A Boogie also recently sat down with Billboard to talk about his newfound stardom, his past influences and growing up in The Bronx, NY. He also touches on his forthcoming mixtape with Zaytoven. You can take a look and read some of the interview below and check out the full story over at Billboard.
Billboard: What has been the hardest part of transitioning into a star?
A Boogie: The craziest part I have to say is little moments when these people I knew when I was younger, like DJ Khaled and Drake, just hitting me up telling me to come to these events. That’s real big right there.
Billboard: What is the story behind your real name, Artist?
A Boogie: I don’t know the exact story. I just know my dad is into art and he named me Artist.
Billboard: Who were some of the artists your parents would play?
A Boogie: Lauryn Hill was one of my favorites. Nas, Jay Z, 50 Cent, Kanye. I can’t just listen to one [artist] — I got to throw it in a mixture. When it comes to Lauryn Hill, I like the way she puts things together. I think she kind of started that wave when it comes to the melodies. She made it sound really good back then.
Billboard: Being from New York, do you feel like there’s a certain responsibility to show that the East Coast still has a presence in hip-hop?
A Boogie: Yeah, of course. It’s me right now and Dave East, Don Q, PnB [Rock], Young M.A. We going crazy right now. As long as everybody keeps a consistent flow, It’s gonna be a real good run. We the new wave.
Billboard: Have you ever felt hesitant about putting certain things out about yourself?
A Boogie: Of course. One song, “Temporary” took me like a year to make. That was the first song I ever made — me and my producer called Mr. Whyte. That was when I was in Florida for about three years — went there in 2012 came back in 2015. He was the first person that brought me into the studio. I never been to no real studio before even when I was in New York. So when I went there, I heard my voice in a real microphone. When I knew how I could sound, I abused it. I went home — I listened to the song. I wrote it over and over, changing things. It took me mad long to finish that. I was 17 when I started making [the song] and I was 18 when I put it out. When I recorded it, it came out a real good song. That was the song that lead to my career.
Billboard: Describe growing up in the Bronx.
A Boogie: Both. When I was in high school, that’s when a lot of things started happening in my life. I went to Dewitt Clinton in the Bronx so I was with 20 years olds so you had to learn to grow up quick. I went to one of the worst schools in the Bronx. I was seeing all this bad stuff. That’s all I was seeing. It started to come to me. I stopped going to school for a little while — just in and out. I still graduated high school though.
Billboard: Mumble rap is all the rage right now. What do you hope to bring to the table?
A Boogie: I’m trying to bring that real music feeling back to music. You on the train and you’re really listening to what the song is talking about. That’s a big part of what I really want to do.
Billboard: What are you working on next?
A Boogie: After this project, I got a mixtape with Zaytoven. I met him at Drake’s show so I got his number. He heard a lot of my music and we connected from there. He sent me like 30 beats. I made a track, and was like, “Nah, I got to make a mixtape.” It’s going to be called Artoven.