Interview With Artist, Entertainer & Talk Host ‘Bo Dean’

Tell us a little about yourself?

My name is Bo Dean. I am a music artist, educator, talk show host and all-around entertainer.

How did you come up with your artist name? 

Bo Dean was a family nickname that they called my dad. They started calling me little Bo and in middle school, I ran with that as my nickname. When I started rapping,  I turned that into my artist name. It stands for Best Observer Dat Ever Analyzed Nature.  

How long have you been in the music industry? 

11 years 

How did you get started in the music business in the first place? 

Music has always been a passion of mine so once I decided to take it seriously, I did the necessary steps to get my music out to the public and it’s been a dope journey ever since.

How would you describe your latest single? 

Came A Long Way is a song about starting from the bottom and making our way to the top. I paid my dues, been through my trials and tribulations, now it’s time to reap my rewards. 

When can fans expect the visuals for the single?

The visuals are already out. Check it out and enjoy!! S/O to The Film Legends for their videography work on this. 

Who are your inspirations in the music industry?

Jay Z, Michael Jackson, Lil Wayne, Fabolous, 50 Cent,  Drake and Kendrick Lamar.

How do you go about writing a song and what is your process?  

Different songs bring out different feelings. So whatever the beat is speaking to me is what I will write about. And if other artists are in the room and I’m drawing inspiration from them, that helps the writing process go faster as well. 

What is the concept behind your forthcoming project if working on one? 

My most recent project is a collaborative album with artist/producer Kahsan,  entitled “The Relic” which means an object surviving from an earlier time, especially one of historical or sentimental interest. 

We name the project this because it will withstand the tests of time and remain valuable and deemed a “classic.” In my opinion, that’s what a classic is. Music that withstood the tests of time and is still held in high regard. That’s how this album we be looked at. 

Any plans on touring to promote your latest single?

Yes, we plan on travelling in 2022 to promote our release. 

What did you buy with your first check off music?

More CDs to burn more copies of my album lol

What are must haves when your in the studio working?

Good vibes, juice and fewer people as possible. 

What is the best piece of advice in this business you actually followed?

Have everything in writing.

Will you be collaborating with any other artists in the future?

I plan to work with a plethora of talented artists in the future in all genres. 

What artist have you had the pleasure of working with and what was it like?

Industry artists I’ve worked with were Crooked I, Freeway, Project Pat, Futuristic and Story of The Year. They were all great learning experiences. It was pretty cool to see how other talented artists create. 

Name an artist(s) that you would love to work with?  

I would love to work with Fabolous. That is my favourite artist. I know we’d make a classic…

Do you think your music is mostly enjoyed more for the beats or for the lyrical flow and content?

Although my beats slap, I would say the latter. I have a lot of dope content that I talk about and my flows are always creative so it makes the song more intriguing to listen to. 

What area do you need to improve on in regards to your career? (Example: Better production, Delivery, Stage presence, etc…)

Marketing is the most important area I need to improve on. 

What’s your all-time favourite song? 

“This Place Hotel” by The Jackson 5

What was the last album you listened to?

Nas – Magic

Your favourite artist of all time and why?

Michael Jackson. The most innovative and creative artist of all time. He had a great work ethic and displayed excellence every time he faced us with his presence artistically. 

Whose your favourite five artists right now? 

Jay Z, Rick Ross, Snoop Dogg, Lil Wayne, Fabolous and Camron. These artists have all moulded me into the artist that I am today. If you listen to my music you can hear some of these artist influences in what I do. 

In your opinion who is the most influential and successful artist in your genre today and why?

That’s. A tough one. Maybe Lil Wayne as far as an artist goes. The Wayne era was crazy. He popularized, dreads, being a blood, tattoos, autotune, and most importantly being consistent with putting out content and having bars. There were a billion Wayne clones during that era. Great times. His influences are still with us to this day. 

Who have been some of your favourite artists that you’ve been able to work with? 

Kahsan, T Dubb, Sal Calhoun, Tef Poe, Rockwell Knuckles just to name a few. 

How do you feel about the current state of music? 

It’s great, music is always changing and evolving. People get caught up in what the industry puts in our face but we have a whole entire indy and underground scene that’s keeping real music alive and well. 

Any dream award shows you hope to one day play at?

The Grammys and BET Awards.

What is your main goal as far as music?

To become one of the best to ever do it and also use this to catapult other endeavours. 

Who would you say your music relates to the most?

Yes, it definitely does. 

What separates you from other artists? (What’s makes you  different?)

My content and versatility. You won’t just hear me on a hip hop record, I can do all genres and I plan on expanding on that as time progresses. 

When your not in the studio, What do you like to do for fun and relaxation?

I practice MMA, I like to go to cigar lounges, go to the movies and chill with good company. 

If you could work with any producer who would it be?

 I would say the justice league, I Leo what they do with rick ross. 

What’s the biggest highlight of your career thus far?

Getting better as an artist. Constantly evolving.

What is your dream venue to perform at?

Madison Square Garden.

What’s the name of the last book you read and by whom?

Hustle Harder, Hustle Smarter by 50 Cent.

What’s your favourite sports team and why?

The Los Angeles Lakers. I grew up on Kobe.

Whose your favourite actor or actress and their best movie?

Omari Hardwick “Power”.

Name someone famous who inspires you and why?

50 Cent, he constantly reinvents himself and excels in every field he pursues.

What can we expect from you in the future?

More notoriety, success and wealth. 

Where can the fans check out for your music?

All streaming platforms and stores.

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