Theory Hazit moved to Portland, Oregon, two years ago because he needed a change. Having never been on a real vacation, he wanted to drive his kids across the United States, and show them a cross section of our country. He wanted to hook up with fellow rappers, Omega Watts and Wildchild to name a few. He wanted something new.
Two years later, the emcee has something new to share. Coming together with producer Toni Shift, the pair has created a super duo – Modern Marvels.
“Modern Marvels is basically what we’re all trying to do,” Theory Hazit, the vocals of the duo, said. “We’re trying to be our own super heroes and save hip hop. At the same time, I feel like everything I do is marvelous. Everything we do for God is marvelous, because God is marvelous.”
Serving God through the gifts they’ve been given is a priority for the pair, and the two gelled after working on the very first track.
“We just basically wanted to make some really good music, classic sounding music, without trying to make classic music,” Theory said. “A lot of the stuff Toni composes bring creativity out of me, forces me to be creative. Sometimes he’ll just make bangers and the stuff just comes out naturally.”
But that’s not to say that the construction of Modern Marvels was easy. It’s been three years in the making. Theory thought it was completed in September of 2008, but decided not to release it.
“The more I held on to this record, the better it got.” Tracks were removed, and others added. Another year of work went into the album. Finally, late in 2009, Theory and Shift is ready to release what they call the “genesis” of Modern Marvels. “I’m in love with the album again,” Theory said. “It’s a banging album now. I’m proud of it.”
Some of his pride might come from the unusual depths he admits to going to.
“Its really personal, for me,” Theory said. “I always write personal stuff, but I’m really transparent on this album.”
Modern Marvels covers topics Theory says have been overlooked. The joys of marriage and raising kids, solving personal problems with love and being a grown man providing for a family to name a few.
“There’s not much talk about love. People are just out to get theirs,” Theory said. “Life has its ups and downs and there’s nothing perfect around it. Focusing on God, and relying on God… that helps you to endure the struggles and obstacles that come your way.”
Theory wants to teach people through his sucuesses and failures and he’s had no problem airing his shortcomings on the album. He said he hopes it will be a guide, a light to show others how situations can be handled.
“When people hear this album… I really want them to learn from it. I have a gang of mistakes on the record, basically teaching lessons on that. I want people to react and take it in and apply it. The message of the album is creativity. Creativity is not dead, especially doing it unto God. Doing it with God.”
While the powers that be are keeping the release date under wraps, expect Modern Marvels to hit the shelves sometime this winter. For now, check out the title track featuring Wildchild and Lightheaded at: http://bit.ly/2mbaTP.
Josh Gloer is a freelance writer based in Los Angeles. He’s written six season of MSNBC’s Lockup: Extended stay. He has also written for MTV, TLC, TruTV, HGTV and Oxygen. Josh has been a journalist for over 12 years, doing celebrity interviews with actors such as Djimoun Hounsou, Dennis Farina and James Marsden; and bands like Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Orgy and sax guru, Carl Grubbs. Josh’s work has appeared in Filter, Car Audio & Electronics, Zink!, Item and many other publications and websites. This fall, his fiction is scheduled to appear in an anthology of LA writers, including Charles Bukowski. www.joshgloer.com