What's up Leafers? Welcome to the latest edition of On the Rise where we interview upcoming hip hop talent. Today's guest is hip hop artist, Boogie Woods. Boggie reps Trotwood, Ohio and has all the makings of superstar. His sound is melodic and well crafted. With aggressive beats and precise bars the young MC's music takes listeners on a visual and sonic adventure. We recently linked up with Boogie to discuss his life and musical roots. Check out the interview below.
Westleaf Staff: What's up Boogie? Your sound is dope. When did you start making music?
Boogie Woods: I first started writing music at the age of 11 and recorded my first song at 13.
Westleaf Staff: That's early! Prodigy vibes for sure. What city do you represent?
Boogie Woods: I represent the Wood! Trotwood, Ohio. I also partially represent Dayton, Ohio because in my eyes we are one in the same and are so close but my heart and loyalty belongs to Trotwood.
Westleaf Staff: Dope! How did you create your stage name?
Boogie Woods: My childhood nickname is Boogie and I'm from a city called Trotwood located west of Dayton, Ohio. I was going to go with the stage name Boogie from the Wood but thought it was too long and abbreviated it to Boogie Woods.
Westleaf Staff: Dope! I feel that. So how did your early life shape your interest in music?
Boogie Woods: My early life consisted of a multitude of different genres from a very young age. Being exposed to many different styles of music opened my mind to how diverse and extensive music can be and is. It helped me become very well rounded in my writing, cadences, and beat selection.
Westleaf Staff: Nice. Salute to that diverse taste. Who is your biggest Musical influence?
Boogie Woods: My biggest musical influence is a three way tie between Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, and Kanye West in no particular order.
Westleaf Staff: Three Icons for sure. Good selection! What has been the defining moment in your music career?
Boogie Woods: The defining moment in my music career so far has been battling with the idea of going blind while also staying in a creative mind state after I was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2019.
Westleaf Staff: That's really. Glad to see you are making it through and stilll being creative! What makes you a unique artist?
Boogie Woods: What makes me unique as an artist is my ability to stay completely authentic to myself while staying relevant sonically. I'm able to talk about what happens from where I was born and raised from solely my point of view unapologetically.
Westleaf Staff: What does art mean to you?
Boogie Woods: Art to me means expression, freedom, therapy, healing, and for a lack of better words, life.
Westleaf Staff: Where do you see your music career going over the next few years?
Boogie Woods: I see my career taking me to new places and into more rooms with greater opportunities. I've been in some pretty crazy rooms already at this point in my career and can't wait to see where music takes me next.
Westleaf Staff: Dope! I'm rooting for you for sure! Describe music in three words.
Boogie Woods: Therapeutic, reflective, and euphoric.
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