Bleu Davinci: Rap Game/Crack Game?
B.D.V: See that's where people get it wrong, it wasn't no drug money poured into BMF Entertainment. People don't understand that this crew has been on a legitimate grind for the last six years, Bleu Da Vinci gets $10,000 a verse. Bleu Da Vinci gets $7500 to come on stage in a selected city. Plus my producer S-Class gets ten or fifteen stacks every time he sits down at the MPC for a label or company. So you know we been moving on the streets, when I drop a mixtape I sell 25,000 mixtapes and we been moving like that for the last four years. A lot of people wanna use our talent and our well being with our grace in these streets with this music game (and) they wanna turn that into drug money. They making it seem like niggas don't get out here and hustle, no more like everybody else do ya feel me.
HHDX: So how you get affiliated with BMF Entertainment?
B.D.V: I co-founded BMF Entertainment, what the media done said about BMF and all that is wrong. Everybody thinking about all that drug money or whatever, but that ain't what it was about. BMF was created by Meech and myself, all them other people said BMF was in the 80's which is not true.
HHDX: So you feel when people say most of your promotions came from drug money, especially with all those fly cars ya'll had and shit?
B.D.V: Right, see one thing you gotta understand is you got to separate what you talking about first of all. If you knew who BMF Entertainment is you would give me a roster of artists and people that work under BMF Entertainment. You could be talking about any set of people in the streets, you gotta understand (that) with the BMF movement has done was spread like a plague. What it is now is that it's cool to be able to say you down with BM. Put it like this one of my artists is from up out of Atlanta, but he's BMF. When he goes to the club with his people in Atlanta and do whatever they do, all them niggas that's with them is considered BMF.
Now at the end of the day when everybody's rocking BMF T-shirts, we giving away 10,000 shirts for promos, the kids and all that. So when five of his homeboys got on BMF shirts and get into a fight at the club that was BMF who got into a fight. What's strange about this whole thing is how I always hear everybody jump up and wanting to talk about drug money and all that shit, but ain't nobody talking about The Source Award nomination in 2004. Nobody is talking about the records, the videos or the 600 spins on the radio or anything like that nothing about my buzz on the street as an artists. That's what were doing- we're getting too far away with what this thing really is.
This fascade of drugs and that whole thing, that ain't what BMF Entertainment is about. That's what everybody got to get through their thick skull, that's why I'm doing these presses and all this, to let people know that drugs is not what BMF is about at all. I don't mind people asking these questions cause they need to know, but my thing is (that) nine out of ten people that's in music or doing these interviews on these artists and stuff like that, when you talk to any of them that come from the streets you don't talk to them about drugs or who got locked-up from the street or who from they crew got indicated or none of that. You go talk to them about they single, they video, along with the artists they work, who they like in the game, where do they think they style is, where do they think they fit at in the game and questions like that. This is BMF Entertainment (and) I never said that we gonna talk about what we gonna move and all that. That's not what this is not about bro. We were just a bunch of brothers from all over the different states being linked-up with each other.
HHDX: I understand what your saying, but when I was doing my research on BMF ya'll you hear is drug money, you know what I'm saying?
B.D.V: Right, but that's my whole point where are you getting your research information from the DEA.com. That's my point right there! They can't tell you anything else about BMF money being drug money besides the police. People like these magazine people like Vibe and all that. They work with the police, they work with snitches and stuff like that cause that's the only way you can find out about stuff like that. At the same time when you hear Bleu Da Vinci and you hear that Bleu Da Vinci is the president and the first artist on BMF Ent., you never hear drugs behind that. You never heard of nobody put in a situation with no drugs and that's what I want people to understand.
HHDX: Yeah you right, cause you hear all this other shit like Jacob the Jeweler and Jimmy Henchmen was involved so it's just been crazy?
