Wednesday, January 4

B.James - The Young Vet Interview

After a stellar turn co-starring on the first Scarface mixtape, B James got a lot of peoples attention. Certainly at the time everyone I was around would say things like "Damn, who is this?" & "them 2 young cats( B James & Monk Kaza) on the new Scarface CD are going in." With his mentors career taking a brief hiatus, the Houston via Detroit MC kept it going with the release of his outstanding project Almost There. Proving himself a viable commodity as a solo artist, James was soon having his music featured all over the web, to go along with burgeoning movements in the underground Detroit, and Texas Rap scene. The proliferation of Houston veterans and legends in his videos speaks to B Dot's standing. Despite having a style that is more true to the authentic Gangster Rap of the mid-90's, than most of today's cartoonish and fabricated version. James is a humble guy, who gives and earns respect. He's soon to release his next project A Young Vet (which features Killer Mike & Scarface), and we caught up to him right after he released his latest video "Still Standing," and the launch of his website www.bdotjames.com. We discussed working with Scarface, his label situation, whether we''ll hear him and Monk again soon (yes,) and much more.
How'd you start rapping? 
To me I think I was just blessed. I was born to do it. My Pops used to write for Motown, Jimi Hendrix back in the day, & my Moms sung in a choir. So the music was just in my blood, and I grew up listening to Hip-Hop in the early 90's and late 80's & I fell in love with it. Then I found out I had the talent to play with words & express my feelings, & I've been doing it ever since.
Who was the first person to hear you, and what was their reaction?
My friends in Middle School. I was freestyling in the lunchroom, we was beating on the table making beats. The reaction was kind of crazy, because they couldn't believe that I could just sit there and rhyme about everything that was going on around us, & make it sound good. From that point on  it was like you need to keep pursuing it, and I did.
Why'd you move from Detroit to Houston? 
To be honest with you, I came down here to visit some family and have a good time and party, I'd never been to Houston before. When I came down here some mutual friends introduced me to Scarface. It was on ever since. I moved down here to take advantage and pursue my career with Scarface.
What are some of the biggest differences between the rap scenes?
The biggest difference is the weather to me. It's cold up there and it's hot down here. Houston is my family. Detroit is where I was born and raised, and both of them got MC's. Down here there's MC's that'll eat you up, and in Detroit they got the same. It's really no different, we're just on different sides of the map. There's talent on both ends, and I love both places the same. 

What's your label situation? 
My label status is independent. Ghetto Alumni Records for those that don't know. That's my movement. We're not assigned to any majors right now, but we got a lot of people that's trying to reach out and holla at us. What we're doing is working on a package that includes a project that's ready to market right now. For now we independent, just getting our grind on. You can catch us on the road.
Are you signed to Face Mob Records?
I'm not signed to Facemob Records, but I'm affiliated with Facemob Records. That means I'm in that crew, I'm always going to be in that crew, no matter what.As far as the paperwork, and industry business, no I'm not signed, but it's Facemob for life. Waddup Big Homie?
What's recording with Face like? 
It's kind of crazy because it doesn't matter how good you think you got your stuff down pat. Dude will always come back and say try something else, try something better. That motivates me as an Artist to strive for perfection. We always make classics every time we hook up, it's a beautiful thing recording with Face. You just got to make sure you work hard, bust your ass, and come with your best shit.
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Any different since he came home?
The only difference is he probably gained a little more weight. Being in that jailhouse they probably fed him good, he was on his push-up Dīn دين. I told him when I seen him when he firsat came out "Yeah you gained your lil weight back, you looking good Big Homie." We back in the lab, we working hard. We're trying to work on the next project, so we going in.
On your next project "A Young Vet" what song are you most excited for the world to hear?
I just recorded a song with my sister Tashay called "Champion." I think this is going to be the best cross-over song I ever did. It's a song that everbody can relate to. Athletes, anybody who ever made it through any situation. You can consider yourself as a champion. I feel like this is going to be my biggest record, you can play it on the radio. We're shooting a video in January, so y'all be on the lookout for that "Champion" joint mayne. 
Speaking of vets, I see a lot of Houston Rap veterans in your videos, how do you get so much love?
You show love, you get love. I'm a humble type of dude. I've been in H town for 4 years, so pretty much everybody know me on the local scene. I host an open mic every Thursday, which gives local artists a chance to display their talents. I just go by them rules, you show love you get love. Houston is my second home, it's a lot of people here that I care for. I also got a whole Ghetto Alumni family down here as well, that's what it is. Dead-end Texas waddup?

What's been your biggest career disappointment?
For now I haven't had any dissapointments. I'm still alive, I still have my freedom, and I'm still able to go in the booth every day and make some hot shit. I don't have any. I'm not looking for somebody to co-sign me, and say you're at this point or you're at this point. I'm just happy living my life and making music. As long as I can wake up every day, go in that booth and express my emotions & feelings, and it come out classic, I'm good with it.
Who are the Ghetto Alumni?
It's a movement, a record label, it's a company. As far as the artists I have Tashay, my sister. We just signed a new artist TC Ladondre, he like 18 years old, we're working on his new mixtape. Also we got another artist Protege, he just got out & we're working on his music. Zone 2, L Zone in Detroit. Right now I got about 5 artists I'm working with in the company. We do plan to expand our brand, expand our music. The word ghetto means hood, and alumni means to graduate. That's all we trying to do, is graduate people from the hood. If you got any type of dreams, and want to make it out of your situation, out of your hood, your projects come holla at Ghetto Alumni. That's all we about is the positive, moving up, and upgrading our people.
2 The Beat - Scarface ft. B James & Monk Kaza
Are you going to be doing any more work with The Ammunition Gang?
Fo sho. I see Monk every Thursday at my open mic, he comes out and performs. They come up there and shut it down every time. Shout-out Ammunition Gang. They come out like 50 deep every show, you got to watch out for them dudes. I'm kind of glad I know them (laughs.) We definitely going to get in the studio, I got a session with Monk coming up. We'll be cooking up some new music. Ammunition Gang that's my extended family so we'll always be working together.
Where's the best place for people to catch you and your music?
You can catch my music,  check it out online on YouTube at BJames3one3, that's my page. Twitter, any type of internet thing I'm there and my name will be Bjames3one3. You can just google me and check out my material. I got a whole library. In Houston you can catch me anywhere doing performances, or on the road. I do a lot of shows, travel a lot. California, Atlanta, Vegas, you can holla at me however, wherever. I got a manager, you can holla at me on Twitter you want to talk about doing some business. Anybody want to holla at me,I'm free,I'm open , I'm hungry, and I'm ready to get it in.