Some things are just destined to be, like the rising music career of A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie.
The 20-year-old, Bronx, New York rapper, whose real name is Artist Dubose, was born to create. “My dad named me Artist. His whole life’s passion is art,” A Boogie says.
Now he’s getting millions of spins on Soundcloud and YouTube and has rap stars like Meek Mill and DJ Khaled raving about him on social media; while DJs like Funk Master Flex spin his records on radio.
When he was a teen, A Boogie listened to 50 Cent and Kanye West and got inspired to write raps about his rough and tumble Bronx neighborhood. “I’ve always had the passion to rap. Growing up in the hood, just rapping about what you see,” he explains.
Boogie would recite the rhymes to his high school classmates, who encouraged him to write more, and eventually helped him with his moniker. “My original rap name was A Boogie,” he says “but I was wearing hoodies all the time and everyone started calling me A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie.”
The Bronx was filled with bad influence so Boogie’s parents moved him from NYC to Florida to help the youngster escape the streets. Though he missed his native BX, A Boogie continued to rap and record music in his Florida home after his father bought him his first microphone. “That’s when my music really picked up because I didn’t really have much to do,” he says.
Still, it wasn’t until he moved back to NYC in the Summer of 2015 that A Boogie found the inspiration that he needed to record his first hit and start his own record company; Highbridge the Label, with the help of his childhood friends Quincy “QP” Acheampong and Sambou “Bubba” Camara.
And like many coming of age stories, it all revolved around a girl. “When I moved back to New York I started going out with this girl for about four months,” he says. “She told me she was pregnant, so I’m thinking it’s mine. First I was buggin’ like, ‘Damn, I don’t want a baby.’ And then one day she disappeared on me.”
It was then that A Boogie found out that the child wasn’t his and his girl was unfaithful. He immediately recorded the scornful and emotional “D.T.B. (Don’t Trust Bitches).” After that came his breakout hit “Still Think About You,” where he sings, “You got me singing all of these love songs, what the fuck am I doin’.”
With those two songs in the can, Boogie had the basis for his debut mixtape Artist, which he released at the top of 2016.
“I just went with my feelings,” he says. The tape isn’t all emotions however; A Boogie mixes melody with hard edge street anthems. Tracks like “Trap House” and “My Shit” reveal another layer on the young spitter. “I got two sides to my music,” he says. “The Artist side of me is the love songs and A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, that’s when I go with the trap songs.”
The mixture of styles is clearly working. “It’s like every time I record, I make another hit,” he says.