Who is Boobie Holiday?
Caleb Llyod aka Boobie Holiday. 21. VCU student. Aspiring rapper.
A few words that define this unique, talented artist. His intellect is not indicative of his age and is years ahead of his peers. He hopes to be the messiah for the failing hip-hop genre and he wants to go down as the best to ever pick up a mic. Here’s what he had to say:
When did you start rapping and why?
I started making music in the winter of 2013. A classmate of mine had passed away that summer and you know I was out of school at the time and really lost in what I wanted to do with my life. I had an epiphany or some intervention in my life that told me, ‘This is what you wanna do, this is what you always wanted to do, so why don’t you do it?.’
What do you identify as your style of rapping?
Some conscious stuff, some trippy stuff, I can come off that old West Coast feel. There’s really no way to describe it, it’s just underwater. When you’re underwater with it, you’re in your zone, like everything is fluid like you’re swimming, it’s a fluid motion.
When you’re underwater with it, you’re in your zone, like everything is fluid like you’re swimming, it’s a fluid motion.
It’s just fluid music that you can ride around and listen to with your friends, that you listen in your room just chilling, when you wanna think, when you wanna turn up, whenever you want.
What do you think of the rap game today in comparison to the ‘90s?
I would say there are a lot more rappers than MCs. My distinguishing factor is that an MC is a master of ceremonies; it’s someone who moves crowds. There are certain artists that can do that with pure words and flow and get on a track and annihilate it and you’re like ‘Whoa, that guy’s an MC,.’ Then you know there’s still a place in hip-hop for rappers that feel like sometimes get caught up in the rap lifestyle and the perception of the rap image. To me a rapper is just someone who is talking.
Would you consider yourself an MC or rapper?
I wouldn’t put myself as either MC or rapper at this point because I’m still tryna find my sound. I make music how I feel; the beat tells me…I hear a story through every instrumental that I hear. Sometimes I want to come off conscious, sometimes I want to come off lyrical, and there’s a lot of conscious rappers…most people believe MCs can only be conscious, it’s not the case. Sometimes fewer words carry a lot more weight.
Tell me the story of your LPs and mixtapes.
The first project I ever made was Garcias, Gracias Volume 1. I started working on that project because of a girl honestly. She was telling me this and that about this Joey Bada$$ concert and was telling me about all his music and I was really familiar with it at the time. But you know when you hear a girl you like go on and on about a rapper and I was like ‘You know what I need to do something with my life, I need to make music.' So I put together a little something, it was 12 songs and a bonus track, Octopu$$y, so you know 13 songs. I made it for my family originally for Christmas, I gave them each a copy of my project for Christmas. Some of them thought it was a little inappropriate but all of them said ‘You’re good, you’re talented.’ I didn’t even know how to work GarageBand, Logic, any of that back then. I was straight recording and playing around with it and I like the way it came out. So I gave it out to friends and family just to get something off my chest to put something online to say I did it. I am still proud of that project to this day, it’s not as high quality but everything that was on there was real and heartfelt.
On the Island came out next around my birthday last year, March 9th. That project was a little more me just showing people that I’m maturing with my flow and my words and my song choice, and that was me learning how to use Logic or GarageBand and all those things. I did the majority of On the Island at Hampton and that meant a lot to me to record it out there because that’s where it all started. 3souf was born in Hampton. That project meant a lot to me too that’s why I released it on my birthday. I just wanted to show people that I was evolving. So I dropped two projects in a three-month span, I was releasing music really fast.
But, I’m at this point where I haven’t put music out in almost a year and it’s because I realize I need to take my time because that was the third step of the evolution. That’s why I’m wrestling with March 9th as the date I’m going to release new music. I’ve been working because I want to give people something special, I want to give people quality, something people remember and be like, "Aye man, that kid Boobie Holiday dropped a f*****g classic. Why do we not know this kid?"
How did 3souf get started?
3souf got started in Harkness Hall, which is an all-boys dorm, the only two dorms you could get in your freshman year at Hampton. 3 South was the only floor without an RA, we were self-governed and I met my life-long friends there, that’s where I learned a lot more about music. 3souf put me on to TDE, and I put them on to A$ap. We always put each other on to music. Then one day, we decided we’d start rapping in the room and start freestyling to these beats we always listened to. It became a nightly thing and people all across the whole building would go come to our room at 333, that’s where that 333 comes from, and they would come and we would have sessions and cyphers. That’s where that transformation happened where I stopped looking at myself as a kid and started to look at myself as more of a man. When you go off to college, I was 17, so I was still looking at myself as a teenager. I became a man in 333.
When you go off to college, I was 17, so I was still looking at myself as a teenager. I became a man in 333.
I can tell you endless stories but 3souf is Scuba, that’s my producer, one of my favorite producers, and we have a project coming out soon too called Above Sailboats. Then there’s Daigo, I always told him he had a gift and he’s actually working on something right now too. I’m really proud of him. There’s Flyod who goes by Tre Tre 3, long story but you know 333 s**t.There’s Kid the Peacemaker, who’s all the way out in New York. We all came together on that floor but we all went to separate schools later on. I mean that’s the way the universe works. But we still keep in contact, we’re still making music, we’re still love getting trippy as ever, we are planning this takeover essentially.
What made you decide to go to college instead of focusing on rapping?
That is the greatest question anybody has ever asked me…my mom. I can’t stress how much she believes in me. Over the summertime, this last summer, I was struggling with wanting to come back to school, I didn’t know when I was going to graduate, my friends were going to graduate in May. I had no job, no money, no income, no weed, I wasn’t happy, no girl. My girl was in Baltimore at the time, it was just an unhappy time. I called her and expressed my frustration to her [mom] about not being able to make any music and she put $50 in my account so I could go record a song. She trademarked my name that summer and I realized this is the only thing she wanted me to do in life. I’ve made a lot of mistakes, nobody thought I could graduate. They told her not to send me back to school after I got kicked out of Hampton and she did anyway because she believed in me.This is that last thing I have to do for her and then I can start making her happy.
This is that last thing I have to do for her and then I can start making her happy.
My top five greatest rappers of all-time are: Kanye West at number one. At number two, 50 Cent. At number three, I would have to say Nas. Four…I’m giving it to Pac. For number five, imma have to give to…it’s gonna surprise a lot of people but, a guy out of Atlanta named Key!
What do you want to do for hip hop when it’s all said and done?
When it’s all said and done, when they say Boobie Holiday…I want to be the greatest performer and the greatest artist of all-time. Hip-hop is a dying box. This genre thing is holding a lot of people back and holding them back from getting accustomed to different sounds of music. As a culture, hip-hop might limit some people’s willingness to expand in music. This s**t originated from some place, it came from jazz. I want more jazzy beats, more live instruments, elevated to this electronic side. I’m not very fond of the electronic stuff personally, I know it’s hypocritical, but I’m open to dealing with different producers that make different types of music. Jimi Hendrix was a great performer, a great artist who had great albums. Pac, changed the world positively. Cudi, John Lennon, people like that. I wanna be the bar, I wanna set the bar. Shout out 3souf. - S.G.