Dizzy Wright's latest mixtape is taking shape, as HNHH has learned after chopping it up with the Funk Volume artist. The rising emcee revealed the cover art and release date for "The Golden Age," and spoke on features, production and the inspiration for the project.
Yesterday, HNHH had the opportunity to speak with Dizzy Wright directly about his upcoming mixtape The Golden Age, and we learned quite a lot about it.
According to the Las Vegas emcee, both the sound, sampling and subject matter of the record harken back to early 90s Hip Hop, but he's making sure to keep it relevant by today's standards as well. He described the tape as a "masterpiece" that is "full of substance," and emphasized the importance of storytelling in its creation. "It was inspired, mainly, by the storytelling of the 90s," he explained.
The cover art depicts a pregnant mother, naked and serene, pressing a set of headphones against her transparent belly. In the background, there are scattered cassette tapes, weed plants, and a large vinyl record framing it all. Everything is detailed in black and gold. It's a direct homage to the Golden Era of Hip Hop, and couldn't be more fitting for the project. We assume the infant is Dizzy, who was born at the beginning of the 90s and soaked up the influence of that time from an early age. You can peep the cover in the gallery above.
He wasn't able to say too much about features, but did speak on some potential guests.
"You can expect to hear my Funk Volume family on there," he said. "I've got 'Clef on there as well." Wyclef Jean, that is, who he's described as a "dream collaborator." In an interview back in May, he revealed that Wyclef actually reached out to him, and they've since made a collaboration happen. He kept the Funk Volume appearances under wraps, but there's a good chance Jarren Benton and SwizZz will be contributing. As for the elusive Hopsin, we'll just have to wait and see. Also, although he didn't touch on this, Kid Ink and Honey Cocaine are rumored to be involved.
As far as producers go, he mentioned Funk Volume mainstay DJ Hoppa, Rikio, 3rd Eye and 6IX, who works closely with Logic, a fellow XXL Freshman. "I think people are going to be excited to hear that," Dizzy said. Once again, he didn't speak on this, but Lex Luger and Kato are also rumored contributors.
Although he couldn't provide a track list, he claims he's never put out a project with this much material, so expect a lot. He assured us quality wouldn't be compromised, though, and did mention that it'd include several skits. We assume the tape will include some if not all of his recent singles, among them "Maintain" and "Killin' 'Em With Kindness," which definitely have that 90s storytelling vibe, both soulful and conscious.
That's all for now, folks. As for the release date, The Golden Era is slated to drop on August 19th exclusively with HNHH. Make sure to cop it when it does.