September 23rd, 2009 | Author: Sha'Linda Jeanine
To many Rap fans on a larger scale, Boo Rossini may be a relative newcomer but to flocks of others especially in the south, he is well regarded in his craft. When the CTE recording artist admits, “Mississippi, was never known for Hip Hop, we’re known for Blues and Gospel,” it's more than just a revelation about his home state. It’s a testament to his career thus far.
Born in Canton and raised in Jackson, Boo came from humbling beginnings that saw him move around a lot as a child, often times living in housing projects, trailer parks and sleeping on floors. As one of three kids being raised by a single mother that did her best keep them out of trouble, Boo couldn’t help but notice his peers’ clean clothes and even cleaner cars. The allure eventually led him astray from home at 14 and into the streets. “I just started hustling,” Boo states frankly recounting staying with friends and other family members in his late teens. “But, through it all, I always knew that I had a story to tell. So I’d hustle during the day time, and book studio time at night.”
Admitting to not being a very talkative person, Boo voiced his pain and frustration in the recording booth. His first collection of songs came in the form of 1996’s The Boss Player an accurate depiction of sorted tales and accounts of the then 17-year old’s life up to that point. Lyrically and musically the album took the local music scene by surprise as Boo was more known for fancy cars and clothes than he was crafty bars and flows. The album also cemented Boo as a legitimate businessman with his 1Life1Love imprint having product in both mom-and-pop retailers as well as music stores in the mall. Powered by the popular song “Birds Fly South” and Boo’s knack for street marketing and promotion, The Boss Player grew legs spreading Boo’s buzz throughout the Southeast from Texas to Miami.
HipHopDX got to know this Rap veteran, who after a botched deal with Interscope, is representing hard with CTE, USDA and Young Jeezy's Shield Gang mixtapes. If patience equates to pressure, Boo Rossini will be busting plenty of rocks in the next year.
HipHopDX: How did growing up in the slums of Mississippi shape your youth?
Boo Rossini: Growing up in the area I grew up in was the projects and I wouldn’t change nothing about it because it shaped me as a man. Even being raised without a father taught me how to be with my kids. Growing up there grew me up; it grew me up real fast.
DX: You know this is HipHopDX, so tell me something relevant to how you were influenced by the culture? What was the first Hip Hop concert you ever attended?
Boo Rossini: I think it was an LL [Cool J] concert
DX: To achieve any level of results one has to be a leader so what makes you a leader not just in music but period point