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Unleashing the Lyrically Ferocious: An Exclusive Encounter with Azazel The Marine

How did you first discover your passion for rap music, and what inspired you to pursue it as a career?

My brother got me into music after he bought his first guitar. I learned about music notes and sounds at a young age from him. My first real encounter with the passion of rap came after I listened to Bone thugs and harmony. That group took my love and passion for rap to another level. They inspired me to start writing rap music.

Can you share some insights into your creative process? How do you approach writing lyrics and composing beats?

My creative process consists of hours upon hours of listening to unique instrumentation. I would listen to a million different sounds before I settle on one. I need my sound to be so precise because of my overwhelming attention to detail and situational awareness when it comes to creating music. I put deep thought into every word, every line when I write.

What are some of the biggest challenges you faced while trying to establish yourself in the rap industry, and how did you overcome them?

Some of my biggest challenges have been the number of scammers, hackers and low-life’s who take advantage of independent artists. Networking is a big part of artistry and sometimes it’s hard to work with certain individuals. I overcome it by staying independent and doing all the work myself. I try to build a rapport before I work with others.

Who are your biggest musical influences, and how have they shaped your style and sound?

My biggest musical influence is Bob Marley because he was a revolutionist. He had a powerful voice and message that I had never heard anywhere before. He has shaped my sound in an influential way because I believe rap music was created to bring knowledge to people.

Can you tell us about any memorable or influential experiences you've had on your journey as a rapper?

I have charted on iTunes, been on a billboard in Time Square, performed during SXSW and dropped a remarkable debut album.

In your opinion, what role does rap music play in society today, and how do you hope your music contributes to that role?

I think in today's society, rap music is about having a catchy hook and beat. Artists have always had a major influence on society and culture. I grew up on music that was catchy and also had a message that would make you think. I want to bring knowledge to people, but also have a catchy sound.

Many rappers use their music as a platform to address social and political issues. Are there any specific causes or topics that you feel strongly about and want to shed light on through your music?

With my military background, I strive to shed light on the ideals of freedom, war and the importance of uniformed forces. I want to make sure my audience understands that my life has been a combat zone and it takes a lot to do what I've done and still walk away with all my limbs smiling. I’m a decorated combat veteran with a gift and voice for expressing myself thru art and music.

Collaboration is a significant aspect of the rap industry. Are there any artists or producers you dream of working with in the future, and why?

I would love to work with Kid Cudi. I think he has a very unique sound. Timbaland would be my choice of producer to work with.

How do you handle criticism and negative feedback? Is there a particular approach you take to maintain your artistic integrity while navigating the opinions of others?

In my mind, I believe that everyone loves me. Because I love everyone. After surviving combat five times, you build an unconditional love for people because you know how fragile their life is. I don’t believe in love and hate, because you must love someone in order to hate them if you think about it. So it’s always all love in my eyes.

Can you share any upcoming projects or ventures you're currently working on? What can your fans look forward to in the near future?

I'm currently working on a follow-up project to my debut album. Going on tour is the goal for the new future. I’m currently collaborating with other artists and building an online presence.

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