Nyzzy Nyce
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Nyzzy Nyce

Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States

Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States
Hip Hop Pop





"...Before Gunplay performed, however, the crowd was serviced by Indiana rapper Nyzzy Nyce and Gunplay’s Triple C’s compadre, Torch. Looking like members of Omega Psi Phi, Nyce and his hypeman graced the stage in camo gear, diving right into the set with “Brand New.” Energized beyond comprehension, they gave each song their all, even “Nyce Like This,” which Nyzzy somewhat sarcastically introduced as a “crossover” song. Notably, Nyzzy didn’t say much between songs, but his facial expressions made it clear that he was happy to be there. Among his few non-musical words was a thank you to the crowd for rocking with a rapper from Indiana, a state that isn’t particularly known as a breeding ground for rappers (even though there are probably tons of them, waiting for a shot). His set ended with his new single, “I Just Rather,” a sedative ode to marijuana that he somehow infused with energy despite its somber vibe...." - RESPECT MAGAZINE

"Nyzzy Nyce - I Just Rather"

New video from Nyzzy Nyce out of Fort Wayne, IN. 'Nothing Nyce' mixtape available this Summer. Video directed by Miles Meyer.

On June 12th Nyzzy is opening for Gunplay at SOB's in NYC. Tickets: http://tktwb.tw/15EeiIb. - Vladtv

"HipHop4theCity Premieres Music Video"

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) -- Non-for-profit, A Better Fort, will show the World Premiere of their music video to the original song, "My City," Friday night as part of the HipHop4theCity community project.
Lights! Camera! Action! A piece of Hollywood is coming to Fort Wayne Friday night. A Better Fort, in partnership with Lynchpin Pictures, Digitracks Recording Studio, super producer Chad Deutsch, and Certiflyyed Music Group, is premiering the long awaited music video, “My City,” that’s been playing over the airwaves for months now.
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A Better Fort co-Founders, Shane Araujo and Alex Smith, both Fort Wayne natives, say it’s the largest community driven collaborative hip-hop based project, that they know of, in the state. All the volunteers in the project are either from Fort Wayne, or relocated to the city making it their permanent home. Araujo says many local establishments contributed donations to the project.
“You have to be [from here] to put this much energy into a project,” Araujo said. “We wanted it as a large promotional piece for A Better Fort. We wanted to reach out to the young adults, ages 16 to 26, and hip hop has always been a great way to do that.”
HipHop4theCity is a community based hip hop project that involves the collaboration of 19 local hip hop artists and World Champion children’s choir, Voices of Unity. The organization has been working on the project for nine months now, and even enlisted help from multi-platinum recording rap artist, Mike Jones.
“It’s about showing Fort Wayne off. We’re promoting these awesome artists from Fort Wayne who people might not even know, some of the great landmarks in the city, as well as some other talent like Kelly Lynch from Lynchpin Pictures and his camera crew. I mean this guy will be Spielberg someday!” said Shane Araujo, Co-Founder of A Better Fort.
A shortened version of, “My City,” has been playing on local radio stations, but Araujo says the full-length version is 9-11 minutes long. The video is five and half minutes long, and highlights city landmarks like CS3 (Calhoun Street Soups, Salads, and Spirits), Parkview Field, the Wells St. Bridge, and the legendary Coney Island, to name a few. The video also shows a skyline view from atop the Star Financial building.
Araujo says HipHop4theCity is an effort to get more young people to stay in Fort Wayne and invest in the city’s future. It’s also a way to get the community more familiar with A Better Fort.
“We really want to get young people out and get involved. If you get involved in the city, you're going to have subconscious investment in the city, and that's what we want people to have,” he said. “If we could get two kids to stay back because maybe they found an internship by working with us though HipHop4theCity then we did what we wanted,” Araujo said.
Besides HipHop4theCity, they plan to create a summer basketball league at McMillen Park as well as a group that assist families with handicapped children.
“We want to eventually dig deep into the community, but to do that we need to be able to get out name out there to get the volunteers that we need,” said Araujo. “As long as we can get people to recognize that Fort Wayne is a great place, that’s our end goal.”
The HipHop4theCity music video release party will be held at Columbia Street West,135 W Columbia St., from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. The video will premiere at midnight. "My City" is also available as a free download on iTunes.
For more information about HipHop4theCity and A Better Fort, click on "News Links" on our homepage. - Indiana Newscenter

""My City" Artists Shoot National Version of Hit Video"

