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About Draze


Draze is emerging from the vibrant Seattle Scene fueled and building on the legacy of several mainstream Seattle artists. Draze recently found a national audience with the release of his song and video, Seattle Sweeties, dedicated to celebrating the diversity of women. As a result, Draze created a movement that included his own series of cupcakes in partnership with cupcake giant Cupcake Royale. Draze also received national recognition for his song and video, The Hood Ain’t The Same, which targets the issue of gentrification in urban America. Draze’s music has several notable placements including:

Love and Hip Hop
Sports Center
NFL Network
Bring It
Hip Hop Divas
The Rap Game

Draze has performed as an opening act for Snoop Dogg, Wale, Floetry and many others. “The energy around Seattle music right now is crazy. I am happy to be a part of it. Getting co-signs from artists like Sir Mix-A-Lot and Macklemore is an honor. Now I’m just trying to grab the baton and run with it.”


Hip Hop Emcee and musician Draze was born in Seattle WA. The son of two African music legends, Dumisani Maraire Sr. and Lora (Sukutai) Chiorah-Dye, he moved to Zimbabwe at the age of six. Still a youth when he returned to the U.S. Draze was introduced to hip hop on the streets of Seattle. Finding his passion in creating music he progressed as an emcee, soon becoming one of the most respected hip hop artists in the Northwest.


Draze is what is best about hip hop. “I’m taking us back to real music. That’s what the Draze experience is all about.” Draze credits influences like Nas, Outkast, Dr. Dre, and Bob Marley for the depth in his sound. “The content in my music is really layered, from street life, to social justice, to relationships. I try to write what is real. That’s why you hear real horns and real guitars, because I am into authenticity, and I think my fans appreciate that.”