John Givez has become one of the top up-and-coming lyrical emcees on the West Coast and his message is impressive.

Recently sitting down with HipHopDX Senior News Writer Victoria Hernandez, Givez talked about his recent song, “2004.”

“That was like the year before one of our good friends passed away and we was doing a bunch of stuff we wasn’t supposed to be doing in that year and it was all fun at first,” he said via a segment of today’s (October 27) DX Daily. “It was new stuff to do.”

John Givez also talked about how his friend passing away changed his course in life.

“It was a reality check but at the same time it kind of made me go more into it,” he explained. “He passed away trying to sell grass to somebody but it was actually grass rather than marijuana and it got him into a bad situation where he got stabbed and he was drinking so they couldn’t stop his blood from flowing. It was a reality check about the lifestyle while we decided to choose.”

Watch the full DX Daily segment below:

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