BMoney – [Prolific Profile]
Edmonton, AB - BMoney is a young MC, singer and producer who resides in the prairies and is working his way up. He recently took top billing in the Hot Factor 2011 contest, and his premier solo release – R&BMoney – was entered onto billboard.com. Hot on the heels of R&BMoney, his second solo release The Canadian Invasion has garnered downloads in the thousands, while his instrumentals are setting in globally. He’s got a lot of passion, balanced by business sense and a drive to make it happen. Check him out after the jump.
HipHopCanada: How do you define hip-hop, and where do you feel you fit into that definition?
BMoney: Hip-hop is an art and a voice. It’s a genre that knows no age. Hip-hop is a community that brings together all ages, races and genders.
Hip-hop is the voice I never had. It allows me to be and say the things that are a part of who I am. Things that were frowned upon in other communities and social groups. In short, hip-hop is my life.
HipHopCanada: What drives you to stay in a business that is rarely profitable and highly competitive?
BMoney: Passion! Plain and simple. I love what I do. Making music is my life. It’s a drug for me. I get high and I never want to come down. Although this industry has been quite profitable for me lately, it was 6 years of passion and hard work that brought the opportunity. I know how non profitable, time and money draining it can be. If you’re truly good and believe that, sticking with it will only be beneficial in the long run.
HipHopCanada: Where are you based specifically?
BMoney: Canada! Toronto and Edmonton mainly.
HipHopCanada: How has living there influenced your sound?
BMoney: Growing up in Toronto influenced my sound majorly in the reggae/soul genres. Living in Edmonton has influenced my production/engineering in a major way as well. There are a lot of skilled musicians and producers in Edmonton, willing to give knowledge to upcoming musicians.
HipHopCanada: Who is your primary fan base?
BMoney: Teens for obvious reasons.They support like no one else. But those ages 22-30 know that good music! Mostly teenagers download me and support me! But it’s that 22-30 year old generation that really gets what I’m saying.
HipHopCanada: What tips would you give young artists coming up, or what do you wish someone would have told you when you first started out in the hip-hop industry?
BMoney: Get a job, management and publishing! A lot of young and new artists don’t understand that it’s five percent music and ninety-five percent business. You absolutely will not be “made” on your own. Invest in yourself and show others you’re committed to your success.
HipHopCanada: In which ways do you interact with your community?
BMoney: I interact mostly with my community through shows and internet. This year alone I’ve worked with over sixteen Canadian artists. I feature many local artists and producers from Toronto to Vancouver on all my works. I offer instrumental services at little to no cost for any Canadian artist looking to further their career on a budget. I’m a true believer in preserving our Canadian talent and inter-provincial interaction as musicians.
HipHopCanada: Which artists have you worked with that left an impression on you, and why?
BMoney: Lil Precious in Vancouver is an amazing artist. She has taught me so much as far as being a recording artist. Her versatility has definitely rubbed off on me in a major way. I would not be singing and rapping (as a combination) had it not been for her encouragement. I’m in the works with Gee Wunder right now. Can’t quite say what yet but I promise it’s good! Working with guys like him out of Toronto is nothing short of encouraging. They have done so well with their careers and I hope to be on the level in Canadian hip-hop that he’s worked so hard to get to.
HipHopCanada: Which Canadian artist would you most like to collaborate with?
BMoney: Andreena Mill out of Toronto, since she has an amazing voice. Real soulful music. Honestly a breathe of fresh air for Canadian soul and R&B. Drake is one of the best lyricists today. His grind is ridiculous and talent often unmatched.
HipHopCanada: Tell us about past and present successes, as well as future projects
BMoney: I was recently the winner of Hot 107 FM (Edmonton) and F.A.C.T.O.R.’s “Hot Factor 2011″ Contest. My first solo release R&BMoney, was recently entered onto billboard.com. My second solo release The Canadian Invasion, received over 8,000 downloads since its online release in early 2011. My instrumental streams/downloads reached over 100,000 since release in May 2011. I’ve recently rocked stages for Swollen Members, Dragonette and Dirty Radio. My upcoming album includes production from: Snaz Zeus, Bonnie Mayfield and Gee Wunder. With features from Lil’ Precious, K-Blitz, Chaos “New Money” Jackson (Wisconsin) and in the works with J-Diggz, JD Era and Choclair.
HipHopCanada: Any last words for the HipHopCanada online community?
BMoney: I’m not in this game for bragging rights or be “top balla”. This is truly my passion. With over 200 songs recorded and over 140 instrumentals I think my work speaks for itself. My goal is to create the same hip-hop community and inter-provincial musical connection as they do across the border. We work way to hard over here to be waiting for an “American Dream”. There’s so much talent here in Canada that we officially have our own Canadian dream.
MIXTAPE: The Canadian Invasion
Download Link: http://www.rap4ever.net/download-rap-music-albums/BMoney-Grenier—The-Canadian-Invasion_14914.html