Introducing Philadelphia’s rapper BOLDBEATS for the first time on the blog and his latest full-length album, ‘Paradigms’, a reflective collection of work that encourages us to step back and really think about life. So find out what exactly inspired him to produce the album and what hip-hop mainstreamers he would like to jump on his mammoth set.
Very interesting guy…why not get to know him below…
NLM: Hey, thank you for taking part in an interview with NEW LEASE MUSIC. How is 2021 treating you so far?
BB: So far, I’m liking how things are looking. I haven’t made any real moves just yet this year, but if all goes well, we’re about to stir some things up.
NLM: You released your album ‘Paradigms’ in November 2020. What is the public perception on the project so far?
BB: I’ve gotten nothing but good feedback back about the project. It’s doing what it’s doing, but that’s without any REAL promotion behind it. Which we plan on changing in the coming month or so.
NLM: What inspired you to produce the album?
BB: Well, it’s actually a mixtape, but it does hold meaning like an album would.
I’ve been spending a lot of time working on myself, trying to find out who I am, not only as an artist, but why my life is a thing y’know? Deep shit. All of comes from me shifting my paradigms. Which is a system of beliefs, ideas, values, and habits that is a way of thinking about the real world. Even the small shit counts, like, making your bed in the morning. I’ve been trying to change my bad habits to start becoming who I envision myself to be in the future.
The same with my music, I’m not getting stuck into one category. I’m not coming into the game as a drill rapper, or a conscious rapper. I’m coming in as an artist, and I’ve come to realize, that that’s how it should be! Music is art, and if you have the ability to create many styles, then why the f**k shouldn’t I do it, and be praised all the same for it, if not more?
NLM: What is/are your favourite single(s) from the album and why?
BB: I’d say Therapy, Open Door and All Out are my favourites. I chose these three because on these songs, I was just venting. Those were ones that I went into the booth and just vibed. I record my own music, so I’m always alone when I do it. It’s just how I’d prefer it for the most part. That way I’m free to try different sounds, and vibes, and not have to cloud my mind with a fear of criticism if something sounds whack hahaha.
NLM: So how would you describe the album’s sound to potential fans?
BB: ISSA VIBE! No doubt! I’ve got a lil bit of everything on there, and it’s a project that you can just let run through. Of course they’ll have their own favourites, but at the end of the day, if they genuinely ENJOY music, they’re gonna love the mixtape.
NLM: If you had to feature one mainstream artist on the album, who would it be and why?
BB: Oh, that’s an interesting question. I didn’t see that coming. Forreal, I’d say Lil Uzi on “All Out” . That shit would’ve went DUMB, and a show with that, I can already feel the energy coming back from the crowd! Haha, one day.
NLM: Did the Covid pandemic presented any drawbacks in the production of your album?
BB: Honestly, no. My studio is in our basement, so I had no setbacks.
NLM: Do you have other project(s) for 2021?
BB: Oh yeah, but they’ll all be single projects. Might do a little mixtape or EP at the end of the year, but, who knows?
NLM: How can potential fan find you?
BB: You can find me at the following:
Apple Music- BoldBeats
NLM: Finally, any special shout outs to those involved in the production of ‘Paradigms’?
BB: A big shoutout to my mom for tellin everybody and their momma about it lol, and the biggest shoutout to my pops for helping me get where I am today. I wouldn’t have the courage to do it without them.
You can catch Boldbeats album right here.