FAZE THE F@#K UP!
Inked|2021 Holiday Issue
FAZE CLAN HAVE ALWAYS BEEN ABOUT BREAKING THE RULES, NO MATTER WHAT THEY’RE DOING. IN THIS CONVERSATION LED BY DJ SCHEME, YOU’LL LEARN HOW FAZE TEMPERRR AND FAZE ADAPT WENT FROM RECORDING VIDEOS IN THEIR BASEMENT TO REACHING THE VERY TOP OF THE GAMING WORLD.
Back in the day you had to travel to the arcade and continuously pump quarters into a Galaga machine to get your gaming fix. These days, the best gamers don’t spend their money playing video games—they play video games to make their living. And we’re talking about a hell of a lot more than quarters here.

FaZe Clan started out as a group of gamers who bonded online over their love of Call of Duty, and it has since grown into a massive entertainment empire. In just about a decade they have made the leap from sharing montage videos on YouTube with a mere 4,000 subscribers to being a company worth over $300 million.

Gamers aren’t the nerds stereotypes may lead you to believe—they’re fashionable, inked-up people who wouldn’t look out of place grabbing bottle service at a club. In order to get behind the curtain and see what makes FaZe Clan tick, we were the fly on the wall as two of the OGs—FaZe Temperrr and FaZe Adapt—talked all things gaming, tattoos and more with their friend and fellow gamer DJ Scheme. Enjoy.

Inked: Let’s get the simple stuff out of the way first. How do you all know each other?

FaZe Temperrr: We met on Bumble. (Laughs) Honestly, how did we first connect? I think it was you and Adapt, right?

DJ Scheme: Yeah, we met on Twitter.

FaZe Adapt: We met and he was like, let’s play Fortnite. We played Fortnite and talked a little bit online. Then when he came to LA, like, a couple months later, he pulled up on me and we played basketball. Then I brought him over to the crib and introduced him to the rest of the guys. From there we pretty much have been solid since.

DJ Scheme: Damn, for real? That was the first time we hung out, when we played ball? Yeah, that was the first time we all met. I just remember pulling up, smoking a blunt, and playing with these boys. I was so excited, honestly, bro.

FaZe Adapt: And then you hit three threes. Legendary.

DJ Scheme: I’ve pretty much been a big supporter of FaZe in general since I was young. So I was just into the gaming scene a lot growing up. Then as we got bigger, we were like, “Let’s reach out to the gaming community because we have a platform now. Let’s try to link up with some of these guys we’ve always thought were dope.” So we reached out and they got a lot of love for the music scene.

FaZe Temperrr: We’re the same way, you grew up watching our videos and seeing what we were doing, and we grew up listening to the music. I remember the first time I heard Ski’s music, it was accidental. I had some random public playlist on shuffle while I was gaming, and then I just remember hearing “Catch Me Outside.” I remember hearing the lyrics, “Watch me spin around 360 quick scope.”

DJ Scheme: It’s crazy you mention that, because the scene that I came up in, we referenced gaming, like, in the music. From sampling games to...

FaZe Temperrr: My mind was blown when I first heard that bar, cause before that there weren’t a lot of rappers talking about gaming.

Inked: What was the game that hooked you on gaming?

FaZe Adapt: If we want to get technical about what really got me involved in gaming, I would go back as far as playing GameCube and games like Super Smash Bros and Mario Party while growing up with my sisters. That’s when I realized I really enjoyed gaming and I was good at it. Although, I had no way to really gauge how good I was because it was only playing against my little sisters, but I was cleaning up, you know what I mean? (Laughs)

DJ Scheme: It was the same for me. I played a lot of Super Mario Sunshine, a lot of Mario Kart. It was always a competition between me and the homies. I was, like, a hardcore RuneScape fan.

FaZe Temperrr: RuneScape! Yessss!

DJ Scheme: RuneScape was the first game I got into seriously when I was younger. I might’ve been 10, 11 years old, so I wasn’t too smart yet. And that game taught me about life.

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