For the latest Day Of, we linked with A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie.
“I go by the name of A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, coming straight out of the X,” says the artist whose parents named him… Artist. Just before his appearance on Live at the BBQ we caught up with him for a rare interview.
“I was in high school wearing hoodies every day, so they basically just called me A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie from that,” he reveals. “I was in high school spitting bars.”
Born with a name like Artist, you might think his rap career was a given, but the Bronx native had some obstacles to overcome.
“There was a time I was on house arrest for a year,” he says. “I was just thinking, like, ‘Damn, what am I gonna do with my life?’ …This situation right here—I needed this right here.”
After he dropped his first mixtape, Artist, the buzz around him got very loud. “I created a new sound,” he says. “A month after I dropped the mixtape they was on it. I sold out B.B. King’s—that was my first show too. I was getting mad phone calls. Like, Damn! ‘I heard it was crazy,’ this and that.”
“Every label was looking at us,” Boogie says. He and his team decided to go with Atlantic—not just for money but because, as he puts it, “they had the right mindset…. They made us bosses.” But even thought he’s in control of his own destiny, he tries to keep everything fun by looking at his career as a sport. Peep the full video up top.