On Our Radar: bRavenous [Interview]
Calgary, AB – Halifax-born, Calgary-based William “bRavenous” Mosher gravitates towards everything hip-hop-related. Whether he’s spitting the microphone at 10 at 10 Hip-Hop Showcase or opening for touring acts (like the highly anticipated M.O.P. show next month), Mosher can always be found supporting his fellow rappers and the urban scene that he is so evidently passionate about. Don’t worry, though, east-coasters—Mosher still sends his love.
Though he is now proud to represent Calgary, he has “crazy love for Nova Scotia— always.” HipHopCanada caught up with Mosher to find out more about his new album release, adolescent rapping days, and his talented artistic wife.
Written by Sarah Sussman for HipHopCanada
HipHopCanada: What sparked a love of hip-hop in you, and what steps have you taken to be part of the scene?
bRavenous: My love of hip-hop started back in the mid-80s, early 90s. Back then I was more of a fan than an MC. I remember the first tape I ever had was called “He’s the DJ, I’m the Rapper” by DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince. I used to rap along and play that tape over and over. I remember my buddy Rodger and I pooling our money together so we could go buy albums so we could record ourselves rapping over them on Ghetto Blasters in our basements. We had a group called the CVG and we would bring copies of our tapes to school and give them out.
HipHopCanada: What elements of hip-hop culture appeal to you most?
bRavenous: All elements of hip-hop appeal to me—I guess you could say I’m obsessed with it. My wife absolutely thinks I am. I tell her, though, in order to great at something you can’t half-ass it.
HipHopCanada: Specify your craft – what part of it you are the most talented at, and what do you work the hardest on?
bRavenous: I try to make songs that everyone can get into. It’s cool to rap for other rappers all the time and get other rapper-love. I think it’s a challenge to make songs other rappers feel but also [make sense to] the person who isn’t into hip-hop.
HipHopCanada: Who do you feel you represent?
bRavenous: I talk about my own life a lot in my music. If you don’t, it’s not real. I love when people come up to me and say things like, “I could really relate to that song.” I represent anyone who gets into my music that way. I feel like the songs I make appeal to all different types of people. I represent my city. And my country as well, of course.
HipHopCanada: What are some signs of success in your musical career?
bRavenous: I just recently released Outta the East under Badmouth Entertainment, [which] I share with Broc Hamilton. The album has given me lots of opportunities [such as] opening for artists that I can’t believe I got to meet—Mobb Deep, M.O.P., and Obie Trice. I’m also old-school so I believe you [should] make hard copies of your album [and] get them out to all the university stations and hope it does well on the charts.
HipHopCanada: What have been some of the biggest roadblocks and how have you surpassed them?
bRavenous: [The lack of] opportunities to perform [and] tour. Calgary is a great place to be, right now, as an MC. We are getting great touring acts coming through which helps the city scene grow. And when the scene grows the MCs from the city do, as well.
HipHopCanada: What is your overall goal for your career in hip-hop?
bRavenous: [I] hope someone says, “here’s a couple mil’—go be a rapper full time.” My realistic goal is [to] keep making good music until it’s time for me to stop. I’m sure I will know when it’s time to just become a fan again. I’ve watched enough boxers not retire when they should of, and get banged out. I plan on getting out at the right time.
HipHopCanada: What people or groups do you see as being instrumental in helping you to achieve that goal?
bRavenous: The [people in the] team I keep around me are the ones that I depend on and trust. Broc Hamilton is my hype man and handles a lot of business conversations. He is a people-person and is good at that stuff. A friend of mine is in charge of my marketing—his name is Jay Brew. My photographer, Mr. Reis, is also a buddy of mine. My wife is a great artist and does a lot of designs and logos for album art as well as [the] shirts we make. It’s good to have people around you that you can trust that have your best interests in mind.
HipHopCanada: Where can fans find you? Both in person and online?
bRavenous: You can catch me all the time live in Calgary and in other parts of Alberta. This summer I will be back east in Atlantic Canada, performing for two months. I also hope to get out to Toronto this summer.
HipHopCanada: Any last words for the HipHopCanada community?
bRavenous: Be on the look for my new album coming out In January of 2014. Badmouth to the fullest.
Written by Sarah Sussman for HipHopCanada
Photography courtesy of 10 at 10 Hip-Hop Showcase
bRavenous in Concert
Download Outta the East off iTunes and catch bRavenous opening for M.O.P at the The World Famous M.O.P. Canadian Tour 2013 presented by King Down Agency on Jun. 4 at Dicken’s Pub (1000 – 9 St. SW) in downtown Calgary. Tickets are $25 – $50 and doors open at 9 p.m.