Hurricane Chris: Hip Hop's 'Bay Bay' (Baby)
Thats a real testimonial from somebody who listens to Lauryn Hill, Animal Collective and MF Doom. Hurricane Chris A Bay Bay, made this random Hip Hop head celebrate life and get hype. Its safe to say Hip Hop and its people are changing.
Hurricane Chris A, Bay, Bay covers the airwaves all over the nation and not only is it a hit but a potential sign of whats happening in the culture we refer to as Hip Hop.
HipHopDX sat down with 18 year-old, Chris Dooley Jr. to talk about his future contributions to the culture, the Bay Bay Movement and all the non-making hit-makers upset about the current state of Hip Hop.
By the way, the Shreveport, Louisiana native thinks the idea of Hip Hop being dead is stupid. You be the judge.
HHDX: Yo, were here with you right now because youre a little major. Im very excited.
HC: Hey Bay Bay.
HHDX: Hey Bay Bay (Laughs). Well, speaking of the track let me know a little history behind the song. Word of mouth it was inspired by a DJ named Bay Bay.
HC: Yeah, the A Bay Bay Movement the word actually comes from a DJ named Bay Bay. He DJs in a club called Coco Palace, in my hometown-Ratchet City. His presence got so strong in the club that it got to the point that they chanted his name every time he walked in the club. It became so snappy we just made a song out of it.
HHDX: Cool. You must have a dope relationship with Bay Bay.
HC: Yeah, we were all family before all this. Like, family fareal.
HHDX: Okay, so youre mad young. Youre 18. Let me know your perceptions of Hip Hop as culture. What does Hip Hop mean to you?
HC: Hip Hop means to me, being able to make music to express yaself and at the same time put your point of view out there (to the point) where people will be able to vibe to it. Thats Hip Hop to me.
HHDX: Word. So, what did you grow up listening to?
HC: I grew up listening to Mystikal, Pac, Biggie (you know what Im sayin?)the people that was out,. I was born in (like) 89. I was on music as soon as I came out. Whatever was out, I was on that. I was on R. Kelly at a young ageIm a real musician. I studied music. I always liked music. Ive played instruments, in the band and all that. You feel me?
HHDX: Since, youre from down South, explain the culture (down there) as opposed to whats happening throughout the rest of the country. How can we make the distinction between Louisiana and any other state?
HC: You can separate Louisiana from any other state because its a whole different culture, when you come to Shreveport, Louisiana its totally different from any part of Louisiana and Louisiana is different from any other place in the world. My city is distinct on a whole 'notha level. You can go to Baton Rouge and any other surrounding area and then go to Seaport and itll be totally different- as far as the music scene, the club scene and stuff like that, thats why we different.
HHDX: How do feel about whats happening right now in New Orleans or in Louisiana. Theres a huge buzz down there right now. They have Lil Wayne, Juvenile is still crazy, Boosie its really crazy. How do you feel about that?
HC: We just on right now, you feel me? We feel like we all just have to stay strong and click clack together. Thats whats gone make them get out the way and bow down to this movement fareal. We coming. Louisiana.
HHDX: (Laughs). Louisiana in the building. Let me know about the record. I go to school in Mississippi, weve been rockin out to that in the club. Why do you think it took so long to get to the northern or eastern part of the United States?
HC: It took so long because coming from where I come from (Shreveport, Louisiana) also known as Ratchet City- the city's so small that its hard to get exposure. If you aint really somebody that knows somebody, then youre pretty much lost. Like in New York, you can walk down the street and just walk into the J Records building. In Seaport you isnt gone see nuthin like that. You gotta get on an airplane to make something happen. So its really hard.
HHDX: The track is real crazy, its a remix out right now.
HC: Yeah, we got the remix.
HHDX: Crazy people on the remix. How did you make that happen? Did they come to you or did you go to them?
HC: It was just a big agreement. Everybody wanted to do itso we just attacked it. I got Baby, Game, E-40, Boosie and Jadakiss on the remix. We got the video to the remix about to drop. Everybody came together and vibed, you feel me? We made it happen.
HHDX: Were you all in the studio together?
HC: Nah, we were all at the video shoot together.
