– by Rami Bensasi

Hip hop has different tiers. Some artists land a major record deal right out of the gates and become worldwide icons within a few years of rapping. Others—the vast majority—spend years upon years perfecting their craft, only to never have that major label deal land on their doorstep.

These are the artists with resilience, a deep-rooted passion and, judging by their ability to afford to maintain a rap career without a major label push, are usually the artists with the skills to build a legitimate fan base.

It's unclear into which category one should place Spinz, as the Oxnard, California native has seen a bit of both worlds. He's signed to Bogish Brand Entertainment, which isn't a major label in the traditional sense, but through this, he has accomplished more than many artists have been able to even with a major label push.

Spinz has four solo albums under his belt, the latest of which is 1992 which features production from Rikanatti, who has production credits on Eminem's compilation album, Eminem Presents: The Re-Up, as well as tracks for Rick Ross, Game and Royce Da 5'9".


After performing over 1,000 shows in 35 countries and nearly all 50 states, Spinz has developed relationships with international artists from the likes of Jamaica, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Slovenia and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

His newest release, 1992, has producers from Austria, Spain, Switzerland and Canada. This international influence in his music is apparent, but it also gives him more perspective beyond music than most hip hop artists could ever hope for, and it translates into his music with highlights on 1992 such as "Hope" and "We The People."

"The message behind the album," Spinz says, "Is that hip hop is still music and can be appreciated by everyone. There is a message in every song, you just have to pay attention." Through a combination of world travels, a deep-rooted love for hip hop and a track record of working with some very talented producers, Spinz delivers some diverse music that appeals to a wide range of people.

He compares his music, and more specifically his newfound chemistry with Rikanatti on 1992, to legendary duos such as Pete Rock and CL Smooth. The vintage hip hop feel is undeniable, and it is undoubtedly working for him because currently, he has albums available for sale in stores worldwide as well as on iTunes, but that isn't his only goal.

Having a lasting impression on his fans shouldn't be surprising to anyone just learning about Spinz. "I have toured the entire world now from Bosnia to Brooklyn, from Amsterdam to Zadar," he reflects. "Over 1,000 shows in 35 countries—it's been a blessing and a crazy ride. I achieved everything I could have imagined as an artist. Now, I just hope that I can leave an impact in the lives of my fans before it's my final curtain call."




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