Hi all, it’s Jilli. It’s been some time since I have had a great interview with an artist, but I had the pleasure of speaking with an incredibly ambitious and talented artist from Orlando, FL named Bobby Booshay. In this interview, I got to find out all about who he is and what is artistry is about. Please read and enjoy.
Jilli: So Bobby, please tell me about you and your music?
Bobby: My Name Is Raymond Benel, aka Bobby Booshay, named after the popular movie The Water Boy. Although my flow is like water, I consider myself an underdog because my music style goes against the grain of what’s currently in today’s main stream Hip Hop. I was born and raised in New York City, East Flatbush, Brooklyn to be exact. I had to start there because that’s a big part of who I am. I guess you can say those streets raised me. Growing up in that environment gave me survival instincts, along with the ability to see through the bull. I used to identify myself as just a hustler , or just a “G” (short for gangster). After everything I’ve been through, I’ve learned that I am a lot more than just that. I’m THE VOICE. Those two words describe my music. I speak it for those who don’t have a chance to be heard or who have no voice of their own….the “mis-fits”.
Jilli: Where are you based out of?
Bobby: I am currently based out of South Florida
Jilli: How did you start in the music business?
Bobby: I’ve always had a deep love for music, as far back as I can remember. And being of island descent, and growing up in Brooklyn, was almost like living in the Caribbean. I looked up to artists from all genres of music such as Shabba Ranks, Ninja Man, Buju Banton, Slick Rick, Naughty by Nature, Big Daddy Kane, Jay Z, Nas, and many others. My first taste of what it felt like to rock a crowd was at the age of six during a block party on Hawthorne Ave in Brooklyn. I can remember it as if it was just yesterday. The OG’s on my block recognized that I spent a lot of time working on my craft because I was always imitating one of the artists I mentioned earlier. One day, while having a block party with the entire neighborhood there, I grabbed the mic and started doing my thing. The crowd went crazy and that was the beginning of what I call my abusive relationship with music.
Jilli: What sets your music apart from what is currently happening in the industry?
Bobby: For starters, I consider myself very lyrical. I don’t see the point of wasting my breath and saying nothing. In the music I can tell my story. However, I’m not a story teller and there is a difference. Most importantly, I speak from a real perspective on real issues that some would say are very controversial that can leave me vulnerable and open to public criticism. The way I see it is, if its on my heart, then I’m going to speak about it.
Jilli: Have you done any collaborations with established artists or will you be doing any?
Bobby: Although I haven’t done any major features yet, I’ve worked with Multi-Platinum and three-time Grammy award winning producer Carvin Haggins and his associates. The project we completed is fire and will be released soon.
Jilli: Are you touring? If so, what is your next stop?
Bobby: When I began working with 360 Entertainment International/Clean Money Music in 2016, I’ve had the opportunity to perform in multiple venues in many different cities. It’s been a great honor. My next major performance will be at the New York City Marathon on November 4th, followed by a performance in Orlando, then closing out the year performing in Haiti.
Jilli: Can you tell me what being affiliated with Clean Money Music is about?
Bobby: Being with Clean Money Music has been one of the biggest blessings that I’ve been given. I am working with and surrounded by people who are positive and like minded. I believe that is one of the most important parts of being successful at anything you do.
“Clean Money Music isn’t just about record sales and getting to the bag, per say.
Its a life style of success and respect for oneself, your community,
and the people you come in contact with.”
The music we produce is very edgy and speaks to the streets while at the same time serves to educate, entertain, and empower. Its about challenging the status quo, building up our people, promoting positivity and leaving our listeners with something different than what they hear day in and day out – the sex, drugs, violence and degradation toward women. We are family and we support one another. The beautiful thing is that there are no egos or jealousies, just people working together to provide a great product.
“ITS CUZ WE CLEAN
WE GET MONEY
WE DO MUSIC”
Jilli: Do you have a manager?
Bobby: Yes! Don Fryson, who is the President/CEO of 360 Entertainment International. He’s the man!
Jilli: Are you pushing a single right now or an album?
Bobby: Yes! The new single is called Mirror Mirror and can be heard on radio stations in Florida, New York, Detroit, Indiana and many other stations. Be sure to check it out on http://www.cleanmoneymusic.com
Jilli: Do you feel your music resonates with listeners?
Bobby: Absolutely! I’m a firm believer in what I call MOOD MUSIC, meaning certain music relates to your mood at that moment. I’ve gotten emails, direct messages on social media, and letters from people thanking me for how my music has helped them get through some tough times. Also, its a great feeling walking off the stage after a performance and have people waiting to take pictures or sign autographs and say how my music touched their spirit. To me that’s what music is all about, touching people in a positive way and leaving them wanting more. Actually, that is the most important thing to me as an artist.
Jilli: Who is your target audience?
Bobby: Personally I don’t target anyone when I write. I just speak what’s on my heart and mind at the moment. What I’ve realized is that my music is relatable to many different people of various ages– especially those who are free thinkers, rebels, and real Hip-Hop lovers.
Jilli: Do you feel like you’re making music for today or tomorrow?
Bobby: My goal has always been to make timeless music. Music that people will appreciate and love now and for years to come.
Jilli: How do you plan to make your mark on this industry? How do you stand out?
Bobby: I feel like my mark is already being made because most Hip Hop music in today’s market is the same in that it promotes sex, drugs, violence and overall negativity. We are constantly calling ourselves niggas, our women bitches or hoes, and I believe we are way better than that. I am, and we are, (Clean Money Music) bringing light, hope and a balance to Hip Hop music. We speak blessings instead of curses and the music is just as appealing, if not more, than what’s going on in the industry now. What makes me stand out is that I bring life and hope instead of pain and death.
Jilli: How do you plan on expanding your business and brand? Are you doing anything other than music?
Bobby: We believe in uplifting our community which means being visible out in our neighborhoods, holding different events, doing fund raisers, and connecting with the streets and the youth. Our approach is through a real grass roots method that brings people together, which helps us to solidify our brand. Our business is expanding every day as we are connecting and collaborating with some great artists, producers, civic organizations, business owners, political figures, and fostering affiliations with organizations both national and international. As a matter of fact, last week I debuted in my first acting role in a nationally televised series on Viceland TV Network called Dope Sick Nation. My music has also been licensed for the series and we are currently working on our own TV show to be released in 2019.
Jilli: Do you have any advice for other artists who are trying to get into the music industry?
Bobby: I would tell them to make a firm decision on who they are and why they make music and to be true to that. Too many talented and extremely gifted artists have fought long and hard to get into the industry and when they get there, they have no identity and the industry preys on that.
Jilli: Lastly, do you have anyone you would like to acknowledge as part of your musical journey?
Bobby: I would like to thank The Most High Ahayah for giving me the talent of music and the ability to be used for his purposes. I would also like to thank my beautiful wife and kids for having the faith and patience with me while I take this journey. I would be a real jerk if I didn’t thank and acknowledge the whole 360 Entertainment International / Clean Money Music family for all of their hard work and focus to make all of this possible. You’re only as strong as your team and with that being the family, we are the strongest family around.
“The energy you put out is the energy you receive”
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