Interviewed by Big Momma “Miz”
Mississippi native College Boy is a very talented young brother, here in this interview with Hip Hop Forum he tells about his experiences in the industry, and his connection with mainstream’s Boosie Badazz. He should be called the jack of all trades; read all about his creativity and what he’s bringing to table as an upcoming artist.
Hip Hop Forum: College Boy!, wassup witcha?
College Boy: I can’t complain, you doing alright today?
HHF: Yes, damn you have a strong Mississippi accent! Got me thinking ‘bout some catfish, moonshine and some more shit.
College Boy: He laughs it off. “Everybody says that”.
HHF: So what you been up to, what you got going on?
College Boy: Everything, stacking up on videos that’s going to be dropping in a week or two, writing a movie that I’ll be releasing soon, it’s called Life in Mississippi Delta. I wrote it being an hour long, but I broke it down to 10 minute episodes, I didn’t want to put it out in the stores cause everything is more social media right now. Working my clothing line too, and just tryna promote my single and staying busy all the time.
HHF: That’s wassup, what’s your clothing line gonna be called?
College Boy: MSM like my label, Mississippi Movement.
HHF: Ok, so how long have you been in the rap game, how long have you been doing this?
College Boy: Since knee hi to levi’s (meaning since he was young) I can remember before going to school I would have two radios, and the cassette tape with instrumentals from Wal-Mart, I would put the radios together and write a song before I would go to school. But writing my first official rap, was like the 3rd or 4th grade.
HHF: So when you did, where you taking it serious, or just playing around with it?
College Boy: At first I just did it for fun, it was something I like to do, my older brother was always listening to music, I’d hear it and like it, so I would try to come up with something, and he would always tell me, you can’t listen to the beats, you gotta listen to what they sayin, at the time I didn’t understand that, I would just jot something down and make it rhyme just to say it was a rap, I didn’t fully understand until I got older and started going through more life experiences and then I knew what he was saying then.
HHF: Ok, I get that. So is College Boy a name you gave yourself, or are you really a college boy?
College Boy: Kind of both. The name actually comes from Lil Boosie cousin Donkey BadAzz, he reached out to me when Boosie first went to jail, and we started the Free Boosie Movement, and he heard some of my music one night on Twitter and took a hold to it, told me “come over to Baton Rouge to me & Boosie grandma house, I wanna talk to you and hear some more music”. So I went down by myself and kicked it with him, they found out that not only could I rap, I make beats, I know how to film, record and engineer all by myself. Then they put me on the label for an in-house producer, I was doing a lot of beats for Boosie and Donkey, but they could never remember my name, but they knew I went to college, so they kept calling me “college boy”, but on the flipside, I was the first person in my family to go to college, so it kinda went both ways.
HHF: I do remember hearing that you were affiliated with Boosie BadAzz clique, are you still?
College Boy: Yeah, they like family. I got a lot of projects that I did with him, they knew I already had talent, but I didn’t brag on it, so I never sat down with him and said “Boosie listen to my song”, being on the road I saw how many people came up doing that, and I didn’t wanna be one of them, and I don’t want people to listen to my music because I’m with him. I want them to listen to it because the music is good, I really want to see what I can do on my own.
HHF: Ok, I feel you on that. So would you say this is talent you have or a gift?
College Boy: I thinks it’s a gift. Like I said, I can write, make beats, I can do photos, and basically I taught myself we just didn’t have the money for me to go to studios, but I been recording on those two radios until it started making sense in the long run. I always had beats in my head before I started making them. Also, the more people I met, the more rubbed off on me, everybody had a different way of doing something, so I took a piece from everybody and added what I had, then created my own sound. So yeah, it’s a God given gift.
HHF: You mentioned a few times the things you did on your own, like writing, engineering and videography, what about the other leg work like street promo, because your numbers are hefty and doing well!
College Boy: Nah, it ain’t no street team, it’s just me, I didn’t have no help. I just a blessing the way it turned out. I rap in schools, I do a lot of festivals with like 5 & 10,000 people, they would buy CD’s or I would give CD’s away and always had a good turnout; and because my music is all clean and radio ready that plays a big part of it too.
HHF: Good, you do promo well. This is something a few indie artists might like to hear.
