In Arizona, from 2010 to 2023, 32% of Mexican Americans were sentenced to some kind of jail time, with 44% of them at one point returning to jail after being released from their first conviction. Additionally, 16% of them became lifetime criminals. Arizona is known for being very hot and having the third-highest conviction rate in the nation for several reasons. Now, in Arizona, 24% of Mexican Americans go to school or attain some type of degree after high school. So, it is safe to say that if you're a Mexican American in Arizona, you're more likely to go to jail than to go to school, let alone become a part of a movie, commercial, or a music influencer. One man has changed the odds, and that man is Lazy Dubb.
From a young age, Lazy Dubb was in and out of juvenile detention before becoming an adult and being sentenced to over 4 years in federal prison. Born and raised in Arizona, Dubb found music at the age of 13 and used it as a way to express his way of life.
If you could give a younger you one piece of advice, what would it be?
It's difficult to say because everything I went through made me who I am, but I guess I would say, enjoy life, don't be too cool to try different things.
With the help of music and his family, Dubb has been able to overcome the odds and is now living out his dreams to the fullest. From where you started to the present day, what's one thing you cherish the most?
Everything is a blessing; I cherish most and am thankful for the people who support me.
With his roots embedded in Arizona, Dubb now has his eye on neighboring states and the entire country. He has been very active in California, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Nevada, Miami, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and even Washington, just to name a few states. He has also worked with a number of big-name artists like @MrCaponee, @Lalogone_brazzy22, and @Galvancillo2, to name a few.
How do you feel Arizona compares to other states?
I feel we've got to be at least in the top 10. Every state has its issues with its local scene. I used to feel like it was only AZ that had that 'crabs in a bucket' syndrome, but I see a lot of the same things everywhere. I don't feel AZ has its own unique sound as some other states do, but we've got a lot of people who come here and even choose to live here, so we're going to keep rising like the Phoenix.
But Dubb hasn't just done music; he has also played roles in movies and commercials. How many movies and commercials have you been cast in?
Honestly, I can't count. I've done quite a few projects. Sometimes things never get released, sometimes scenes get cut. I mean, all the projects count, but really, I would only say like three feature films and two commercials where I played what is called a principal role."
Lazy has even been in a feud with a well-known incarcerated rap artist known as SPM, who is accused of child molestation. Dubb has made it known that he dislikes him because of his crime and for the people that support SPM. But, besides Dubb standing up for what's right, he has been nothing but positive for the youth and the community. What has changed for you to now have a life without jail?
I have learned to be thankful and appreciate life more. It doesn't make me any more down or cooler of a person because I spent time there, but it has made me smarter and more educated. Being stuck in that place has opened my eyes to the fact that we only live once, and time is precious. I feel time is really valuable, and we only get so much of it. It's better spent on things that are most important.