*You may have heard him on “Empire,” “Sports Center,” or even “Love and Hip Hop.”

Draze is an emerging emcee from the vibrant Emerald City music scene, and today, his debut mix tape “Seattle’s Own,” drops.

“I’m taking us back to real music,” explains the musician. “That’s what the ‘Draze Experience’ is all about. The content in my music is really layered, from street life, to social justice, to relationships. I try to write what is real. That’s why you hear real horns and real guitars, because I’m into authenticity, and I think my fans appreciate that.”

Draze debut mix tape "Seattle's Own"

Draze debut mix tape “Seattle’s Own”

The performer credits artists like Nas, Outkast, Dr. Dre, and Bob Marley for influencing the depth in his sound and has opened for Snoop Dogg, Wale, and Floetry.

“The energy around Seattle music right now is crazy,” shares Draze.”I am happy to be a part of it. Getting co-signs from artists like Sir Mix-A-Lot and Macklemore is an honor. Now I’m just trying to grab the baton and run with it.”

Draze music video for "Seattle's Own"

Draze music video for “Seattle’s Own”

Born in Seattle, WA, Draze is the son of two African music legends, Dumisani Maraire Sr. and Lora (Sukutai) Chiorah-Dye, who moved him to Zimbabwe at the age of six. When he returned to the States, he was introduced to hip hop and found his creating music. The West Coast rapper recently found a national audience and created a movement with the release of his first single and video, “Seattle Sweeties,” which is dedicated to celebrating the diversity and style of women in his region.

“I think there are beautiful women all over the country,” expressed the hip hop emcee. “Some are called Southern Bells and others are Georgia Peaches, and so on. In my opinion, there is nothing like Seattle Sweeties. This song and this movement was my way of trying to salute them.”

Draze performing

Draze performing

His song, “The Hood Ain’t The Same,” targeting the issue of gentrification in urban America also received recognition. His music also has several notable placements including, the NFL Network, “Bring It,” “Hip Hop Divas,” and “The Rap Game.”

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