Born Xavier Andreu in the early 1980’s in Southbridge, MA, Haze was first introduced to hip hop in the mid 1990’s. Albums such as Resurrection By Common Sense and Illmatic by Nas we’re his earliest inspirations. The productions of The Beatnuts, Pete Rock, The D.I.T.C crew as well as DJ Premier molded his taste in beats: melodic samples and tough drums.
Although his main influences are from the 1990’s and early 2000’s he realizes you have to move along with the times That’s not to say you’ll hear him using auto-tune any time soon – it means he knows we’re in an era where you have to update old formulas. You can’t use the same flow on every song; you can’t rhyme over filtered bass-lines and horn stabs any more. He wants to move the culture forward without straying too far from his roots and the foundation that was laid before him. Haze respects hip hop and its forefathers and aims to be named among the greatest lyricists of all time.
An observant writer, Haze’s lyrics tackle social issues, single-parent upbringings, racism, racial identity and the occasional political rant.
His debut album The Offering was released in December of 2012 with many blogs picking it up through word of mouth. A string of videos released earlier in 2012 built him a strong buzz and has led to requests for guest appearances from all around the world.
His frequent collaborators include Josh Bliss Lighten, Aperiod (who along with Haze form Main Aim), Paranom (of The Tragic Allies) DJ Manipulator, Louie Gonz, Busted Fuse, DJ Bobby Milk, Elijah Divine and Evilldewer.
Haze hasn’t reached his peak yet. He’s always striving to perfect his craft, whether it’s song structure, breath control, delivery or finding the best production he can – he’s working hard at all times.
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