you know what it is, just working hard.
you been up to lately?
been grinding and finishing up stuff for the album, that's what I've really
been focusing on now. The album is called Law and Order.
Law and Order sounding right now?
right now. I don't want to put it any category, but it's something different
from what's in the game right now. It's not crunked out, it's not all
party joints, it's my thoughts on how life is in Baltimore and how hip-hop
is. I think we're lacking messages in the game right now, whether it's
positive or negative messages.
title Law and Order?
my independent album is titled Law and Order also. Just so people don't
get them confused, they're two different albums. The big thing missing
right now is originality. Without no laws, you won't have no order. Whatever
way you follow, it has a cause and effect. Music is making a lot of money,
but the quality of music is shit because people are chasing the money
too much. They're getting caught up in watching somebody be successful
off one thing and instead of being original, they'd rather follow somebody
else's blueprint. I'm focusing on the quality of music. A lot of artists
who have hit records are having their albums brick. I'm having my album
On a personal
note, growing up, both of my parents were incarcerated. That part of my
life gave me that drive to take my life in a different direction. I put
all that into my album and the music. That's really helped me a lot. Growing
up in Baltimore, there's a lot of poverty and a high drug rate. It's easy
to get in trouble and it's hard to be smarter. You can have a real negative
outlook growing up there. My parents were getting high, and I don't want
to make them look like junkies, but I think all of that applies to my
music. My grandmother thought I would take that negative route. I did
what I had to do to survive, but all that negativity made me turn another
way. I wanted to turn a negative into a positive. I had to really prove
people wrong with my music. I couldn't go another way, and it wasn't school.
I was still doing street music and I had to prove to people there could
be that negative side and I could still give a positive side.
A lot of
artists writing about the streets and poverty and in some sort of way
it seems like they're promoting that. I can't knock them because if that's
what you believe in, then I think everyone should fight for what you believe
in. I'm not knocking anybody for their message, but my message is a little
difficult coming from Baltimore right now?
positive and negative side to that. You can look at it as a negative thing,
but if I do pull it off, it's going to help me in the long run. If I pull
it off, I'll be big. My music is so sharp that I don't think you can deny
it. You can be white or black or any race and feel it because it's real
music. I really think it's going to be good for Baltimore. I believe people
really want to hear it. The Baltimore style and the Baltimore lifestyle
is different. It is going to be harder but I think it's like shocking
you rather be coming from Baltimore than a city that's already established?
happy coming from Baltimore. Some have said I'm more of an East Coast/New
York rapper. This is my territory. In New York, it's not like I'm afraid
of competition, but they're already established. Baltimore and DC is in
their own place, and I really feel this is the best place for me to come
out because no one's really running it.
of people would say you're brave for signing to Virgin.
I used to
go to meetings when I was 16 to see one of JD's A&R's when I was in
another group. My mother used to tell me I would get signed by Jermaine
Dupri. Columbia put their offer up and Virgin put theirs up and it was
the best one on paper. I'm all into doing new things. JD told me I was
from a new area and he popped ATL off when it wasn't jumping, so he understands
that. I had to let them know I wasn't trying to adjust to what the game
is doing, I'm trying to do me. We're like the underdogs. I'm a new artists
and southern music is running the game. No lyricists are getting play.
I'm an underdog signed to an underdog label. I'm excited about that. If
I were to go to Def Jam, I would already be overshadowed over there. Over
here at Virgin and not being at So-So Def is dope. I can do what I want,
and that's a golden opportunity.
been going well at Virgin so far?
I do get that chance to step out to the world, everybody will be on the
Virgin sign you?
It was the
independent grind. I've been grinding with the N.E.K. for four years and
we put out different mixtapes. We were really getting it on in the streets.
It was hard to get BDS on the radio. I give a shout out to Victor Star.
He came through 92Q and really opened the door for that. Off the N.E.K.
grind, people really started feeling my music. We did the mixtape and
we sold 20,000 mixtapes for two or three dollars so we could keep it popping.
