The rapper's wide-grinned smile shined bright as he waltzed into the Atlantic Records office on Tuesday evening (April 3) for a plaque party the record label threw in his honor. Before officially making Boogie's grand introduction, Atlantic Records’ Michael Kyser, president of black music, took the mic to say a few words about A Boogie's drive for success.
“Two years ago, a gang of kids came into our office and they called themselves Highbridge [the Label]. They started this company two years ago and said ‘All I want from [Atlantic Records] is some guidance and we got the rest. We’re flavorful, we run the streets, we run New York.’ And they meant business,” Kyser recalled. “So who’s running New York? Highbridge and A Boogie.”
The crowd began a drumroll as Boogie, along with his Highbridge The Label team – Quincy "QP" Acheampong (chief executive officer) and Sambou “Bubba” Camara (chief financial officer), walked down the spiral stairs to greet his family, friends, Atlantic Records staff, and media. Boogie, dressed in an all-black custom Gucci ensemble designed by famed designer Dapper Dan, gazed at the five plaques propped up on stands in the middle of the room in astonishment; the four platinum plaques – for “Jungle,” “Timeless,” “My Shit" and the triple platinum hit "Drowning” — and gold plaque for his latest album The Bigger Artist were a testament to his hard work and the many sleepless nights he and his team powered through to make their dreams come true.
“These plaques mean everything to me, even more than my chains and my chains are very valuable,” he told Billboard. Despite his growing collection of hits, Boogie isn’t resting on his laurels. “You can’t just have one goal come true and then think you’re good. Even though I’ve gotten a lot of plaques and success coming in, I’m constantly in grind mode. I’ve been non-stop in the studio every single night [because] this is what I love doing. I always knew this is what I wanted to do but now I see that I’m really living my dream and having fun doing it. But I’m still learning.”
Always looking to reinvent himself, Boogie returned in March with an onslaught of new releases, eight to be exact, featuring collaborations with YFN Lucci, Tory Lanez, and dancehall artist Alkaline, and revealed that he has a lot more in store for fans this year.
“2018 got way better, way better. I don’t think anyone is stopping A Boogie 2018, nobody,” he declared. “The singles I threw out were just teasers but the real magic is about to happen real soon -- maybe a month, maybe sooner."