It’s not often that a rapper’s real name is better than their moniker but A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie has always been an exception to hip hop’s rules. Real name Artist Dubose, A Boogie took his moniker from a hip hop classic, Paid in Full and has had a swift ascent to the top of hip hop’s hierarchy in the last year, landing a coveted spot on XXL’s freshman cover and collaborating with everyone from Tory Lanez to Davido. Balancing melody and bars with poise, the young New Yorker has racked up a huge following with his infectious mix of lyricism and penchant for party-ready production. He’ll be touching down in the UK for Reading and Leeds later this month and ahead of his performance, we wanted to get to know A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie for this week’s Internet Crush.
What’s your favourite hoodie?
My baby blue Givenchy hoodie.
Who is the real king of New York?
What’s your favourite scene from Paid In Full?
When Mitch says ‘A Boggiieeee’!
What’s your favourite bar from Paid in Full?
“I need money; I used to be a stick-up kid. So I think of all the devious things I did”.
Who do you roll with?
I roll with my friends that I grew up from day one, who I started my label with, who I do everything with.
Describe your sound in just one sentence.
My sound is very melodic in a way that you can understand and enjoy and get in your bag.
Paid In Full.
What’s your star sign?
“>Have you ever been heartbroken?
Who was your first celebrity crush?
Last book you read?
48 Laws of Power.
First single or album that you ever bought?
Alicia Keys (Sic).
First live performance you ever saw?
I had never been to a concert, until I had my own.
What’s your earliest memory?
I remember falling a lot when I was a kid and getting a lot of cuts.
What do you do in your spare time?
Are you a morning or an evening person?
Evening. Actually…I stay out for a few days, so both.
First song you ever wrote?
Favourite song of yours?
‘Rule Number Uno, never let no one know
How much dough you hold cause you know
The cheddar breed jealousy ‘specially
If that man fucked up, get yo’ ass stuck up’.
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