We were doing our own shows and parties. It was our own industry down
there. I had a video that broke to BET and I was getting some BDS. My
album did 3,500 on the Soundscan in Baltimore. A lot of majors wanted
to pick it up and put it out. At the time, we could have pulled the album
off the shelves but we didn't. We didn't want to waste it. I'm the same
person but I'm growing because I've had different experiences. A lot of
people said my first Law and Order was a real classic even though it was
an independent album. This album is better. I'm letting them know how
I feel right now instead of going too far in the past.
first Law and Order do well for you?
It did well.
It sold more than mainstream artists in Baltimore. I got a lot of love
for my city. That's why I keep them on my back. The world needs to hear
what BMore has going on down here.
you looking to drop the official version of Law and Order?
in October or November, around that time, when it's right. We're pushing
the "You're Wrong" joint produced by NO ID, that's the first
Bossman single off the album. We're going to do a video for this one.
We're not too worried about this one. Then we're going to go to the next
single and drop the album. I'm really trying to build this and take people
through the stages. You're not going to get the total picture of Bossman
in one song.
have the Yellow Tape mixtape with DJ Envy and Big Mike, how's that doing?
now. We were in the streets selling it. We got the ghetto cheese bus with
TV's and shit. We probably gave out a good 35,000. I know they're getting
out there and people are getting with the movement.
a reason you didn't put your face on the front cover?
I did that
for a couple reasons. I always liked to just give people my symbol and
let them wonder about you. I think that's always a good thing. I wanted
it to stand out and catch you. That's always a good thing.
album pretty similar to Yellow Tape or are they in two completely separate
I think it's
different, and that's a good thing to me. They should be different. The
mixtape is more fun, not to say my album isn't fun. The mixtape is about
letting verses out, and the album is about letting emotions out and the
album is more personal than a mixtape.
out N.E.K. a lot, what's that?
all day, that's my clique, my family. It stands for NorthEast Kings. There
were originally five members. There's myself, Dollars, and Tony Manson.
About the Kings being in the name, that's not to sound cocky like we're
the kings of rap. In anything we've done, we were those niggas who were
on top. We didn't want to sound like we were better than other people,
but we wanted to set high goals in life.
got this producer 1Up who did a lot of work on your first Law and Order.
down with us for a long time. I have other producers too who I've been
down with forever. 1Up really guided me a lot through the game. I'm not
knocking it because there's always been this kind of rap, but there used
to be more balance. He really kept me driving and helped me show myself
as an artist.
do you want on Law and Order?
have 1Up. He'll probably do half of this one. I got Rockwilder, Chad West,
Chucky Thompson, No ID, my man Rob Lee from BMore, he's got two joints
on there, and that's pretty much it.
going to drop another mixtape before the album drops?
working on the Beast of the East mixtape. I'm going to put the DVD out
with it so people can start getting some visuals. We're trying to grind
it and make it work. We're trying to get the "You're Wrong"
record out there now. People need that record. It's got a good message
out there. It's telling you to be yourself and don't be nobody else. Everybody's
got a story to tell.
the next move right now for Bossman?
to shoot the video for the "You're Wrong" record. We're going
to hit the road, do some shows, and finish the album. Once I finish the
album I can get back on the mixtapes and get on the DVD's and get my name
out there. Grind, grind, grind, that's what I'm on right now.
do you have for young artists trying to get in your situation?
Be your own
boss at the end of the day and be yourself. That's what a lot of artists
aren't doing. They're all getting caught up seeing an artist shining on
something today. People try to follow other people too much. That's the
whole industry right now. That's my advice to every unsigned artist right
now. You can't borrow from other artists but you can learn from what they're
doing. People need to be themselves.
you want to say to everyone?
I hope you
enjoy some real music. If I say "hip-hop," people think Common
and Kanye West or gangster rap. It is what it is as long as it's real
music. I just want you to hear what BMore has to offer. Keep your ears
open and let's make this hip-hop shit last even longer.