Last year, Los Angeles rapper Boogie dropped his first and only mixtape, Thirst 48. In retrospect, it was easily one of the most slept-on projects of 2014. (Our friends at Pigeons and Planes did try to put us on.) It's no wonder it was overlooked though; the project didn't feature a song like Dej Loaf's "Try Me" or ILoveMakonnen's "Tuesday"—viral sensations that were able to transform previously unknown rappers into leaders of the new school. However, it did showcase an artist with a refined, mellow sound and a refreshing outlook on life. But the 25-year-old rapper born Anthony Dixson need not worry, we get the feeling a lot of people are gonna wake up once they hear his Jahlil Beats produced banger, "Oh My."
The song's video has been out since April and it's managed to amass over 450,000 views on YouTube. Not bad, but not quite viral just yet. But with it's instantly quotable hook and high-octane energy, it's a surefire summer anthem (and we're not the only ones who think so) and a song that could help break Boogie. And just in time too, he's aiming for his next project, The Reach, to drop on June 24 (roughly a year after Thirst 48). He also claims he's being courted by several labels but is tight-lipped about just who. So we expect you'll be hearing a lot more about Boogie. So before the floodgates open, we got up with him to talk about how going to church got him into rapping, how he got shot in his foot, and why he's critical of our thirsty generation obsessed with social media. Find out Who Is Boogie?