BlocBoy began rapping at age 10, playfully rhyming with his friends, using cafeteria lunch tables for percussion. At 14, he met and began a consistent working relationship with local producer Tay Keith. The two aspiring musicians grew together, recording in closets and sharpening their crafts. ”That's like my brother, we kicked shit in the same hood,” BlocBoy said. “When I moved out there, he was the first person I linked up with when it came to music.”
In 2016, BlocBoy released his maiden mixtape, Who Am I. The project features “No Chorus Pt. 6,” a one-verse thumper that's approaching 2 million views. The following year he dropped "Shoot," complete with a signature dance that finds him bouncing through the video like a human pogo stick. The song and BlocBoy’s infectious personality propelled the video to 7 million views and spawned countless videos of people mimicking his joyous dance.
“Drake posted me on the Instagram story in [Memphis'] Whitehaven performing 'Shoot,'" the 21 year-old-artist says. “He was really showing respect, so I showed my respect back and sent '100.' He said ‘You're my favorite rapper.’ I was like ‘Damn, I'm your favorite rapper, that's crazy!’” The mutual fans joined forces last month for “Look Alive,” showcasing the rising rapper on a much larger stage and sparking rumors that he'd signed to Drake's OVO (BlocBoy insists he's "independent").
Even with his seemingly overnight success, it’s business as usual for BlocBoy JB. He looks to capitalize on the newfound exposure with his upcoming mixtape Simi, which is named for a fallen friend. "It ain't been different really, it just keeps getting busier and busier," BlocBoy says. "It just ain't hit me yet, know what I'm sayin'?”
Sources: Last.fm, Wikipedia
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