Dizzy Wright says his recently released The Golden Age mixtape was inspired by the stories 1990s rappers told. Growing up, the Las Vegas rapper’s life story was far from ideal. At one point, the Funk Volume artist lived with the rest of his family in a homeless shelter.

During an interview with hardknock.tv, Dizzy Wright said that being homeless had a profound impact on his life. “I don’t really want for anything,” he says. “I don’t expect anything, like when you don’t have nothing, anything is cool. Like I said in one of my songs [‘Maintain’], ‘We were strong when we was weak / That’s why I pray before I eat,’ you know, and shit like that. It’s just like that’s the truth because it wasn’t about material things or fly shoes. It was like, when I was old enough to start getting my own shoes and stuff, that’s why I was so into them like that, because I never able to get cool shoes. So to throw parties and be able to make this side money, and be able to just, not have no bills, just be able to buy the little things you like, it gives you just a different appreciation for things for sure.”

Another thing Dizzy Wright appreciated growing up was the music of Bone thugs-n-harmony. In fact, one member of the Cleveland, Ohio Rap group was one of the reasons Dizzy Wright wanted to be a rapper.

“A particular artist that inspired me to rhyme was Krayzie Bone for sure,” Dizzy Wright says. “Bone thugs-n-harmony as a whole, but Krayzie Bone just had that flavor. I remember my older brother, we used to have long hair. I just remember my older brother walking around with his shirt off just rapping and shit, like he was a part of the group. I remember just being at the top of the stairs and like walking down the stairs a little bit and being able to see into the living room like, ‘Look at this fool.’ But, that, I mean, that eventually became me as I started getting older. That’s what we grew up on. That was the soundtrack to the house, you know, Bone thugs-n-harmony.”

Next month, Dizzy Wright is slated to embark upon “The Golden Age” tour. It is slated to launch September 7 at the House Of Blues in San Diego, California and is scheduled to conclude November 1 at Hard Rock Live in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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