Written and Published By Angenette Navedo
Who is soju haze and what do you do?
Soju Haze is my artist name, she’s one of the raddest rappers to emerge from South Florida. I write music (mainly rap), poetry, and short stories. I also model, paint, draw, and dabble with digital media.
Were you born in West Palm Beach?
Born and raised, reppin’ the 561 always
Would you say your music resembles a certain style or genre? If so what kind
To this day, I’m still not sure what genre of music I fall under. My music is very expressive; based on my inner thoughts, my background, and my experiences. Right now, I would say I fall under some sort of sub-genre within rap/hip-hop since I’m so lyrical, but I like to be versatile with my craft.
Places or events have you been involved in so far?
My very first show was in Miami around May 2017, and since then I’ve been hooked, doing shows from Miami to Wellington. I was involved with a lot of shows hosted by Austin Dowdy. And just recently my last event was an art festival at the beginning of November hosted by Karizma Hancox.
How do you feel the art expansion in West Palm Beach could increase or become better?
I mean, the platform for any thriving culture always has to start somewhere. I feel like West Palm Beach/Miami is on its way to be the next epicenter for creativity, we have very talented artists of all different kinds of backgrounds and medias, but it just lacks support (from the locals especially). The art community here doesnt get the recognition it deserves. The artists are out here doing their thing, we’re grinding and progressing in our skills, however, the support needs to be more stable, more eminent, the turn out for events needs to get better.
Is your family supportive of you choosing the path of an artist?
Not at all, my mom lectures me everyday about college and becoming a lawyer or a doctor. All my cousins are doing well in school and striving towards realistic goals, while Im out here making art and making music. Its definitely tough to pursue such big dreams under a traditionally Filipino, first generation household.
There anyone else in West Palm Beach that you would want to work with that's an artist?
I work a lot with people in my circle. Got a couple of surprise features with a couple great artists that I cant necessarily disclose right now.
What local artist have you already interacted or involved yourself with?
Musically, I’ve worked with members of my Cult: Ntrlmusic and Sad Generation. I’ve also worked with some upcoming Broward artists, Raybandz, Willyisforever, and Davidtheghostkid. I’ve modeled for God of the Sky and did a couple of collab paintings with him. I’ve also done shoots for Sabrina Marie. Met a bunch of other rad artists on this long, exciting journey: meatbald, localhoodmom, itsalwaysmybirthday, cigarette.mom, just to name a few.
Which song of yours would you say has received the most feedback?
My first single ever, ‘Sharingan’, has been my most popular song. I dropped it around May 2017 when I first started doing shows, and its been a solid crowd favorite ever since. I know I put my heart and soul into that song because nothing compares to hearing the crowd rap along to my lyrics.
Anything you would like to say or share with us before I close off this interview?
Just released a new single, a remix to Gucci Gucci by Kreayshawn called “Sriracha Mami” (feat. Ntrlmusic). Give that a lil listen, its a lil anthem for my bad b*tches hustling out here. Follow me on instagram, soundcloud, and twitter: @sojuhaze. Keep an eye out for new music, art, and more! And s/o Localhoodmom for this interview<3