By Sowmya Krishnamurthy. Bia always knew she was destined for greatness. The Boston native had hip hop dreams beginning in her teenage years, but it was a fated introduction to Pharrell Williams (via her manager Fam-Lay) that skyrocketed her career. Now officially signed to Pharrell’s label, Bia has the music industry’s collective attention and has already earned placement with the likes of T.I., Usher and Jennifer Hudson. Rarely does a new artist have as much heat as Bia. She knows the stakes are high but she’s ready to take it on with full force on this season of Sisterhood Of Hip Hop. Meet Bia.
What made you to want to be a rapper?
When I was young in Boston, probably like 14, I used to hang with a bunch of rappers in the studio. They’re famous battle rappers now. Back then, they were coming up. They used to be in the studio. I used to hit the “record” button for them all the time. I was writing but I didn’t tell anybody until I was 18.
Your rap career rose very quickly. Did you always know it would come so fast?
I would always joke around, “Watch how fast I do this sh**” and they used to be like, “No. I believe it.” It just happened so fast. It took off in a year, a year and a half. When I met Fam, my manager, I knew that it was for real. We had a mutual friend that sent my video to Fam and he called me. This was two years ago.
How do you differentiate yourself as an artist?
You know what’s so funny? I just posted something about doing what I want because it’s different and somebody asked, “What makes you different?” and I said, “Me not having to explain what makes me different.” He got it. If I can say that and you get it, that would be beautiful, because I don’t have to explain it. You already know. I can be myself and I’m comfortable with that. Nowadays, I feel like nobody is comfortable with themselves. We all dress alike. We all look alike. But at the end of the day, there’s something inside you man, that makes you different.
Did you always feel different, even as a kid?
Yeah. I always knew I was a weirdo. I always knew I was crazy. I just knew I was different. I always felt I was supposed to be huge. I used to do everything without knowing what my calling was. When I moved to Miami and got down with Pharrell and Fam, that’s when I knew what my calling was.
How did you meet Pharrell?
He [Fam] just took me right to Pharrell. He had blond hair at the time. He was really cool, man. I wasn’t scared because I felt like it was my calling. God brought me there. I was like, let me be myself. He did. He saw that I was myself and that I write my own music.
Is this really happening, finally after 11 years, Is Fam-Lay finally releasing his debut album?. Well, according to his Instagram Picture, it shows the tracklist to ‘Traintogo‘. Nick from the forum had the opportunity to Interview him 2 Years Ago, where he revealed that they Re-Did all songs that’s been recorded for ‘Traintogo‘ by adding Live Instruments with Brent Paschke & Co. and they call themselves ‘Shark City Clicks’. If you’re wondering how that would sound like, then check out the ‘Head Bust’ tune Original and Live Instruments from the Fast & Furious 4 OST, stay tuned for more Information, thanks to matty.
Fam-Lay – Head Bust feat. Pharrell (Alternate Version) (06′)
Fam-Lay (aka Shark City Click) – Head Bust feat. Pharrell (09′)
Fam-Lay – Traintogo (201X)
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