John Givez

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John Givez



Q 1: Tell me what do you do, what kind of work do you do, how long have you’ve been doing it? A: I make Hip Hop, and R&B, started out just R&B probably like 07. That was the first time recording something and then that went on for a minute doing that, and then probably like 4 or 5 years ago I started rapping.


Q 2: Tell me where you grew up in Oceanside, what area you grew up in? A: So I’ve lived in the Valley like more towards like Alberto’s, but I went to church on the eastside. There was like grandmas over there that I would stay at their houses and they were baby sitting. Then growing up in the valley too. Then like in the mid we moved there in mission eventually. So I’ve been all over Oceanside, South O, The whole 9.



Q 3: Tell me about if you remember about the 90’s if you have family in the eastside, and how was it like blacks Vs. Mexicans at the time. A: My Pops actually did security at the pier in the 90’s. There was one time where he said he was walking and he seen this black kid dead by the dumpster, later he found out in the investigation it was just Mexicans Vs. Blacks kind of gangs crimes. He would always always tell us to just be careful being outside, all that good stuff. It was pretty trippy because I had Mexican friends as a kid, the we started getting older we realized dang we can’t be…As they get more older and you get more older you got to choose what you going to do. You can’t be friends with the dudes you grew up playing soccer, shooting basketball with whatever.


Q 4: What you think about that now? A: I mean so it crazy because some of them foo’s that I used to play with as kids got knock off you know, and it’s trippy because growing up from like middle school, high school we didn’t really see just because he’s Mexicans he probably died by the hands of a black person samoan person whatever, but now I got a few homies i didn’t settle all that with like grew up together dog there no need for all that. I got a few esaes I can call, but other than that It’s still pretty tens.

Q 5: Tell me about how would you describe Oceanside, and especially like with the samoans population and the Mexicans and the Blacks. How would you describe your city to somebody. A: We got gang culture, we also got tourist culture. So I would say it beautiful and dangerous at the sametime. You can be in one cool little area and then the next thing you know you’re in the wrong neighborhood, and if you look the part you might get stepped up. I say it’s pretty spontaneous up here.


Q 6: Tell me about your music, how you got involved in the group you’re in now touring different places. How does that feel. A: I started making music with my cousin Rasco he had this little 8 track thing and he knew how to play piano little bit so we used to try to make our little make shift beats and then we recored on that 8 track and I was going on and take like Maxwell’s lycris or something and Jamie fox lyrics just rip people for thier lyrics and make it sound totally diffrent to where you would find hard to relize it was the lyrics. That was in like 07 and then eventually I got to the point where I can write my own stuff and I was just write hooks for fools and I would just do that for like everybody in the city. That was around my age maybe even older sometimes, and then I graduated high school I started taking it more seriously, just writing foo song at that point going to little bars performing them. Then probably 2010 this dude name Beleaf came into my life, and married my sister and he found I was doing music and he was doing music on a bigger scale traveling with it. I started fooling with him and my homie Ruslan in 2012 started a label and he asked if he could sign me. I agreed to do that cuz I felt like it was the best look for what I was trying to do on a positive tip on everything from that point. In 2012 I put out two little mix tapes. In the end of 2013 I put out a album. The album is what allowed me to tour. So now I’ve been all over the place man. There’s a fw states I haven’t touch yet I’ve been to at least 25 states. When I was just usually just been sticking in Oceanside. It’s been a major blessing for me to be able to do that. Growing up in Oceanside all you know is Oceanside or at least southern California you don’t really set foot outside of here, but the music and the way people received it allowed me to go all over performing for them live.


Q 7: How do you feel coming back from being on the road for a while? A: When I be away it never feels that like I like heard something that happens when I come home. For me just feeling like my role in life is to be a piler for my city like Junior Seau. Just a name out of Oceanside that you know did something for their community, and I’m still working on that, but I’ll leave and come back and maybe one of the homies got locked up or someone died or some situation happened cuz like the music I make is trying to ease that pain. Trying to promote this feeling where we can all just find relative emotion and vibe together cuz I think Oceanside can do a lot more with each other if we stop black on brown crime and kind of just met it. We can use this and really put the city on a different level. I’ll leave and coming home I love this place and it gives me like more songs to write about. I can’t really call it what it feel like. Just feels real good.


Q 8: Tell me about eastside church, how long you’ve been there, how connected with your religion. A: I went to a church called St. John Missionary Baptist Church right off Lemon street and Holly Street. My parents came out here from South Carolina and I was pretty much raised from a baby on to that church then probably around 12 or 13 had a bunch of family issues started happening and I got to the age where I could decide where you can go to church or you going to be out not going to church, and I decided I’m not really with the religion thing because I saw so many errors in it. I just saw what it was like pending. It made me kind of angry at everything so I just got into the streets a little bit more because I wasn’t at church. From probably around 13 to 18 I was just outside in the streets. Then probably before 18 I ended up getting caught up in some mess and I got locked up for like 2 days in the county jail, but I got bailed out. My pops actually bailed me out which was pretty noble of him concern during all of the heartache i caused my family. Eventually I realized why I was so angry at religion. It became more of a relationship thing for me a relationship with god a relationship with people. They should be both centered around love.

Q 9: Tell me about gang injunctions, how you feel about them. A: Personally I think it’s totally like warped the whole situation is like systematic oppression on people that live in these neighborhoods that they know they could just quickly get on it. We could talk about the prison system in this business like mentality. How it’s not even rehabilitation more so than it’s a business, but I’ve seen couple of foo’s get himed up just on that gang injunction or walking with another alleged gang member and get locked up for that. I think that whole rolling is bogus because it doesn't really give foo’s a chance to figure it out it kind of keeps on perpetuating what they doing already keeping them in like gang banging mindstate.


Q 10: Tell me more about going from a beautiful city to a dangerous city here in Oceanside. A: The peculiar thing about Oceanside that it is so small so you wouldn’t think as a tourist you wouldn’t think coming here because of what you see how beautiful it is you would see something like that because it’s so small of an area. You literally turn a block and you say oh wait hold on. I think there something about Oceanside in the fact that everything is so small city and then you got so much thing to see in this small city on some tourist stuff you got the beach you got all of these beautiful buildings they building up, and then if you look at a place like you kind of know when you’re transferring into the bad neighborhood or just the more dangerous neighborhood but it’s like more broader scale I think where as here you can literally make a right and then you went from glorious to gritty. I think that’s the special thing about Oceanside it’s pretty spontaneous and what it has to offer.


Q 11: Tell me about the center street story. A: One time, I was still in high school, we was at the pool it was during around the summer school at that time. One of the little homies called and said that some foo’s from center street had just like pulled his girlfriend in the car. So we all kind of anti upped like 6 cars deep and just mob to center street. We came over there with intentions to cause havoc in the neighborhood. So we start walking in the neighborhood it was like 20 of us against the whole neighborhood who ever i just going to come outside start whistling and stuff like that and the foo’s eventually came outside so we’ve like all over center street just fighting. Police eventually came and state interrogating us and letting them just be. None of them were in plastic handcuffs. They had all of us on the curve and then kind of just standing there. After that day I realized like damn this real on some war stuff out here towards blacks and mexicans. That kid of aid on my mental breakdown of how I see essas. I really had no reason to hate them we probably went through the same thing.