Independent up-and-coming rapper Dezzy Hollow took the main stage at The Smokers Club Festival on Sunday and caught up with the Daily Titan.
Best known for his song “EBT Boi,” which has over two million views on YouTube, the artist talked about the inspiration that came while writing it.
Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT), formerly known as food stamps, is a way for recipients who are less fortunate to purchase food products using money allocated from public assistance.
“A lot my homeboys are on EBT, it’s more so a lifestyle. I wanted to paint a picture of a boy that’s on the verge of falling off of a good path that he’s starting to pick up, but he’s surrounded by a really bad environment,” Hollow said.
Starting to take his career seriously during his senior year in high school after selling mixtapes out of his book bag, Hollow molded his sound after the music culture prominent on the West Coast.
“I think my style has been so transformed from the beginning of how I started to now, but for the most part, I listen to a lot of DJ Quik and a lot of West Coast-gangster rap. That was just everything, the lifestyle,” Hollow said.
Hollow, a native of Oceanside, also talked about how his hometown has influenced his perspective and the content of his music.
“One thing I could say is that Oceanside has a lot of culture, so it’s very diverse where I come from. I’m used to seeing all point of views and all types of races and different ideas,” Hollow said.
Hollow is also wrapping up a project called “Oceanside,” which will feature 17 to 18 tracks.