Worcester's Don: Big O Talks About His Favorite Rappers, Food & Gives Advice To The Younger Generation Of Artists Coming Up - WorcesterBumps.com

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Worcester's Don: Big O Talks About His Favorite Rappers, Food & Gives Advice To The Younger Generation Of Artists Coming Up




Every city around the world has a boss in it.


If you're not from Worcester Massachusetts, You probably only associate the city with Grammy nominated rapper Joyner Lucas.


But if you are from Worcester or Massachusetts in general, You most likely think of one big bearded, Well respected person in particular with a mafia boss stature when the cities streets or music scene gets brought up.





Q:


Before we get into music, How's the father life man?


Big O:


I feel like I been preparing for it my whole life. I been making sacrifices for my kids since I was in my early twenties prepping for the day I become a father. my childs mother who I started dating in 2010 had a daughter when I met her. it wasnt long before I took on the duties a biological father would. parental instincts was natural. I think a major part of that mentality comes from how my father raised me. I'm Armenian. Like many other foreigners our culture is solely based on family values. So as far as daddy life goes I've been mentally conditioned for the job for a long time. as far as enjoying it goes, my daughter has been the missing puzzle piece in my life I never knew I could find. my love for her makes me feel complete. Theres no words to articulate such a love.







Q:


Who were your biggest music influences in the industry growing up & Who are your favorite industry artists today?



Big O:



It started with Biggie. he was fat and had all the hoes. he gave me hope, haha. I knew I needed to get some jewelry, a Benz, and some money really fast!! obviously he passed away and I then had to look for new rappers to fill the void. alot of Mobb Deep and Nas for a short time, and then it was Dblock and mostly Styles P, then I learned about Beanie Sigel & Freeway and I always loved them. they were Muslim and I felt a connection with that growing up in a Middle Eastern state of mind.  

A little further down the timeline or maybe around the same time, I cant remember, but there was alot Dipset I was rocking with, but mostly Hell Rell .. Rick Ross was major. 50 Cent, and all of G-unit of course .. and then French Montana held it for me for a long time .. then I became a rapper and everyone sucked compared to me so I only listened to me .. The Goat. 

new rappers are really hard for me to admire. the game has changed. people arent authentic to what they preach. I cant really admire or appreciate an artist if I cant catch a vibe of their real character. so even my new favorites are kind of old school rappers even if they just happened to blow. I love Gucci Mane and only discovered his music about 3 yrs ago. I couldnt believe I was missing out. were naturally brainwashed up north to think down south rappers suck. atleast before they took over the industry, because now its really all I like. so to drop some names real quick, I like Gucci, Young Dolph, Yo Gotti, Moneybagg Yo, Chinx Drugz, I'm sure theres a handful more I cant think of right now... that rocket fuel makes it hard to think .. 
All I smoke is gas. You kidden me buddy I smoke the best pot. my pot is better than yours.







Q:


What or who motivated you to start rapping & dropping videos back in 2010 when it was relatively unheard of to do independently?


Big O:


The streets of worcester really. and people reaching out to me with ideas. I didnt even know I could shoot music videos. had zero idea. I thought I would blow up off mixtapes. wat a bozo huh .. it wasnt 2008 anymore! haha. anyway "knowledge born" of mass appealtv approached me and wanted to shoot the Worcester to roxbury music video. and then I got addicted to the clout after that was released. I couldnt stop dropping. I wanted a piece of every videographer I could get in contact with.







Q:


Who are your current favorite artists in Worcester, And who are your all time favorite artists from Worcester?


Big O:


You fuckin kiddin me buddy!? Big O is the GOAT. Not "a" goat .. "the" goat. I try to appreciate peoples crafts, but im old school. I feel like if you dont meet a certain criteria u cant even be taken into consideration in my book. its a pretty outdated way of thinking but I am who I am and thats how I feel. I aint saying im the realest. but I'm one of them. but I am saying im the nicest. no cap. 😎

with that said I gotta still give my props out. we all know Monty is the original dripper and was way ahead of his time with the foolish / feel good vibes that have taken over todays sound. Ynga has always been underated, he has put out some fire on tracks that got little to no recognition for what they were. I think Ant Trizzy and Kev Young are on it, Reap Youngin does a good job, very consistent and I like the messages he puts out. I like what the young bucks are bringing to the table, Kellz and his crew got some heat, super modern rap styles. Yadda Meech is up and coming and I can see him elevating fast if he stays consistent. I newly learned about Mak Mccoy and his style is straight trap shit. I always wanted to see another rapper with that style aside from myself come out of worcester so we can collab. I'm sure people are waiting for me to say Joyner, but I'd be lying. He is almost an automatic response people say around here, probably because of his worldwide clout, but for me personally, its skillful rap but not for me. but I gotta give him his props just off the strength of all the milestones hes reached. legendary for Worcester Mass to say the least. the "I Love" record was one I liked from him but thats probably because he went with a trap rappers style on it and thats not the usual style you get from him.







Q:


What’s your current daily playlist rotation looking like 👀


Big O:


Straight trap music all the way through. old Gucci, Dolph, alot of memphis rappers, Don Q, Lil Baby, maybe some Yella Beezy.. All depends on my mood







Q:


Alot of people in the city have viewed you as the face of Worcesters rap scene for a long time, Restaurants have even named dishes after you, Would you trade the ‘Hometown Hero’ love that you get for industry Love/Success?


