Baby Bash: Flyest
Mexican Under the Radar
4/8/05 - LatinRapper.com exclusive interview
Baby Bash stays on the
grind when promoting his music, its no surprise that
2003's "Tha Smokin' Nephew" is closing in on platinum
status thanks to "Suga Suga." and that his new release is
destined to go further. Blending styles from different
regions of the U.S. into a melting pot of music, peppered
with slang from his native Bay Area,
the Mexican-Italian game spitter releases his new album "Super
Saucy" riding on the popularity of the Aventura-inspired track
"Obsession" with Frankie J. Bash spoke with LR about his new
album and more in our exclusive interview.
LatinRapper.com: Tell us a bit about your new album, Super
Stickin' with my format, you know. I kick that buttery, saucy
flow. Saucy is an extension of the word 'fly', I use a lot of
slang in my music. I got the ear candy, the car bangers, the
club music. Some people think I just do radio sh*t, but they
hear me and they know I do fly sh*t too. I do that, but I do
my hustle on the side. Happy Perez, that's my Dr. Dre, great
production. Say you got a good ass lobster tail, and you
sprinkle it with lemon, and then dip it in the butter sauce.
That butter sauce is my album. Its got that flavor.
How would you say this album is different from Smokin
Suga Suga took off so quick, Smokin' Nephew used a lot of
recycled songs. Super Saucy I had more time, put more spirit
Your last album went gold this time last year, its almost
plat now. Do you think Super Saucy has platinum potential?
Well, you know, I'm ahead of schedule, I'm about 50,000 [CDs
sold] ahead of schedule than last year, in 3 weeks. So it took
a while to go gold, but I think its gonna come across.
So you pushed decent numbers for Smokin' Nephew?
Yeah, debut at number eleven, number seven in hip hop and rap.
I don't even know if my music is rap, or hip hop, or R&B or
what. I'm not a rapper or an MC, I never even referred to
myself as an MC in my life. I just like to write good songs. I
leave all that MCing and battle rapping to the other cats. So
if you ever hear me say "hey I'm an MC", someone slap the sh*t
out me, please (laughs)
Who did you collaborate with on the album?
Of course Akon, Avant, Nate Dogg, Natalie, Paul Wall, E-40,
Pitbull, Happy Perez of course, my producer.
Who are some of the producers that were involved with the
80% Happy, then I got Akon and Fred Wreck.
Have you been doing any touring to promote the new CD?
No, I start touring on the 29th. Baby Bash, Frankie J and
Natalie go on tour.
Who are some of the artists you've been working with
Of course, Frankie J, Natalie, about to start doing stuff with
Eamon, write a song for him. That's about it right now, been
promoting, out on the road lately doing radio promos, I hardly
have time to do anything for myself lately.
But I read that you write a lot of material on the road.
Yeah yeah, I try to, I used to more than nowadays. 'Cause
'Obsession' is hitting hard, they got me grinding. I got some
sh*t up my sleeve. When I do a song, I already know what the
texture of voice [will be], I know who can do it, I gotta find
the right texture. I got a song with my boy L.A. Nino Nrown.
You put out a huge single last year and have been
generating a strong buzz this year, why haven't we been seeing
more of you in the bigger hip hop mags yet?
Well, I mean... I don't know, not everyone is catching on. I
think I'm still under the radar. People are like, "What am I,
am I Mexican, am I White, am I Cuban, what am I? And you got
the traditional old school hip hop kids, who think I'm not hip
hop enough, but I'm not corny enough to be pop. The people who
run mainstream like MTV, they mostly cater to black or white,
or reggaeton, but I'm not doing none of that, so they don't
know how to market me.
I like being under the radar, I like my
music speaking for me. East coast, they pretty much run
everything, probably takes them a while to figure me out. If
I'm not hip hop head, if I'm not that corny, tight pants type
guy, what am I? (Laughs). My music aint one thing, its Rap,
R&B, Reggae all in one.
What are you working on outside of the rapping at the
moment, whether it be business moves or sponsorship?
Real estate. You not gonna catch me with no clothing line, no
drinks, nothing like that. I'm a more conservative guy when it
comes to my bread. I got three houses, I wanna have 3 more by
the end of the year. I don't run around with an entourage, I
roll by myself and my homies, aint gonna catch me with a bunch
of jewelry on, throwbacks. I'd rather invest in housing.
The Bay Area has produced a number of established artists
that helped keep the West respected, how important is it to
you that you continue to keep Vallejo on the map with your
I've never been the type of guy to put anything on the map,
really represent anything. But I cant take away from the fact
that every rapper in the world, from East coast, Dirty South,
every rapper that you've heard blown up because of the Bay
Area. E-40, he came up with most of that slang, even the kids
don't understand, but that slang all comes from the Bay; off
the heezy, it's all good.
