B. Rossi is a Georgia bred and feed emcee that has many
tastemakers attentively watching his next move. He understands the sound that
carries him and while most rappers do or do not write their selections, Bossi
composes a tapestry of favorable tunes that will occupy avid listeners.
With a blockbuster movie already included under his
portfolio B. Rossi is now pursuing music with the vengeance of a scorned
veteran reclaiming the art form. If you think his music will be good than you
should know that its better than that by far. B. Rossi opens up to
tell me about your adventures through hip hop what led you to pursuit a career
as a rapper?
Rossi: A number of things led me to pursue rap. When I was in the
11th grade I got the chance to be in the movie Drumline. I played
instruments in high school and my band was chosen to be featured in the film
with Nick Cannon. I had a chance to be on set everyday and see Dallas Austin
and Nick Cannon and after watching them I decided that- that was what I wanted
to do. I went off to college and it didnt work out, but while I was there I
got a chance to work on some records for some established artist then I just
knew that was what I wanted to do by any means.
B. Rossi featuring Jake Troth - "Gems & Rubies"
live in Atlanta do you find that its harder for the truly talented artist to
get on because the city is oversaturated with just so much of every and any body
trying to rap now?
Rossi: Oh most definitely I feel that artist like B.O.B. and
myself are the next generation of true hip hop pioneers coming out of Atlanta.
Its hard for true artist like us to come out of Atlanta because of radio and
the type of music that does over saturate the market now. I found the solution
to be going hard on the Internet. Thats the only way for people with true
talent to really get out and be heard.
had experience from being a part of your schools marching band how did those
skills transcend into hip hop for you?
Rossi: Being in a marching band teaches you discipline. Then on
the instrument side you learn to work with a lot of different sounds and
rhythms. I take all of that and put it together with all the rap and flows and
creativity. I feel like I have an advantage other many rappers because I
understand how the music is made. I have a lot of input on my production.
know Amir mentioned that you are apart of his artist development. What does
that entail as far as what type of regiment must one go thru in order to become
developed enough to make it in entertainment?
Rossi: Amir is a good dude cause he understand the whole process
of making music. A lot of times artist dont like to work with people when they
think that person may not get where they are going, but with Amir I dont have
that problem. I dont mind allowing him to come into my creative space. Thats
mainly the regiment just not being selfish with the creative process and
working with those that will help you craft your sound. I think it works out
great cause if you think about Michael Jackson, he didnt make Thriller all
by himself even he needed a little help. I actually enjoy hearing someone
elses point of view over something that I create.
What are you doing personally to make sure that you become educated and as
knowledgeable as possible about the ins and outs of the music business?
Rossi: Man I actually read a lot of industry books. But not only
the books just being able to gain actual experience has really taught me a lot.
Ive been around the industry all my life, and Ive always asked a lot of
questions. I never think that I know everything so I try to further what I do
know and branch out. The music business can be confusing and people will try to
get over on you so it can be crazy. There is no exact way to be successful in
the music industry because everybody had to take their own route, and
everybodys success story is different. The one thing that I have learned is to
never give up.
Tell me your mission with The Aviator Band.
Rossi: My mission with the Aviator Band is to bring back live
music to the forefront. Back in the day you had groups like Parliament and
Earth, Wind, and Fire and I want to see that come back. Its a label but its
more than a label because its a place where people with music experience can
come together and be apart of the creative process. Its a place where people
can respect the elements of live music and build a movement. People with a true
talent all over the world can come together and be comfortable. I actually perform with a live band whenever
I perform. My band Members Only consists of a drummer, a keyboardist,
electric guitar, and DJ. Its another type of vibe when you play with a band
behind you. Most of the music put out now is so digital, but having an actual
band just makes everything feel so real and authentic.
What was the concept behind your mixtape The Grocery List?
Rossi: Well thats where I work; I work at the grocery store. I
havent made it to the point in my career where I can live off of my music
alone. All the songs are concepts that I thought about while I was at work. I
called it The Grocery List because thats where a lot of my writing goes
down. I have a lot of ideas and thoughts that take place while Im at work and
it goes into my music.
Tell me a little about your EP Escape From America which is coming out in
Rossi: Well I dont have a definite street date so I would say
around late May because were still in the mixing process. The EP is basically a representation of all
my talents being showcased. You have to be consistent with the music in order
to survive in this game. Theres going to be 18 records on the EP. The concept
is that theres a social aspect to the music. The things that are not
celebrated in the music are the things that I will be talking about in my
AllHipHop.com: What have you found to be the best method of
conversion with introducing you to new fans?
Rossi: Being all the way honest when youre out and doing shows
just going up to people and talking to them. You cant assume that people will
just think that you are great. You have to communicate with them and convince
them that you are a great artist. Its like going to a church. You dont just
follow the preacher because hes religious; he has to prove himself as being a
man of truth first.
many personal sacrifices have you had to make to be where you are with the
Rossi: Ok for one I didnt get to finish school and I own like
100k in debt. Next I work at the grocery store in order to support my home
studio and myself. I dont get to go out too much. Like even when we had
Freaknik here in Atlanta and all my friends wanted to go out but I couldnt
cause I gotta work tonight. I never get to go out because Im always at home
trying to remain diligent to what I do because I know that truthfully its
going to pay off one day.
know you say sticking to the script will get you rich. How do you define
sticking to the script?
Rossi: Thats what it is sticking to the script and thats what
Im going to do until I make it. Its all about working hard and being myself.
Im not doing what everybody else does. I do what works for me and therefore
Im going to be sticking to the script.
know youre unsigned but when you get signed how do you plan on celebrating?
Any big spending that you want to do?
Rossi: You know what I never even think about any major purchases
when I get signed. Im not really a big car person either. I just want to get
the simple things in life like a house.