B Johnson

Tell us how you come about the song.

I came up with “What’s The Real” after instantly falling in love with the beat. Bordeaux sent it to me and it was unlike anything else he had produced. I immediately just start freestyling the verses and as they came together, trying to pinpoint the concept, I realized I was just spitting the real, hence the hook and title, “What’s The Real.”

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Tell us about you as a person outside the musical world.

Outside the music is the same guy you hear on the track. I’m a chill, laid back kind of dude. I’m focused and driven, dedicated to my purpose and goals. I’m a good hearted, strong minded individual that works hard and plays harder. I’m big on family. Honestly, trust, loyalty, & respect are four pillars on which I stand.

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Tell us about you as a musician.

As a musician I’m a melodic lyricist that loves everything about music. I grew up in a musical family and household. Most all of the men play/played some form of instrument. As a kid I played piano (a little), but it’s been a while (definitely need to brush up on my skills). I plan to get back into that, and continue learning everything I can about the art, to master my craft. I listen to just about any and every genre, but I’m mainly a Hip hop and R&B fan.

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Tell us how you manage other activities with your musical career.

You just do it. Time management is crucial in any and every aspect of your life. Prioritizing is really a reflection of character; are you the type to go to the party, then study or study, then go to the party…I’d rather study first. I’m disciplined enough to focus and do what I’ve got to do. Once I handle the essentials (sleeping, eating, etc.), I like to get the hard work over with so that weight is alleviated and I can breathe easy looking forward to the more enjoyable parts of my day. Whether it can be the movies, the studio or ballroom dancing, I know I will have plenty of time to play if I put the necessary work in. However, when you spend all your time playing, that work load accumulates over time and can/will leave you overwhelmed.

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Tell us your experience as a musician.

My experience as a musician is cool. Of course, it could be better, but you’ve got to enjoy the journey, when you’re chasing a dream. A musician is like an athlete, you have to love what you do with an undying passion. I remember watching and my uncles playing in bands, practicing in the basement late nights, and the feeling they got from it. Now that I am embarking on my own journey I have that same feeling and vibe. Thus far I’ve maneuvered my way through several circles, networking and connecting with so many talented people. It’s been nothing but love with most artists, but you know there’s the occasional hater. Every producer I come across is eager to work. The crowds at the showcases and events have all been responsive. I’m thankful for every opportunity along the way.

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Tell us five artists you can regard as legends.

 There are so many artists that I consider legends but, five that I really look up to and respect are Jay-Z, Diddy, Will Smith, Dr Dre, & Ice Cube. This list is not to be confused with my top 5 artists, but as far as legendary status goes, they’ve entered and mastered several different arenas, which is a goal of mine.

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Tell us the names of the media that have supported you so far.

UGMusicReview.com, Undergroundindustry.net, Jetlagtv.com, Getyourbuzzup.com, DailyHipHopJamz.com, The Word is Bond, USA Blognetwork, WRIU 90.3 FM, LA On Lock, Eternity Network, That New Jam, The Beat Matters, Soundspace.

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Tell us your future plans pertaining music.

My plans for the future of my music career consist of continuing to build a solid core fan base and providing quality (lyrical content) music on a consistent basis. I want to provide the lyricism and substance that hip hop was built on, and is increasingly lacking today. I have an independent movement going currently, but if a major situation presents itself in alignment with my best interests, then perhaps that may be the route I go.

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Tell us what motivates you to write songs.

My motivation comes from any and everything. I try to create lyrics and metaphors from the random occurrences of my day. I just love crafty wordplay and delivery.

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Tell us the names of the artists you have worked with and the ones you will like to work with in the future.

I’ve worked with some of the local up and comers like myself, Big Papa Mood, Brrg, Dizzy Act, R.O.S., Larry OG, Dinero, & Mauri Corey to name a few. There are still a lot of people here I haven’t worked with, but that list is so long. I respect the game and all the players in it so I’m looking forward to working with anybody that’s supporting and vibing with me. Minus all the obvious greats like Jay-Z and Eminem, or Wayne…I would love to collaborate with Fabolous or Nipsey Hussle.

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Tell us what you think about creativity and originality in music.

Creativity and originality is a must. Music is a form of self-expression; it’s supposed to represent you. That is part of the reason why I don’t use ghostwriters; however, I’ll gladly ghost write for someone else. I understand making a song about a popular or trendy subject that could possibly be similar to someone else, but overall biting style and jacking swag is wack. Be you, do you!

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Tell us the reason you are into music.

I’m into music because music is in me. It’s like a hereditary gene in my family. I’ve always been around it. I’ve always loved it, and wanted to somehow be a part of it. Whether I’m the artist, manager, label exec, producer, whatever ever role I have to play to be a part of it.

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Give us the links to connect you on social media and links to purchase your music.

IG

https://www.instagram.com/bjohnsondfg/

FB

https://facebook.com/BJohnsonDFG/

Twitter

https:/twitter.com/bjohnson_dfg

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/4DsOoEqYudak2mvTMyPseR

iTunes: Destined for Greatness, Vol. 2 by B Johnson

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/destined-for-greatness-vol-2/1308299501

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Tell us your view on old school music and new school music in terms of preference.

I would definitely prefer the old school music versus the new school, for a couple reasons. The old school has a certain nostalgia to it; a certain authenticity. It takes you back to the time period and you visualize everything that was going on when you heard that record back then. I also appreciate the old school because, as much as I appreciate the vibe wave, I’m a big fan of lyricism and the old school relied on that heavily.

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Tell us your most memorable day as an artist.

My most memorable day as an artist would probably be the 1st day I recorded a song in a professional studio. It was almost like when a bird takes its first flight out of the nest.

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Tell us your genre of music.

My genre in music is definitely Hip Hop. I feel like rap implies straight bars, whereas Hip Hop includes some pop and r&b influence with melodies and harmonies, so I’m Hip Hop.

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Tell us how you write and record your songs.

First off, I need to have on a quality pair of headphones or be riding in a car (of course unless I’m in the studio) so I can hear all the little nuances of the beat clearly. Then I mumble bars, and melodies that match the feel of the beat. From there I continue that process until I have a hook or a 16 (12 if that’s all it is). I do that until I have a complete song. I go over the verses and hook several times making sure that the track flows smoothly to me, making edits and adjustments where I see fit, if necessary. After editing I go over it a few more times, and then it’s finished.

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Tell us what you will do for the people if you found yourself in a position of power.

Once I’m put in a position of power, my plan to help the people is to encourage positivity and determination. I also plan to share every step of my process, and all the available resources at my disposal. So many people have big dreams, plans and great ideas, but get discouraged somewhere along the way (like I did). But an undying belief, whether it be from within or outside sources, is powerful and essential to success. I want to assist people in putting themselves in a position of power as well. It develops a certain level of confidence and self-worth/value that you can’t get from a hand out.

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