Baby Bash is not tripping if you think he isnt hard enough [pause]. The Vallejo, CA native and Houston based artist has over three million downloads of his latest hit, Cyclone featuring T-Pain, the title track of his latest album. So, to his credit, hes got plenty of fans out there. While hits like Cyclone and past chart toppers like Suga Suga have made the Chicano an enigma as far as categorizing his music [Is he a rapper, a crooner or somewhere in between?], he does sport legitimate MC stripes stemming from his time spent in Cali rap outfits Potna Deuce and Latino Velvet. Prepping to co-headline the MTV Sucker Free Latino Spring tour with Pitbull, the former Baby Beesh candidly offers incite into his D-boy pedigree, working with the late Pimp C and Mac Dre and, among other things, his musical motivation.AllHipHop.com: How do you feel Cyclone is doing for you?Baby Bash: The album is doing great. Doing real good, Im going to have three million as far as downloads, as far as singles, Cyclone just came out of no where, its my first club banger. Im really happy about that and everything is going good. It seems so weird man, its so funny because it seems like, I got more popular. From Suga Suga to BabyIm Back, I had like a nice little thing there, I was sort of decent. But it like almost tripled with Cyclone, because its like a club banger. Its crazy how one club song can brighten it all up, its kind of weird. Its all tight, its all lovely.The intention was to make a club song, because I used to be at clubs man and I would hear a song, and you would see a reaction when the intro of a song [would] come on. You cant do that with Suga Suga or Obsession. Lil Jon had wanted to work with me already, he said I like how you get down with your melodies. So I said okay, give me one of your classic Lil Jon bangers. So when he gave it to me, I wrote the hook and T-Painwalked in the studio. He was like Whats this bruh? I said Man, Cyclone. He was like Man I like that, thats tight, and so he jumped on it. I didnt even expect for it to be as big as it did at first. AllHipHop.com: I know you come from a rap pedigree coming from Vallejo and being part of Potna Deuce and Latino Velvet and your earlier work.Baby Bash: Yeah, straight Vallejo. Im a product of Mac Dre and E-40, V-Town man. And its so funny, I was a d-boy rapper, thats how I rapped. I wasnt thinking about no radio s**t, I was straight rocking it up, chopping it up. Then when you start going broke though, you start going, Hmm man the radio sounds nice right about now. I always had a lot of girlfriends all the time, and theyd always tell me, Why you always trying to rap so hard? I was a legitimate d-boy out there, dont let the pretty face fool you, I was really out there doing my thing. Then finally I was like, You know what, give me a radio beat. And thats finally when Happy Perez gave me that Suga, Suga song and I was high as hell. It was actually called Lifted, because I was hella lifted when I wrote it, to tell you the truth. And then its just like Mary Jane, Rick James got on the radio with that. Its almost kind of like the radio saying, Oh hes talking about a girl, that. It just took off from there. So that put me in a little pop category, but I didnt mind; the checks were great.AllHipHop.com: Obviously your able to touch that pop category, but coming from your rap d-boy history, does it ever bother you that you dont get much attention from traditional rap outlets?Baby Bash: At first it upset me a little bit, thinking like, These muthaf****s; these dudes dont understand. If they only knew, if they only f***ing knew. Then I got to a point where Im like, Its not worth trying to beat a dead horse. But yeah, I got frustrated a little bit, because people start saying Im pop and its like, If you only knew where I come from and how I get down. But Im a businessman. I went to where the demand was so I supplied it. I see these fly females, fly chicas and they want to hear some hype club music and it turned into a business. I got to take care of my family. Believe it or not, I had a little hardcore fan base when I was Baby Beesh, so a lot of them got upset. I had to weigh up my options. Its just like Im a good basketball player and a good baseball player; if I cant make it in basketball, and I got a contract playing baseball for the Yankees, guess what Im going to do? Im going to play shortstop so quick. What I had to do is just not let my frustrations get to me. Now its like hilarious, its funny. I dont even know why I was thinking like that. Ive never wanted to be Mr. Battle Rapper. Ive never been the one to do that anyways so Im really a songwriter. I arrange it, write it, make sure its all right with the hooks. Just