And It's Good!: Rapper Big Pooh Talks Embracing the Struggle and Going Sporty
Rapper Big Pooh, a former member of the North Carolina group Little Brother with 9th Wonder and Phonte, has long been a welcomed voice within the collective existence of Hip-Hop. Long since his 2005 debut on Sleepers, this distinguished gentleman is finding himself in a league of his own with a new job, a new project, and a new outlook.
Check out AllHipHop.com's sit down with Big Pooh, where we found out how justice defines his career on all fronts these days:
AllHipHop.com: Before we get started about the music, I understand that congratulations are in order! Would you care to tell the readers about the new gig?
Big Pooh: Definitely! Thank you. I just signed on to write for RantSports.com. I'm contributing to the NBA section talking about the Washington Wizards mainly.
AllHipHop.com: By most accounts that job is perfectly suited for you, so what role have sports played in your life?
Big Pooh: Sports have taught me a lot about life. The main thing, learning how to work with others. I'm also a competitive person, so it is only natural that I love sports, right?
AllHipHop.com: Absolutely! [laughter] OK, so now about the new project, what was your inspiration behind it, and what would you like your fans to take away from it?
Big Pooh: My main inspiration behind this album was just moving forward. I personally have, honestly, begun a new chapter in my life artistically, and wanted to share that with people that support me. If it's one thing I would like for them to take away from the this album is to embrace struggle and move forward. It's part of life's process.
AllHipHop.com: Wow, that's dope. Alright, so who did you collab with on it?
Big Pooh: This album was produced by Astronote. Astronote is a talented producer out of Orleans, France. The only songs he didn't produce were "Cognac", which was done by longtime collaborator, Focus, and "Where I Am", which was produced by Mell and Dee. Feature-wise, I have Thurz, Fashawn, Blakksoul, Big Sant, King Mez, Lute, Scolla, and, of course, the home team, Chaundon, Joe Scudda, and Jozeemo.
AllHipHop.com: So, is there anyone that you haven't gotten to work with yet that you really want to work with?
Big Pooh: It's mainly producers on my wish list at this point. I still want to work with DJ Premier, DJ Quik, and Pharrell.
AllHipHop.com: And will we be seeing a tour or videos to support the new project?
Big Pooh: Definitely. I actually have the video for "Friends" ready to go. Shooting a video for "Cognac" and "Exercise In Futility" soon. "Where I Am" is in the editing phase ,and shooting "Preface" as well. As far as touring, we are working on a few things to do a little bit of touring in 2013, so be on the lookout for that.
AllHipHop.com: What's next up for Big Pooh?
Big Pooh: Working on more music. I have a few artist that I'm helping to develop. Diving more into the world of sports.
AllHipHop.com: How can the fans keep up with you sir?
Big Pooh: Fans can catch me on Twitter (@RapperBigPooh). They can catch me on the new MySpace (yes, it's attempting to make a comeback and I'm on board) at RapperBigPooh. They can catch me decoding my lyrics on Rap Genius, and the website, RapperBigPooh.com, should be coming, finally.