ONE-ON-ONE With Lucas and Adrian Rezza aka 80 Empire

80 Empire wants you to know they’re aiming for world domination. That’s quite a lofty goal for two brothers who hail from the suburbs of Toronto, but give them a half-hour to share their story and suddenly their passion is not only palpable it’s plausible. Ladies and Gentlemen, prepare for new rules.

First: The number “80” in their moniker isn’t a not-so-subtle homage to an 80’s revival in music these days. Their songs are in fact informed by a cross-generational pastiche of Pop, R&B, and Club music. The “80” is the phonetic of “A-D.” As in Analog/Digital. Clever these brothers, eh? And quite appropriate. for Analog/Digital aptly describes their personalities to a proverbial tee. One, is emotional and impulsive favoring Antiques and things with age and patina (Analog), while the other is ordered and methodical with a penchant for Star Wars and all things technological (Digital). It’s a unique combination, just like their music.

ONETEN MAG: Please introduce yourselves to the readers: Hey what up yall we are brothers Lucas and Adrian Rezza aka 80 Empire and owners of Gladiator records.


ONETEN MAG: How dd two Italian brothers from Woodbridge, Canada get involved with making Hip-Hop music? We actually grew up in Richmond Hill and Maple and lived in North York for a year. When we got married Lucas moved to Woodbridge and our studio was there. We now live in the Niagara region. We were very fortunate growing up to have parents who exposed us to such a rich culture, from music and art to live theatre. Our parents were Big Fans of RnB, Funk, Soul music etc...when we were kids our dad brought us to see Beatstreet and then we were hooked. We loved every aspect of the culture from break dancing to rapping and making music. I think the fact that our parents also loved James Brown really influenced us growing up. Most kids in our neighborhood liked Duran Duran or Bon Jovi we looked up to James Brown and Big Daddy Kane. When Biggie said " Do you remember rappin' Duke da ha da ha you never thought that hip-hop would take it this far " - we related it to that. I used to DJ class parties with cassette tapes in the 5th grade and Da Ha was one of the Jams I would play. None of the other kids knew any of the tunes I ever played. We also dressed as Morris Day and the Time one Halloween and again teachers and kids had no clue haha.


ONETEN MAG: At what age did you guys start writing and making music? We started rapping and beatboxing super young but didn't really start pursuing it seriously until we were in our teens. Our mom aka Gangsta P would drop us off every Saturday at our cousin Justin's house and we would practice all day, Justin on drums, Lucas on the piano, and I would write and perform the raps and sing.