Mazzi & S.O.U.L. Purpose
Music: Arts Education, Dance, Performance, Radio
Mazzi is the mastermind behind S.O.U.L. (Sense Of Understanding Life’s) Purpose, which he calls “the biggest crew in Hip Hop for the simple fact that if you helped the music to prosper in any way, you are part of the S.O.U.L. Purpose collective!” A staple of New York’s underground Hip Hop scene since the mid-‘90s, Mazzi’s The Inspection album was hosted and partially produced by Statik Selektah, his City Permits album was hosted by Mick Boogie & Terry Urban, and his rapid-fire flow has graced collaborations with the likes of N.O.R.E., Jadakiss, Smoke DZA, El-P, Immortal Technique, and dead prez.
He has performed alongside Eminem, G-Unit, Black Eyed Peas, Big Pun, RUN-DMC, The Lox, Ludacris, Ghostface, Mos Def, M.O.P., Xzibit, Common, Slick Rick, Flava Flav, Talib Kweli, The Beatnuts, Gang Starr, Black Moon, GZA, Erykah Badu, Aesop Rock, Meek Mill and 2 Chainz just to name a few! His debut 2003 S.O.U.L. Purpose album was on the CMJ college charts for 15 weeks straight. He ran The Walking Blog (all 48 episodes can be found on YouTube), a weekly viral video describing New York nightlife in rhyme form with many celebrity appearances, and hosted the U.S. portion of the Jump Off Street Battles.
He backs up his socially conscious lyrics by regularly traveling to Palestine & across the Middle East, Brazil, Uganda, Central Asia, much of Europe, & much more for humanitarian work, and donating all of his album sales to charity. His later projects, the Digital Diggin EP & Digital Diggin 3Minus1 EP, are a collection of songs over obscure loops and samples found online. His most recent album “The Building” is being released in conjunction with The Rockwell Foundation (www.rockwellfoundation.org), where 100% of album sales will go towards building clean water wells & facilities in Africa. Through prior projects, events, & shows, there have been donations to charities such as NY homeless shelters, Boys & Girls Club, Haiti relief, sneakers for orphans, 9/11 relief, & a handful more.