We got another great rapper hailing from Philly. It’s just something about the grind of a Philly-based emcee. Meet Beretta Biz, the young guy making moves in the rap game. High off the release of his mixtape, Deluxe, Beretta Biz is receiving great recognition for the project. This is why we had to get an interview with him. During our interview, we discussed his upbringing, some of his influences, upcoming plans and projects. Catch the interview below.
Tell us about yourself and your music.
I’m originally from Philadelphia so naturally rappers/musicians from my city is what I gravitated to. Early on (Beanie Sigel, Cassidy, State Property to name a few). I fell in love with Hip-Hop at first after hearing Ma$e on “Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down” just his flow and persona enlightened me. Long story short…when I started writing my own music and discovered a flow that worked for me I made it a point to incorporate a sort of smoothness in my flow reminiscent of someone like Ma$e in my opinion.
How would you describe your sound?
I feel like I cover a range of different sounds being that I’m diverse, but if I had to narrow it down I would call it “Lounge Music”. My beat selection style is one that is comparable to guys like Dom Kennedy, Stalley, Rockie Fresh, Chip The Ripper, etc…where as I lean more toward real instrumentation (horns, pianos, guitars) with a good mix of bass to go along with it. The flow/lyrics follows suit as I typically talk about things that I find “cool” like cars, women, apparel, traveling…”Lifestyle Rap” if you would, shout out Curren$y one of the forefathers of that movement!
Talk about the experience making your song/mixtape.
My experience with Deluxe (my latest project) was one I’ll never forget. I’ve been doing music for a long time and that was my first completed tape and it turned out pretty good. I met NEM who produced most of the tape years ago and while I’ve rap over his beats before this was the first time he pretty much catered the beats to my sound if you would, so everything as far as on my part creatively just flowed well. I was able to feature some of my favorite artists as well as good friends of mine on the project without a 2nd question from them…they went in and did their thing! Overall I enjoyed the experience, the pressure I put on myself, and the fact that I left myself room to grow so the next project will be even better sonically!
What are you currently working on? Any new projects? Shows?
I got a few side ventures as far as producers showing love and throwing me tracks…a few songs I’m concocting in that regard. My main focus now is linking back up with my BroLife family (get to know us if you’re unfamiliar) and knocking out the mass amount of songs we’re gearing up for our next project…just wait on it. Many behind the scenes seeds are being planted until it’s harvest time!
What has been your biggest highlight in your music career this far?
Honestly joining BroLife is pretty big on my list…not only are we some of this most talented group of individuals but aside from the music we all share common values. It’s a real brotherhood and nobody puts themselves over the next man…but when it’s your time to shine you gotta shine and you get the backing of 10+ others in a crew promoting your solo stuff like it’s their own! We’re still a group of major competitors and we all wanna be the best but that doesn’t take away from the fact that we want each other to win…”if one wins we all win”!
Name your ideal collaboration: mainstream or independent artist(s).
Aw, man it’s so many I could name lol…but I’d probably have to say 2 Chainz based solely off the fact that I enjoy his energy and I feel like we would some records. I don’t think people realize how diverse he is and that’s how I feel people view me (one sided) so I’d be down to kill those misconceptions with the homie Chainz! Now I feel guys like J. CoLe or Curren$y would be more up my alley…but I have faith that those collabs will happen regardless so I’m thinking outside the box!
Name something random that people do not know about you.
I have an affinity for antique stores…don’t ask me why (laughs).
What’s one thing you have learned or discovered while being in the indie music scene/industry?
I’ve learned that even though I’m independent the numbers and the amount of love I get make me feel like a star for real. There’s nothing like love from the underground because like my man Big Krit says “That’s Forever”!
What can we expect from you in the future?
Be expecting more quality music and more dope shit! I’m getting back to my “backpacker” ways and trying to bring light to some social issues because that movement is needed now more than ever. But yeah just expect the bar to continue to be raised and expect to see my face a lot more!
Anything else you would like to share with our readers? I just wanna tell those that have been involved in my movement that the appreciation on my part is truly genuine…I won’t let y’all down. And to those who aren’t familiar please get to know me and my music, I’m most definitely for the people! More dope shit to come!!#BroLifeorNoLife #MWTM #ChillSet
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