Hailing from Staten Island, NY, Nizzle Man is a gifted hip-hop performer known for his unique flair and enthralling narrative skills. He’s been carving out a reputation within the music scene, earning recognition with his talent. Recently partnering in a production contract with Ghostface Killah has put him on the path to significant acclaim.
Meet and Get To Know Nizzle Man
Kulture Vulturez: You are originally from Staten Island?
Nizzle Man: Yeah, I’m from Staten Island. Port Richmond.
Kulture Vulturez: What was it like growing up there for you?
Nizzle Man: Growing up here was kind of crazy, bro. Being from the city, being part of the five boroughs, but growing up not really being included when you go off Staten Island. So it’s like kind of trying to fight to be included. So I don’t know, it’s pretty weird. I grew up in a house, but we had a lot of different politics out here. It’s just a culture. It’s a big culture difference. Growing up from Staten Island, then being part of the rest of the city.
Nizzle Man – Yesterday (Official Video)
Kulture Vulturez: How do you feel Staten Island is different from the other boroughs of New York City?
Nizzle Man: Our language, I feel like the way we speak is kind of more with a slang on it. We got a certain slang to how we speak. It’s more houses in our city. So, it’s more suburban, but more suburban with the same antics as the city.
I feel our hangouts could be our backyard, where you could see 30, 40 people. It’s not a gang, it’s just that’s how Staten Island people hang out. They hang out with bunches opposed to where like any other borough. I see a lot like that happening more in project areas. So I feel the housing areas in Staten Island have a lot of project antics on just regular blocks.
Kulture Vulturez: What were some of very moments of being introduced to music as a performer?
Nizzle Man: My first introduction I would say my talent show that I did in fifth grade. My mom and my older sister used to listen to Ja Rule song “Put It On Me,” And I did that song with one of like my friends that was a girl in fifth grade. We won third place.
The teacher, the principal said in front of all the parents, I don’t understand the word that he was saying, but it sounded cool. That was my first time, like really rapping or listening to hip hop and music.
Kulture Vulturez: When did becoming an artist come into play where you begin to make music?
Nizzle Man: I feel like my whole life I wanted to be a part of music. So I’ve been doing music since I was a kid, just burning CDs and stuff with my voice on it, trying to hand them out. I feel like my first time taking it serious was when Shyheim of the Wu-Tang Clan reached out to me and I did a song with him.
He had reached out to me. I linked up with him through my sister and we did two songs. I was the youngest one around them. He brought me to Lil Kim’s All Access Tour. And from there it was just like I took it real serious. That was in 2009.
Nizzle Man – Rokk The Boat (Music Video)
Kulture Vulturez: Is there or was there any pressure with being from Staten Island and having to represent the home of the Wu-Tang Clan and carry the legacy?
Nizzle Man: I never really seen it as pressure because I’m really from the city. I always felt like when I seen by the match, the city would stand up behind it. Most recently, Ghostface Killah reached out to me for a production deal, so it kind of solidified what I’ve been doing for Staten Island for the last couple of years. I never really felt the pressure because I always felt I would be able to do the same thing and they would. I always knew it would be a time where Wu-Tang would see me.
Kulture Vulturez: When can you pinpoint a moment where you felt you could really do something with music?
Nizzle Man: In 2019, right after my moms and my pops died. Me and my manager, Frannie, shot the music video for “Snakezz” and BET had picked it up and put it in rotation for about three months. They took every other video after that. They built a relationship with me. I had spoke with the dudes up there, and they was just like they support me.
To be on BET was big for me. Obviously any artist coming up from where I came from, it was definitely big. That same year I was on Justina Valentine’s tour. We went to 22 cities, so it was the real feel of just being on a tour. She pretty dope and had the whole Wildin’ Out feel to it. Just to experience being on tour, it was just a great feeling. From there to now is where I’ve been really active and trying to get back on tours and be in different states and reach the masses.
Kulture Vulturez: Linking with Ghostface Killah, how does that feel for you?
Nizzle Man: It’s a great feeling because when I Google anything or when I hear anybody speak about hip hop Wu-Tang gets mentioned at the top. Ghostface himself gets mentioned in a lot of great artists top ten or top five lists. It’s just a good look because that means he is very experienced on what he’s done. He toured the world and he represents the top of Staten Island.
To be co-signed by the top of Staten Island it just it makes me feel good. That’s it. I got to work that much harder because, you know, a great is co-signing me. It’s no time to just sit back. I feel like it’s really earned and it’s a great feeling.
Kulture Vulturez: You just released your latest single Mudd Baby. Can you break that down?
Nizzle Man: I had a problem, prior to like 2019. I had sat down with Sony and they told me that I need to release music because I just had a lot of music in my laptop. So I had a problem with it. So “Mudd Baby” to me was like rider music.
I felt I needed to give my supporters music that they could be put on in the car and just ride out. Also, start explaining more of what Port Richmond is and what Staten Island is. I want to just tap into that sound and give people something to really turn on an everyday basis. Put on when they go to the gym. Just feel the music and understand where I’m coming from and how many people grew up the same way like me.
Kulture Vulturez: What’s next after this for you?
Nizzle Man: We are about to release the visuals to “Yesterday,” which is a full motion picture directed by Franie and Jimmy Redbird. It was definitely a good 2 to 3 day shoot. I don’t know if you’ve ever seen the Meek Mill “Tony Story,” but is a similar depiction of that. It’s more or less of what’s going on in the world in any culture. It’s just a bunch of back doors and a bunch of obstacles that you got to overcome.
You got to working side, you got the person that’s trying to pull the working man down. Then it just ends with with two lives lost most of the time. It’s definitely a visual that I’m going to stand by. We cast it and had actors for it, so it’s not a lot of performance shots in it. It’s a lot of acting going on. I’m just excited about that and getting that release out and hopefully having MTV and the rest of the visual platforms to stand behind it and put it in rotation.