Los Angeles, CA – 2017 was a breakout year for A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie. His first album, The Bigger Artist, debuted at #4 on the Billboard 200, and his hit singles ďSay AĒ and the Kodak Black-assisted ďDrowningĒ are still get radio play like they were brand new. But even after his successful rookie campaign, the 22-year-old Bronx MC continues to work like itís Day 1.
Before taking the stage at the Budweiser Live event during NBA All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles, A Boogie gave HipHopDX an exclusive taste his plans to keep his momentum strong.
ďEverybody should know you should keep business strictly business,” he told DX. “You hear the phrase, ĎDonít mix business with family?í Thatís real out here. Some people you can work with but when youíre trying to mix with this family, everything together just turns into a big misunderstanding. I feel like I gotta say no to people almost every day. Certain times people send features. I donít say no directly sometimes, but Iím still saying no to people if I feel like the feature isnít worthy or it didnít balance out.Ē
If thereís one takeaway from A Boogie’s lessons on the business side Hip Hop, itís the value strategically picking features. He has already worked with everyone from Kodak Black to Chris Brown, using his collaborations to display his own versatility.
ďI like to do anything Iím capable doing with my voice,” he explained. “So if I could do a pop song, why not? If I can do a savage song and go crazy on that for the streets, why not? If I can do a song thatís R&B, why not? So anything I can reach, rock star, anywhere Iím going there and in 2018, youíre gonna see every type genre that I reach.”
A Boogie then teased some high-power collabs heís working on that came out a chance run-in with a fellow New York heavyweight.
ďMe and 50 Cent] were just talking yesterday for like half an hour before I was in the Global Spin Awards, and we were chopping it up about how the younger artists gotta really respect what the older artists did, not just music-wise but the platform that they created],Ē A Boogie said.
“Thereís billionaires that came out the rap system, so that platform right there is for us to follow,” he continued. “We canít just sit here and make music and think itís all good. That ainít it. We] gotta do more than that, man. We got something in the works too. Me and 50 made a song. Weíll probably have another song coming, weíll probably have three by the end the week.Ē
A Boogie also revealed who he’d like to team up with for a collaborative album.
ďI would look forward to making a project with Future,” he stated. “We ainít talk about a project, but we talked about a few songs. We already got a song with Thugger on the Esco tape, and weíre working on another song right now so hopefully, we get a project together soon.Ē
One the things many young artists fail to realize is the importance branding. A Boogie understands stardom is about more than music and as his celebrity rises, heís working on strengthening his brand outside the booth as much as possible. And his next career ambition might surprise even his biggest fans.
ďI was never really a people person and Iím growing out that now and Iím trying to get more into the acting life,Ē A Boogie revealed. ďI see myself doing something for the kids or something like that, being a kid in high school. I donít want my music, if Iím in a movie, I donít want the two] to relate to each other.Ē