Sinzere: A Big Picture State Of Mind
The title of Sinzere’s latest work, Tabula Rasa, brings it all together. It’s a Latin phrase that means “blank slate,” but it’s also the name of a psychological theory that argues that human beings are truly a blank slate when they’re born, and that any biases or discrimination are taught to them rather than an innate human condition. Sinzere’s approach nods to the theory in full agreement, but also includes the need to erase the systems in place and begin again.
For all of Sinzere’s status as a knowledgeable rap historian, she’s been able to attract the attention of a number of legendary figures, including opening slots for Rakim, KRS-One, Raekwon and Rick Ross. Still, her biggest moment of inspiration comes from crossing paths with D12’s Obie Trice while working at her mom’s old salon and spa. His tour bus and entourage rolled through on a rainy day, and Sinzere found herself giving Trice a haircut. “I actually ended up connecting with him personally, and he’d actually just lost his mother at the time,” she says. “He was explaining to me how his new project was inspired by her. So I ended up getting on his tour bus and rolling out with him for the day. He had a signing in the mall, and it went from that to the studio.”
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