about every song youve heard me on, you may have heard other people singing the hooks but you best believe I wrote the hook, and I did it how I wanted it done.AllHipHop.com: How did Mean Mug with Pimp C come about?Baby Bash: I was sitting down taking a plane trip to LA in first class. And sitting right next to me was Pimp C and he goes, Ah Baby Bash man, I always wanted to meet you man. And Im like, Woah. Thats pretty crazy, because hes like hardcore underground. He was like I heard your songs , when I was locked up man and I like how you get down man. You know you use that slang. He even knows how I do it, you got your radio sound but you put some of the street slang into it. I am from Vallejo so, Im from the Mecca of slang. So when he told me that I was like, Oh we got to work together. So we chopped it up, we became good friends, hung out a couple of times and he said, You better not do that album without me bruh. And Mean Mug [is] one of my harder songs, with my group the [Stewey Brothers]. We went to the studio we knocked it out, and he wrecked it. [Pimp C] ripped it up so tough I was so happy for him to lay that down for me. Mean Mug is an old expression that E-40 and them had back when I was a youngster. He wrecked it and I couldnt believe it, two months later he passed. Its the weirdest thing, I didnt get to enjoy that song with him or perform it with him as I had wanted to. The same thing happened with my last album with Mac Dre, bro. Three months later after Mac Dre did a song on my album, he died. He got shot in Kansas City and actually Mac Dre is my favorite rapper of all time but I was a fan of Pimp C too. Its kind of crazy.[Baby Bash f/ Pimp C, Mistah F.A.B. & Da Stooie Bros. “Mean Mug”]AllHipHop.com: What musical influences did you get from living in California and from living Houston?Baby Bash: From California, its the more uppity quicker city slick talker. The slick talk, the slang and then you come to Texas and you get more of the bounce the Southern swing and bang. The more slow coolness and bounce with the beat has the double time. So what I did was I combined it and created my own big old pot of menudo. Add the ladies to the market. Its so funny, bro – when I started rapping, one of my shows when I was doing my d-boy raps, the clubs had all dudes. Maybe five or six little hardcore females out there. Now I do shows that are all fine women everywhere and I tell that to all the hardcore cats who said, Man Bash you going soft on us. I say, you should see my shows, I love it. Now I do shows for a bunch of ladies instead of a bunch of gangsters.AllHipHop.com: People have a difficult time categorizing your music, so how do you describe it in your own words?Baby Bash: Ive been dealing with that my whole career. That been one of my biggest peeves because in this music world, you got all these dorky nerdy guys up at these labels [who] act like they can categorize music like they know whats up. Im a Latin kid who grew up urban; who is Chicano, who listens to everything from reggae to Lenny Kravitz to E-40. So my music is a fusion, and I know some people dont like that word in music. But I think thats what music is coming to, its coming to a fusion because now like Apologize from One Republic is a straight pop song but black people love that song now. I felt that way back when I did Suga Suga because black people love Suga Suga too, even though it got categorized in pop.Ive done all black shows in Oakland and they know every word to my pop songs right down to my hardcore songs. And then Ill go do a song for an all gangster Latino low-rider show crowd and they know all the songs. Then Ill do an all American college white crowd and they know all the songs. So I think Im one of the few artist thats not a big-time Kanye West type dude that can do that. I still feel that Im under the radar. I just happened to be a Latino guy who was raised listening to oldies and stuff. My music is a fusion of urban pop-ish, R&B-ish, reggae-ish type sound with a little light rock. My music is more melodic than trying to out-rap somebody.AllHipHop.com: Would you say that since music is going more and more digital, that has helped you since that way you cant be stuck in one category in a record store?Baby Bash: Theres pros and cons to the digital world right now. But me, I have three million downloads right now so, obviously Im doing something right. Its helped financially of course its a blessing but as long as people hear the records. Ive always seen people mad at other people bootlegging but me, I dont care if people bootleg my records as longas people hear my songs. Money-wise Im kind of set now, so as long as people hear my music and enjoy it, then Im good.