It is said that creativity is a road that’s seldom traveled by the multitude. However, this producer/emcee has opted to blaze his own creative trails. Blabbwona has infiltrated the landscape of European Hip-Hop with his slick metaphors, abstract beats and thought provoking concepts. He has single-handedly captured the flag and has emerged as one of the underground’s upper echelon emcees. Recently, our very own 1LLA Funk caught up with Blabbs who opened up about his humble beginnings and his contributions to Hip-Hop’s future.
IF: Where are you from?
B: Originally from Thomasville Georgia, but I grew up around Atlanta and moved to Germany later, completing my High School years.
IF: How long have you been in the game?
B: Going on Sixteen to Seventeen Years now.
IF: How’d you get the name Blabbwona?
B: Well, at first the name was “Mr.Blabb“(a lot of close cats around the way use to tell me I was a blabbermouth when freestyling, hyping the crowd in clubs, and so forth). So I stuck with the name until I met a fellow M.C. by the name of Dialectwona (now known to most as the Mighty ODN from ”The Cavalry Crew”).We got together as the group “Tryflyn” and since his name was Dialectwona, I switched my name to who you know now as “Blabbwona” and stuck with it since then…..
IF: I’ve followed your music since the days of Tryflyn’s “Crimson Guards” on the La Boutique imprint. I gotta give you props on such an impressive musical catalog. How has your music grown from your days on La Boutique?
B: Thanks for the compliment, I really appreciate the love, no question…Well, at that time, it was all about the opportunity to get something out to the masses out in Europe/Worldwide(still wet behind the ears to a lot of things in the game/and still learning). We had no idea at the time that the singles and LP s would be as successful as they were for that period of time. Hip Hop then, catered to more underground in Europe, once a lot of German Hip Hop groups were starting to blow up (even though the music you hear on the radio and see on television now, were still in heavy demand).We were looking to do something that took away the stereotypes of regular Underground Hip Hop, and basically add something Classic to the mix….
IF: You have made some groundbreaking records that display your lyrical abilities. “Who I Be” and “Super Skinny Man” are amongst those records. Can you elaborate on the lyrical content and the thought process behind these songs?
B: Well, “Who I Be” was inspired from the four elements of Hip Hop (M.C.ing, D.J.ing, Grafitti, and Breaking). I always tried picturing the four elements springing to life and wondered ”What would happened if each had a mind of their own”? “What are the possibilities”? So from then, I decided to animate each element from pen to paper, to the booth, and to the ears of people (true Hip Hop Heads) who feel and the same way……As for “Super Skinny Man”, I feel it’s good at times to be able to make fun of yourself (having a sense of humor)…I’m not the biggest cat in the world as far as physic (athletic, yes….Dee-Bo, naw (LOL!), So I was always wondering what are the pros and cons to being a skinny dude….being snapped on at school for rocking cheerios as wrist bands, but yet known to be that slim nigga pulling the baddest birds (heehee!)….That’s crazy!…So I wanted to come up with something that lower and upper weight people can pretty much relate to in a funny aspect…..
IF: You’ve worked with renowned underground artists Pep Love and Planet Asia on DJ Chrome’s “Soundclash”. How was your experience working with such prominent artists?
B: Maaan….. It was pretty surreal….We were on a European” Cali Breeze” Tour at the time (Planet Asia, Pep Love, and Mr.Lif), traveling ALL OVER Europe. One of our destinations pointed us to München, Germany where DJ Chrome resided. So the very next day, after we performed in this local venue (I believe the spot was called ”The Backstage”,which was pretty packed) ,before leaving to Amsterdam, we headed to Chrome’s studio and laid down “Soundclash” in less then thirty minutes (with hardly any sleep, high as hell, and the smell of last night‘s poonaush on the fingers and other places of our persons from the hotel groupies heehee!).The single really bubbled from the surface, especially through Europe and Japan. It was one of the dopest experiences ever and I’ll never forget it……
IF: What other artists are you working with now?
B: Presently, I’m doing a number of projects, but as far as artist, I’m working with a M.C./C.E.O. (Crash N Burn Ent.) from Greensboro, Carolina name “Dirty Black” out of Stuttgart, Germany. Just did a crazy mixtape called ”Fuck U Pay Me Vol.1” and it’s still buzzing as we speak, so look for that.
Getting together with”The Cavalry Crew” again about to work on a new and improved”The Horse in the Circle” LP. So keep your ears to the ground for that.
Also working with numerous DJ s from the club scene on the hype man tip, and one in particular “DJ Mike La Rock” from the Zulu Nation (The cousin of Kurtis Blow). I’m doing some club projects/mixtapes with, to pretty much stick out on the surface as far as promotions concern, with my other alias “Wonablabb”, so lookout for that as well.
IF: Are there any artists that you would like to work with?
B: But of course!!!! Let me take a second to daydream for a moment (LOL!)…..Well, outside my circle, I would love to work with artist like The Grand Verbalizer aka 1lla Funk (It‘s been a long time coming, Fam)
Blitz The Militant(one of the illest freestyle cats I know), Planet Asia, Talib Kweli, Mos Def, Black Milk, Madlib, Oh No, Little Brother, 9th Wonder, J-Dilla (if he was still here/rest in beats), J-Zone, Murs, Busta Rhymes, OutKast, Ludacris, Q-Tip, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Skyzoo, Bishop Lamont, Cardinal Official, Pharoahe Monch, Guilty Simpson, House Shoes, Ill Mind, Mick Boogie, Premo, Dwele, Common, Erykah Badu, John Legend, The Roots, Some cats from the Wu, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Lupe Fiasco, N.E.R.D., Charles Hamilton, and others in this similar category.
