Tuesday, May 06 2008 | 00:00


Who is Theory Hazit?
One MC with enough style to give the impression that he is a 3-man group.

Who is Theory Hazit?
A producer/DJ who feels at home rhyming over his own beats – or
collaborating with high profile producers.

Who is Theory Hazit?
A husband and father – emerging from his days as a trouble youth and
developing into a wise family man.

Theory Hazit is a Hip Hop artist – born and raised in Winchester Kentucky
with the support of his granny, an aunt and 2 uncles. He always had a vivid
imagination, enjoying cartoons more then music videos. He grew up with a
love for dancing like Big Daddy Kane, New Edition, Kid ‘n’ Play and others.
When asked about how he fell in love with music – Theory (who is usually a
man of few words) offers a full story.

“My uncle was a Funk and R&B fanatic. He would baby sit me while my mom
went out and partied. He introduced me to Prince, Cameo and others. One
day he played “Rappers Delight” and automatically I had this feeling inside
me that said, “I can do that!” I was 3 at the time. 2 or 3 years later I
heard “Planet Rock” and that’s when I got into break dancing. My cousin
Dave was a DJ and he kept me up to date with all the latest jams. One time,
Dave and I were chillin’ at grandmas house and he turns it to BET. LL Cool
J’s “I’m Bad” came on and THAT is when I said “this is cool” – I want to
listen to this music and this music only.”

Around 1988 Theory started beat boxing for his cousin, which was the
beginning of his production and beat skills. Years moved on and in 1991 he
wrote his first rhyme. Kriss Kross came out with a song dissing ABC
(another bad creation) and Theory responded with a diss song of his own
aimed at Kriss Kross. That was his very first rhyme.

Fast forward to 2007 and Theory Hazit is now preparing for the release of
his first nationally distributed record titled “Extra Credit” on Hiphop IS
Music with international support from SuperRappin and River City. With
plenty of stories to tell, a bag full of witty punchlines, and the boldness
to be honest in his music – Theory arrives on the scene sounding like the
polished veteran that he is.

Theory Hazit started working on “Extra Credit” after Braille (from Hiphop IS
Music) approached him about doing an EP. Around late 2004 Theory and
Braille started talking through email. Theory Hazit was putting together a
production compilation and wanted Braille to rhyme on it. Months later
Braille rolled through Cincinnati to rock a show and Theory was one of the
opening acts. After Braille heard Theory rhyme, he immediately became
interested in working with Theory under his label Hiphop IS Music. Braille
started Hiphop IS Music in 2004 to release his own solo projects and music
from his group Lightheaded.
As the vision for the label expanded, Theory
fit into the picture perfectly. After only a few more phone conversations –
it was official and Theory started working on “Extra Credit”. Braille
worked hard to collect the best tracks he could find from producers all over
the world. Theory also had some beats set aside from himself and some of
his associates. The end result is an astonishingly cohesive record
featuring production from over 7 different producers.

Now that the record is done and ready to be released, Braille offers his own
opinions and insight regarding “Extra Credit”.

Braille – “Me and Theory are both perfectionists, so this album took a lot
of work. One of the things that impresses me the most about Theory, is how
he can take all that hard work and make it sound so natural. His songs
never sound forced or contrived. Each track has it’s own personality and
purpose and each track is crafted with a great attention to detail. The
authentic honesty that Theory shares in his rhymes is inspiring, humorous
and entertaining all at the same time. The more you listen to his rhymes,
the more you feel connected to them. You feel like your really getting to
know and understand Theory as an artist and as a person. I think Theory has
the talent to impact a large-scale audience without compromising the
integrity of his faith or his artistry. That’s a very rare quality.”

Theory has his own thoughts regarding the album as well.

Theory – “With Extra Credit, I was trying to accomplish that FEEL GOOD
sound. Reach out to the people that I failed at reaching before. I wanted
to honor the people who helped make me who I am. Also, I wanted to make Hip
Hop music that I enjoyed listening to. My inspiration comes from my mom, my
brother, my kids, and my experiences as a troubled teen and an irresponsible
adult. I wish I could go back and change a lot of things, but then I
wouldn’t be able to help some of those in need. I’m also inspired and find
hope in my relationship with Jesus Christ.”

Real talk indeed – and that’s what Theory Hazit offers on “Extra Credit”.
Real talk over soulful production. It’s been a long road to get to this
moment, but “Extra Credit” has the potential to truly make a mark and usher
Theory into a fruitful musical future.

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