Like Master P, Bizzy Crook doesn’t believe in limits. Bred in Miami, the 21-year-old rapper plans to take over the rap world in a short amount of time. Having already worked with the likes of Nelly, Pharrell, Jim Jones and Estelle, Bizzy likens himself to the great Michael Jordan with the cover art of his latest mixtape, 84. And just how does he plan on reaching these lofty aspirations? “Good luck.” Bizzy stopped by the VIBE HQs to talk strip clubs, suicide and how he’s going to change the world.
VIBE: Your latest mixtape is called 84 and Michael Jordan graces the cover art. '84 was the year Jordan got drafted by the Chicago Bulls. We see what you did there...
Bizzy Crook: In ‘84 nobody expected Jordan to become Michael Jordan. Nobody thought this guy would be the greatest ever, except probably him. That’s where I felt like I was with that project, that was me coming in as a rookie… and me knowing I gotta put in a lot of work.
But you grew up in Miami, not the Windy City. How did MIA influence your music?
Man, everything. The strip clubs. Every strip club experience was in Miami. The culture -- Miami’s just a talented city and people haven’t given something new a chance out of there. Miami is so different from when Trick [Daddy] was out. There’s so much art. There’s a bunch of young guys like me really doing their thing. It’s inspiring. There’s a lot of competition.
In your song "The One," you say, "I'm gonna change the world before I'm done.” What does it take to change the world?
All it takes is to believe that you can. I represent a movement called “Good Luck.” It’s about inspiring people and telling people that they can. I want to be the living proof that it’s all about how bad you want something. We’re giving good luck a new meaning. If I say good luck to you, it’s not me doubting you.
You recently posted a picture on Instagram of a plaque of The Eminem Show. Has Eminem been a big influence on you?
If it wasn’t for Eminem, we would not be right here. Eminem made me want to rap. First time I heard him I was like ‘Yo, I wanna be a rapper.” I was listening to Eminem on the plane yesterday. This guy was just saying the wildest shit back then. I’m listening to stuff like, This guy really said this? And he was so lyrical and ill. It just makes me want to try new things.
Who are some of your other influences?
Definitely Cam’ron. I grew up with Dipset, Jadakiss.
So a lot of New York influences?
Most definitely. I was the kid in Miami putting everybody on to DJ Clue and Dipset tapes.
Who else would you like to work with in the future?
My dream is definitely Eminem and Jay Z. I’d love to work with Chance The Rapper and Demi Lovato. She’s just real. And Sza.
The song “If It Wasn’t You” explores your experiences with depression. What advice would you give someone who may be going through the same thing?
No pain lasts forever. I was in a place where I was so in love with somebody and you don’t think that you could get over it. And it’s crazy making this kind of music, it’s the realest shit I’ve ever did. I’ve talked numerous fans out of suicide.
Wow. How does it feel to have that type of impact on your fans?
Rap was my dream as a kid. Now that I’m where I’m at and still got a long way to go, I realized that I want to inspire by any means. I want to do more than just rap. I really want to inspire kids.
How did you get started working with Nelly?
Me and Nelly linked through my manager, AG. The day before Nelly put out his mixtape, [AG] sent it to me and was like, Yo, do a verse on it. I ran to the studio, did the verse in like 20 minutes and sent it over. Then the next morning it was out. I flew to Atlanta and I was in the studio with Nelly and Tip, and that was the beginning of that relationship.
What do you have planned next?
I been working on No Hard Feelings. No Hard Feelings is basically "PS I’m Sorry 3." It’s me saying “no hard feelings.” My music is real, I talk about real situations. So any people, girls, anything that I’ve addressed on that, I apologize, no hard feelings. And we’re about to go on this My Own Lane tour. It’s going to be crazy.