HHDX: How did it feel to be around dudes like Kiss, who are well respected lyrically and even a dude like Game?
HC: I mean, real recognize real. Thats what that is.
HHDX: Cool. On the track, it sounds like youre sayin White boys actin' Gangsta in da club, A Bay Bay. Can you give me a visual of white boys actin ganagsta in the club?
HC: (Laughing). I said, White folks, gangstas and the thugs.
HC: White folks, gangstas and the thugsit means basically what it say. You come to Shreveport, Louisiana youll see: white folks, gangstas, thugs, old folks. Bay Bay momma be in the club dancin. If you look at my website, youll see the lady on there that Im dancin with, thats Bay Bays momma. We ratchet.
HHDX: Yall ratchet?
HC: We ratchet
HHDX: Do the ratchet? (Laughing).
HC: Do the ratchet.
HHDX: Word. Aiight. What do you look forward to the most? At what point in your career can you say, I made it.
HC: Everything we got going on right nowand its a lot going on, so you never really have time to look at it like that. When you just slow down and look at everything thats going on- the videos, the remixes and the album coming out this fall called, 51/50. When you get a chance to sit down and look at everything, thats when it soaks in.
HHDX: If you had an opportunity to collaborate with anybody, who would it be and why?
HC: A lot of people. I dont have a certain person... that would be too hard of a decision. I cant think of just one person I would want to do a song with. Im way more opened minded than that. Im ready to jam with anybody jammin at their profession. You dont have to be doin a certain profession in music. Whateva level you on in music, I can get on that level with ya. Ya feel me? Whoever jammin Im ready to make hot music.
HHDX: Aiight. Theres a lot of people in the Hip Hop community, how are kind of upset that Hip Hop isnt the way it used to be
HC: What you sayin is that they getting scared.
HHDX: Thats what you sayin?
HC: You sayin they scared because they cant make hits.
HHDX: Is that what youre sayin or is that what Im sayin?
HC: Thats what were sayin. Aint that what we sayin? Both of us sayin that.
HC: The only people who sayin that is the people who dont have hits right now. You feel me?
HHDX: So, youre kinda of dissin the whole idea that
HC: Hip Hop is dead. Yeah. Thats a stupid idea.
HHDX: Its stupid?
HC: Yeah, its stupid. Hip Hop aint close to being dead. We making new music everyday, so how is Hip Hop dead?
HHDX: You dont think the idea of...
HC: Music is how you feel. How you gone tell somebody how to make their music and thats how they feel? Hip Hop is making music that express yourself. If you want to make a song about purple monkeys, runnin down the street. Who am I to tell you whats not Hip Hop?
HHDX: Do you think youre a good representative on where Hip Hop is going?
HC: Im a real good representative, because Im all about versatility. Thats what we focus on. I can make a club banger, I can crank the streets up and have them ridin to my mixtape and at the same time I can have a track like Hey, Bay Bay that just went pop. At the same time I can be headed in the streets sellin 100,000 ringtones in a week. The video droppin and got an R&B fan base, a Mexican fan base and its all about versatility.
HHDX: So, where do you see yourself in 10 years? Youll be 28 years old, still under 30 and youll still be young. In ten years, where do you see yourself? Whats next for you?
HC: In ten years there will be a Hurricane. A Hurricane, A, Bay, Bay car. Ten years is a lot of years. You said ten? I see my record label go live entertainment, I see us off the ground, like we suppose to be: all the way runnin. Polo grounds will be out here fareal, fareal. In ten years you can look back and say The year of 07 was the year that the Hey Bay Bay Movement started. We definitely makin' history.
HHDX: Since you said the A Bay Bay Movement, give me an idea of whats that all about.
HC: Its Shreveport, Louisiana and what we bring to the forefront. Its the Hurricaneits Seaport, period. We got another group called Lava House coming outta Shreveport and they just got a deal. We basically kickin the door down. We letting our people rush it.
HHDX: Anything else you want to say to the fans or readers?
HC: Make sure you get the album 51/50. Get the mixtape. Hit me up on my phone: 225-341-3110, leave a message on there and if I like it Ill put it up on my myspace. Until then, we gettin bread!