I recently caught up with US rapper B Free and spoke to him about his journey in music so far, what he’s got going on right now and more.
Q: How did you get started in music, who were your main influences growing up?
A: I started rapping at 11 years old, I still remember the first rap I ever wrote. I went to a middle school that had a very good music program that introduced me to fl studio. So in 7th grade I started making my own beats and rapping to them. My father was very heavy into music so I was exposed to a lot of different music at a young age. My main influences are Pimp C, Rakim, Rick James and the greatest entertainer ever James Brown.
Q: You’re based out in Atlanta, how has your area influenced your sound of music?
A: When I was a kid living in New Jersey, the first album I ever bought was Back For The First Time by Ludacris. I always loved music from the south and Atlanta. Outkast was so player and really put me on a lot of game.
Q; You dropped your latest record Smack That Ass, the visuals for it just seemed like it was so much fun to make. Was that the vibe you were trying to put out with it?
A: The vibe and vision that I had for this song was the 2017 Baby Got Back. I loved how Sir Mix A Lot made a funny song but really had hard rhymes to go with it, it was a smart song and I wanted to do the same thing. The video was shot at my studio in Atlanta I just wanted to entertain the masses with this one and do something different.
Q: Atlanta is the place at the moment with artist’s blowing up all around you and the sound is one which has dominated hip-hop for the last 10-15 years or so, why do you think that is?
A: Atlanta is the melting pot of the south. People from all over the US come to Atlanta so it’s very cultured. There’s so many things to be influenced by in the city. The first time I came to Atlanta I knew this was my home and I wanted to live here.
Q: Have you got any collaborations lined up for the future?
A: I have a couple tricks up my sleeve with my brother DJ Mike Nasty, my group Free 2 Fly and the new RnB sensation Jovan Thomas
Q: What are your goals in music? Would you say you had a 5-year plan on how you want to plan things out?
A: I really love music and it’s helped me in so many different situations. I want to be able to reach all types of people with positivity and inspire everyone. I just want people to have a good time and learn from my music. Within 5 years I should have a Grammy, gone 3x Platinum and made my way into film.
Q: What can we expect from you for the rest of 2017.
A: Dropping the Memoirs Of A Freaky Nasty Player EP its straight pimpin.
Make sure to check him out on Twitter @bfreeofficial