Check out the new song from Baibai – Can’t Even Lie
Tell us about where you are from and how you got to this position today.
Man that’s a long story. I’m from Pompano Beach, FL. I’ve been in VA, the 757, for some time now. At the time I really didn’t want to leave Broward, when you’re young you kinda get used to that fast living and doing what you want. Being in that environment there was always something to do, trouble was easy to get into. Lucky, when I was out there I had the right guidance from the older G’s that had been there and made mistakes. They use to tell me just listen “jitt.” That’s what I did, but it got to the point where I needed to leave. I had a older brother in VA and he came down and offered to come up with him. In a way it saved me, I love my brother but I gave him hell. I wasn’t used to living regular. So for now VA is home and home is home.
Tell us more about the current song you are promoting to everyone.
Can’t really say I’m promoting anyone track because I have so much material out right now. I’m on a few mixtapes, so I just try to promote all the tracks. I have a track on the Unsigned But Hot mix tape hosted by DJ Pretty Boi Reezy. I’m actually on the cover of that one. I’m on Indies VS Majors hosted by Tru G Productions. The Homicidal Threat Vol 9 mix tape is coming up soon (got a track on that), hosted by 44 Cannon. My boy DJ Papito did a great job with the track I have on it, Can’t Even Lie, he put it on so many sites I can’t name them all. That’s a big record right there. I’m just promoting them all you know. My album Prove It is on the way July 12th. So all that helps in the end.
Tell us about one of the hardest challenges you had to face in the industry?
Lets see. Just staying on top of everything. It could get tight when you have deadlines to meet. You’re constantly doing shows to keep your name out there but at the same time you have tracks to drop. No matter what day it is you just have to get it done if you want to be successful; especially if your independent. Most of the money is yours so you value your time. You gotta learn to balance personal life and business. Once I learned that I just stay ahead so I can’t fall behind. You keep your own schedule, make trips on your own means. You gotta stay on top of your budget if you don’t then you may end up not finishing your project.
What was one of the biggest set backs in your career and how did you bounce back?
For me it wasn’t on the business side of the things you know, it was when my mother passed away. I really felt like that was it. Most of the things I had done up to that point was to impress her, she was like my best friend but yet my biggest critic. She knew what the streets were because she’s been there, so it wasn’t like her saying no don’t talk about this in your song. No restrictions basically. When I went to drop something she looked at it as art and told me the truth, either it was trash or it has potential. I kind of just went a different direction. Until I got back with Eturnal, he had a set back of his own, that’s neither here nor there, that’s my ace, we made music when I first got to VA. We got a group F.M.L. Family Money Loyalty that’s my team. That’s what I needed to get my fire started again, they’re like brothers to me.
What are some things artists need to be careful of?
Any artist should be aware of their budget. You hear established rappers saying they have no budget, this and that. How many entertainers, artists, rappers have went broke? I am business man first. If you look at yourself as a business you brand yourself, you market yourself, you sell yourself to all these fans, you become the product in a way. With that, any business has a plan. You’re a business, you have a budget to control. Have the right people around you who are gonna help you do just that. Other than that just watch what you sign, just because a company offers you a deal doesn’t mean you’ll get paid in the end. I’ve been offered a few deals and I could do those numbers on my own.
What suggestions do you have for other artists like yourself?
Stay on your grind, you gotta hustle, be willing to change with times, in music no matter if it’s pop, rock, hip-hop; sounds change and if you don’t your value is gonna depreciate. I feel like I’m giving the game away now but really be true to what you doing because there’s a million and one other up and coming artists out there just like you. When you think about sleeping after you made one record just know that the next man is crossing over your ass. He’s taking your fans.
What is one of your favorite ways to promote yourself and your music?
The social networking sites are crazy now, it’s so easy to put a video on YouTube, put a song on Twitter, Facebook, promote your shows with a flyer on Instagram. So I use those to connect with the fans first, the DJ’s, and other artists. I do a lot of mix tapes too. I think when you respect the DJ’s craft you get spins. That’s what its all about, being heard and telling your story.