REUB BOY - Interview
1.) Tell us your rap name and where are you from?
I go by the name REUB B.O.Y. Which represents me believing onto myself and encouraging others to do the same (Believe Onto Yourself). I make music to motivate so, I wanted to have a name thats true to me, represents my background and inspires everyone around me especially my Philly folks!
2.) What made you start making music?
I’ve been makin music for as long as I can remember but, throughout time my roles have changed. I started out playing the drums in church as a kid, to singing on the choir. I took a computer class which lead me into making beats. I’ve always had a passion for poetry, so when I started to produce records for couple artist, I started to think, “Why can’t I do this on my own?”
3.) Who are your influences?
Few of my inspirations include, Kanye West, Michael Jackson, Bounty Killer, Drake not just in terms of sound but, overall just bringing something different to the field of music. My biggest source of Inspiration by far is my own Grandpops. His story of an immigrant wanting more than what was around him and have the willingness to do whatever it takes. Being the product of the that motivates me to be all that I can.
4.) What is your take on the underground rap scene right now?
I feel like underground rap right now is going thru a renaissance. Styles are changing, rules are being pushed to the side and you see more creativity being produced in tracks. Now its not always the case, it’s a ton of people that sound like a rough copy of more mainstream artist but, when you find one that sticks out, it feels special
5.) What are your goals for 2019 regarding music?
I have a ton of goals i want to achieve but for the most part, it’s too produce more content. More beats, more songs, more visuals, more of everything that I can utilize my creativity.
6.) You have 1 person to thank who would it be?
If i had to thank one person, it would be God. Plain and simple.
7.) What is your process for recording music?
It depends on the scenario usually but, If I schedule a session, I would have 2 to 3 songs already written. Writing a song is the most time consuming part of the process. It can take me as little as 30 minutes to write a song or sometimes it could be as long as 30 days.But, when I'm ready and at the studio, my beats should already cued up and ready for me and then its go time.
8.) Any upcoming projects or singles fans should be getting ready for?
I have my hand involved in many different projects at the moment and it’s a lot I have in store for 2020. Just know, new content every 1st & 15th of the month.
9.) What is your favorite part about being an artist/musician/rapper?
My favorite part about being an artist is interpreting art from other mediums and incorporating it into my own. I was watching Tom & Jerry and it was a episode where Jerry (the mouse) wanted a cookie out the cookie har from the very top shelf. The only problem, Tom (the cat) was out to kill him. Jerry was determined to get to the top inspired me to write my song reach
Like im swishin 3s
I see what i want
its all in my reach
Security on the bag
then shop the lyft thief”
10.) What impact do you want to have on the world?
The goal i want from my music is for my story to motivate the listener. Eventually my legacy in life will inspire the next generation of innovators to achieve their goals and be best version of them they can be.
11.)What are your ambitions with music is this just a hobby or is this a full blown 24/7 lifestyle your embodying?
I plan to go farther in music then where I am currently at right now. Its so many people that sing and rap in this day and age that you gotta come with something different. Having goals and structure along with the drive to ascend is what separates me from other artist.
12.) Who is your favorite artist in the rap game right now and why?
My favorite to listen to right now aside from myself has to be Dave East. The reason being, I feel like he embodies what rap used to be like when I first fell in love with the genre. On top of that, you can tell he practice what he preaches in his music and stands by his brand as an artist.
13.) what does the music you create make you feel?
Its a mixture of emotions that go thru my head when I play back my own music. Firstly, I’m always gonna feel a sense of nostalgia because it will bring me back to the exact moment where I was saying what I was feeling. In all honesty, I use my music to get me out of a bad head space. Anytime Im down, depressed, or feeling any kind of doubt within myself, I listen to what I have already created to push me forward.
14.) why is music so important and dear to your heart ?
It was simply the first thing I feel in love with. Music is a way that I feel like I can express myself even if not using my voice.
16.) whats your best collaboration experience with another artist or producer?
I have collaborated with a ton of artist in the span of my musical career. I even been involved with a ton of organizations that encourage artist to collaborate with each other. I remember geeting a direct message from this organization called “Global Village” and the stress the sense of community. One day, they where having a creative workshop where the invited a ton of local artist within the greater philadelphia area. I brought my laptop to the studio space and played some beats and ended up recording two of my one my favorite tracks that i like to playback in private to myself. Every time I do, I think of how organic everything came together. It was truly a magical moment.
17.) who does all of your cover art or do you make your own?
I make my own cover art. If you like what you see, holla at me.
18.) who makes most of your beats or production?
I take care the majority of my own production. I love to collaborate with producers on the regular but I like to take control of how I want everything in my tracks to sound.
19.) who is one artist you wish to work on music with and why?
This is really a hard question because I listen to an array of genres. If I really had to answer honestly and it came down to own person it would have to be Buju Banton. I used to listen to his tracks since I was a youngin. Coming from a God fearing Caribbean family, his message resonated with me. I take a little inspiration from him in my music today so, it would be only fitting we had a collaboration.
20.) who is one producer you wish to work with and why?
Timbaland. I dont even know why I need to explain this one but, I will. His sound is innovative and is easily distinguishable. Honestly, I listen to songs like “Dirt of your shoulders”, “Promiscuous girl”, “Technology” just to study his production and how he fits sounds into spaces of each song.
21.) do you have any upcoming shows in the next couple months ?
My next show will be at a private location; invite only. For more information about my upcoming shows head to reubboy.com/events
22.) for people who havent heard of you what sets you apart from other artists?
What sets me apart from other artist aside from the level of passion I have for music is what Im speaking on. I tell my story and everything that im surrounded by in my music, my feelings, and about the people who impact me. Its so many other artist out here but, its only one me and thats what unique about my music.
23.) at the end of the day what does music mean to you ?
Music to me, means that I still have a reason to get up and see the next day. Music motivates like no other force in existence.
24.) Any live shows or projects you got coming up?
Next year, I will be releasing a collaborative project consisting of different artist and executive produced by myself. It will be titled “All Vibes Welcomed Vol. 1” stay tuned for the release date!
25.) Where can the people that checked out this interview find you?
Check me out at reubboy.com. All my social is available on the bottom of the page