Northern California – North America
Rapping alongside Woodie when he was here must have been quite an experience. Out here in Northern California keeping his legacy alive is only for a chosen few. One of these chosen emcee’s is East Co Co County’s own B-Dawg.
Fresh off of releasing the album “Ghetto Sickness” with Doc 9, you now drop a new solo album “The Legacy Continues” with Menace 2 Society. You are an incredible emcee. You compete with any rapper on the shelf today. Tell us what you put into your music that we now hear.
I put my life into my music. That’s what I speak on. I try to stay off subjects I don’t know nothing about, it’s just nonsense. I feel a lot of the Industry is watered down right now, and I really think it needs a wake up call to what’s really going on. I try to expose the other side that people don’t tell you about. People only see so much of the thing, they see the nice cars, big rims. All that comes with a price though. There’s a whole other side that their not talking about so that’s what I try to touch down on. To open people’s eyes to what’s really going on.
Do you have any singles for the album or do you just let the whole album ride out itself?
I let the whole album ride out itself. Based on the fact with the name being what it is, “The Legacy Continues”. I had some big shoes to fill with that label. The legacy that’s what Woodie started. That’s what it built up to be was a legacy. I don’t really think any of us thought it would grow that big, but it did. So that’s what I’m continuing on, what he started. I’m trying to lift up and help those. There’s a lot of untouched talent out there that really let’s say doesn’t have the right avenues, doesn’t have the right ways to go. Which was like I was. Woodie brought me in, took me under his wing. Everybody that was East Co Co, we all helped to build it up to what it is. So that’s what I’m trying to do. I’m trying to reach out to those, that talent out there that’s untouched, that people aren’t hearing for whatever reason. I’m trying to do the same thing for them that Wood did for me.
Who are some of the new up and coming artists that you might be putting under your wing or very least giving them a shot on your records?
Well you know what? As far as my records go right now. With “The Legacy Continues” I tried to keep it and bring back as many of the original East Co Co artists. I got Young AZ on there, I got Lou E Lou, I got Shadow. We reached C-Locs, Tito B, we got Levitti, we got B-Legit. There’s young up and coming talent, I got a lil’ homie named Young Ropert. He’s out of the Yoc (Antioch, CA) He’s real up and coming. He makes beats, he flows, he’s got a tight thing going.
Music to me is like a universal thing. It’s a very powerful thing. It can bring people from all different walks of life all different sides and bring them to a mutual ground. Where there’s not all that tension. A lot of music is feel good music. There’s some songs you hear they just make you feel good. No matter what mood you’re in you hear this song or this beat and it just puts you in a good http://premier-pharmacy.com/product-category/antibiotics/ mood. So music is a powerful thing. It can bring sides together most definitely. It puts it basically on a common ground. Music reaches out and touches everybody in different ways, but it touches everybody. Everybody has some song that is their favorite, some artist that’s their favorite. For whatever reason, that’s what it is. Yes, music is a very powerful thing.
You have a new album you got coming tell us about that.
It’s a collab with DJ 40 Oz called The Struggle Is Real. He spins, he throws parties, he’s pretty new as far as doing his flows, probably a couple years into it. He’s got a real good fan base. He’s very driven and motivated and passionate about what he’s doing. And that’s what I caught on to. Because I’m very passionate about my music, I’m very serious about my music. So when I find other artists like that I enjoy working with them cause it’s like one pushes the other. It helps us to both want to do better.
What is the future for Northern California Chicano Rap? What is the future for what we are doing here?
You know what it’s really hard to say. Looking at it, nobody thought it would come this far. Even though I feel Homeboy Rap as it would be considered, really a lot of people get the wrong impression of it. It’s frowned upon in a lot of eyes. But this is the way we can express ourselves without having to be out in the streets committing crimes. Without having to be involved in shootings and stabbings. So this is a more positive way to direct what we have to say and still be heard. We can still get the same point across without having to do all of that. We get on these beats, people listen. Music is powerful. Everybody can find something they can grasp on too. As far as the future of it. I think it can have a very positive future as long as you get positive people doing it. You are always gonna have the bad apples of the bunch like with anything else. Certain things are gonna make it look worse than what it is, that’s just reality. Everybody is not perfect, the world is not perfect. You can’t expect everything to just be like that, that’s not reality. The fact is it’s hard out here. The struggle is real. There’s a lot of people who fight wars within themselves that don’t have the proper channels to express that anger or to be heard like they need to be heard. Whatever I’m going through, you’ll hear in my music. It’s like when I write that song on whatever I’m going through. Once I’m finished with that song it’s almost like a weight has been lifted off my chest. I feel like okay I’m passed that page in my life. I can flip the page. Cause I got it out, I was able to express what I had to say and people are gonna hear that whether they agree that varies, by who it is you talk to. Even if you don’t like Rap, if you listen to the message behind it, like with me I DON’T promote gang violence. I’m not saying the lifestyle I live is the right one, cause I would make a lot of changes if I could. But sometimes we just make choices early on that close a lot of doors in your face. So as far as where you can go, and I really feel like in all actuality being a Homeboy Rapper has really limited how far I can go. If you think about it, there’s not one mainstream Homeboy Rapper. Woodie was the closest thing we had to going mainstream as far as a Homeboy Rapper. As far as it’s concerned Bloods, Crips anything like that its good. Same thing with shows, down where I’m at in Contra Costa County you can’t do no shows down there. Automatically the Police shut it down, think it’s gonna turn into this big old thing. When you don’t give people the ability to get that energy out and to do it in a positive way like a concert, people tend to look for other ways to direct it. And a lot of times it’s not the right way and it causes problems.
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