mind (laughs). When I ran this song through my director A1 Vision, he immediately came up with the concept and idea. I owe credits to him for this concept. I am pretty much a fan of Call of Duty and action movies too. My goal with the video was to take things to another level. From quality of the camera to the sets, location, overall. I wanted to deliver a music video that would do right by myself. I just wanted to show people that you don’t necessarily need certain things to still do what you see yourself doing. Even without that help, you can still make things happen on your own.
What are you currently working on and what can we expect to see from you in 2021?
Currently working on another project. I do have a new single dropping in April, so I am excited about that. You can expect more music very soon!
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