B.D.V: See let me clear another thing up, Jacob the Jeweler and the people that he dealt with was his people. See you got one thing, Big Meech (who is the CEO of BMF Ent.) and then people that was related to him with all they people that's not BMF Ent. That's what the media has portrayed to be BMF Ent, that's not it. When you go to a show and we come in thirty or forty deep you not gonna see none of them people they was talking about, cause that's not us. We the ones rocking the shows, we the ones that put Young Jeezy on status, we the ones that did that. We the ones that founded the club, we the ones that get paid to come to the club, we the ones that throw the ones in the air at the club, we those people. All them people that's indicted and all that shit they (are) not a part of that, you never even heard of them in that.
What done happened is that we have let the media take this whole thing and turn it into something all bad that connects hundreds of people to my record label. BMF Ent. never started off being "Black Mafia Family", BMF Ent. if you look it up and do your real research BMF Ent. was incorporated as BMF Ent. Not "Black Mafia Family", not "Blowing Money Fast", not "Black Man Future, none of that other stuff we called BMF. BMF Ent. had many names, it wasn't "Black Mafia Family" that was the fans and them, along with the white people that jumped up and said "Oh that's the Black Mafia Family" they do this, they kill and all that other shit. They ain't do nothing, but try to wipe-out another crew of people that's gonna come through in a major pave and put they foot in the game. They don't want people like us in there, cause we real for number one. Anybody that know us can tell you, one thing about these dudes is they real. They ain't coming through with they chest pumped out, but they real and they about they business. Now if a nigga had some business down there in Miami or some other shit that's his business that ain't got nothing to do with BMF Ent.
HHDX: So being from the hood, what's ya opinion on snitches period?
B.D.V: I mean everybody needs to keep their mouth close you know, a snitch don't have no place in society. Your momma even told you that when you was growing up "Stop Telling", "I'm a tell my mom" and she go "Boy stop telling", that's just how we were raised where I'm from. Snitches nine times out of ten be lying to get themselves out of trouble. So nines times out of ten the shit that you be hearing be falsified and made up to get another nigga out of trouble. On my man Big Meech they ain't got no evidence saying that he did nothing, he did nothing ever. That was all conspiracy saying that he probably was gonna do something or he might have did something or something like that. None of that is facts all that is people running they mouth saying "Meech did this and Meech did that". At the same time you ain't seen no newspaper that said Demetrius Flenory pulled out a house with fifty-two bricks and 200 pounds, you heard that they found the house with that, but it wasn't Demetrius Flenory's house and the people they found in the house wasn't BMF Ent. either. If you go do your homework for real and when the DEA got down these niggas was fifty years old. Forty eight and thirty nine years old, nobody from my crew that old, we all 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26 ya feel me?
HHDX: I feel you, so now I see you got an album coming out with BMF/Koch, how did the deal with Koch go down?
B.D.V: The whole thing about BMF Ent is like this, I'm a take you back and put you on for real. I got a mentor his name is DJ Pooh, he wrote the movie "Three Strikes", "Friday" and he produced for Ice Cube back in the day when he was real hot. He put me in the movie "Three Strikes" so around this time I was actually working as I was an up and coming artist. This was like '99 and I was an upcoming artist in L.A. and what happened was DJ Pooh knew Meech. At the time Meech was tryna put a record label together, cause he felt at this point and time he knew what it took to make a record label happen. He came to L.A. looking for some artist and got with DJ Pooh and DJ Pooh referred me to Meech.
Me and Meech we kicked it, hangin out and chillin hearing our different ideas on this music business. We came to an agreement to take it one step further and going to get some incorporated paper work for a record label and that's how we came up with BMF Ent. Independently we was blowing money fast that was our whole thing, we didn't just want to be blowing money fast, cause he looked up and said "We ain't got that much money to be blowing money fast, so we just looking stupid, so we just gonna be Black Music Foundation". Then once all the homeboys start checking for BMF to build the rep.
