We had the good fortune of connecting with At’Eaze and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi At’Eaze, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Well, seeing as I am a hip hop artist, like most musicians these days, I had to realize that I, myself, am the brand, the product, the entity. I mean think about the infamous Jay-Z quote. “I’m not a business man, I’m a business, man.” That mindset is what drove me to be more than just an artist.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
What sets me apart? I guess we can start with the fact that I don’t cuss in my music. The only “derogatory” term I use (depending on your views of the word), is the “N” word. Also, my lyrics are uplifting and inspirational, so I don’t glorify murder, drugs, alcohol, degrading women or anything like that. No shade, no disrespect, but to each their own. It’s just I am purposed to be different. I am most proud of the project I released in October titled “Bones”. Its a 9 song EP that I personally feel is the best project to drop in 2020. I am excited for where this project will take me. I made it this far because of God. Period. He gave me a gift with a purpose and passion to go along with it, he’s given me a heart for change, growth, and impact, he’s opened the right doors and shut the unnecessary ones, he’s blessed me with a gorgeous fiancée who pushes me to always be the best in every area of life even when I don’t see or feel it, he gave me a beautiful little girl who thinks daddy makes the best music outside of Zaza and LayLay (little girls that blew up on youtube), he gave me a circle of friends and family that want nothing but the absolute best for me, so yea, HE is the reason. Easy is the last thing I would call this journey. I’ve had to practice and am still practicing patience. Having to stay humble, especially when you know your special and the only time people see it is when they actually give you a chance to be heard, which isn’t too often because your messages are so different. One thing that keeps me motivated and constantly on the grind is a quote from J. Cole on the intro of Friday Night Lights where he says “This s’pose to be your moment, what good is being the one when you the only one that knows it”. That one is huge for me. All in all, I just want to make a positive impact on the world, change a generational mindset, and make my way into the conversation of one of the greatest of all time.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
That’s a great question! Hypothetically speaking, if covid (and money) wasn’t an issue, a few food spots we’d have to hit would be Welton St. Cafe for the best honey hot wings in the box, shout out to the Queen Fathima keepin the love flowin over there. That would be a welcoming to my hood, Eastside babies stand up! A few other spots would be Elways for their filet mignon, Casa Bonita, one of the biggest restaurants in the world with a crazy experience inside, go as simple as possible for your entrée because the food isn’t great, but the sopapillas and honey will make you wanna drop yo drawls and tap somethin! Places to check out, we’d hit up a nuggets game, a broncos game, assuming it’s a good year, go somewhere in the mountains where there is a beautiful view to relax at for a while, my bro Jevon Taylor (Owner of False Ego, an environmentally friendly clothing company) knows some great spots, hit a couple of the malls out here, park meadows, flat irons, and even the previously mentioned False Ego store to get some new drip, and then we gotta go to where I get my “3-Oh-Third” apparel created so we can customize a few things. Its only right. lol Lastly, the night before they leave, we’d come to home. Me and my lady would host a game night with both of our circles of friends/fam and we’d laugh non stop for hours while eating on the second best honey hot wings in the city (her wings, my sauce) and some of the best mac and cheese you’ve ever had cooked by the Queen herself. Thats the week.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My Queen and my princess, Jasmin and Faith.
Connor Ray Jevon Taylor Jasmin Davis