Blaze Ya Dead Homie
From his early days as an aspiring rapper from Mt. Clemens, Michigan, Blaze has assumed many aliases as he virtually clawed his way into the Underground Hip-Hop Scene, with merely a dream and an undying love for Rap to accompany his supreme skills.
After a brief encounter with Jamie Madrox & Monoxide of Twiztid in the early 1990s, an immediate friendship was born, which would later lead to Blaze working for the legendary Psychopathic Records (former label of Twiztid, as well as Insane Clown Posse) toward the end of the decade. Blaze quickly worked his way up through the company, all the while honing his craft and developing a concept for his soon-to-be persona.
One late evening, while attending a recording session in 1999 for the Island/Def Jam reissue of Twiztid’s acclaimed album Mostasteless, Blaze was asked to kick a verse for the track “Hound Dogs.” It was on that historic night that the notorious undead gangster known as Blaze Ya Dead Homie was born.
Shortly after, in 2000, Blaze released a self-titled EP that become so popular among his new and ever-growing fan base that he was invited to join Twiztid on their U.S. “Rock the Dead Tour.” He took to the stage each night with his newfound and unique brand of “dead gangster” theatrics, complimenting the image with shirts riddled with bullet-holes, wearing a blood-soaked clock rumored to have stopped on the day of his “death.”
Just as the fans welcomed Blaze with open arms, Psychopathic released his first full-length album 1 Less G In Da Hood in 2001. The record quickly became a landmark in the saga of Blaze Ya Dead Homie, establishing who and what the character is, and laying the groundwork for what he would become.
In 2003, Blaze set out to headline his first U.S. tour, with the likes of the legendary 2Pac’s Outlaws as main support. One year later, he released Colton Grundy the Undying, the first themed record for his alter-ego, weaving the first of many mythical stories from the perspective of his undead persona. The record was so well- received by the fans that it went on to rank at #9 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Chart, and #16 on the Top Independent Album Charts. The following year, Blaze was approached by gaming giant Eidos Interactive to contribute two songs to the video game 25 to Life, and joined a who’s-who of label mates for the 2005 “Psychopathic All Stars Tour.”
2006 saw the release of a “Deluxe G Edition” of 1 Less G In Da Hood, remastered and featuring new rare and previously unreleased material from Blaze’s first former solo releases. Later that same year, Blaze took to the road again for the “Tombstone Terror Tour,” his second headlining tour in the U.S.
Blaze’s third full-length record came in the form of Clock Work Gray, released in 2007. He also joined ICP’s Shaggy2Dope for the “Fxck the Fxck Off” tour, and later that year jumped aboard Twiztid’s “Guillotine Tour” to promote the Clock Work Gray release.
2010 saw the ambitious release of Blaze Ya Dead Homie’s fourth full-length release, Gang Rags. The record took a fresh creative route, enlisting a new cast of studio writers and producers to give Blaze a completely new sound. Deluxe versions of the album came packaged with different colored bandannas. The following year, a short-lived Gang Rags: Extended & Uncut Version was released in extremely limited quantities as a tour exclusive.
Today, Blaze continues to captivate and amaze his audience and entice new fans through his many side projects, guest appearances, and ventures into social media.