I got homeboys that crips, bloods, niggas that's in the streets for real, not just claiming my nigga in the streets for real. So that's when the Black Mafia Family thing came into line once we start going out thirty to forty deep. You look at it like this; on the bus you might got fifty people, but ain't it like one of these niggas gonna drop a 100,000 for everybody... that's ludacris. What happens is you got all these niggas from different states that come together go to a club, VMA's in Miami and do whatever they gonna do together. You got your Chicago, St. Louis, Detroit, all these niggas clicked up together by being in Atlanta since it was in the middle and everybody from everywhere was there. Niggas was in the club and they was just fuckin with each other, BMF niggas was cool let's fuck with them". Next thing you know you got fifty niggas in the club, fifty niggas that go to the club ain't broke.
You look at it like this- if fifty niggas in a club all throw in a 100 dollars you got 5000 dollars in the club that night. You could throw $3000 worth of alcohol or even better, you might got two niggas put up a 1000 dollars a piece and everybody else put in fifty or a hundred or whatever they can, that was a BMF night. Niggas come in, put it together and we at the strip club getting two or three thousand dollars worth of wine and that's racking up between thirty five niggas. If you can't come up with between two or three thousand dollars between thirty five of the hottest niggas in the city then you doing something wrong. Then that whole thing led to a double homicide that Meech is on bond for and other little things and what that did kind of pissed off the government. That's when they really picked up and start being crafty and done a lot of different things, in which they did. A lot of niggas did get caught up, I'm just saying that BMF wasn't caught up in that shit.
HHDX: Yeah cause they was saying Demetrius was linked-up in the murder of P. Diddy's bodyguard?
B.D.V: No... not linked-up. Meech is on bond, he's the first African-American in history to be on bond for a double homicide. They charged Meech with that homicide that Meech did not commit, they charged him with that, they tried to charge him with that, but what happen was there was no evidence as the same is gonna happen with this case. What happen is if they don't got no evidence after so many months or whatever the time is they gotta let you go. They will let you go on a bond and you will be on bond and the case will just be pending until they find some evidence to convict you with. That is what is going on right now cause they saying he did this and he did that, but they ran up in the house and caught him with two guns in a safe inside a house that wasn't even his and they blaming the guns on him. So if you look at how it is at the same time Meech is one of the most powerful niggas in the streets right now.
HHDX: So basically ya'll got a lot of hate from that shit?
B.D.V: As far as the government is concerned yeah.
HHDX: How about that new album that's supposed to be dropping?
B.D.V: The deal on this originally with Koch with me and Meech we was tryna get an independent distribution and do some Cash Money shit. Put the shit out all on our self, cause we already had it from the grind up. We started out doing mixtapes, once my mixtape got hot we start selling the mixtapes instead of giving them away. Im doing 5,000 on this one, 12,000 on this one, by the time we got up to 15,000 I spent 7500 dollars to press up 15,000 tapes and sell 10,000 making a 100,000 dollars to keep moving on to my next project. Our whole thing was that me and Meech sitting down at the table we needed to get an independent distribution, so I knew it takes time and it was steps. We didn't just jump up one day and "Oh that's BMF they got a bunch of money." We used to be just six or seven niggas in the club some of my cousins and Meech with his homeboys. We wanted to be the next niggas I'm rapping doing tapes, niggas ain't really noticing me.
But for real, after that motherfuckin double homicide shit that's when the shit really popped up. At that time people wasn't really paying much attention to us until after that. After Meech came home and we all went back to Atlanta shit started popping, everybody wanted to hear us, they wanted another mixtape, niggas wanted me to come do a show and that's when I said fuck it it's on. We gonna take it from here and were gonna run with it to the fullest, so that's exactly what I did. Everybody that was with it I told ya'll niggas this is BMF my nigga. We gonna bang this BMF shit and this ain't nothing you can't be a part of if you bringing something real to the table. I didn't give a fuck if it was a bag of groceries nigga. You can be down with this as long as niggas is all on the positive and that sent me to New York to get a deal.