Big O:


I always wanted to blow up. It didnt happen for many different reasons. All those reasons fall on me at the end of the day. I can make excuses but I wont. Everyone has their blessings and I'm treated with the utmost respect everywhere that I go and to me thats equally rewarding. Sometimes I feel like it wasnt meant for me anyway. All that traveling and partying and attention really can ware you down pretty fast. Industry/internet love is a blessing. But I think getting respect and appreciation from a grimey city full of hate is a hard goal to accomplish. I'm greatful for it especially after it's been such a long time since I've ballhogged the music scene. I think alot of the respect I recieve comes from other avenues aside from music. I do my share for families in the neighborhood and although I like to believe I havent reached my pinnacle, in the eyes of many im a successful entrepreneur/role model. coming where we come from there arent many who make it out the jungle so I think people see me as a motivation and an older brother they can count on for advice.







Q:


And speaking of dishes, What is Big O’s favorite meal and where can we find it?



Big O:


Oh boy, where do I begin? im a food connosoir. I eat everywhere and enjoy so much of it. are we talkin a budget of 20$ and under or fine dining?

Favorite steakhouse: ruths cris waltham, ma

Favorite pizza: kelly squares cheese pizza & blue jeanz buffalo chicken pizza. gotta get the ranch with that one!

Favorite arabic food: bahnans bakery


Listen .. I can talk about food for 10 pages straight .. lets just say I need to be asked a particular category to guide someone in the right direction

Oh yeah go get some ravioli porcini from Trattoria Panino II in North End .. Thank me later.






Q:

Out of any artist in the world, Who would your dream collab be?



Big O:



I wouldnt say dream. cuz I can personally give a hoot if I make a song with him or not but id have to go with the old gucci mane. before jail he was puttin out classic after classic in his underground mixtapes. real recognize real and i really think our styles coincide.







Q:

What advice would you give the younger generation of rappers coming up right now in Worcester & everywhere else?


Big O:


There isnt really a formula anymore
 everyone goes viral or breaks the internet a different way. but in general you have to do whatever it takes by all means necessary. the thought that talent will take you the distance is a 1 in a million shot and you better be super lucky. when I say do whatever it takes I mean u gotta sacrifice family and so much more and just go on your journey. Do things your scared to do or havent done before. You absolutely need major budget.

If you dont have money your damn near going to be stagnant forever so be willing to search out investor after investor even if being told no is humiliating time after time and hurts your pride. You got to have the drive within you. Nobodies going to do it for you. 

Utilize the internet as much as you can, I means its actually kind of easier nowadays than before. For starters, if you dont have major budget, search out youtube and i.g. users with high volume followers and pay the fee for a shoutout or a post. The game is a gimmick. You got to pay to play, or have connections of course which most inner cities where people desire becoming rappers do not have. lastly, dont be a fool and download a YouTube beat, record on it, and hope your fb page takes you viral. at minimum, lease every beat (their like 25 bucks nowadays) and throw it on a tunecore platform or something similar so you can be of tons of different platforms at little to no expense and make money back on everything. you'll be surprised. It will also motivate you to continue.

If you have major budget. the game is in your hands. you can get famous overnight. real simple, get features with artists that are already up and throw it on big platforms like world star and reach for their top slot and you will be recognized almost immediately. this game is a business nothing less. market your brand.

lastly id like to say that music isnt the only answer. there are so many avenues to success that were blinded to growing up in poverty. we slow down our thinking process and zone into rap way to often. id like to say for any artists reading this, do not base your self value on your popularity. do not lose self esteem when you dont get the results you wanted. you are a king or a queen in your own book. be the legend your meant to be. the book is long .. this is just 1 chapter. if it works, awesome. if it doesnt, keep your eyes on the prize and keep trucking away 







Q:


What are your plans musically & Can we ever expect another hardcopy project from you? 


Big O:



I have way too much on my plate to consider music ever again. its been this way for a long time. if I happen to go viral off a feature I do for someone and I see a way I can make it lucrative for myself I will indulge in the game right away. aside from that I will continue giving a video here and there for the true fans that follow me who just love to see me do it. the unemployed don, baby!







Q:

What does a perfect day for Big O look like?



Big O:


10am wake up
10:15am exotic clouds everywhere
11am masseuse, maybe wit a little extra 😎
12pm eat
1pm exotic clouds everywhere
2pm eat
3pm to 8pm lay down with my daughter on my chest while we watch elmo
somewhere in that 3pm to 8pm I'm ordering some amazing doordash from somewhere amazing.
8pm-3am is undisclosed information. 
Wheres my lawyer when I need him .. That raggedy bitch all he knows how to do is take my money!







Q:


What’s the one song you would tell people to listen to that you feel explains who you are?


Big O:

You're going to know what kind of person I am in every verse. this is a tough call. most my songs are features ive done for artists, its very rare I go and work on a solo song at the studio. so their never really super conscious and explain who I am. I kind of just end up at studios from invites from other artists and do my thing. people seem to really like my "trapped" record thats on soundcloud and fb right now and I guess it best suits your question. but in general id have to say its a tough call.







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1 comment:

  1. This interview was priceless lol. You guys did a bang up job, and Big O is too funny!

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