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"Showbiz: Mizz Nina’s waiting no more"

Mizz Nina of Teh Tarik Crew fame is all set to strike out on her own as a solo artiste, writes HIZREEN KAMAL
CATCHY R&B tune What You Waiting For has been getting quite a heavy play over the airwaves and a steady spot on local music charts, including Carta Negara (on XFM), The Freaky Fly 30 ( Fly FM), MET 10 (hitz.fm) and DiGi Top 20 (hitzTV) lately.

Even its music video, directed by Scott McCullough and shot in Los Angeles in the US, has more than 400,000 views on YouTube.

And if you think that this English number comes from the West, you are not alone.

The fact is, it is sung by Malaysian female hip-hop rapper Mizz Nina, who has been under the radar for close to five years now, even though it features American Pop and R&B singer/songwriter and producer Colby O’Donis. Fans of O’Donis would know that this Akon protégé was riding the charts with his hit What You Got (featuring Akon) and is a highly sought-after collaborator, featuring on Akon’s Beautiful and Lady Gaga’s Just Dance – which earned a nomination for Best Dance Recording at the 50th Grammy Awards.

Yes folks, Mizz Nina whose real name is Shazrina Azman, is back and What You Waiting For marks her first single from her debut solo album of the same title. With the new album, Mizz Nina goes full steam ahead to launch an impressive new career as a solo artiste and an all-round entertainer.

For the uninitiated, she used to be one fourth of Teh Tarik Crew, the popular local rap group which made quite an impression circa 2000. The other members were Altimet, Fiquetional and DJ Fuzz. However, after two successful albums, the group disbanded in 2005, with each working on their individual careers. Mizz Nina is excited to be back in the scene and is especially satisfied with her first single, What You Waiting For.

“I am amazed that this English song has cut across all radio stations. I’ve been getting a lot of positive feedback. I feel truly blessed and happy that I am getting so much love and support,” she said, adding that the song is also getting top spins abroad from the radio station 102.3 KJLH in Los Angeles.

Mizz Nina, who also loves rock and house music, had always dreamt of coming out with her own stuff even when she was with, Teh Tarik Crew but due to its busy schedule she couldn’t find the time. Then one thing led to another. She tried her hand at TV hosting and later radio presenting. With everything happening so fast, her solo album had to be put on the back burner. Also at the same time, she learnt the art of mix DJing from DJ Fuzz at his Mixology DJ Academy. It opened up more opportunities as she had stints behind the deck, clocking up some international events.

“I have played at many events in Kuala Lumpur, and even did a Taiwan tour which covered two cities,” said Mizz Nina, who just turned 30 last Thursday.

Viewing the Teh Tarik Crew years as “an important journey of music and self discovery”, this managing director of The Singing Shop in Amcorp Mall, Petaling Jaya, is already a master of rapping and rhyming. She decided to hone her singing skills for about a year to prepare her return to the music scene as a solo artiste.

Under the tutelage of vocal teacher Mark M. Echivarre at The Singing Shop, she quickly learned the ropes.

Her album, which will be released on July 17, sees her working with different producers and songwriters from Malaysia, Singapore, the Netherlands and the US.

Recorded in both Malaysia and Los Angeles, the album which features 14 tracks (five are in Malay) has been more than a year in the making.

Mizz Nina co-wrote the bulk of the songs and self-penned one track on the album (Never Leave You Behind). Besides partnering with O’Donis, vocal collaborators featured on the album include MC Dandee from Bangkok’s Thaitanium Entertainment, Noh from local band Hujan, Mawar Berduri from Ahli Fiqir, Teeflii and Grammy nominee Planet Asia.

Production credits include Uno and AJ of Pop Shuvit, D’Navigator, Noh from Hujan, DJ Fuzz, Koko and Syaheed of Bedsty Music, Sakke from the Netherlands and Koolade from Croatia.

“The album’s concept is a little pop, R&B and hip-hop and it centres on the theme of love. Malay track Srikandi featuring Mawar Berduri, for example, talks about a woman’s strength, while Kurnia has Noh and I collaborating.” Continuing to stay true to her Teh Tarik Crew roots, Mizz Nina said her new album still projects that electro hip-hop feel.

“I wouldn’t say it’s completely different from TTC’s groove. But the sounds are more fresh and current, and I think people will like it,” she said.

The record also sees her transformation in terms of image, from quite the tomboy during the Teh Tarik Crew years to a much more feminine Mizz Nina.

Touching on her collaboration with O’Donis, she said the New Yorker, who will be in Kuala Lumpur as a special guest at her album launch, is not exactly her first choice.

“I wanted to work with Jay Sean (Britain’s R&B artiste) but he was busy at the time and I wanted to get the collaboration done for my album quickly. So, I decided to go with O’Donis instead.

“We sent a demo to him, he liked it and agreed to do it. It was easy. Since it is my mission to go global with this album, I am hopeful that the collaboration with O’Donis will help me penetrate the international music scene.” Mizz Nina, whose music is inspired by Janet Jackson, Lauryn Hill, Jill Scott and Erykah Badu to name a few, also wants to make an impression in her own backyard. That is why she has decided to release a Malay track for her second single.

During her so-called “hibernation”, she admitted that performing was what she missed the most.

“Getting back into the studios was a little awkward initially. I had to warm myself up to recording again, and train my body to dance again.

“But I don’t miss the glamour and limelight that come with being an artiste. It’s cool but I like to have my own space. What is more important is to be able continue working and putting my work out there for people to appreciate,” said Mizz Nina, who will also be launching her youth fashion line in conjunction with the release of her album. Taken after her own name, the Mizz Nina collection features casual and laid-back pieces that reflect the designer’s easy-going personality. Expect to see a funky collection of T-shirts, tank tops and jeans on the runway worn by, not professional models, but regular teens.

For future collaborations, she hopes to work with Datuk Sheila Majid. A big fan of the local R&B queen, Mizz Nina said: “I grew up listening to her music. She’s like the Sade of Malaysia. I can already imagine doing a number that sees a combination of jazz and rap.” Mizz Nina also could not hide her excitement at being chosen to open for American soul artiste Usher who will be performing a concert at Bukit Jalil National Stadium on Wednesday.

“I love Usher. I am his greatest fan. It’s like a dream come true. And I am working hard to ensure that my performance will be a solid one so that he will take notice.” This event also marks her first public performance after a long hiatus. Expect some slick dance moves and power routines by Mizz Nina and her dancers.

- New Straits Times

"Hitz.FM Covers What You Waiting For"

Hitz.FM Covers What You Waiting For - Hitz.FM

"FHM January 2011 Cover Girl"

FHM Magazine Malaysia
Full article here: http://www.mizznina.com/general/fhm-jan-2011-cover-girl/ - FHM Magazine, January 2011

"Hip Hop Artist Mizz Nina in Sri Lanka"

By Sherwani Synon

Singing from the age of 8 years, the Malaysian born hip hop artist Mizz Nina has achieved what most people only dream of. With the release of her debut solo album ‘What you waiting for’ and a collaboration track with Colby O’Donis with the same name, Mizz Nina is one of the hottest artiste in town.

Tracing her footsteps in singing, and excited Mizz Nina explained her introduction to music, “When I was young, my mother owned a singing and music school and she would always say, ‘Nina you have to go to classes’ and if I didn’t show up the other teachers would tell on me but after a while I started liking it and then it became a natural progression.”

Eventually after completing her university education in Australia, Nina got into the radio industry.

“I couldn’t concentrate in my music career while I was in the radio business and that’s when I decided I needed to leave radio and take the next step in order to further my career,” Nina said.

Apart from this another reason that drove Nina to take the next step was the sudden death of her brother in 2007.

“When my brother died in 2007, my perception about life changed and I pushed myself to do more and that’s when I started thinking about music seriously,” she said.

In July 2010, Mizz Nina released her debut solo album which has a mix of English and Malaysian songs. One of the biggest tracks in the album is a song which she collaborated with Colby O’Donis, called ‘What You Waiting For.’

Speaking about working with the 21 year old superstar, she explained that she and her team had approached him about doing a song for the album. Mizz Nina’s team had sent the song to Colby and his manager and they had agreed to collaborate on the song. While he recorded the song in Los Angeles, she recorded it in Kuala Lumpur.

“When I first met him I was quite star struck. He gave me his input about what he thought needed to be shot for the ‘What You Waiting For’ video and he was very nice and helpful,” she said smilingly.
Mizz Nina arrived in Sri Lanka on Sunday to promote her album in the country.

Talking about her Sri Lankan promo tour, she said, “This is the first time I have been to Sri Lanka and it’s a beautiful country and the weather is lovely.”

Her solo album has received positive responses around the world and according to her more people are interested in knowing what she’s up to.

With plans for a second solo album and wedding bells next year, Mizz Nina is definitely here to stay.
- Daily Mirror


Mizz Nina | What You Waiting For


1.Away with you [Produced by Sakke (Sakari Aalto)]
2.Yesterday [Produced by Sakke (Sakari Aalto)]
3.Pinda Minda [Produced by Uno and AJ for The Unknown Productions]
4.What You Waiting For feat Colby O’Donis [Produced by Koolade for Blackout Entertainment and James Knox]
5.Kau tahu [Produced by Uno and AJ for The Unknown productions]
6.Let Me See You Get It [Produced by D’ Navigator]
7.One [Produced by Teeflii (Christian Jones)]
8. Sometime feat Dandee [Produced by Indigo Chile]
9.Ping Pong feat Mode [Produced by Uno, AJ and Syahril for The Unknown Productions]
10.Never Leave You Behind [Produced by Bedsty]
11.Love [Produced by Seige (Marcus White)]
12.Kurnia feat Noh Salleh (Hujan) [Produced by Noh Salleh]
13.Sri Kandi feat Mawar Berduri [Produced by Bedsty]
14. Hope feat Planet Asia [Produced by DJ Fuzz (Farzwa De Attahir Emir)]

Mizz Nina | Takeover feat Flo Rida [Produced by Koolade]



Hip hop culture is synonymous with the macho aesthetic: the music and art are infused with self-assured swagger and proclamations of being better than the next man–with the emphasis being on the word “man”. It is, therefore, a landmark when a hip hop artist brings something fresh to the
table, be it a flipped musical style or a never-before-seen onstage delivery or content that stems from a source previously untapped. Bringing all this to Malaysia’s musical front is Mizz Nina.

