By: Shamus Hill
The Graduation Music staff is thrilled to present our latest Weekly Discovery article featuring Atlanta’s Bear1Boss. Mass Music’s Kriss Krosse first hipped us to the rapper’s invigorating single “Avatar” a couple of months back, and from there he’s only solidified his musical catalog with a variety of endlessly-playable tracks. Making a name for himself through his unpredictable, exhilarating sound — Bear1Boss, simply put, is the future of rap music in Atlanta. Check out our interview with the rising start below:
To start, who are you and where are you from?
My name is Bear1Boss and I’m from Bouldercrest Road in East Atlanta Zone 6.
What was your childhood experience like?
I grew up with my grandmother the only boy of 3 — the baby. We lived off of her social security check.
What were some of your early interests in life?
Music, dance, basketball and dirt bikes
What kind(s) of music did you grow up listening to? Who are some of your favorite artists?
I grew up on Hip-Hop, Pop, and Alternative Rock. Some of my favorite artists right now are Skooly, Thug, Future, Lil Uzi, YNW Melly
How and when did you start making music of your own?
I started in the 5th Grade with Protools
What are some of your first memories attached to the music scene in Atlanta?
Being in the studio with Casino and Young Scooter
Your discography is full of Atlanta talent, ranging from artists with international recognition all the way down to the artists that are just starting out. From a personal standpoint, why is it important to work with the artists in your hometown?
It’s important because you need to make sure you stick to your roots.
Key is one of the more notable artists hailing from Atlanta, and three months ago the two of you linked up on “Too Serious”. How did this relationship form?
I met him at Fani shop and then I met him again with with one of my Managers, Brave. We were at a bar and he fell in love with me.
Which artists from Atlanta have influenced you the most?
Skooly and Key
How would you describe your music to someone who’s never heard it before?
“I’m a motherfucking rock star!”
Which one of your tracks is your personal favorite?
What was the inspiration behind the making of “Avatar”?
I was trying to give a feature to my little cousin
Everything about your catalog of music — especially your delivery and ab-libbing — is highly unique. How has your musical style developed since you began making music? What went into this process?
It’s just something that came out of me. It’s a part of me. I call it “Hotsauce”.
What’s the studio environment like? Who do you typically make music with?
I work out of either Street Execs or 14golds’ Studio with World General and myself.
How did you and 14golds meet one another?
I did an open mic contest and he was the DJ
What do you want your listeners to take away from your music?
I want them to feel close to me. Like they can “party” with me.
What’s next for Bear1Boss?
More visuals and unexpected singles + projects
If you could make music with anyone this year, who would it be?
What is your goal for 2019?
Perform at Rolling Loud, Coachella, and other large festivals
Listen to our hand-picked playlist of Bear1Boss’ music below: