Interview |B2D Talks Bellavino Billionaires Music Group, New Music, & The Business Side Of The Industry

Ori­gin­ally from Col­or­ado and now resid­ing in Aus­tin, Artist B2D cred­its the suc­cess of his music to the demons of soci­ety that haunt him. Fans tune in to this exclus­ive inter­view and get up and close with B2D.

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MJ: Thank you for tak­ing time away from the mic for this inter­view, your time is appre­ci­ated.  For those who aren’t famil­i­ar with you as an artist, tell us who you are.

B2D:   My Name is B2D which stands for Born 2 Die, and I’m an artist & CEO of my record Label Bel­lavino Bil­lion­aires Music Group, which I just estab­lished a little over a Year Ago.  I’m very ver­sat­ile as an artist and feel like I shine most in my music when I share my pain. I love art in all forms, but I nev­er been to good with a paint brush, so what I can paint with words is way above stand­ard.

MJ:  When did music become a major part of your life? Was it teen­age years or even young­er?  Also tell us when you real­ized music was no longer a hobby or a pas­sion.

B2D:  I was a fan of music and it played a major role in my life before I could even talk. As a I use to bob my head or dance to music all the time, the vibe was just there. I was always pas­sion­ate about music and I would release music for free all the time.  I nev­er took a look at it like a busi­ness.  But once I star­ted to take my music ser­i­ously and wanted to make a liv­ing from it, best believe I made a lot of mis­takes.  I work very closely with a child­hood friend that’s very suc­cess­ful in the music industry who is guid­ing and man­aging my career.  A year from now life for me and my team will be very dif­fer­ent on the pos­it­ive end! Blood, sweat, and tears, we know we have to put everything we have into our dream or we won’t get any­thing out of it, or see any res­ults.

MJ: You take pride in steer­ing away from “fake rap­pers who rap about situ­ations they nev­er been through”.  Why do you think that has become so trendy lately? What spe­cific­ally about your music sep­ar­ates you from those rap­pers?

B2D:  Music is music.  I really dis­like rap­pers who talk like their Tony Montana flip­ping kilos and killing who­ever they have beef with or make it big from false stor­ies in their raps. The twist to all of this non­sense is real street cats, the young ones more so feel like they really have to prove that they are real to the world and they will go rob some­body or lay some­body down then get on a track and brag about! It’s not smart and doesn’t make any sense busi­ness or music wise.  The trend right now is a catchy hook and an auto tune verse.  People use to steal the Migos deliv­ery but now rap­pers will go with whatever single is hot at the moment and steal that deliv­ery wheth­er it’s Drake or 69 Kat, or who­ever.  What sep­ar­ates me or my music from oth­er artists is simply me!  I’m not try­ing to be any­body else. When it’s time to record music I put all of me on the records and I give fans the real me and my real life.  I don’t front or lie on my tracks to look cook or gain fans.

MJ: It takes a real emcee to share their per­son­al life, mis­takes, encoun­ters with the law, run­ning the streets, etc. with the world and fans!  In the world we live in today the media and press tend to shy away from artists who speak upon “their past of hard knocks”.   How do you feel about that?

B2D:  I don’t agree with that I feel like they always bring up the past and they nev­er talk about the pos­it­ive changes they have made in their life.

MJ: Besides being an Artist you are also in the pro­cess of build­ing your own Record Label. Gives us some insight on the label, and the new com­pil­a­tion out now under that label.

 

B2D:  Build­ing a label is a lot of hard work.  I’m con­stantly grind­ing and mak­ing sure that both myself and artists are get­ting the most effect­ive expos­ure. The hardest part is deal­ing with some artists. Some artists think they deserve a lot of money once their album or single drops.  Or they think they know everything when they haven’t been signed in the past. A lot of artists lack the know­ledge of the busi­ness side of music and that is one my goals with the label. I work dili­gently to edu­cate artists… I will say this though, the new com­pil­a­tion has me and a few of my artists on going hard from begin­ning to end. Since the release we have been receiv­ing a tre­mend­ous amount of pos­it­ive feed­back.  We are pol­ish­ing up on another com­pil­a­tion that will be released in a couple of months.

MJ: You have col­lab­or­ated with some major artists. Do you have a top 3 of oth­er artists you would like to share the stage or stu­dio with?

B2D:  The top three artists I would like to col­lab­or­ate with in the stu­dio is NbA Young Boy, Icewear Vezzo, and Money­bagg Yo.

MJ: B2D wears many hats! Tell us about the cloth­ing line and the winery.

B2D:  I star­ted mak­ing wine nine years ago.  I was taught by a retired cook on a cruise ship. I titled the wine Bel­lavino and I dis­trib­ute it through events, fash­ion shows, and online at www.BellavinoBillionaires.com.  Bel­lavino Bil­lion­aire Appar­el is also avail­able at shows and events. Right now no oth­er hats are get­ting put on until the Label Bel­lavino Bil­lion­aires Music Group has a level of skyrock­et suc­cess!

MJ: With so much on your plate as a true entre­pren­eur has, what is your secret to bal­ance, espe­cially with fam­ily?

B2D:  Bal­ance comes from mak­ing a sched­ule and mak­ing sure you make time for what’s import­ant every week.

MJ: Who are some people who have an influ­ence on your life and career?

B2D: 2pac inspired me to rap and Adrain Swish inspired me to turn my pas­sion of music into a busi­ness. See­ing someone else come up doing what I love to do inspires me, haters and non-believ­ers inspire me, and most import­antly my daugh­ter inspires me!

MJ:  What’s up next for B2D?

B2D:  More music and act­ing.

MJ: As we wrap up is there any­thing else you want the world to know about your­self and your label?

B2D:  Roll up some weed or whatever it is you might do and pre­pare your­self for the show Bel­lavino Bil­lion­aires Music Group is about to give you!

Stream “Bel­lavino Bil­lion­aires Squad Com­pil­a­tion” below 

https://www.datpiff.com/Adrian-Swish-Bellavino-Billionaires-Squad-Compilation-mixtape.900523.html

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/bellavino-billionaires-squad-compilation/1399669987

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MJ is Hip Hop Blog­ger, Pub­li­cist, Book­ing Agent, Act­iv­ist, but fan first and fore­most. “Hip Hop saved my life, it is only right I give back to the cul­ture”!

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MJ Savino
MJ is Hip Hop Blogger, Publicist, Booking Agent, Activist, but fan first and foremost. "Hip Hop saved my life, it is only right I give back to the culture"!