Interview: Doe B
Fri, 25 Oct 2013 11:54:55
Doe B's got some real power. You can hear it on "Let Me Find Out" and Baby Jesus [mixtape link]. He hits each verse with true grit reminiscent of Biggie and Tupac Shakur, but with a distinct energy that's all his own. Donning an eye patch and boasting a formidable presence, he's got the presence to take the game over. Doe B has arrived. Tell your favorite rapper to be afraid...
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, Doe B talks "Let Me Find Out", Baby Jesus, and so much more.
What ties Baby Jesus together for you?
It's really everything I was going through at that point in time. I really put a lot into the songs during that period. It all went into the Baby Jesus project.
Is it important for you to tell stories in your songs?
Most definitely! It's more about life experience. Everything I put into songs, I've either seen it or done it. I thought the name was funny. Ol' Dirty Bastard used to call himself "Baby Jesus". I used to think that was hilarious. I just went with it.
What's the story behind the last song on the mixtape "Smile"?
That's my favorite and a lot of people's favorite. It's about things I was going through at the time. You've got to smile no matter what. Everybody goes through things in their lives. You've got to smile. Somebody in my life was having a rough time. I wanted to get the message out there. Haters can say what they want to say. I'll still smile. It doesn't matter. If you're successful, sometimes people will dislike you for no reason. I'll smile no matter what.
What does "Let Me Find Out" mean to you?
I shot a video for it last year in August. Instantly, when I got the call to come to Interscope in New York, they said it sounded like something T.I. needed to be on. Four months ago, Juicy J did his verse. Then, T.I. was fitting to get on the record because we got him. He called me though, and he told me he wanted to meet me before got on the record. We went out to eat in Atlanta. He said, "I want to go further with the partnership than this one record". That opened the door. It's the song that sparked everything off for me. That'd be the most memorable song. I was always into Three 6 Mafia so it was dope having Juicy J on the track. T.I. is one of my favorites.
If you were to compare the mixtape to a movie or a combination of movies, what would you compare it to?
I'd say Paid in Full. It's my favorite movie [Laughs]. It reminds me so much of my lifestyle. Anybody who knows Doe B knows I related to that movie.
What artists shaped you?
T.I. and The Hot Boys were huge for me. Then, I'd say Master P.
Where do you see yourself going on the full-length album?
I hope it goes platinum [Laughs].
Have you heard Doe B?