College Boy: Yes ma’am, I rather give my CD’s away instead of paying a promo team. If I have 2000 CD’s and give them away, I know 2000 people got them, if I pay a promo team, it’s a 50/50 chance they might give them out, and they might not, I just have to go off their word and not know for sure. I like to get out there and get with the people myself.
HHF: Ok, so what’s your goal? Do you want to stay indie or are you leaning towards mainstream?
College Boy: I’d rather stay indie, but it’s like this, I will go mainstream if I can keep the rights to everything and do it the way I want to do it for the people. Telling these kids about the true way of living and values, to me weighs more than money. I’d rather take that route right there, I don’t have to get a lot of money, I just want to touch a lot of people in different ways, and maybe help somebody.
HHF: I like the hip hop soulful sound that ‘Mississippi Living’ has, I see that reaching a variety of audiences.
College Boy: Everything you heard on there was freestyle, then I came back & made the beat in like 5 or 10 min, and I like them to be different with a jazz or soul feel to them. I don’t like to jump on songs you can’t feel or it can’t touch you in some kind of way.
HHF: What influenced you?
College Boy: One day I was like, man I need to do something for the state of Mississippi. It didn’t make sense for me to drop an album and nobody know where I’m from, I need the people in my home to know me first and foremost. I just hit record went in the booth and the first couple of lines I freestyled was the hook, then I stopped and wrote it down, then I started writing the song based off that hook. Everything was facts, parts of my life, each verse I’m telling a story about me and my family when we having BBQs and family reunions, I just didn’t think anybody outside Mississippi would like it, it ended being a tone for everybody to hold to.
HHF: I was reading the comments, people really felt represented. You stood up for Mississippi on that joint.
College Boy: Yeah, it’s been doing well with no promo and no help from nobody, I think it’ll be alright.
HHF: I would say so too! On your mixtape My Life Stories; I was listening to the song ‘Hip Hop’, you made a statement “the rap game fake, all they do is tell lies” what did you mean by that?
College Boy: That goes back to the Free Boosie Movement when he was locked up, we did a song and got a half a million numbers, a lot of WorldStar videos, so a lot of major artist was calling and wanted to get on an album, booking us for shows so I got to see firsthand a lot of stuff that would go on, sometimes.
HHF: Like what for instance?
College Boy: Like you would get to the shows and the promoters wouldn’t have all your money, playing games. Then I always learned that you can never take any hand-outs from these rappers in the game because something always came with it. I used to think everything I saw was real until I got in the game and started seeing that wasn’t the case, it wasn’t real it’s like 90% fake. You hear them saying now, fake it till you make it, everybody so caught up in being famous and making money, they are willing to tell you lies and have you selling your soul for the fame. That song ‘Hip Hop’ is a true song, there’s a video coming too.
HHF: So you’ve learned quite a few lessons on this journey?
College Boy: Yeah, when I did my album I didn’t want to glorify guns, drugs, money and all that, when you get to these show, you got people that really want to see if you walking how you talking, trying to get 15 minutes of fame off you for taking your chain or something. I saw it happen to the biggest of names, so I want to do everything based off reality, and relatable to people because if I’m not rapping about it, ain’t no reason for you to come to me about it.
HHF: Real shit, you a smart man. Any collaborations with anybody else outside of Mississippi?
College Boy: My Life Stories is my first solo project that I ever did, before then I was doing a lot of street music, but after God let Boosie come home after that murder charge and he picked up where he left off, I wasn’t going to keep jumping back out there giving my kids and their friends the wrong impression. So I separated myself because those weren’t the intentions. You don’t have to be out there with guns just to have your homeboys be cool with you, there’s other routes. I wanted my music to line up with my actions.
HHF: You certainly on the right track with that. Is there something certain you want the readers to know & remember?
College Boy: Remember Mississippi Movement, whenever they talking ‘bout Mississippi they gonna have to bring my name up, its more than Big K.R.I.T.
This interview was done by Big Momma “Miz” a North Philly native, out of Harrisburg Pa., she is now the C.O.O for an indie label ILL CRE (Illustrious Creations of Entertainment) where she is also signed as an artist under the moniker “Penelope”. The Hip Hop culture is embedded in her style & personality, you’ll hear it in her rhymes and read it in her writings.
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