At 25 years old, Guyanese and Haitian rapper BigBossMulaa has caught the eyes of many talented rappers and producers of today, including Drumma Boy, Lightskin Keisha, and Coca Vango. But life hasn’t always been fair to the young rapper who shares that the pain described in his music is “from the streets, but not being involved in the streets”. With his debut EP, “Welcome to the Darkside (Based on true events)” set to be released on Christmas Day, Mulaa calls his album “a gift” to those he feels he owes something to.
After signing a distribution deal with EMPIRE (not the show) and being co-signed by the likes of Coca Vango, Drumma boy, and others, it would appear that there is nowhere but up for the young rapper who only wanted to be the EMO kid from the streets.
How did you come up with your stage name?
I called myself, “Big Boss Mulaa” before I was even in the music game. I called myself “Mulaa”, it was a street AKA growing up. It originated from my look, I kinda had the Lil Wayne look throughout high school and some people called me “young mulaa”. (As he got older, he dropped “young” from his aka.) I was influenced by a couple of artists from Chicago and Atlanta at the time, and they kept using the term “boss” and I liked that so I put Boss in front of my name “Mulaa”. And as I came up into the music game, I just added “Big” to my name, which resulted into Big Boss Mulaa.
How long have you been doing music?
About four months. I started off as a celebrity booking agent and I used to work with artists such as Tory Lanez, Dave East, Casanova, and Don Q. I still currently work with artists in terms of that but now I have to put more effort and attention into the music, because that takes a big toll of my time.
In an IG post of yours, you said that you were 17 YO when you really started talking music seriously, but people were not really feeling your sound. What made you keep pushing to pursue your music career?
I grew up around Busta Rhymes and his son, so I was always around studios. I worked in these studios and I always had access to make my music. And I first started to make music when I was about 15-16 years old. When people hear my stuff now, they say I could have piped then the first chief keef, because at that time my rhythm and stuff is how people rap now. And during 2009-10, where people were still into boom bap rap, 808s weren’t a big thing yet. So everyone thought I was slow and wack at the time. I pursued it again after some time because I was a little traumatized for a minute. I can’t lie. People made me feel shy in the studio and insecure. So I really laid back for a while, but I started working with artists and they were very supportive because of my brand and the growth of my name that was becoming bigger in the city and in the surrounding states. The first song that I did, hit 280k on SoundCloud and it was just for fun. And I tracked it to Canada and California to where it went viral. From there everyone just pushed me into the game, everyone around me just pushed me to keep going. And honestly it wasn’t even friends because I don’t have friends, I would say. I got more or less, business associates and superficial friendships. I’ve made a lot of “friends” simply because I was out all the time, but nothing home based. But the people that support me right now, people that I have done business for in the terms of working with celebrity artists, but are now supporting my music. The whole thing with Empire it came from a relationship, a person that I know mutually through DJ Self and they reached out and I knew another artist that is also a friend of mines, he has a distribution deal as well. But he has a different type of deal. I asked him for some advice through a couple of emails and I reached back out to them and they compared me to some real top-notch people. They saw a lot of potential in me and my brand. They really want me to be a part of the full roster.
Who would you say influence your style of music?
I would have to say just the whole south. The south and a few other states. I don’t want to pinpoint it on Chief Keef specifically. But I want to say his type of his artistry in that category, cause I am very projective with my ad-libs. I feel like people like chief keef and Yatchy, they project with their ad-libs. So I would think those are the people I would say I look up to in terms of what I sound like.
In your IG bio, it says, “Welcome to the Darkside,” What made you embrace the Darkside?
I grew up in a city of New York where obviously everyone has their impression of how the city works. So you have your usual people that make it out and then you have those who get stuck. I grew up with a good family system as my parents are still together. We just struggled, just like any other family in the black community. My pain came from the streets, but not from being involved in it. I took a lot of losses and I went through a lot of stuff, like in school trying to fit in, being bullied and things like that. So my pain came from more from depression and being dark. I wanted to be like that EMO kid, but it’s like growing up in the black community, you can’t be EMO. You gotta stick to wearing fitted and baggy clothes, if you want to be any type of unique or different People will make fun of you. So I was always an outcast and I always was dark and I always felt distant from different people. I started promoting it through my Instagram and now through my music and in my image. So that’s where the “welcome to the dark side” is coming from. It’s not really from the Star Wars franchise, because I know that what people be thinking. It’s just me welcoming people into my world because there are plenty of people that feel like me, in the same type of skin and in the same type of community, so it is good to be vocal. And people might think they’re gay, people might think they’re weird, and people might think they’re crazy.
How do you stay focus on your music, without being distracted by the media or clout chasers?
