Drank and Dank: Let's start off with you telling our readers who you are and where you're from?
Ceez: My name is Cesar aka Ceez and I'm from Newark, New Jersey aka "Brick City". All my Jerzee Devils stand up!
: Is Cesar only your artist name?
Ceez: Nah, Cesar's my government name, César Augusto Rosado to be exact. Anyone that knows me, knows I do my thing without hurting anyone, but if you take my kindness for weakness I will destroy you and feel great about it. So yeah the name fits me perfect.
:You recently dropped the single "You can call me Cesar", produced my hip hop producer K-Def. How'd that collabo come about?
Ceez: A few degrees of separation. My man J-Nota of Redefinition Records was working on a few projects with Def, and made an introduction at his Pacqiao fight party a while back. Shout out to all my Filipinos!! They're like the Puerto Ricans of Asia.
Anyways, we're all in J-Nota's office/studio/recreation room/smoke room and I let him hear some of my music. He gave me his math. I chased him for like a month, till J hit him like "Answer your phone, now he's annoying me" and once we linked it's been history ever since.
We get up like damn near once a week and talk on the regular cause when it comes down to it, real life sucks for most people right now and we're no different, and you'll hear that in my music.
: What was the premise behind "You Can Call Me Cesar?
Ceez: It's just my way of introducing me to the world. That song embodies my whole swagger, how I am, and my real life.
I'm a sarcastic motherphucka that reads a lot, and knows a lot of random facts. People always pull out their phones to debunk what I say, only to look stupid when Google tells them I'm right .
"You Can Call Me Cesar" is an accurate portrayal of me...
: How involved is Newark in your music?
Ceez: Where I'm from defines every aspect of who I am and the music I create. I tell my story through music, originally starting out with my cousin in our group "Manifest Destiny". We performed all over the place; Branch Brook Park festivals, downtown at Military Park or NJ Pac, the townhouses on Broadway, and the projects when they were up.
We went everywhere from North Newark, to downtown, cross town, to Downeck, East Orange and Irvington too.
It's those experiences that shaped me because we were almost always the palest dudes rapping in New Jersey between 93 - 98 [laughing] not saying hip hop had a "certain" color. But, we never had any real problems, we always got madd love cause people respected our flow and how we did it for hip hop.
: How did your relationship with Hip-Hop begin?
Ceez: I'm an 80's baby; my love of hip hop started with RUN DMC and the Fat Boys. It was in the 90's I started bumping, harder tracks. You know... Redman is definitely one of my favorites, and one of the raw artists that motivated me to start rhyming. He set the bar high, especially, if you're an artist representing Brick City. Then there's Fat Joe and Big Pun who put boricuas on the map. I'm a proud blanquito boricua! [Laughing]
Also, Pharoah Monche, MOP, OBIE Trice, and 50's older music, I like hard break your face ish. Music's kind of soft now-a-days, anti-bullying vegan rap I don't know nothing about that...That's why I'm blessed to have K-Def mentoring me and blessing me with that hard real hip hop that these new synth dudes don't even know how to make.
: You came out with the group "Manifest Destiny," as a Soloist what are the differences from being a group member?
Ceez: Of course, all of the experiences with MD prepared me for my solo career. Everything in life prepares you for what's to come later, even if you don't know it at the time. I'm very comfortable as a solo artist because of all that we accomplished and did.
I learned the game in Manifest Destiny, now as Ceez I know how to better approach things and what to avoid. The music is always the easy part, it's the business that I was never was too fond of, but I got K-Def so it's bout to be on and popping, you haven't heard nothing yet.
: How would you describe your delivery?
Ceez: My delivery for this project is somewhat sarcastic, but I know I'm making points with my basic observations of life that I think people can relate to. I hope people feel better when they hear my music.
If they're having a bad or rough day I want my music to change their mood, just like my man Jun Classic says in his joint "Set Backs"- "I was going through a sucky time, and that song helped me get through".
I want my music to impact people like that. I got that reality rap that I hope makes people feel like they're not alone. Life sucks for most people I know right now...and feeling alone don't help
: How are you "A Lot Like No One"?
Ceez: You have never met anyone like me, as you might have determined by now. You can hear it in my music. I don't fit in anywhere so I can fit in everywhere. My topics and metaphors etc. are not your typical rap shit. I don't think like a typical person.
: What's your philosophy towards the industry of Hip-Hop?
Ceez: Success isn't just based off money. You can't put all your eggs in one basket ever. Not for money, not for your career, not for anything because nothing lasts forever. I'm going to rhyme forever because I love it, and cause as long as I have support I can put whatever I want out cause I get money many different ways.
Rap could never give me the money I want so it's never about money when it comes to rap. Jay & 50 aren't rich from rap alone. They don't have all their eggs in one basket. They're successful because they love to rhyme, and are going keep dropping music because it's like therapy for some folks.
So don't think like "I'm not going to college like Kanye to do music" because chances are you're not Kanye. It's not about skill; it's about who you know and luck, and not blowing your one chance when you get it. And last but not least if you're serious always invest in yourself. You need money to start any business, and if you're trying to make rap a business you need money to invest, and the return is not guaranteed...
:Any final words?
Ceez: Thank you for this opportunity. Stay on the lookout for my upcoming projects. Also, follow me on twitter @ceez222 and for updates: www.tripledeuceentertainment.
Listen to "You can call me Cesar": http://hulkshare.com/