Flyest Mexican Under the Radar
4/8/05 - LatinRapper.com
stays on the grind when promoting his music, its no
surprise that 2003's "Tha Smokin' Nephew" is closing in
on platinum status thanks to "Suga Suga." and that his
new release is destined to go further. Blending
styles from different regions of the U.S. into a melting
pot of music, peppered with slang from his native Bay
Area, the Mexican-Italian game spitter releases his new
album "Super Saucy" riding on the popularity of the
Aventura-inspired track "Obsession" with Frankie J.
Bash spoke with LR about his new album and more in our
LatinRapper.com: Tell us a bit about your new album,
Stickin' with my format, you know. I kick that buttery,
saucy flow. Saucy is an extension of the word 'fly', I
use a lot of slang in my music. I got the ear candy, the
car bangers, the club music. Some people think I just do
radio sh*t, but they hear me and they know I do fly sh*t
too. I do that, but I do my hustle on the side. Happy
Perez, that's my Dr. Dre, great production. Say you got
a good ass lobster tail, and you sprinkle it with lemon,
and then dip it in the butter sauce. That butter sauce
is my album. Its got that flavor.
How would you say this album is different from Smokin
Suga Suga took off so quick, Smokin' Nephew used a lot
of recycled songs. Super Saucy I had more time, put more
spirit into it.
Your last album went gold this time last year, its
almost plat now. Do you think Super Saucy has platinum
Well, you know, I'm ahead of schedule, I'm about 50,000
[CDs sold] ahead of schedule than last year, in 3 weeks.
So it took a while to go gold, but I think its gonna
So you pushed decent numbers for Smokin' Nephew?
Yeah, debut at number eleven, number seven in hip hop
and rap. I don't even know if my music is rap, or hip
hop, or R&B or what. I'm not a rapper or an MC, I never
even referred to myself as an MC in my life. I just like
to write good songs. I leave all that MCing and battle
rapping to the other cats. So if you ever hear me say
"hey I'm an MC", someone slap the sh*t out me, please
Who did you collaborate with on the album?
Of course Akon, Avant, Nate Dogg, Natalie, Paul Wall,
E-40, Pitbull, Happy Perez of course, my producer.
Who are some of the producers that were involved with
the new album?
80% Happy, then I got Akon and Fred Wreck.
Have you been doing any touring to promote the new
No, I start touring on the 29th. Baby Bash, Frankie J
and Natalie go on tour.
Who are some of the artists you've been working with
Of course, Frankie J, Natalie, about to start doing
stuff with Eamon, write a song for him. That's about it
right now, been promoting, out on the road lately doing
radio promos, I hardly have time to do anything for
But I read that you write a lot of material on the
Yeah yeah, I try to, I used to more than nowadays.
'Cause 'Obsession' is hitting hard, they got me
grinding. I got some sh*t up my sleeve. When I do a
song, I already know what the texture of voice [will
be], I know who can do it, I gotta find the right
texture. I got a song with my boy L.A. Nino Nrown.
You put out a huge single last year and have been
generating a strong buzz this year, why haven't we been
seeing more of you in the bigger hip hop mags yet?
Well, I mean... I don't know, not everyone is catching
on. I think I'm still under the radar. People are like,
"What am I, am I Mexican, am I White, am I Cuban, what
am I? And you got the traditional old school hip hop
kids, who think I'm not hip hop enough, but I'm not
corny enough to be pop. The people who run mainstream
like MTV, they mostly cater to black or white, or
reggaeton, but I'm not doing none of that, so they don't
know how to market me. I like being under the radar, I
like my music speaking for me. East coast, they pretty
much run everything, probably takes them a while to
figure me out. If I'm not hip hop head, if I'm not that
corny, tight pants type guy, what am I? (Laughs). My
music aint one thing, its Rap, R&B, Reggae all in one.
What are you working on outside of the rapping at the
moment, whether it be business moves or sponsorship?
Real estate. You not gonna catch me with no clothing
line, no drinks, nothing like that. I'm a more
conservative guy when it comes to my bread. I got three
houses, I wanna have 3 more by the end of the year. I
don't run around with an entourage, I roll by myself and
my homies, aint gonna catch me with a bunch of jewelry
on, throwbacks. I'd rather invest in housing.
The Bay Area has produced a number of established
artists that helped keep the West respected, how
important is it to you that you continue to keep Vallejo
on the map with your music?
I've never been the type of guy to put anything on the
map, really represent anything. But I cant take away
from the fact that every rapper in the world, from East
coast, Dirty South, every rapper that you've heard blown
up because of the Bay Area. E-40, he came up with most
of that slang, even the kids don't understand, but that
slang all comes from the Bay; off the heezy, it's all
good. I just try to spread the hustle the way I talk,
the way I rap is the way I talk. Some people be in the
booth sounding like a monster, a killer, get out of the
sound booth and talk like the geek of the world. How I
talk is how I do my music in general.
Quick question for all the female readers: are you
doing the solo thing or do you have a lady at the
I'm doing the solo bolo, 'cause its kind of hard to have
a lady all that time on the road. Solo bolo,
babybash.com, get at me (laughs)
What got you into rapping in the first place?
(laughs) you got me, dog. I wanted to be a basketball
player. This music thing, f**king around to make people
laugh. Next thing I know, I come up with melodies and do
cool words.. I said f*ck it, beats construction work. I
just said I'm tired of selling dope, let me do this and
get paid. I just take it for a ride, know what I mean.
If people like the sh*t, f*ck it.
So what would Bash be doing right now if he wasn't
(Deep breath) probably be watching a big screen TV,
eatin' cereal, about to go hoop. Workin' with juveniles.
That's what I went to school for, Juvenile Procedures.
If you can talk to kids in their language, you can talk
to them. Let them know so they can say to themselves
"I'm f**king up." Them knuckleheads can't have old
school people preach at them, they laugh at them.
Nothing too drastic. I wouldn't sell crystal meth no
more, I'll say that. Too crazy, too much sh*t, I stick
You studied in college?
Yeah, that was in junior college in California, back in
Did you graduate?
Nah, I just did one year, the next year I was gonna play
basketball, then I started selling crystal meth, then
that fast money came. Then I figured I wouldn't go
to the pros.
From what I understand, you had a difficult
upbringing, has that influenced your music?
You know, maybe subliminally. My parents were heroin
addicts. I seen a lot, I think that's why I'm never
surprised. I'm never excited, 'cause I seen so much.
Heroin is a strong, strong drug. It don't really bother
me, I don't get angry or nothing, to tell the truth. I
just know to not do heroin, you'll f*ck your life up.
The music puts me in the mood, of what I'm gonna write
about. Once he gives me a beat, if it sounds like a sad
story song, I do a sad story, if it sounds like a club
banger, I do a club ganger song. If it's a saucy ass
beat, I do a saucy ass flow, the music tells me what to
Quiet as kept, you were a star b-ball player in high
school, do you ever look back and think about what would
have happened if you had pursued that instead of music?
I mean, yeah. I was doing pretty good. I don't know if I
could have gone to the pros, but I could have been
Division 1. I still play, I used to ball every day
all day. I don't know about the pros or anything,
I used to have two ankles, now I only have one ankle.
Why, what happened?
I tore my ankle so many times, I needed surgery on my
left ankle, and never got it. I don't really got
strength in my left ankle like I used to. But I still
ball, still got my crossover, jumper still there.
You made your start in ‘94, has the rap game changed
for the better or worse since then?
Yeah, I was in high school, I still never took it
serious. Back then, that was the Mac Dre era, the E-40
era, it was more about the block. Now its more
about video, radio, back then it was a little bit more
street, you know. Nowadays, all these radio station say
they represent the street, but they a bunch of geeks.
You pretty much knew who the real gangsters were back
then. Now a guy wears a throwback and a bandana, they
think he's a thug. I'm a big Ice Cube fan, one of
the top one or two rappers of all time. He transcended a
lot of shit, give him credit for that. He was thuggin'
before 2pac was thuggin', the audience just wasn't that
big. And Kid Frost, he set the tone, he was the first
Latin rapper I seen. He set it off, he was before his
Only a handful of Latin artists in rap seem to push
the numbers you do at the moment, do you have any advice
for some of the readers out there who want to get into
this game correctly?
My advice was have an open mind. The only reason any of
us Latin rappers can say we make it is because we make
radio songs. Make sure its for the radio, not for your
gang, for your homeboy. If you are gonna do something,
have an open ear. Even egotistically in the rap game,
people burn bridges. Don't burn bridges. Even if someone
don't dress like you, be as cool as you, if their gay,
don't be all hardcore and diss them, cause a lot of gay
people high up in the industry. If you wanna complain
about not being big, be nice to everyone. Don't
disrespect the women too hard, don't burn too many
bridges. Study the game, a lot of politics involved, get
your sh*t straight otherwise you'll get blackballed.
It's a small world, it only takes one dude to blackball
you. Have an open ear, don't be afraid to do something
new, even if your homeboys think your soft.
any last message you'd like to add for the readers?
Thanks for the love, thanks for the support. I'm trying
my best to do what I can do to make my market open a
path for other artists. I'm not really political or
anything, I let my music speak for itself. Keep it fly,
keep it saucy. Don't hang around no weirdos, weirdos in
the music game bring you down (laughs)
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