Intersecting feel-good rap, melodic pop, and trap, Inf Grizzy is eager to establish himself as a force in hip-hop. His forthcoming album Addicted features massive club bangers and street-smart anthems that will exhilarate a broad range of rap fans. We caught up with Inf to talk about the upcoming project.
“I hope they feel the music in their hearts and souls and understand we all have addictions to deal with in our minds. With God on our side, we can overcome anything, and begin to walk a better path in life. I’m hoping to get this message through to the people across the world that may be dealing with hard times.”
Q. We’re happy to welcome to our humble pages one of the best artists on the music scene today, Inf Grizzy; greetings and salutations, Inf! Before we dive down the proverbial rabbit hole, how has your 2022 been treating you?
A. 2022 so far has been one of the best years of my life. My music, love, and work-life are finally in balance. If the year keeps going this way, I’m sure it will be a life-changing year that I will always remember.
Q. Major congratulations are on the upcoming spring release of your first studio album, Addicted! The first of anything is generally a pretty big deal, and that’s certainly the case when it comes to an artist’s first studio album. Does it feel a bit surreal to have a hold of the brass ring and be sitting on the cusp of this freshman album release?
A. This is like a dream come true. This feeling of extraordinary accomplishment is unlike any other feeling I ever felt. I’m ready to grab the bull by the horns and go for a ride, I hope everybody else enjoys the show as much as I do. It’s gonna be a great adventure.
Q. What was the genesis of Addicted? Is there a Secret Origin story for the new album you can talk about with our readers?
A. Addicted was created out of my passion for music. It started with me creating the title song “Addicted” which is based on my love for the art of writing songs about girls. After that, it took twists and turns like a super rollercoaster ride, and started capturing more of my emotions as it went on. Addicted tells the story of my life with all its ups and downs. It is a timeless collection of songs, I’m very happy with how it turned out.
Q. “Love Is Blind” is one of the best tracks of music anyone is liable to hear this or any other year. What made “Love Is Blind” the right choice to release as a single ahead of the Addicted release date?
A. “Love Is Blind” was selected as the first single because we felt everyone can relate to it. We all deal with hardship in love and relationships at some point in life. This song expresses what it’s like to live through that heartbreak and pain. Seeing people relate to “Love Is Blind” confirms that it was the right choice to kick off the album.
Q. Who was your producer on Addicted and what did that collaboration look like?
A. Several producers and engineers made this album happen. It was executive produced by Pat Rasile, who supervised this body of work and guided the footprint of each song’s composition. The audio and production engineering team is one of the most vasts I’ve ever worked with while making an album. I just want to shout out to everyone involved and thank them for doing such a good job and working together to make this happen for me.
Q.Is there any one track on the album that stands out above everything else?
A. The song “Right Now” is a glimpse of the futuristic style of music we are leaning toward. It’s uptempo, radio-friendly, and I feel it is the direction where I believe my music will land shortly. I enjoy making songs like this and love the interaction people give me about this new genre of music that I’m creating.
Q. What do you hope fans walk away with after listening to Addicted?
A. I hope they feel the music in their hearts and souls and understand we all have addictions to deal with in our minds. With God on our side, we can overcome anything, and begin to walk a better path in life. I’m hoping to get this message through to the people across the world that may be dealing with hard times.
Q. The home base for you as an artist and for the new album is the High Rollin’ Entertainment record label. What made High Rollin’ the right choice as a home for your music and you as an artist?
A. High Rollin Entertainment focuses on releasing music with state-of-the-art technology. Along with keeping the artist in mind and making sure that the artist is a part of the process. I have a voice with High Rollin. And I feel confident that the label has a game plan to get my music where it needs to go and that’s why I’m here. I’m happy with the results we are achieving as a team, and can’t wait until we change the game to our new standard.
Q.We’re huge fans here of the smoking number “2 The Bank” off of the new album. How did this phenomenal anthem take shape?
A. I quit smoking cigarettes, so most artists or people in general vape plus blaze to catch a vibe while creating good music. There are plenty of similar songs that support people who are on this journey, it’s tough. We stand behind what we produce. As far as the song “2 The Bank,” well that’s our hip-hop version of the Fast & Furious. Buckle ya seatbelt we are about to take off 0 to 100 on em’.
Q. For anyone late to the party and that is not in the know, how would you describe your style of music?
A. My music is a cross between party songs, club songs, celebration songs, and feeling music that will make sure people will have a good time. I love holiday anthems and feel-good music, for the most part, I just want to see people have a good time when they play my songs, and hope they enjoy the feeling it gives them inside and out.
Q. You originally hail from the Garden State, New Jersey. How do those roots inform your music?
A. Being raised as a Jersey Shore boy, the Garden State is my first love and it’s an honor to represent us. From the beautiful beach waters to wonderful adventurous parks, our historic landscapes and 5-star dining is a way of life. Being from Jersey I feel like I’m always on vacation and having a good time. I wouldn’t want it any other way.
Q. What set you on the path of becoming a musician?
A. I’ve always been into black history and hip-hop music culture. I was raised on Christian music in a household where singing and dancing were common. Over the years I learned some ideas from great R&B songs and before I knew it I transformed into a recording artist.
Q. With the release of Addictedcan fans look forward to seeing you on the concert trail in the coming months?
A. My management company does have some ideas for performances coming up soon. All I can say is I have been invited on quite a few tours. And my management team is weighing all the options and I’m sure whatever management decides, it will be epic and you guys will be one of the first to know. There is a tour schedule coming soon.
Q. Final – SILLY! – Question: What two things do you always have in your refrigerator?
A. Pancakes and French Toast (I know I know… but you did ask!)