Earlier today, MTV chopped it up with Funk Volume newcomer and XXL Freshman Class of 2013 alum Dizzy Wright. During the interview, Dizzy dished out details on his native Las Vegas' hip-hop scene, his childhood rap aspirations, immersing himself in the short-lived "jerk" dance craze and more.
Dizzy revealed that began rapping as a child, but it was actually his mother who ghostwrote for him at the time.
"I started rapping when I was really young, and my mom started out writing for me. It was super positive, like way too positive. It was just different than the life we were actually living, but it was cool. It kind of kicked things off."
Dizzy revealed that he used to live in California for part of his life, during which he immersed him in the "Jerk" dance fad.
"I lived in California for a little while, and I became a part of that culture. So when I went back to Vegas, nobody was really on it, so I was like, 'I'm gonna be the first person to drop a Jerk song out here,' so that's pretty much what I did."
Dizzy said that some of his earliest recordings were of him rapping over tracks from Lupe Fiasco, Nas and even the Ying-Yang Twins.
"I started playing my music at parties, and when I [saw] the reaction that people had, [I thought] 'This is tight.' The first couple songs that I was doing, I rapped over Lupe's 'Paris, Tokyo,' Nas' 'One Mic' the Ying Yang Twins' 'Bedroom Boom.'"
Dizzy says that even though his biggest collection of fans are from his native Las Vegas, touring helped diversify his fan base and is instrumental to his current success.
"I built a cool fan base inside of Las Vegas before I went out into the world, but being on the road definitely played in my favor. The fans are really the most important people and the ones who really support you."
Dizzy says that he believes his appearance on XXL's Freshman Class of 2013 list will open doors for other aspiring emcees in Vegas.
"I think I kicked down the door — the big door...it's a blessing. They pick nine people, and they allow one person to get voted on, and my fans [came] through for me."