The way A Boogie articulates the duality of a broken man with a hustler’s mentality is on trend: there are successful acts who have made those observations before, such as Future and Fetty Wap. Regressive NY rap purists might argue that A Boogie doesn’t sound like where he’s from, but he feels differently.
“You can’t say I don’t sound like a NY rapper—it’s because I don’t wanna sound like nobody else,” he explains. “When people say that, that’s when I say, ‘Who do you want me to sound like? Do you want me to sound like 50 Cent, Jadakiss, Jay-Z? Why do you want me to rap like that? Why can’t I create a new, melodic lane and add a good new feeling to that shit?'”
With local support ensured, A Boogie is now tasked with proving he has staying power in hip-hop through mainstream success. Until then, he’ll keep his head down and continue working on music, with a proper remix to “My Shit” coming soon, which will follow the recent Fabolous version.
He also has an EP tentatively slated for next month, and an album scheduled for later this year. His latest collaboration—“Bet On It” with Philly’s PnB Rock—has a video on the way. “Me and PnB Rock got like three joints. That’s only the beginning; we only did that to test the waters,” he says. But what’s really keeping his focus is a hunger for more wins. “I’m not comfortable yet. Sometimes I go home and I be tired as hell, like fuckin’ six in the morning. I go home and I sit on the couch real quick and be like, ‘Yo, hold up, I’m not comfortable.’ It’d be like me and everybody just sitting around, ‘Yo, I’m not comfortable.’ I can’t go to sleep yet. I gotta do something,’” he says. “It’s crazy right now.”