Up and coming DC Rapper, Boobe is on the path to becoming a household name. With the recent success of “Don’t Text Me”, Boobe is learning very quickly that getting out there and networking with DJs is the best way to own success. Supported by his team, OY Boys Records and the Young Farmers, Boobe’s latest project hosted by DJ Drama, “Boobe Trap”, a Gangsta Grillz mix-tape, is nothing short of overnight success. With his eyes on the prize, Boobe is destined to lead his troops to a successful finish where everyone enjoys the fame …..
Can you elaborate on the creation of “Don’t Text Me”?
I put a call out to my homie, Chink Santana from Murder Inc, I got him to come down from New York to DC & he put the beat on & instantly I wrote the song real quick & I just knew right then that it was going to be a good single. Next thing you know, we put our money where our mouth was at and we were on the road meeting up with DJs, going back and forth to Atlanta, Houston, Miami, Chicago – we were just on the road pushing it & it worked. It’s paying off!
Have you been doing shows in the Cities that you named off?
I’ve been doing shows in Houston, Atlanta, Chicago, but I’ve really just been going and vibing with the DJs so that I could put a face with the song for them.
Has your network built with the success of the record?
I’ve got a Gansta Grillz mix-tape with DJ Drama called “Boobe Trap” – “Don’t Text Me” can be found on there. I also got a mix-tape with DJ Cannon. I’ve been networking with Raheem Devaugh, Paul Wall, Scarface, Lloyd – I’ve worked with a few people. I haven’t been too big on features lately though, I’ve been trying to do me & have people hear what I have to put out. I don’t want any features to take over the record & take from the Artist.
What additional success are you currently seeing with the progression of “Don’t Text Me”?
I’m getting a lot of paid shows, here at home, in the Carolinas, Virginia & getting requests for features. The radio play – I’m getting a lot of love there and it’s just a beautiful thing. Of course I am getting some criticism but it comes with the territory and I just let it motivate me. I’m actually in the studio every day & I believe I have songs bigger than “Don’t Text Me”.
Will this song be featured on your next album?
“Don’t Text Me” is on the Gangsta Grillz & can be found on my website (www.onewayboobe.com). I’m working on my album now but I don’t have a title for it just yet – I’m trying to get my catalog up right now.
Do you find that the fan-base in DC is supportive?
DC is known for a lot of hate & lack of support but honestly, I don’t see it – we get a lot of love. My single, “Don’t Text Me” is doing really good right now throughout the Nation & I’m getting a lot of love. It was on 106 & Park – it seems like the stars are lining up together.
Who were some of your musical influences while growing up in DC?
We came up on Scarface, NWA, Biggie, Jay Z & Master P – me, I’m kind of a mixture of all of them as I watched them coming up and they just really influenced me to want to be a rapper.
Do you recall the song that made you want to become a rapper?
Probably one of those old Gheto Boys, I can’t pinpoint an exact song but it was a Geto Boys or a UGK song. I used rap to stay out of trouble, too be honest. I would it get the booth & it would be something positive going on and that I was doing. I was like 14 with playing around & free-styling but I didn’t take it serious til I was 18 or 19.
How did you go about making your first project and what was the name?
The first project was called, “One way up”. I was in a group – Boobe & the Young Farmers & that was the name of our first project. I was saying, in my mind, that my City had not been represented in the Hip Hop community so I felt as though I was the one that could make it happen so I chased that dream. I didn’t know that it was going to be 8-9 years later that it started paying off but ya know, it’s all been a learning experience for things I’ve learned along the way.
You formed a label with the Young Farmers, which you are the CEO of, correct?
Yes, it’s called One Way Records but I had a problem with trade marking the One Way after like 3 years, so we changed it to OY Boys Records. We took the beginning of the O in One & the end of Way, the Y and made it OY Boys. It’s a quick little saying that we say at shows & the crowd will “OY” right back at us; it’s real fun & we like playing with it! I’m just doing my solo thing right now because I found that people like a solo act more than a group.
If you could network with anyone and/or collaborate with a major artist/producer, who would it be?
I have a few but Jay Z, Jeezy, Ludacris, Bun B – I respect the people who get in the game & hustle, I know Im leaving someone out. Producer wise would be Drumma Boy & get a Dr Dre beat would be nice & Kanye West.
Are you seeking to be signed to a major label?
If it were set up the right way where I can have control & have the right budget, I would love to work with a major label. I’m used to spending my money the way I want & as long as a major isn’t trying to put a cap on to anything, it should be good. If a major feels that they could invest in me & put trust in me & we work together, I believe it would be successful with the moves I’d like to make. But yeah, I’d love to get with a label – you can only spend your own money & get so far. The major can throw some game on the fire and make it that much bigger – that is the ultimate goal. But if I could stay independent & get the same results, believe me, I would.
What other projects have you worked on in the past that has lead you to where you are now over the course of the 8-9 years?
A lot of it was with the group & we did about 4 or 5 mix-tapes and albums. DJ Khaled hosted a mix-tape called “We Shittin On N*ggas”. DJ Pokey, out in Atlanta, hosted a mix-tape, “The Streets Most Wanted Vol 1”. DJ Cee-Lo hosted “The Streets Most Wanted Vol 2”. Paul Wall hosted a mix-tape for us – I forgot the name of it because it was a while back but we’ve just been moving & putting in work.
What else can we expect from you? What’s next?
Either get in a situation (sign to a label) or blow up independently. No matter what I accomplish, I always feel that I can do a lot more. I’m just trying to get my name out there and brand the company; staying hungry & staying focused. I want to open up the doors for other Artists coming out of my City. I feel as though I am in a position to where I could be a Master P or a Puff, coming out of DC. I’m surrounded by a lot of talent and a lot of people look up to me & I know once I get my shine & get in the industry like I plan to be, I can look out for those behind me.
I almost forgot – I’m in my first movie. A movie called “Recognize” which is directed by my homie T-Miles, he works for No Limit Films so it’s going to be a No Limit Films. He has me in there as the co-star, he is the main star in it & I play a cat named Ray – I’m in there all wild. It’s a good look and I really enjoy shooting it – we’re in Atlanta filming now. I have about two days left of shooting & we will be wrapping soon. I think it’s going straight to DVD so it should be dropping in the Fall sometime.
Where can you be found on the web?
Facebook.com/onewayboobe, twitter.com/onewayboobe – I don’t remember my Myspace (laughing) and then I’ve got onewayboobe.com, oyboysrecords.com & that’s about it.