Our boy took Southside Jamaica to Nashville, Texas to promote "The Audacity Of Hope: Hosted By Dj SussOne." He was asked a series of questions by Izeko Floyd (Nashville Hip-Hop Music Examiner) to further understand Bagstheboss intentions in the rap game. Read the interview after the jump...
How did you get your moniker, and is it an acronym?
Bags: I never know how to answer this question because I’m still afraid of my mom finding out what I used to do [laughing]. The name actually started off as "Money Bags" because the friends I had at the time weren't exactly model citizens and we used to sell contraband. As the years went on they started calling me M. Bags, and the name eventually got shortened to BAG$. Still you can find people who call me Money Bags if they've known me for long enough.
How would you describe your music and your brand?
Bags: My music is universal feel good music. It doesn't matter what your race, religion, sex, etc., you can enjoy the music I’m putting out. The records I put together make you want to dance or stand up out your seat at the least. I like to say my records evoke feelings out of whoever is hearing it. If you take the record "Let’s Make Up" feet Lady J, you feel like you're back in the 90's at a house party or a barbecue with your friends and family.
As an artist that has changed his style and image, how does that affect you staying true to the music and who you are as an artist and a person?
Bags: The reason behind the change is that I was growing and maturing. When I started out I didn't know myself as well as I thought. As my music got better and I matured I found out what I was comfortable doing and what didn't sound right coming from me and my brand, so it didn’t really change my image into a totally different person, I just grew.
The friends you have when you're 15 aren't necessarily the same people you keep around you when you're 20,25,30,40 etc. So I’m still true to myself because all this is an evolution of me and the growth of my music.
How important is it to be radio friendly, while still maintaining something fresh and new about your music?
Bags: For me this has been easy, due to the fact that I’ve always enjoyed the commercial side of hip-hop as well as the raw side. When I heard Puff and the whole 96-98 Bad Boy era when he made everything commercial and party like, I can honestly say that’s when I dove head first into hip-hop. With that being said, I can create commercial records as easily as a hard record, which makes it easier for me to transition to commercial success. I've always wanted to make people dance with my music and give them a feeling of happiness.
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