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) -- The hit song and music video about Fort Wayne, “My City,” is going national!
A couple hundred peopled gathered at the Martin Luther King Memorial Bridge Sunday night to be a part of the national shoot of "My City."
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From 6-11 p.m. Sunday, DeAngelo Samuel, also known as Nyzzy Nyce of Certiflyyed, in partnership with A Better Fort charitable organization, shut down Clinton Street under the MLK Bridge for the video shoot. All the original artists, including the World Champion Voices of Unity Youth Choir, came out to revamp the video.
The video will also include shots of Parkview Field and a helicopter aerial shot of the city. The goal is to raise money as well as showcase Fort Wayne’s talent and the song in other cities across the U.S. Not only will this video help people by promoting the Summit City, it will spread the importance of civic pride across communities nation wide.
"We've all seen how special the first video was for our city, showcasing it under a positive light, and we want that to scale nationally," said Alex Smith, Co-Founder of A Better Fort. "We want the world to know that you can do stuff like this in Fort Wayne."
Smith says the local version of "My City" currently has 190,000 views on YouTube. He says he hopes the music video will get the same kind of recognition nationally, which is why they made some changes to the video and the song.
"I can't release too many details about the video. There are some secrets," Smith said. "I will let you know that the majority of it's going to be shot right here in Fort Wayne and there's a brief difference in the song."
Smith says because of the demand from the community for another video, he decided to use this opportunity as a fundraiser. All donations collected at the video shoot will benefit FWPD’s Victim’s Assistance Sexual Violence Protection Program.
Smith says the new version of the video and song will be released this Winter.
For more information about the video, click on "My City National Video Shoot" under News Links on our homepage. - Indiana Newscenter

"South By Southwest music roster includes eight Hoosier acts"

Indiana musicians will perform metal, folk, hip-hop, rural blues and psychedelic rock at the 2013 edition of South By Southwest in Austin, Texas.

The 27th annual South By Southwest festival, March 12-17, will present more than 1,200 bands. Eight Hoosier acts have been confirmed for official showcase appearances:
>> The Gates of Slumber
Specializing in doom metal, this Indianapolis-based trio will issue an EP titled "Stormcrow" on Jan. 29.
>> Houndmouth
Signed to storied U.K. label Rough Trade, this New Albany-based quartet plays folk-pop that prompted The Guardian to label Houndmouth as "the U.S. Mumfords."
>> Murder By Death
Signed to Chicago-based Bloodshot Records, this Bloomington-based indie-rock sextet released its sixth studio album -- "Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon" -- in 2012.
>> Nyzzy Nyce
This Fort Wayne-based rapper wrote "My City," a tune of civic pride that he's modified for use in any hometown.
>> The Rev. Peyton's Big Damn Band
Signed to Side One Dummy Records, this Brown County-based trio recently licensed four songs to Showtime television series "Shameless." The songs originally appeared on Big Damn Band album "Between the Ditches," which reached No. 1 on the iTunes blues chart and No. 2 on Billboard magazine's blues chart.
>> Stagnant Pools
Signed to Polyvinyl Records, this Bloomington-based brother duo (Bryan and Douglass Enas) issued its "Temporary Room" album in 2012.
>> Super Minotaur
With roots in South Bend, this lo-fi trio issued a self-titled, nine-song recording via cassette in 2012. Impose magazine complimented Super Minotaur's "power-pop-taken-back-into-the-garage dynamic."
>> TV Ghost
This Lafayette-based quintet issued its second album, "Mass Dream," in 2011. The Boston Phoenix described the band's psych-rock sound as "unattractive, surly and always threatening to change rhythm." - IndyStar


Still working on that hot first release.



Nyzzy Nyce, aka Nyzzy, stands pensively in a park on the outskirts of his hometown Fort Wayne, Indiana. He reflects, “Being an artist in a small town is definitely a tougher task. We work with what we got and we go hard for what we believe in.”

When he was twelve years old, he took up BMX racing at his step dad Gregory’s urging. Gregory lost the ability to walk when Nyzzy was still a child. He ponders, “I would always think, if he could walk again, what would he do?” He took up racing to make him proud.

It started out casually. He practiced downside tailwhips and turndowns on the half pipe at the local skate shop. Improving daily, he wanted to do more. After a year he began racing competitively in BMX events.

They called him a natural. Veterans of the scene began to bet money on him. He ascended rapidly up the charts, becoming the number one rider in his age group at fourteen. He attained sponsorships from Fort Wayne BMX and Gatorade along the way. Number one in two years. It was almost too good to be true…
And it was. He tore his ACL in the summer of 2002, two months into his stint at number one.

After a lengthy recovery, that fiery, competitive spirit that drove his ascent up the rankings parlayed into his newest interest: music. He began freestyling with friends at the lunch table. As time progressed, what began as a distraction slowly evolved into a passion.
Nyzzy worked relentlessly to perfect his craft, releasing a slew of projects along the way. All the while, he prepared himself for bigger and better things, a larger platform to take his music and his message.

The first step came in 2012, when he partnered with non-profit A Better Fort to start the ambitious, collaborative music project called the #MyCity Movement. The movement began as a means to showcase the many talented musicians and artists within the Fort Wayne community and instill a renewed sense of civic pride for residents. Later that year, he founded his own label, Hurricane Music Group.

Nyzzy’s debut album “Have A Nyce Day” is slated for release in Fall 2013. The album features Nyzzy’s laidback vocals over an eclectic array of trap-infused drums, feel good melodic synths and trunk-rattling 808s. Fans can anticipate videos for the singles “Live it up” “My City” and “Superstar” later in the year.

Nyzzy is a rare breed of an artist who combines his sensibility for social entrepreneurship, altruistic nature, and passion-fueled lyrical ability to create infectious music. He says, “I do something, I fall into it, and I don’t stop.”