As November 4th quickly approaches, we bring you more of the inside scoop on Big Scoob’s H.O.G.
For those who have worked in the music industry, or any industry at that, they know that it takes multiple people to put together a project. For Big Scoob’s H.O.G., one of those contributors was his longtime partner, Boogieman, who assisted with production, vocals, and writing.
Follow along below as Boogieman paints the picture of Scoob coming back to music, their time in the studio together, and why they have such good chemistry.
How did you and Scoob originally begin working together?
Through his cousin. We used to have a rap group called The Zoo, and one of our members was Scoob’s cousin. We linked up back in the day and started doing music and shows together. We did shows with the RDV’s (57th Street Rogue Dog Villians) and all that. It just took off from there. Everything kind of fell through with both groups, but I kept making beats. Scoob told me he was thinking about starting back up with rapping. Once he got on Strange, he came and hollered at me. The rest is history.
What is it about you and Scoob’s relationship that you think brings such chemistry in the studio?
It’s kind of a mixture. I know him really well. We grew up liking the same music – we both like soulful songs. Because of our parents, we grew up with all of these different musical influences. We just click when it comes to music, and in the streets, too. We just have the same kind of values. It goes together.
With H.O.G., you definitely had a lot of creative input. Where did your career begin before linking up with Scoob?
I used to beatbox back in high school. That’s where it really started. When I was maybe 14, my mom bought me my first little Casio keyboard. You know, the little bitty ones with the drum pads on it and all that? I used to beatbox and play that motherfucker at the same time [laughs]. It just progressed from there. I started getting drum machines and other keyboards. I just always wanted to make music.
On “Do Better”, Scoob mentioned that he felt that there was something missing between he and Paul Wall’s verses and needed someone to bridge that gap – that person being you. Can you explain that situation and how it all went down?
I mean, it was spur of the moment, for real. He was trying to figure out who he was wanting to put on there. If push came to shove, he knew that I could pull it off. So, he told me the night before. The title of the song is the same stuff I’ve been through in life. Going through the streets and all that, there are a lot of things I wish I could’ve done better. I just picked the story from something I’ve been through and the next day I had it. I was thinking it anyways. After I heard the beat, I was ready.
With Scoob being out of music for a while, how did that conversation come about when he approached you wanting to work?
He had told me ahead of time that he was thinking about it. When he told me, I was hoping that he would do it. I was waiting, basically. Once he said he was about to start doing it, I just waited my turn. I knew Scoob was going through a struggle, like we all do. Wondering if something is the right move or not.
During that off-time, were you still heavily into music, or did Scoob bring you back?
He got me back into the writing and rapping part. I was just doing production for people around the city. Scoob gives me the kick in the ass that I need to get back in the booth every time. He’s the one who can motivate me.
Keepin’ it real, Scoob is a good dude. Just a regular dude.
Is there anything else you’d like to say about H.O.G.?
As far as I’m concerned, I think that this is his best album, if you ask me. He’s grown so much. Even during the time off, he still gets better. That’s some special stuff if you ask me. I really appreciate the opportunity to have the chance to work on it.
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