A self-described honest rapper, Boogie grew up in Compton before finding success in hip-hop and signing to Eminem's Shady Records. He first made waves for his single “Bitter Raps,” a song that saw the young father critiquing macho behavior he witnessed in the rap world. As his career developed, Boogie’s music remained decidedly outside the gangster rap canon that so many contemporaries from Compton flourished in.
“Yeah, I mean it was tough to break the cycle growing up in an environment where everybody's trying to prove themselves to be hard,” he explained in an exclusive interview with Billboard. “For a while I didn't have it figured out. I'm still learning, to this day. It's when I had my kid I realized I have to take responsibility for my actions.”