Azad Right Interview

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A distinctive and refreshing outlook and the ability to influence culture in a positive way are all things rapper, songwriter and producer Azad Right has brought to life. This charismatic young talent is one of the few artists in the game creating commercially viable music with a message that resonates.

Azad, 23-year-old native of Santa Monica, California, holds a degree in Political Science from UC Irvine. However, he is no stranger to the music industry, as he has been rapping since the age of 14 and learned to play both piano and violin at an early age. Starting as a spoken word artist, Azad takes after his father, Majid Naficy, a well-known poet in the Iranian community. Azad was one of three artists to be selected by adidas in 2010 for an international spoken word campaign. He was chosen after being discovered while performing at a Def Jam rap star videogame release party. He then went on to open for Method Man and Redman in 2010. The end of 2011 was a busy one for Azad, as he opened for UK Pop Sensation Tinie Tempah, Hip-Hop veterans Phonte & 9th Wonder and West Coast representers Jay Rock and Kendrick Lamar.

His personal philosophy is “aspire to inspire.” This has been molded by his personal inspiration and hero, his father, whom Azad refers to as the “epitome of perseverance.” When Azad was in 6th grade his father went blind but he never allowed his disability to grant him an advantage or stand in the way of his ambition. His musical inspirations come from artists such as Nas, Tupac and Jay-Z whom he regards as icons in the hip-hop world.

Azad, meaning “freedom” in Farsi, was named after the element his parents did not have after being exiled from Iran. He has clearly lived up to his name by not letting any obstacles hold him back from achieving his goals. His most recent achievement being the completion and release of his debut EP, A Piece of Mine, in February 2011. Azad feels most alive when on stage performing and plans to kick off a nationwide tour following the release of his much-anticipated mixtape, The Time is Right in September.

Azad has also recently started releasing songs bi-weekly in anticipation for his upcoming upcoming mixtape. These can be found on his website: www.azadright.com

“A Piece of Mine” is available for download: www.azadright.com/p/downloads.html

The treasured item you lost and wish you could have again…

“My youth.”

 

The unending quest that drives you on…

AR: The mystery of this game we call life.”

 

The temptation you wish you could resist…
AR: Women… and hot cheetos.”

The tune that holds and everlasting resonance…
AR: Nas – Life’s A Bitch.”
The priority activity if you were the Invisible Man for the day…
AR: Kick it in Megan Fox’s crib on her day off.”
The tune you can listen to time and time again…
AR: Jay-Z – Regrets and Foreign Exchange – Come Around.”
The person who has influenced you most…
“My Father.”
The figure from history who you’d like to buy a pint…
AR: Mike Jack.  Rest in Peace.”
The piece of wisdom you would pass on to a child…
AR: Time heals everything… as cliche as it sounds.”
The unlikely interest the engages your curiosity…
AR: Tricking people into believing that I’m French.”

The prized possession you value above all others…
AR: My sense of humor.”
The unqualified regret you wish you could amend…
AR: I don’t have any regrets hah.”
The tune that touches your soul…
AR: Right now it’d have to be The Weeknd – The Knowing.  But I’d say Nas – We’re Not Alone.”

The event that altered the course of your life and career…
AR: In 6th grade when my Father went blind.”

The song that means the most to you…
AR: Spiderwebs.”
The happiest moment you will cherish forever…
AR: When I released my debut EP, A Piece of Mine, on February 1st 2011.”
The philosophy that underpins your world…
AR: I believe in the human ingenuity.”
The way you want to be remembered…
AR: I dedicated my life to music.”

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