Band of the Week

Pizzle Has Been Rapping for 20 Years

He started at age seven and is just reaching his potential.

By - Mar 4th, 2016 04:17 pm


Pizzle has been rapping since first or second grade. His approach is ever-changing and his focus is on his life in Milwaukee. With a battle rap mentality and potential that has yet to be tapped, Pizzle is out to tell his story to the world. His SoundCloud has around 3,500 followers and is steadily rising. He plans to drop his long awaited “Grand De$ign” project some time soon.

Pizzle was happy to answer our questions.

When did you begin rapping?

I started when I was about seven years old. I recorded professionally for the first time at 12.

Who are some artists that inspire you?

If I had to name anyone in particular I would have to say Kanye West. He has inspired me more than any other artist.

Where did your name come from?

My middle name is spelled DePré. As a seven-year-old rapper the best name I could come up with was DP. When I was 14, I was rapping with a group and everyone got in the habit of calling me D. Pizzle. Somehow that ended up only being Pizzle. I consider it more of a nickname than a rap name.

How old are you?


How would you describe your music?

I came up in a competitive era of hip-hop, where battling and proving you had better bars and flow than the next person was the end-all. So I put heavy focus on creating new flows and saying fresh bars. Production wise, I’m a fan of 808s, clean snares and piano chords. I like melodic beats because most of the time the feel of the production determines what kind of song I’ll end up making.

Any local bands you really like?

Definitely, there’s a lot of talent coming out of our city. I check it all out, but RahRah The Savage, Job Jetson, Bandman and Von Alexzander are probably getting the most plays from me at the moment.

What do you think of the local music scene?

I think it’s moving in a positive direction. Everyone is supporting each other and making major moves in their own right. I can definitely see the city making a big mark on the game real soon.

What are your lyrics typically about?

My life and my city.

Where do you most often play in Milwaukee?

Nowhere really. I’ve probably performed everywhere at least once though.

Favorite place to play?

I did a show at Turner Hall one time, that was dope. I want to come home on a tour and do that venue one day.

Any Albums or EP’s coming out soon?

Yup, this project called “Grand De$ign” that I’ve been talking about for a long time lol. I’ve done about 50 songs over the last year and a half for this tape and I’ve released 15 of those on my soundcloud page. I’m putting the best 12-15 of those on the final tape.

What are your plans for the future?

To work hard and hone my craft. I believe I have a lot of unlocked potential and if I can reach that I can go down as one of the best ever to do it.

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One thought on “Band of the Week: Pizzle Has Been Rapping for 20 Years”

  1. Christina Zawadiwsky says:

    Reading this well-written article made me look up Pizzle’s song Rap Game on YouTube. I was amazed at how exceedingly rapidly he could rap out entire sentences and still make them understandable (almost subliminally so!), like those old comedy routines where someone explains an entire novel (e.g. Moby Dick) in one minute! But I guess that’s what can happen when you start rapping at age seven!

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