Author: Scarlett Pham
Cruzz - a hardworking young Hip-Hop artist who has released a lot of music works since 2021. Today, January 6th, Cruzz drops the project "Blood On The Leaves" marking the beginning of his 2023. Join Clonefluence to learn more about Cruzz and his project.
What is the meaning behind it?
"Blood on the Leaves" has a very dark meaning behind it. Billie Holiday, a famous American singer, released a song in 1927 called "Strange Fruit." That song encompassed the horrific truth on how Black people were treated in this country and continue to suffer even though we are 'free.' A hundred years later, I am giving my own take as a mixed American man. This album takes that one song and expands heavily on what it means to me and what I experience on a day to day basis. My meaning behind the album is society is blind to what is really going on and things need to change. Violence is deeply rooted in this album as it is in the real world. I've also twisted the theme to match my own vision, which is coming together as people so we can fight for what's right and stop the senseless violence in all communities. Some of my songs convey another side of that too. The other side shows what it's like to be hungry and not know where you're going to sleep tonight. Drugs, racism, and violence continue to plague America and that is the meaning behind my album, to shed light on what's really going on as well as portraying my own thoughts through those times."
What does this project say about you?
"This project defines the dark side of my mind and the dark side of reality. My mind is constantly fighting to overcome the darkness inside me. This project aims to show that and showcase my lyricism. I want to come across as an artist who can do everything when it comes to Hip-Hop. My last release was a drill album and although some songs have that vibe most of the album is conscious rap music. I wanted to switch it up after my drill album, every album has a different meaning or emotion behind it and the emotional in this album portray a different sound than my last. This album is a part of me and you are hearing that part of me when you listen."
What are your plans next?
"I have a show planned on February 19th to open for one of the dopest artist in the Bronx - Miah Kenzo. I'm planning shows for every month after that. I will be hosting my own show in Connecticut in 2023 the dates for those will be released in February. Merchandise is available now for the CruzZ clothing line and a 'Blood on the Leaves' catalogue will be released with the album. I plan to have over 50 different CruzZ products for sale by March. I'm also working on my next album too and aim to release my next project in May. Music videos are currently being set up for 'Blood on the Leaves' and they will also release in the next couple months. A podcast is in the works as well and I'd like to start live streaming more for my fans. I'm working on several different things right now and I'm hoping this will take my music career to the next level."
What does your project aim to say?
"We need to break the cycles that are breaking this country. We are so divided as people in the USA. We all have more in common than we notice and violence will continue unless we all change the way we think. 'Blood on the Leaves' is saying although we all live in the world's corruptness there is a light at the end of the tunnel if we can come together."
Stream "Blood On The Leaves" by Cruzz below: