Hip Hop Weekly had the chance to catch up with emerging recording artist Baltimore Bam. Check out our interview below.
HHW: For those who aren’t familiar, who is BaltimoreBam?
Bam: BaltimoreBam is the originator of his own original flavor. I’m originally from Baltimore, Maryland, moved to Norcross, GA (Gwinnett County) when I was 8 years old. I stayed there for 4 years before migrating to Charlotte, NC, which is still home to date.
HHW: When did you first fall in love with music, and how long have you been actively pursuing your dreams of becoming a music artist?
Bam: I was always in love with music. Me and my partner use to steal my big cousin NWA cassette tapes when we were kids. That’s when I said “I wanna be a Rapper.” I really started to take things seriously and actively pursue my music career. When I recorded my very first song in a real studio, I was 15, and that was actually 24 years ago.
HHW: What differentiates you from other artists?
Bam: I think what differentiates me from other artist is that I don’t sound like anyone. Now in days everyone is either rapping the same or using autotune, which makes everyone sound the exact same anyways. I have my own unique sound.
HHW: Are there any artists currently or before you that musically inspire you? If so, who and why?
Bam: Of course. Growing up I was a big fan of Busta Rhymes, Jay-Z, Biggie, Foxy Brown and Lil Kim. My favorites now are Big Sean, J-Cole, Rick Ross and still my brother on another level, Jay-Z. My biggest inspiration comes from DaBaby right now, being the very 1st artist from Charlotte kicking in the door. He actually went in the building and caused hell.
HHW: What motivates Bam both, in and out of the booth?
Bam: My motivation comes from my children and the good Lord himself.
HHW: What are three things about you that would shock the public?
Bam: I think one thing that would shock the public is how long I’ve been doing music. My first show, I opened for OutKast when they dropped SouthernPlayalisticCadillacFunkyMusic at Club Tunnel, so that would probably make my second shocker my age (laughs). I’m currently 39. Everyone I tell that to asks me for my ID (laughs). My third shocker would be my children. I’m a proud father of 8. My oldest are twin boys and they’ll be 20 years old this July. I also have a set of twins that just turned 1 in January.
HHW: What do you feel you contribute to the culture as an artist, and what would you add to the industry?
Bam: As an artist I think I would help bring back the originality of Hip-Hop culture and how it was before they started to make it seem ok to dress like women. I think with me being slightly younger, original, and actually saying something, I could maybe attract some of our younger ears and gain them as fans. Maybe, change their opinions on the “Gang Gang” and “Drako Drako,” all the younger rappers are always talking about. We need REAL music again!
HHW: How do you balance your career with your home life? Family?
Bam: The balance is actually the hardest part. I actually almost have NO free time at all. I’m either working, recording/writing or with the family and believe me, the 24 hour period of a day actually isn’t as long as it seems.
HHW: So what’s next for Baltimore Bam musically? 2020 Goals?
Bam: My 2020 goals are to PROMOTE PROMOTE PROMOTE! My independent label actually really started this year, CFBMG aka CheckeredFlagBoyzMuzikGroup. I also just released a new single on all major streaming platforms called “Risk “N”” from my 1004 Block EP I plan to release July 4th. We also plan to release something from artist HeavyGold and HunchoQuan as well for 2020. Last, I’m doing free features until June 2020 as a look out for artist during this Covid-19 pandemic.
HHW: How can those looking to book you get in contact with you?
Stream BaltimoreBam’s last project below.