Interview By Ellis B.
KM – Where were you born and raised?
BR – I was born and raised in Panama City, FL.
KM – What was it like for you growing up as a child?
BR – I came from the hood, for real. So I witnessed all types of drug activity and violence. That’s what it was like for me.
KM – As a child growing up, what was your biggest inspiration?
BR – My sister is my biggest influence. We grew up in the same house, and I went the route of the streets and she went to college and opened up her own business. Most people look at people from the ghetto as if they can’t make it, but she did and successfully.
KM – How did that lead to you becoming a rapper and linking up with Jeezy?
BR – 2003 I had caught a trafficking case and had been to jail twice, so I said I had to do something new. So I start doing music and got good feedback from people. They were saying my voice was different from anyone and started taking it serious. 2005 I bumped into Jeezy in Alabama, where we had a show; he stopped the show, because he couldn’t believe my performance and how the people responded to me. He told people Blood Raw going to be signed to CTE. Not even a week later, I was in Atlanta and we made it happen.
KM – What was your first impression of Jeezy?
BR – I saw his movement. I witnessed he was from the streets like myself, and I wanted to be a part of it. We had the same beliefs, and we stick to the script.
KM – Were you still in the camp when the beef with Jeezy and Gucci Mane started?
BR – Yes, I was there. But I was on the road doing my shows, so we got up when we could.
KM – What’s your favorite album that you made so far?
BR – I don’t have a favorite. They all have some type of sentimental value to me.
KM – What’s next for Blood Raw?
BR – We just dropped an album titled Raw Redemption under Keep it 100 Music Group and Big Cat Records. I’m just going to keep working hard and putting out good music. Everything is looking good right now.
KM – In your own words, what was the reason for the separation from CTE?
BR – If something not getting done, just let me go and I can make it happen on my own. I thought they should have done something, especially with marketing and advertising. I tried to establish myself, and my fans stood up for me when my album came out. It is what it is.
KM – If it was anything you can do over what would it be?
BR – I wouldn’t change anything, because everything happens for a reason, and it prepares you for what’s to come.