Just before embarking on his highly-anticipated, nationwide Real Thugz Tour, Chris Marshall—the man known as Crizzly and the undisputed king of crunkstep—took some time out to exchange a few words with us here at Bassrush. Sharing his plans for world domination, Crizzle digs deep with an inside look into some of his studio essentials, a few playlists, and a glimpse into the future of his new label venture, Slice Gang.
What were the best hip-hop records of 2014?
Let me open up my iTunes. Okay, a few of my favorites this year were T.I. & Young Thug’s “About The Money,” Travi$ Scott’s “Drugs You Should Try It,” “Smile” by Beatking and Fat Pimp, “Errrbody” from Yo Gotti, and Drake’s “Believe Me.” I could keep going on!
We know you enjoy gaming when you’re on the road. What are some of you favorite titles?
I still play N64 religiously, mostly Super Smash Bros. I just got the new Wii U and the new Smash Bros. and I can say that I’m addicted. I also play some Destiny, but that stuff takes a lot of time to get good at!
Name three things you absolutely cannot live without in the studio.
Yerba Maté [and] my MacBook Pro—that’s about all I need, to be honest. My studio has turned into a hotel room after all these years of touring. When I get home to my actual studio, it’s unnatural. [Laughs]
What’s one Crizzly Ableton production tip you could give away to fans?
Create a template so that when creativity hits, you’ve got everything set up and ready to go!
What are your plans for 2015? Anything fresh we should be on the lookout for?
I’m doing my first solo headlining tour called the Real Thugz Tour. We’ve announced phase o of the dates and are about the release the second with even more dates! I will also be launching my new Slice Gang Label, in which I will be releasing my own originals and tracks of my friends. Moving forward, I want to focus on myself, the people I care about, and not so much about what others are doing. The newest stuff I got has a bunch of my Texas homies rapping on tracks. I want to open people’s eyes to the talent Texas has to offer; put the city and state on my back as much as possible.
I even started my own weekly with a squad of longtime homies. These are people I’ve known forever who were with me when I was setting up at malls spinning for people shopping at Hot Topic and Urban Outfitters. It’s all coming full circle, and I’m trying to take it back to that hometown vibe from where it all started.
Speaking of your home state, what’s the greatest thing about being from Texas?
Being able to eat a breakfast taco at 6pm. Done-boom-blam-bladow-fin.
Tell us about your Real Thugz Tour? Who will be joining you?
It’s a tour that starts off 2015 with a bang! I’ll be alongside my homies Antiserum, LAXX, and K Theory. Dotcom just hopped on a few dates as well. He’s been a Slice Gang member for a while.
What is it about the Insomniac and Bassrush crowds that set them apart from everyone else?
They’re the best, hands down! The energy they bring is second to none across the whole country. So many memories have been made thanks to [Insomniac Headliners]. So much energy!
What are you favorite toppings? You know we had to ask!
Pineapple and pepperoni. Now I’m hungry, thanks.
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Check the Real Thugz Tour phase one dates here.