We had the good fortune of connecting with Bleep The Bastard and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Bleep The Bastard, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
I’m from the East Side of South Central, Los Angeles. Growing up, I witnessed a lot growing up. Drive-by Shootings. Murder. Crime. Addicts.

Somehow, I made it out.

I often wonder if Harriett Tubman had survivor’s guilt. Is that why she kept going back for more of her people? I find that the motive behind many of my moves, decisions and creations is the young, highly impressionable Black boy stuck in the hood trying to figure it out on his own.

Leave it to the systems put in place for them, they’ll grow up believing fast money is the way out, their gang is the love they need and their enemy looks exactly like them. Nothing could be further from the truth. Knowing this, I strive to create systems and platforms that provide HONEST testimonials, solutions and resources from those who live or have lived in similar circumstances.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
A younger me wanted to recite my poetry over beats. I guess that would be considered a rapper. lol But, rapper has such a bad connotation to it nowadays. Labels wouldn’t sign me because I didn’t want to be the gangbang rapper that generally comes out the westcoast market.

So, the older me is focused on creating a platform where the younger me could flourish being himself as an artist.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’m not too outdoorsy. But we’d definitely get up on some coffee and emails at the Hilltop in Inglewood. Then, a turkey burger from Fred’s on Slauson. Other than that I’m either at home or Recordbook Studios in North Hollywood.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Shoutout to Moms. Man, life could have went in so many other different ways if she wasn’t a headstrong single mother. Back then I didn’t understand not being able to wear a baseball cap. I didn’t understand why I couldn’t wear red or play with water guns. I didn’t understand the discipline growing up. But I get it now. I credit the whoopings and punishments for keeping me out of jail. My mom loves me and even though she may not say it, it shows — and that’s all that matters.

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