Fazer (rapper)

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Fazer
Birth name Richard Rawson[1][2]
Also known as Richard Rawson
Born Camden, Greater London, England
Genres
Occupation(s)
Instruments
Years active 2000—present
Labels
Associated acts N-Dubz Tom Parker
Website IAmFazer.com

Richard Rawson, better known by his stage name Fazer, is an English rapper, producer, DJ and songwriter. He is popularly known as the member of hip hop trio N-Dubz releasing three studio albums and winning numerous MOBO awards with the group. Rawson has said that whilst growing up his biggest influences were Tupac Shakur, Biggie, Rakim, T.I., and Jay-Z.

Early life[edit]

Fazer was brought up in Camden Town, London. Fazer first met Dappy when they started attending the same karate class, becoming best friends at school. They attended Haverstock School,[3] with third member Tulisa Contostavlos (Dappy's cousin) attending the school for a while as well. It was at school that the trio became close friends and formed N-Dubz.

Career[edit]

N-Dubz[edit]

Fazer was a member of hip hop trio N-Dubz, from the age of 11. They released three platinum selling studio albums and won 5 MOBO awards. N-Dubz released their first album, Uncle B in 2008 followed by Against All Odds in 2009 and Love.Live.Life in 2010. N-Dubz are known as one of the first breakthrough acts for UK Urban Music. In 2011 the band announced a hiatus to focus on solo projects, after a hugely successful UK Arena Tour and a compilation album 'N-Dubz - Greatest Hits'. The group have said on many occasions that they will reunite.

Solo career, Sky's the Limit and Singles[edit]

On 3 March 2012, Fazer was featured on BBC1's show Urban Classics where he performed his version of Englishman in New York originally by Sting and he also performed a tribute to Whitney Houston with Skepta. About two weeks later, Fazer remixed Somebody That I Used to Know by Gotye[citation needed] Fazer shot a video for his debut single "Killer" on 29 May 2012, released on 26 August 2012.

In 2013, Fazer and his production partner, Peter Ibsen, both announced the opening of their production company, Sky's The Limit Entertainment (STL). Fazer released a track '6 foot 8 (freestyle)' under the new company's name. The pair produced songs for Fazer himself and other artists such as Tulisa , Rihanna , Rita Ora and Jessie J .

On 12 July 2013, Fazer headlined the Yahoo! stage at the Yahoo! Wireless Festival, and performed songs such as Killer, Fireflies, Planetary and many more including an N-Dubz medley. On 10 August 2013, Fazer performed at the BBC Urban Classics Prom alongside Wretch 32 and others. He performed Fireflies and Movie. He also performed alongside a group of young aspiring musicians he had put together himself for his BBC show 'Fazer's Urban Classic'.

On 5 February 2014, he announced that he would now be releasing music under his real name Richard Rawson.

In July 2014, Richard Rawson released his single 'Fireflies' which features vocals by Tom Parker of The Wanted . The song showcases Fazer's piano-playing skills as well as his rapping. On the track Fazer raps about his journey so far in music. The song is about hope and achieving dreams.

On 24 March 2017, he returned to music as 'Fazer', releasing his song 'I Woke Up'. The song is written and produced by Fazer himself. Speaking about the track, Fazer has said: "The inspiration for that track is just something I live my life by. I wake up with motivation on my mind to better myself and the people around me". "That song there is an inspiring record to show everybody it doesn't matter where you're from, this is what you can achieve through hard work and ethic." The track and music video have received great feedback. Fazer has said that he will now focus on his solo career properly.

Other ventures[edit]

Fazer is a pianist and was seen briefly playing a piano solo in Dappy's song, "No Regrets". He plays the piano when writing songs as seen in Being...N-Dubz.

Fazer had a BBC show entitled 'Fazer's Urban Classic' in which he brought together 7 different musicians from different backgrounds to perform at the BBC Urban Classic at The Royal Albert Hall in London.

Fazer is also said to be a keen fisherman, as is Dappy.

Personal life[edit]

Rawson apparently had a crush on Tulisa in school, until he realised that she was Dappy's cousin. The pair were in a relationship from mid-2010 until February 2012, when they broke up during a holiday together, after they fell apart.[4][5]

In January 2013, it was announced he was dating model Ashley Emma, and that she was six months pregnant. On 20 February 2013 their daughter Ava Rose Rawson was born.[6]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • TBA

Singles[edit]

  • Killer
  • Fireflies (feat. Tom Parker)
  • I Woke Up

Music[edit]

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List of music in which Fazer appears in
(not including N-Dubz videos).
Title Year Director(s) Artist Ref.
"No Regrets" 2011 Benny Boom Dappy [7]
"Killer" 2012 Jack Fresh Fazer [8]
"I'm Coming (Tarzan 2)" 2012 Morgan Keyz Dappy [9]
"6foot8 (Freestyle)" 2013 Richard Rawson Fazer
"Tarzan 2.5" 2013 Morgan Keyz Dappy [10]
"Pound Cake Freestyle" 2013 Morgan Keyz Fazer [11]
"Fireflies (ft. Tom Parker)" 2014 Richard Rawson Richard Rawson [12]
"Proud" 2015 Pierre Jermaine Young Spray ft. Wretch 32 and Chip [13]
"At It Again (Tarzan 2.75)" 2015 Vertex Dappy ft. Tulisa [14]
"I Woke Up" 2017 Aaron Smalls (360 Capture House) Fazer [15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Harmsworth, Andrei (16 May 2012). "Fazer: Tulisa and I may get back together at some stage in the future". Metro. Retrieved 21 July 2012. 
  2. ^ Thomas, Holly (29 August 2011). "'I have the best boyfriend': X Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos FINALLY opens up about relationship with Fazer". London: Daily Mail. Retrieved 21 July 2012. 
  3. ^ ROAR Global – Press Archive. Shalitglobal.com (17 January 2010). Retrieved on 1 December 2010.
  4. ^ "Tulisa opens up about Fazer split - UTV Entertainment". U.tv. Retrieved 5 May 2014. 
  5. ^ "The eX Factor! Tulisa and N-Dubz bandmate Fazer break up after 18 months together (but she wastes no time celebrating being single)". Daily Mail. London. 22 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "Instagram". Instagram. Retrieved 5 May 2014. 
  7. ^ Dappy - No Regrets. TheDappy Vevo/YouTube. Video uploaded on 5 August 2011. Retrieved Wednesday, 12 October 2011.
  8. ^ "Fazer - Killer". YouTube. 4 July 2012. Retrieved 21 July 2012. 
  9. ^ "SB.TV - Dappy - Tarzan 2 (I'm Coming) [Music Video". YouTube. 7 July 2012. Retrieved 21 July 2012. 
  10. ^ "Dappy - Tarzan 2.5 (Versace Remix) [Music Video]: SBTV". YouTube. 24 August 2013. Retrieved 24 August 2012. 
  11. ^ "Fazer | Pound Cake Freestyle [Music Video]: SBTV". YouTube. 14 November 2013. Retrieved 24 August 2012. 
  12. ^ "Richard Rawson feat. Tom Parker - Fireflies (Official Video)". YouTube. 13 June 2014. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  13. ^ . YouTube. 15 April 2015 https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=izRZU6vwAIA. Retrieved 15 April 2015.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  14. ^ . YouTube. 26 December 2015 https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=uDEjA65UWy8. Retrieved 26 December 2015.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  15. ^ . YouTube. 24 March 2017 https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=TSKx-u7J4DE. Retrieved 24 March 2017.  Missing or empty |title= (help)