FROM BOLDY JAMES' PERSPECTIVE:
On how Boldy refined his raps to such an extent & if his rhymes come together quickly:
What helped me refine my raps so well was the fact that I actually grew up poorer than a lot of my spoiled brat ass friends who help me realize life has to have some balance to it. I write my own lyrics & it depends on the situations I’m going through before I write the actual lyrics.
On what he credits to his unique flow:
I credit the fact that [it’s] me of all people,I don’t gotta fake it til I make it. I really lived this shit before the rhymes. I been a criminal all my life so I don’t gotta fake it like the rest of these fake ass niggas who never seen the street life first hand or never really had to hustle to live.
On his friends’ mentioned in “Chirps” who have names that rhyme:
Because those are the only people I remember when I think about who really out here keeping it real & who can vouch for my lyrics that I put to these beats, and if you wanna meet ‘em you can. If you think I’m lying I can bring you to my neighborhood and you can meet my neighbors personally & they will let you know for me that it’s heavy on the thug life with Boldy James.
On if Boldy is still into “Chirps”:
Chirps will forever be a part of me because that’s what made me. Chirps made me who I am in these streets and it’s my co-writer to every lyric you ever heard me recite.
On Boldy’s math skills and whether or not he was a good student:
I always was one of those type of students who didn’t have to study to ace a test, so when it came to drug money numbers it was easy to compute because money & numbers always been my specialty. Money & science I always took a liking and an interest in ‘em. So after I dropped out I knew what was relevant and [applicable] to my future. College had nothing in common with me.
On some of the stories Boldy mentions in "Chirps” including a C.O. sneaking in morphine pills:
To make it short & sweet, I’m really tied in to this street life underworld shit. Only thing I ever did was hustle so even in jail we find ways to get money. That’s ConCreature shit.
On the beat and if Big Duke presented it fully-formed:
Yeah, Duke put that that beat together as is, but when he played it to me & for me he knew exactly who to give a beat like that to, and when I heard it I knew exactly what to do with it. Sell dope on it!
On whether or not he had a pre-determined concept for “Chirps” or it just came together as he wrote:
It just came together as I wrote it, but I heard the beat and did have a concept to it, and that was just to keep it real, and make hustle music that my fellow Detroiter’s [can] rock to.
On his new mixtape’s sound & how it compares to “Trapper’s Alley”:
Naw, this one is gonna be more up-tempo, but it’s still gonna be lyrical. So I guess I can say that it’s different because I displayed a lot of versatility on it. My version of club music is a lot different than these other niggas chasing hits so hard that they forget about the culture and the fact of making music that’s gonna stand the test of time.
On who else he’s been collaborating with on his upcoming tape:
The Blended Babies, my mans Ant Beatz from Detroit (Trick Trick nephew), Witt & Big Soj from Radio Gold, Mannchyld, Geno XO, Lifted, Helluva, J O’Neal, Trill, & a couple more I’m too high to remember at the time.
On his favorite verse/line in "Chirps":
"...and this is Nacho cheese bitch Doritos." Because people tend to try to count your pockets when your really the one working for your hard earned moneys and all they wanna do is reap the perks and benefits of your hard work and give you the shit end of the stick then try to take all the credit for it. People make references about money using the term Chips to refer to money all the time because of casino chips and when you stack yo chips up, it's time to cash out, and we also call money cheese so this being all my money that makes it Nachos referring to Not Yours because in the hood we can brake the hell out of a sentence or syllable and we never say and pronounce words like other people in cities other than Detroit. So if I had a bag of chips that would make it a bag of nacho cheese Doritos, you get it?
On his studio essentials:
Weed, Drank, & my real A1 from day 1 peoples around me who not judging me for being a hoodlum, & some beats that compliment my style, that’s all.
FROM BIG DUKE'S PERSPECTIVE:
On the sample in “Chirps” and where he found it:
I sampled the audio from a scene of one of my favorite movies Janky Promoters which stars Ice Cube and Mike Epps . its the scene where Ice cube visits his mom and they are talking about selling keys and bricks and how long they been doing it.