It wasn't planned to be with Koch. I went to every label up here and I ended up fucking with Koch. BMF Ent. presents Bleu Davinci is what I'm on a promo tour for damn near this whole year. When my lil brother Baby Blue passed away that shit just threw me for a loop. I wasn't tripping off of indictments and all that shit, but when my lil brother passed away that shit fucked me up for real. I had to sit-back and re-evaluate every fuckin thing that was going on around me and that shit just made me kid of fall off as far as radio spins, retail buzz, etc. Once I got back together I came back to New York and went back up to the office with having to come up with something different. I didn't want my album to come out and it just break, so people won't be like "Damn I thought Bleu was gonna sale more than 10,000. So I came back and put this compilation idea together with Koch records.
HHDX: With you being an artist in the game what message you trying to spread?
B.D.V: The first message man is unity. The first thing is unity, can't nothing happen when people segregating, that's what being African-American in this nation is about. I don't care how you doing it even if it comes from something bad, as long you united and not hurting the next brotha or the next person that's tryna get down with you. That's what this BMF is about. It's about waking up niggas no matter what you doing. We got basketball players, artists, musicians, motorcycle riders, motherfuckin skateboard riders, we got all that. Our whole thing is just love man, it's more than what people think. Niggas just think we about having money, blowing money, showing money, that ain't what this is all about.
HHDX: Where you see yourself five years from now in the game?
B.D.V: Five years from now in the game I definitely see myself in the game at the executive level being the president of BMF Ent. No matter what I do I got so much talent coming up under me with these artists I'm developing and me and my man S-Class is just putting a lot of time into that studio. In five years I see myself happy sitting on some knots with a nice deal worked out with some artists that depend on me getting paid.
HHDX: Why fans should look-out for Bleu DaVinci?
B.D.V: They should look out for Bleu DaVinci cause that's the word on the street. Somebody is always better than the next person, but what everybody hear on the street is Bleu, BMF, and what's going on with them, that's why niggas should check for me.
HHDX: Got anything to say to the readers of www.hiphopdx.com?
B.D.V: Yeah, just keep it up. Everybody that's with the BMF movement stay awake, stay posted. We got a gang of music coming out for everybody and one love, Free Big Meech.
HHDX: Now one final question and we done, so you telling me there was no illegal activity at all within BMF?
B.D.V: Not within BMF Ent. One thing about it is this man you got to look at logistics out of all this shit. Like I said I can't say it ain't no illegal activity if it was 200 niggas. 200 niggas ain't BMF, that's my point. BMF Ent. is who you on the phone doing the interview with we got a label, we up and running, we working. Any nigga know in his right mind that you can't mix the good with the bad. I don't care what you doing. You could be doing credit card fraud, but you not gonna be doing that in the name of illegal shit. Why would I come out tryna be BMF Ent? Why would we do that and be doing something illegal with it? That don't make since you know you gonna get in trouble for that. If that was the point, a lot of these artists would be in jail.
The only illegal thing within BMF Ent. is we pushed black market records, that's illegal too though. That ain't like it's all legal, cause no taxes getting paid on that either. I spent $7500 with the mixtapes and get 15,000 tapes and make a profit of $150,000 off of it and that's the most illegal thing we ever did. I never hear about how in January to June of '05 we grossed 586,000 just promoting a club in Miami, one of many that we promoted. It's a million ways under the sun to get your money, just cause you have it and make it look good don't mean your running around doing some illegal shit. You know how many niggas out there that's legit that got money? We can't have money? We gotta be illegal cause we got something nice. I worked hard for my shit, I'm out here right now doing work busting my ass. I'm tryna get my money right so I can by me a new S550, but when I come out with that new S550 they think "This nigga got bricks". Man listen, the world is bigger than that, people gotta stop reading what's on these news letters.