“My collaboration with 1828 & Isabomb records as a match made in heaven.”
Label: 1828 Entertainment & Isabomb Records
Upcoming: Mixtape “Pura Tranza” hosted by Bigga rankin.
Where are you from?
Sephner, FL- Pine St. We call it “Easy St.”
How long have you been interested in the music business?
Interested in for a while. But I didn’t get serious about it until I got flipped. I had to find something I was good at besides trafficking.
How did you get your start in the business?
I have been rapping and performing for about 6-7 years. I started in a group. “Get Back” 5 members. From all over. I was the last one to come to the group. One of my other partners from the hood put me down. It didn’t last very long. That group thang ‘aint what’s up.
I met Marlin of 1828 while I was in federal prison. He introduced me to his brother Fee of Isabomb Records. I rapped to him over the phone and the partnership began.
How would you describe your style?
My sound is different from the city. When you hear me you will distinguish my voice and flow. I have a real country boy sound. Somewhat reminiscent of the old T.I. with my southern country boy slur. But at the same time, I am me.
What do u like most about being an artist?
That I can get my story out there. Make people think. Make people dance. Whatever the mood is I can get it out of you with music.
A lot of rappers use music as an avenue to other ventures. What are some of your other business interests?
Right now I’m just concentrating on my music- performing and writing. My business partners have me working with Habari clothing company. It’s easy to endorse, cause its fly.
Recently you were incarcerated. How did that affect your views on your music career?
Prior to prison I was not as serious about my music. I was in the streets real heavy. Going into the feds and seeing my partners go down for the littlest things I realized it was time to get focused. A good partner of mine was sentenced to 10 years for a $20 rock. That’s not what’s up.
I did my time and now I’m in the game to win. At the end of the day you are going to do what you need to do survive. And you have to live with the choices you make. Music is for me. I have lost too much of my life.
After meeting 1828 Entertainment the momentum picked up and I began my venture behind bars until I was at a halfway house and was signed to Isabomb Records.
Who are/were your influences?
I really didn’t have any influence in the business. All my influence came from the streets. Where I am from we didn’t have any old cats to get us right. We made our own path.
What makes a good artist great?
What local artists/DJ’s/Producers would you most like to work with?
I have been working with and plan to continue to collaborate with Tom G, Tae Bae Bae, Javon Black, Frank Lini, and Lil Kee.
What major label artists/DJ’s/Producers would you most like to work with?
Really, we can keep this in the city. I am really not stuttin it. I believe the city need unity. Maybe that is what stops people from blowing up down here.
Very few rappers in Tampa have been able to reach national acclaim. Do you think Tampa’s reputation may be a barrier in your success?
Not at all. Tampa is the next city to blow in Florida. I plan to be at the head of the move. You have to appeal to the fan base and stay true to yourself. If you do that … pretty soon you are going to pop.
Often we hear about the “Hater’s” in Tampa. Have you received any backlash from the city?
Pretty much anyone I come across loves me, so please bring the haters out. I need them.
How can our readers download your music or watch your videos?
Youtube JBoogieman0407, Facebook: Boogie Man
I see you have quite a few, but what is your favorite tattoo?
This one my leg with an angel with head on a spear saying”death to all those who dishonor.” I have seen a lot of people who talk it but they ain’t living it. About 90% of people aren’t living it. About 10% out there are real cats.
What’s in store for 2012?
The release of my Mixtape, more great music, and shows. The mixtape has a little something for everybody but mostly gutter. Featured single “Handle Dat” with Tom G. Most tracks are produced by Keezone Productions. Hosted by Bigga Rankin.
Keep going like I have. Do my thing and grind hard.
2012 is my year.