One MC with enough style to give the impression that he is a 3-man group. Who is Theory Hazit? A producer/DJ who feels at home rhyming over his own beats the same as collaborating with high profile producers. Who is Theory Hazit? A husband and father – emerging from his days as a troubled youth and developing into a wise family man. Theory Hazit is a hip hop artist – born in Winchester, Kentucky, and raised with the support of his granny, an aunt and 2 uncles, he now lives in Cincinnati, Ohio. He always had a vivid imagination, enjoying cartoons more than music videos. He grew up with a love for dancing like Big Daddy Kane, New Edition, Kid ‘n’ Play and others.
When asked about how he fell in love with music – Theory (who is usually a man of few words) offers a full story: "My uncle was a funk and r&b fanatic. He would babysit me while my mom went out and partied. He introduced me to Prince, Cameo and others. One day he played "Rappers Delight" and automatically I had this feeling inside me that said, "I can do that!" I was three at the time. Two or three years later I heard "Planet Rock" and that’s when I got into breakdancing. My cousin Dave was a DJ and he kept me up to date with all the latest jams. One time Dave and I were chillin’ at grandma's house and he turns the TV to BET. LL Cool J's "I’m Bad" came on and THAT was when I said, "this is cool – I want to listen to this music and this music only."
Around 1988 Theory started beatboxing for his cousin, which was the beginning of his production and beat skills. Years moved on and in 1991 he wrote his first rhyme. Kriss Kross came out with a song dissing ABC (another bad creation) and Theory responded with a diss song of his own aimed at Kriss Kross. That was his very first rhyme. Fast forward to 2007 and Theory Hazit is preparing for the release of his first internationally distributed record titled "Extra Credit" on Hiphop IS Music with support from Superrappin. With plenty of stories to tell, a bag full of witty punchlines, and the boldness to be honest in his music – Theory arrives on the scene sounding like the polished veteran that he is. Theory Hazit started working on "Extra Credit" after Braille from indie label Hiphop IS Music approached him about doing an EP. Around late 2004 Theory and Braille started communicating through email. Theory Hazit was putting together a production compilation and wanted Braille to rhyme on it. Months later Braille rolled through Cincinnati to rock a show and Theory was one of the opening acts. After Braille heard Theory rhyme, he immediately became interested in working with him for his label. Braille started Hiphop IS Music in 2004 to release his own solo projects and music from his group Lightheaded. As the vision for the label expanded, Theory fit into the picture perfectly. After only a few more phone conversations it was official, and Theory started working on "Extra Credit". Braille worked hard to collect the best tracks he could find from producers all over the world. Theory also had some beats set aside from himself and some of his associates. The end result is an astonishingly cohesive record featuring production from over 7 different producers.
Now that the record is done and ready to be released, Braille offers his own opinions and insight regarding "Extra Credit": "Me and Theory are both perfectionists, so this album took a lot of work. One of the things that impresses me the most about Theory is how he can take all that hard work and make it sound so natural. His songs never sound forced or contrived. Each track has its own personality and purpose and each track is crafted with great attention to detail. The authentic honesty that Theory shares in his rhymes is inspiring, humorous and entertaining all at the same time. The more you listen to his rhymes, the more you feel connected to them. You feel like you're really getting to know and understand Theory as an artist and as a person. I think Theory has the talent to impact a large-scale audience without compromising the integrity of his faith or his artistry. That’s a very rare quality."
Theory has his own thoughts regarding the album as well: "With "Extra Credit" I was trying to accomplish that 'feel good' sound. Reach out to the people that I failed at reaching before. I wanted to honor the people who helped make me who I am. Also, I wanted to make hip hop music that I enjoyed listening to. My inspiration comes from my mom, my brother, my kids, and my experiences as a troubled teen and an irresponsible adult. I wish I could go back and change a lot of things, but then I wouldn’t be able to help some of those in need. I’m also inspired and find hope in my relationship with Jesus Christ." Real talk indeed – and that’s what Theory Hazit offers on "Extra Credit". Real talk over soulful production. It’s been a long road to get to this moment, but "Extra Credit" has the potential to truly make a mark and usher Theory into a fruitful musical future.