I just try to spread the hustle the
way I talk, the way I rap is the way I talk. Some people be in
the booth sounding like a monster, a killer, get out of the
sound booth and talk like the geek of the world. How I talk is
how I do my music in general.
Quick question for all the female readers: are you doing
the solo thing or do you have a lady at the moment?
I'm doing the solo bolo, 'cause its kind of hard to have a
lady all that time on the road. Solo bolo, babybash.com, get
at me (laughs)
What got you into rapping in the first place?
(laughs) you got me, dog. I wanted to be a basketball player.
This music thing, f**king around to make people laugh. Next
thing I know, I come up with melodies and do cool words.. I
said f*ck it, beats construction work. I just said I'm tired
of selling dope, let me do this and get paid. I just take it
for a ride, know what I mean. If people like the sh*t, f*ck
So what would Bash be doing right now if he wasn't
(Deep breath) probably be watching a big screen TV, eatin'
cereal, about to go hoop. Workin' with juveniles. That's what
I went to school for, Juvenile Procedures. If you can talk to
kids in their language, you can talk to them. Let them know so
they can say to themselves "I'm f**king up." Them knuckleheads
can't have old school people preach at them, they laugh at
them. Nothing too drastic. I wouldn't sell crystal meth no
more, I'll say that. Too crazy, too much sh*t, I stick to
You studied in college?
Yeah, that was in junior college in California, back in ‘96
Did you graduate?
Nah, I just did one year, the next year I was gonna play
basketball, then I started selling crystal meth, then that
fast money came. Then I figured I wouldn't go to the pros.
From what I understand, you had a difficult upbringing, has
that influenced your music?
You know, maybe subliminally. My parents were heroin addicts.
I seen a lot, I think that's why I'm never surprised. I'm
never excited, 'cause I seen so much. Heroin is a strong,
strong drug. It don't really bother me, I don't get angry or
nothing, to tell the truth. I just know to not do heroin,
you'll f*ck your life up.
The music puts me in the mood, of
what I'm gonna write about. Once he gives me a beat, if it
sounds like a sad story song, I do a sad story, if it sounds
like a club banger, I do a club ganger song. If it's a saucy
ass beat, I do a saucy ass flow, the music tells me what to
Quiet as kept, you were a star b-ball player in high
school, do you ever look back and think about what would have
happened if you had pursued that instead of music?
I mean, yeah. I was doing pretty good. I don't know if I could
have gone to the pros, but I could have been Division 1. I
still play, I used to ball every day all day. I don't know
about the pros or anything, I used to have two ankles, now I
only have one ankle.
Why, what happened?
I tore my ankle so many times, I needed surgery on my left
ankle, and never got it. I don't really got strength in my
left ankle like I used to. But I still ball, still got my
crossover, jumper still there.
You made your start in ‘94, has the rap game changed for
the better or worse since then?
Yeah, I was in high school, I still never took it serious.
Back then, that was the Mac Dre era, the E-40 era, it was more
about the block. Now its more about video, radio, back then it
was a little bit more street, you know. Nowadays, all these
radio station say they represent the street, but they a bunch
You pretty much knew who the real gangsters were
back then. Now a guy wears a throwback and a bandana, they
think he's a thug. I'm a big Ice Cube fan, one of the top one
or two rappers of all time. He transcended a lot of shit, give
him credit for that. He was thuggin' before 2pac was thuggin',
the audience just wasn't that big. And Kid Frost, he set the
tone, he was the first Latin rapper I seen. He set it off, he
was before his time.
Only a handful of Latin artists in rap seem to push the
numbers you do at the moment, do you have any advice for some
of the readers out there who want to get into this game
My advice was have an open mind. The only reason any of us
Latin rappers can say we make it is because we make radio
songs. Make sure its for the radio, not for your gang, for
your homeboy. If you are gonna do something, have an open ear.
Even egotistically in the rap game, people burn bridges.
burn bridges. Even if someone don't dress like you, be as cool
as you, if their gay, don't be all hardcore and diss them,
cause a lot of gay people high up in the industry. If you
wanna complain about not being big, be nice to everyone. Don't
disrespect the women too hard, don't burn too many bridges.
Study the game, a lot of politics involved, get your sh*t
straight otherwise you'll get blackballed. It's a small world,
it only takes one dude to blackball you. Have an open ear,
don't be afraid to do something new, even if your homeboys
think your soft.
Any last message you'd like to add for the readers?
Thanks for the love, thanks for the support. I'm trying my
best to do what I can do to make my market open a path for
other artists. I'm not really political or anything, I let my
music speak for itself. Keep it fly, keep it saucy. Don't hang
around no weirdos, weirdos in the music game bring you down
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