On the process for creating this instrumental:
The process was dope, it was my usual I got to the lab rolled up a phatty and started watching a movie. I usually do that to get me in a creative mood and then it gets to the part where she says kilos, grams etc. and I’m thinking like this would be a perfect sample for a record. It’s a funny sample, I wanted it to be dark but still have bounce.
On if this beat was tailor-made for Boldy:
This track was just an idea. Boldy heard it playing in my iTunes and was like, ‘yo that’s it.’ I had already knew he would love it just hadn’t thought to play it yet and was waiting for the right time and out of nowhere my iTunes plays the beat randomly.
On his favorite part of the multi-element beat:
My favorite part to the track is the hook where the sample comes in as a surprise I feel like I used it uniquely and the drums
On if they recorded in-studio together and what the session was like:
We recorded this record at West One studios in Hollywood together. We was in the studio vibing. He a genuine dude, good energy, lots of laughs and weed smoke and talks of similar hood memories of the crackheads that everyone know, to first fights and hood parties etc. And all this while creating dopeness just an overall good session.
On how he first connected with Boldy:
Me and Boldy first met in Chicago at the Blended babies studio, he was introduced to me by Chuck Inglish. Chuck was like this is my crazy ass cousin Boldy, he from detroit and we clicked instantly. Coming from the hood you always can relate no matter what city you from. Real Recognize Real.
On the equipment used to create this instrumental:
I used native instruments maschine Logic Pro, Along with synth and a couple other vst's and my personal kits.
On his go-to machines:
My go-to right now are Native instrument Kontakt 5, FXspansion Geist, U-He Zebra, them my babies but I also create a lot of my own sounds.
On how he would describe his typical production sound:
I love dark melodic harmonics and hard drums with patterns that make you nod your head. I’m all about that life lol.
Giving you the direct perspective from Boldy James and his producer Big Duke, "Track Breakdown" is an HNHH series that highlights a specific cut by speaking to both the artist and producer about the song's creation.
Boldy James is not your average drug-talking and dealing rapper. It shows in his musical output, from his above par beat selection, to his descriptive and almost eloquent rhymes, Boldy is far from average. The Detroit player first surfaced on the rap scene with his very dope and album-quality mixtape, Trapper's Alley: Pro's & Con's and while he's had a slow rise, he's definitely built a solid base of fans and a buzz to match.
Boldy returned to the mixtape circuit with Consignment: Favor For A Favor, which once more provided fans with insight into Boldy's life, which was, and still is, focused on the streets, and the pitfalls or pluses that come with living that sort of life. The biggest peeve we have with most "drug-dealing" rappers is that they are not actually about that life-- they just use that life to engage fans and paint a picture (case in point). Boldy paints that picture, for sure, but what he paints is reality, and you can tell that Boldy is only spitting about his life.
Boldy James has worked hard to perfect his rhymes. It's obvious from Trapper's Alley alone, which was only released when Boldy was 27-years-old, that Boldy Lego Blocks James puts time and thought into his raps. This isn't the "Oh, I don't write down my lyrics" type of shit. Apart from his lyrical ability, King James is also connected to several ill producers, who are essential to the quality of Boldy's raps. Since his debut mixtape, Boldy has worked with frequent collaborative producers like his cousin, Chuck Inglish, The Blended Babies, M. Stackz, Brains and Big Duke. On top of this, the Detroit native has been working frequently with producer The Alchemist on a debut album M.1.C.S. which is due out in September.
Boldy recently released a leak called "Chirps," with production from Big Duke. The leak reminded us of why we love Boldy's raps in the first place, and so we had to reach out to him for our latest Track Breakdown segment. Boldy talks about "Chirps," his life in Detroit, and his upcoming untitled mixtape. We also connected with producer Big Duke to find out about that dope sample on "Chirps," how he originally met Boldy, their studio sessions together (which sound like great times), and his production style.
Click through the images above to learn more about the ConCreatures rapper and Big Duke's collaboration. You should definitely listen to the song below first.