I would just ignore. You have to learn to just block all of the negativity out and just grasp what you want. Because it’s really the law of attraction, when you dig into the negativity all it will do is keep coming to you. Like if you chase one clout chaser, you will have ten clout chasers behind you. If you chase ten clout chasers then it might turn into a hundred. It will just keep doubling up. So you are better off just ignoring as much as you can unless you really have to defend yourself. Now the only people that this has worked for is (Tekashi) 69 and 50 Cent. Those are only the two people that I feel like can chase clout and troll and be successful. Everyone else I feel should just stay in their lanes and just be who they are.
So you recently signed a distribution deal with EMPIRE, How did that deal come about?
As I said it pretty much happened through a person that I know in the business. They reached out to me and when they reached out I played chess and not checkers. I thought about how a lot of people make a lot of mistakes and my key thing is I’ve always been quiet and just observed. Even when I was just a booking agent. I’ve sat in on plenty of label meetings with other artists, major sponsor meetings, so I’ve seen how contracts work and how the scheme of things goes. I chose to completely invest in myself and in that song by buying the beat, the song is produced by Dacokepitcha. I invested in it, I have copywritten everything under my name because I knew if I did that, with the distribution deal I wouldn’t have a problem with what they sent me. When they sent to me the contract it works better in my favor because I published the song already under my name instead of letting EMPIRE or radio pushers publish the song.
So being co-signed by someone as legendary as Drummaboyfresh had to have made you hopeful and excited for your career. How did you two meet?
Oh man, listen. I know a lot of people from New York may not know who he is but I lived in Atlanta from 2010 TO 2012, and that was the peak of his prime. And to me, it would have been no metro boomin, no 808s mafia, no London on da track, none of the new up-and-coming producers that have come into the game. There would have been none of them without him. He is literally the creator of the 808s sound and trap music. Like creating beats for Waka Flocka, Young Jeezy, and T.I. So when he came after I helped him with a couple of bookings, we got bookings together. And I had other artists listen to my music and give me a little pat on the back, as I said before superficial love. But when he co-signed and he said, “This is you.” and told me that he wanted me to come to Atlanta and work that felt like a dream come true. To me, he is an icon and a legend. He gave me a big boost.
You mention tory lanez and dave east, can we expect any collabs in the future?
No. Definitely not.
A lot of musicians (rappers like Kid Cudi, Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Peep and XXXTentacion) are using their music to express their loneliness, their opinions and stance on mental health, is that something that you will be sharing in your music?
I can only express my personal experiences. And with my new EP called “Welcome to the dark side based on true events”, I understand that everyone goes through the same shit, even if it’s not the most drastic thing in terms of heartbreak, betrayal by a friend, or drug-related, either way, it is going to be relatable. I am not going to get political in my music and make it overwhelming. I just want people to feel like they can feel like me and still be bright and light. You just gotta be who you are and people will accept you. I want people to really see that. A lot of people like Lil Uzi Vert, they came into the game and they expressed themselves and then they got lost a little. I feel like I’ve seen it already. A lot of upcoming rappers literally from nothing to something in a matter of months, and they will tell you that once they go Hollywood, they are never going to change. But once the big stacks start coming in, they start acting Hollywood. And even though I am not up like them, I definitely always was in the views of seeing it and I don’t think that will change me. I feel like I always keep supporting people from the bottom and that’s why I get so much love from my city. Although I’ve always been around celebrities, I always looked out for people from the bottom and if I could get unsigned artists in the right position I would do it. Especially at the time when I wasn’t doing music. I wouldn’t take a dollar from them, I wouldn’t feel like somebody owes me.
So your EP, Welcome to the Darkside, expected to be released on December 25, Christmas day. Does that date have any significance to you, outside of the obvious? What can we the listeners, expect from it?
It’s a gift. I wished there was a date that reflected 3/3/3, and I know that was a few years ago. I just want it to be accepted as a present. And it is going to be something that I owe a lot of people for. I’ve been promoting “welcome to the dark side” before I was even an artist. I was just promoting it through my animations. A lot of people know that I like that type of stuff so they make art for me and I just post it (on his Instagram). I write poems and at the end of it, I would write “welcome to the dark side”.
And lastly, any parting advice to young rappers, musicians, creatives who have people in their ears, telling them that they can’t or won’t make it. What advice do you have for them?
My advice is if someone is telling you that, it means that they really want to make it and they are mad that you have way more potential than them. Don’t ever listen to nobody, because me growing up the only thing that I was told was “You’re not going to be shit,” “You’re going to be dead or locked up,” “You can’t rap,” “You’re never going to be like Diddy”, “You’re never going to meet this person”. Because right now, I am just transitioning to the position that I am in now. I feel like it is human nature for people to want to do better than the next person, even in terms of management. People have ulterior motives for different situations. People don’t care about the artist, they just make money from the artist. As long as they are making money that’s the extension of how much they care about you. Just keep your ears closed and your mind opened. That’s how I feel.
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