When we listen to this brother’s music, one can hear the perfect boom bap, heavy street vibe, mixed in with a consciousness. A hard task to do in these times. Meet the man who’s game for the challenge……..Boodah The Emcee!!!
1. What city do you hail from brother? (Son Ra)
Chicago is the city born & raised on the south side in Englewood area.
2. When did the HIPHOP bug snatch you up? Did you start off bboying, rhyming, deejaying, etc.? (Amriki Aswad)
I was always intrigued & just had a love for music every since a kid, fascinated with my parents record collection(they played music from sun up til sundown on weekends). I got the Hip Hop bug from my older brothers bumping Boogie Down Productions Criminal Minded tape in the house & I was hooked every since. I started out Emceeing at around 9 yrs old trying to out rap everyone older than me(I got ate up a lot too, lol), & that’s pretty much all I’ve done is Emcee until now taking on business role’s with the music.
3. With the everyday violence in Chicago, how do you deliver positive messages in your lyrics and not lose hope?? (Butta)
It’s just in my nature as a person to be optimistic about life itself that the people are going to do better & we are all a work in progress. Those same things come across in my music because I’d like to see positive change in people as well as myself. It’s crazy because along with all the violence in the city it’s also so much beauty in the city that doesn’t get light shined on it, I have a song on the album titled “Beautiful” where I spoke on some of these things.
4. What are your pros and cons of the Chicago Drill movement? (Dejed19)
I’ve come to embrace the youth & the whole Drill thing so as a pro I’d say it’s uniting small batches of young fellas as comrades & even in them doing the music it helps keep the focused ones of the streets doing worst. The main con to it is just like a large majority of artist doing music is it all sounds the same. One thing for sure is that sound has put a light on newer artist emerging from Chicago & it’s sound is being copied all over now. Personally it’s not my thing but I truly respect it.
5. Do you think it’s necessary to leave the city to get more exposure? (Son Ra)
Nowadays exposure is at your fingertips via technology. Yet at the same time no matter where you are on the map be it Chicago, NY, LA, & so on, the larger exposure is in moving around. I’ve heard some well known Chicago artist that even the city didn’t show as much love until other places did.
6.If you could collab on an album with one Chicago Emcee who would it be and Why?(Son Ra)
I’d love to collab with Kanye West. I think we’d create something epic artistically.
7.Half my crew grew up with and went to high school with Marshauwn Cross, producer on your current project. How did you both link up? (Amriki Aswad)
Now I’ve been working with a producer by the name of Dirty Soc(Do or Die, Twista, 3 Piece, etc) for long time now & while working on my album he said I needed that Hip Hop element of producer & told me that I would love his guy Marshauwn. He called him that day & we just fit off top. We started working immediately and come to find out I was the 1st Emcee to ever rap on any of his beats
8. What future projects do you have coming up? (Amriki Aswad)
Currently working on a new album that I’m planning on dropping in the fall season or earlier. It’s a Mixtape in the works that I will have mixed up in sections by a few different DJ’s. It will also be a slew of singles & freestyles dropping soon.
9. Last one……….. Where can people find you on the web and/or social media? (Amriki Aswad)
I can be found on all social media Boodah the Emcee, @boodahtheemcee & the Publishing companies website will be active soon at http://www.sphhiphop.com