IF: Most people know you for your solo efforts however; you have gained underground notoriety with many crews to include Tryflyn, Abstract Art, Foreign Natives and the Calvary Crew. Are you still making music with any of the aforementioned groups?
B: Matter Of fact, I had a meeting with a label called Pigeon Records coming out of München (they released the early Abstract Art single “3 Men In A Bar”)and they want to release another “Abstract Art” LP, so that’s possibly in the making with the old members (except DJ Chrome, who’s in Romania now). “Cavalry Crew”(formally known as Tryflyn), has took a long separation from each other in the reasons of solo projects and personal circumstances, but as I mentioned earlier, we’re gathering plans as far as working on our first official LP or EP (“The Horse In The Circle”). Foreign Natives is pretty much up in the air as far as the same circumstances are concern, but keep the ears open.
IF: You have ventured into the same waters as Diamond D, Large Professor and Kanye West by adding the title of producer to your resume. You have your own production company, CreAtix Productions, which has its own distinct sound. How easy or hard was your transition from emcee to producer and what are some of the challenges that you face?
B: I ain’t gonna lie, the company is just starting really. But it’s an ill marriage between being an artist and a producer. Being involved in both professions, you have to learn pretty much on how to balance the two as far as the quality of time you spend. But it’s the love for both crafts that basically keeps me in line, so even though it’s also a job, you have to have fun with it as well or the reasons you fell in love with the art of it will fade.
IF: What motivated you to pursue production?
B: I was always a Beat Junkie (no point taken)…..So in light of the last question, I really didn’t look at it as a transition. The difference from back then was, I had no access to the equipment or the means to learn hands on (not even my own computer at the crib, if I was to think of any ideas on the spot),until I was really influenced by watching others in the varies groups I worked with, to really get involved with the production aspect. At times, I was more or less the Co-Producer, telling others what I wanted on the track. But after awhile, you know (or feel)that sometimes the producer you’re working with, really doesn’t have the same vision you do. No matter how much you improvise with them. So that alone motivated me to step my game and monies up, to come up with my own production stamp. And “Poof“! There you have it. CreAtix Productions.
IF: What artists have you produced for?
B: Besides,”The Cavalry Crew” and local groups in Germany, I’ve pretty much sold a lot of beats to serious artist. [Everything] from distribution, music websites, and other resources. It’s still in the beginning phases for the company itself, but we’re getting there.
1F: How can artists looking for the “Blabbwona” sound get at you?
B: If any serious artist, producer, musician, fan, and etc. are looking for that “Blabbwona” sound, my links are as followed “SO GET AT ME!!!”:
1F: What album (s) inspired you to become an emcee?
B: Wooooo…….There are soooooo many albums that had a HEAVY influence on me(and still do)….The ones that mostly come to mind are Kurtis Blow ”The Breaks”, Big Daddy Kane “Long Live The Kane”, Boogie Down Productions “Criminal Minded”/“Ghetto Music: The Blueprint Of Hip Hop“(The whole catalog damn near), Public Enemy “It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back”, So many others during that period.
1F: What projects are you currently working on?
B: Right now, solo wise, I’m working on my latest mixtape (the names undecided as of yet),the EP is online as we speak, called ”I Love Haters-The Gorilla Bangas” .So check that out and you’ll hear the direction thus far. As I mentioned earlier, I’m getting together with ”The Cavalry Crew” to work on a new and improved ”The Horse In The Circle” LP. There might be another “Abstract Art” LP in progress, so definitely be on the lookout for that! I’m working on coming out with a CreAtix Instrumental LP/mixtape as soon as the company’s well promoted and the word is out on the production/beat making note. So stay tuned for that! And I’m still rocking in many clubs all around Europe and maybe in your area, as Hype Man of the Iron Mic (so check the myspace and other links I listed earlier for the dates).
1F: What’s next for Blabbwona?
B: Well, I was brought up to never let your right hand know what your left is up to. So in saying that, the possibilities are limitless…..I like to keep it like an intriguing television series that you can‘t take your eyes off of, and say “Find Out Next Week, What Happens When Blabbwona Steps In The Scene To Make Noise”……..To Be Continued…..(LOL!)
1F: What advice do you have for your fellow underground artists who are trying to break into the music business?
B: Stay Focus….Stay Driven……Stay Hungry…..Stay Determined….Keep pushing for your goal(s)that you would like to achieve in this game…..Trust a few, if not just yourself….If you fall, get back up, dust yourself, and try again. Never be discouraged from the first sign of failure, keep trying. Learn all you can from both the artistic side as well as the business side of this game, because you can be as talented as the next man(or even more then average), but if you’re lacking in business, your career will falter before it even starts…..
1F: If you could describe your music in one word, what would that word be?
B: “SPONTANEOUS” In the words of Bruce Lee:
“Don’t think… Feeeeeeeeel……It is like a finger pointing away to the moon…..Don’t concentrate on the finger, or you’ll miss all that heavenly glory…..Do you understand?”