Bronx Born, World Bound…
Starting out in the world of hustle or be hustled, Julius Dubose’s stage name should say it all – if you’re familiar with the movie “Paid in Full”, that is. Coming from the Bronx, there are many parallels between the American artist and the movie’s protagonist. Now on the starry road of success, PAUSE sat down with “A Boogie wit da Hoodie” to talk all things music, fashion and London’s music scene.
Welcome to London is it your first time here?
No, it’s my second time.
How do you find London?
My first time it was lit I had a show at Brixton Electric.
How was it, good?
It was lit, I brought out Stefflon Don, I brought out 6ix9ine (looks to the London Eye) Is that a rollercoaster or am I tripping?
No that’s the London Eye, (laughs) you should check out London!
Did that affect your music in some way?
Yeah, it did because I wouldn’t be talking about certain things I do if it didn’t.
Do you feel like artists who grew up in New York and don’t travel do you feel like they stick to talking about a certain thing?
From New York?
Yeah, in terms of growing up, trying to make it.
I feel like hip-hop, in general, is like that. I feel like hip-hop is a cycle that repeats itself, people talk about the same thing over and over in different ways and different melodic ways, it depends on how you say it really to make it stand out, that’s all. I try to be a little bit different all the time by saying different things a little bit, but I realise I’m still saying the same things other people say. Even if you’re talking about your lifestyle, you’re saying the same thing somebody else said because you’re going through a repetitive situation.
And the watch?
The watch, this is the small one, this is $85K. We got the other one too but I like this one better because my wrist is real skinny, so it’s just flat just sitting on my wrist without no bulkiness or nothing.
What is with people from New York and Brooklyn with the whole bling thing and the chains, is it a status thing?
It’s a trend, I’m going to be honest with you it’s a trend right now, just how gold chains back in the day was a trend, diamonds is a trend right now. Young people nowadays are getting way more money than usual.
Is it the bigger chain the better?
Yeah, we spoil ourselves, and I feel like you shouldn’t get ice unless you want that type of attention to be a rapper or something.
Are they quite heavy, do they hurt your neck?
Yeah, if you’re wearing them all day yeah.
Do you feel like you have to wear ice to be a rapper?
No you don’t but people just do a dumb thing with money nowadays, what if somebody just take that shit one day, now you got nothing, for real I could get insurance on it because I’m a rapper but other people can’t get insurance on it because they’re hustling and in the streets.