CHIEF ROCKA BBP
One sunny Wednesday evening earlier this summer I met up with Steady Rock of Boom Bap Professionals at his label’s HQ in South London for a quick interview.
Steady, on your (bandcamp) site Boom Bap Professionals is described as an independent record label specialising in authentic Hip-Hop. With this in mind, what can you tell me about the artists who are currently signed and what it is that makes them fit so nicely under your umbrella?
All the artists share the same love for good hip hop music and culture. If an artist is serious and puts in the necessary grind, works as hard as me and pushes and inspires me then that is what drives the movement.
So if you had to sum up your label in once sentence…?
Keep it boom bap!
How are you finding Bandcamp? To my knowledge I think you were one of the first acts I noticed using it a few years back and it seems to have caught on rapidly.
Yeah, good man. It was something that I discovered at a time when I was looking for something like that really and it’s been good. I’m glad it’s caught on with people and I discover a lot of new records through it and directly supporting the artists and independent labels is a real bonus.
Released at the end of last year, how did the collaboration Phenomenal Steaz with Oliver Sudden and the guys from JustGot come about?
Well as you know Oliver Sudden have been working together for some time now and this release was something that he had been working on for a while and I had already put out some of his other material. The JustGot guys had been chatting with him about getting behind the release so it was all good to have them involved when we put the album out.
What separates BBP from other emerging UK based Hip-Hop labels?
I’d like to think we are all doing the same thing really to be honest – putting out music we believe in so I wouldn’t separate us. I just do what I know how to do, the way I want to do it and the way I want to represent the music and the label.
I understand you’re building up/adding to the roster rather quickly at the moment. Why have you decided to expand upon BBP as a home for multiple artists instead of simply a self-run label for your own projects?
It’s just a natural progression really. I like working with artists and seeing a project through to release and nurturing and supporting talent so if I like what someone is doing and they wanna work together then I’m open to that. Enthusiasm and a good work ethic are what I look for in people.
I know from our previous conversations that you’ve got a lot in the pipeline. What can you share with the HCHQ readers? Have you any exclusive information you can put out to people for checking this interview online?
Well I just dropped the Benny Diction & Able8 album ‘Life Moves’ but yeah there’s a ton of stuff I’m working on including a new Prose album and a few more artists I’m talking with about releases. After B.O.M.B drops there’s some new projects coming to the label that I’m just in the final stages of wrapping up….stay tuned!
A BBP showcase is listed as one of the headlines at this year’s Boom Bap Festival. What can people expect to see from your label at Boom Bap 2013?
Damn, we are all so hyped for this! Last year was dope and this is gonna be even bigger!!! Last year we had a Prose set and a few of the artists had sets and appearances but this time we are pulling it all together under the BBP banner including a few special guests! Go buy a ticket if you haven’t already and shouts to all the artists and labels representing.
What’s next out on BBP and when?
The next release will be the B.O.M.B project from Luca Brazi from Granville Sessions & Oliver Sudden. It’s produced by those two and is dope! It’s due for release soon.
A lot of people are rocking your BBP t-shirts, self included. Are they still available? If so, where from?
Safe man, appreciate that! Yeah they are….from the Bandcamp or BigCartel sites. Look out for more stuff coming soon too!
Finally, any shout-outs?
Shouts to Holdin’ Court of course! My BBP family, all the artists I’ve worked with and am yet to work with and especially all the fans that support us and the records!
BBP Website: www.boombappro.com
Words: Luke HC / Image: The HC Archive