TIDAL Rising: A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie
Raised in the neighborhood of Bronx, New York rapper-singer Artist J. Dubose has paved his own way to success.
Dubose, better known as A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, exploded onto the scene in 2016 with the release of his hit single “My Shit” and he hasn’t slowed down since, releasing multiple singles, mixtapes and an EP. Named a member of the 2017 XXL Freshman class, the 21-year old artist is currently at work on his debut full-length album.
Ahead of his performance from the TIDAL Stage at this weekend’s Made In America festival, we caught up with A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie below. Watch his recent TIDAL tour doc here.
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How did It feel to be named one of XXL’s 2017 freshman list? Do you feel any pressure/what’s the significance?
It was an honor to be named on the XXL Freshman list. I’ve been reading XXL magazine since I was a teenager and when I started doing music, the Freshman cover became a bucket list item for me, so to be able to cross it off my list is EPIC! I do feel like the pressure is on but I’ve adapted to pressure in the past so it’s more like motivation to keep on making an impact with my music.
Growing up in the Bronx, who were some of the artists that influenced you?
Fat Joe, Big Pun, Lauryn Hill, Nas, JAY-Z and 50 Cent.
When did you get the feeling that you’d made it or that your music had really taken off?
Hmmm… I’d say after fans started calling me ‘Snapchat King’ because that was a tool I used to share my music. Fans would send me videos via Snapchat of them singing my songs and everything. I realized people really did fuck with me and liked my music.
What are some of your favorite songs and artists out now?
My favorite songs right now are: “Rollie,” “Bank Account,” “Mask Off,” and “Just Like Brothers.” Favorite artists out are my brother Don Q, 21 Savage, Future – especially 56 Nights and Dirty Sprite 2, I vibe to those on the regular.
When you make a hit song like “My Shit” or “Drowning,” what’s the process like? Do you know when a song is a hit right off the bat?
My process is to listen to the beat a few times, get my thoughts together on paper and just go in the booth to get it done. I find the songs I finish fast are the best ones; those are the instant hits. If I sit with something too long, I don’t get the “it’s going to be a hit” feeling as much.
What’s next for A Boogie?
My debut album will be out very soon, I’ll be going on your this fall in the US then heading to Europe in December. I’m just looking forward to making history with my music and taking time to enjoy everything.
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