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C-Rayz Walz | Interview

C-Rayz Walz is an emcee and underground hip hip legend from the Bronx, NY. As a member of the legendary New York hip hop syndicate Stronghold, Walz participated in open mics around the city before joining the group. His earliest recordings are from an AWOL Magazine compilation and a Single Minded Pro’s Session 2 EP. In 2001, Walz released a demo-filled debut album called The Prelude, and caught the attention of Definitive Jux. He was featured on Cannibal Ox’s underground classic album The Cold Vein as well as an appearance on Aesop Rock’s album Labor Days. Definitive Jux released Walz’s proper debut album Ravipops (The Substance) in 2003. The EP We Live: The Black Samurai appeared in 2004 and the full-length album Year Of The Beast followed up in 2005 with features from El-P, Jean Grae, Aesop Rock, and Rob Sonic. Also in 2005, MTV producers chose Walz to star in an episode of “Made”, where he teaches an aspiring rapper from Minnesota the skills to freestyle. In 2006, Walz released 1975: Return Of The Beast and partnered with Urchin Studios for three additional releases; The Dropping, Chorus Rhyme, and The Angel & The Preacher. In 2007, he collaborated with producer Sharkey and released the album Monster Maker. In 2008, Walz collaborated with Kosha Dillz on an album called Freestyle Vs. Written where all of Walz’ verses were freestyled. In 2009, Walz released his fourth proper solo album, titled Who the Fuck Are You? Walz is a respected emcee, recognized as the only undefeated, six-time Emcee Challenge champion of End Of The Weak.

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