From hip hop MC to electro groove pop princess, Mizz Nina can certainly admit to living out her dreams. She might have taken on myriad personas in the span of her career, but her groove-hungry
soul and love for an infectious beat have been a constant in most of them. Spurred on by a family
that has always appreciated artistic expression, Mizz Nina dove headlong into the world of music
and entertainment from the tender age of eight, and hasn’t looked back since. With her musical
influences–MC Lyte, Run-DMC, Lauryn Hill, Talib Kweli and The Roots, among others–on full display
every time she’s on the mic, the scene has embraced Mizz Nina’s distinct take on the art of rhythm
and poetry with open arms.

Gaining tutelage from The Singing Shop in PJ (which was founded by her mother), Mizz Nina initially
moved between underground hip hop gigs and college shows in 1996, impressing such late 90s
giants as Poetic Ammo. In 1997, she formed First Born Troopz with Fiquetional, with whom she
would later cofound seminal Malaysian hip hop group Teh Tarik Crew (TTC) in 1999. It was with
TTC that her musical career truly took off, with two AIM nominations in 2002 for the group’s full-
length album How’s The Level? and a radio show of her own on the now-defunct WoWfm (hosting

Critical acclaim soon poured in as TTC obtained recognition as one of KLue magazine’s best local
groups, with the group committing to an advertising campaign for Ribena that further exposed Mizz
Nina’s image and music to the public on an unprecedented level. By 2004, Mizz Nina had under her
belt a modelling career, more radio shows (on Red FM and Fly FM) and two more AIM nominations–
this time for Teh Tarik Crew’s sophomore album, What’s Next?. She also went on a national Hotlink
tour and performed at such notable events as Rock The World and the Asian X-Games. Mizz Nina
then expanded her repertoire to hosting as she racked up engagements for Salem, Nike, KLue and
Johnson & Johnson, culminating in a solo ad campaign for Johnson & Johnson and TV hosting gigs on
8TV’s Flava and Channel [V].

After spending the latter part of the decade travelling the world, Mizz Nina returned to the scene
ready to roll with the punches with a fresh sound and broader musical perspective. Her debut solo
album What You Waiting For, released in July 2010, manifests Mizz Nina’s cool confidence in her
newfound vocation as a singer. Sung in English and Malay, the longplayer is a pleasure dome of
beguiling beats, innovative melodies and top-notch production, and contains local and international
collaborations from the likes of Uno and AJ of Pop Shuvit, Noh from Hujan, DJ Fuzz, Koko and
Syaheed of Bedsty Music, Sakke from the Netherlands and Koolade from Croatia to MC Dandee from
Bangkok’s Thaitanium Entertainment, Mawar Berduri from Ahli Fiqir, Teeflii and Grammy nominee Planet Asia.

Working with illustrious names in the biz comes as second nature for Mizz Nina, having already
sealed liaisons with prominent acts like Too Phat, Reshmonu and Gerhana Ska Cinta throughout her
career. But it was the title track and first single from the album that became Mizz Nina’s winning
ticket to mass appeal; partnering up with Colby O’Donis, the catchy pop ditty secured strong
spots on local music charts like Carta Negara on XFM, The Freaky Fly 30 on Fly FM, the MET 10
on hitz.fm and the DiGi Top 20 on hitzTV while the video (directed by Scott McCullough and shot
in LA) exceeded 400,000 views on YouTube just mere months after its release in March. The song
additionally received regular spins on LA-based radio station 102.3 KJLH. But this is just the tip of the
iceberg, with other standout tracks on the album like ‘Kurnia’, ‘Ping Pong’, ‘Sri Kandi’ and ‘Let Me C
U Get It’ ensuring her debut gets some deserving credit.

Mizz Nina’s album launch party at Zouk in July saw her masterfully pull off a press conference and
mini-showcase with her crew of dancers (and Colby O’Donis as her special guest) to a packed house.
The launch–a landmark event that is still being talked about by her fans, the media and industry
insiders–showed that the wait for the unveiling of Mizz Nina as a pop crossover artist was finally
over. Today, What You Waiting For has garnered praiseworthy reviews, with the album successfully
retailing on iTunes in the US, Japan and Australia, and in countries like Sri Lanka. The exploration of
sounds on the new album bears witness to Mizz Nina’s devel