Video: Boldy James Interview w/ OnSMASH

Boldy James catches up with OnSMASH during his stay in Los Angeles, as he worked on his upcoming EP with The Alchemist.

In our interview, Boldy explains what brought him into the rap game and gives all credit to his cousin Chuck Inglish, who looked out for him and inspired him to tell his story through songs. After serving a few stints in jail, Boldy took his talents to the booth and hasn’t looked back since.

Now, after various mixtapes and critical acclaim in the Detroit scene, he is enjoying the fruits of that labor. Check out Boldy speak on everything from having an image, to the drug game, how he got his name and what the future holds.

Stay tuned for his upcoming project with Alchemist, as we leave you with a verse from one of the tracks.

Previously: Boldy James ft. Logic & Aaron Williams – Take Whats Ours (Video)


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59 Responses to “Video: Boldy James Interview w/ OnSMASH”

  1. Danny Ocean Says:

    you’d think that after as many years in the industry as someone of T.I.’s pedigree put in, as many albums and musical accomplishments as he’s received…

    after a while, they would start to expand their horizons sotospeak. natural progression. not necessarily “falling off.” that’s a strong word with various connotations.

    Clifford is still very much relevant and getting paper. his show on Vh1 with Tiny was dope in my opinion, and he’s overseeing several side projects ranging from his clothing line (lol), to side groups & record labels, etc.

    i respect it.

    nosign rapping at 40 years old unless your name is shawn carter.

  2. Harlem World Says:

    Boldy explains what brought him into the rap game and gives all credit to his cousin Chuck Inglish

    =======================
    iinteresting

  3. Shooter Says:

    T.I’s never been that good IMO

  4. Danny Ocean Says:

    Bricktop summed it up on these boards before, no homo

    just because present day MJ can’t jump from the free throw line anymore doesn’t make him any less of a legend

    you wouldn’t say he “fell off.” he’s put in a career’s worth of work and achievement, and transition into other endeavors.

    at his peak though, he was the one of, if not, the GOAT.

    rap parallels this same analogy. see Nas, see T.I. or any other aged accomplished titan.

  5. Danny Ocean Says:

    Boldy explains what brought him into the rap game and gives all credit to his cousin Chuck Inglish

    ^
    if I’m not mistaken, Boldy and Chuck are first cousins.

    i guess Boldy paying homage…saying Inglish put him on, as he was already an established act and on the scene before Boldy

  6. Das racist Says:

    T.I’s never been that good IMO

    ^^^^^^

    Cosign

  7. whywonttheseniggasSTFU Says:

    swearfogod before this video i had no idea who boldy james was…

  8. Cashmere Cavalli aka Snowbunny Sampson Says:

    The Start Of Your Ending: Mobb Deep Breaks Up On Twitter? Hav Calls Prodigy Gay?
    ^^

    Noyd couldn’t even squash this

  9. Danny Ocean Says:

    say MJ had remained playing with the Wizards until this day. and he was currently under a veteran’s minimum contract, playing garbage mins at the end of the bench.

    Juanita had raped him in the divorce, and rumors were afloat that he had to play because he needed the money, or whatever.

    would he still be the GOAT?

  10. Carlos Voltron Says:

    would he still be the GOAT?

    ^
    How is that even a question?

  11. whywonttheseniggasSTFU Says:

    would he still be the GOAT?

    ^
    legacy definitely tarnished…

    one of the keys to this GOAT shit.. knowing when to make an exit…

  12. Cashmere Cavalli aka Snowbunny Sampson Says:

    MJ pops got wacked over unpaid gambling debts…..he been bout that life

  13. Shooter Says:

    MJ pops got wacked over unpaid gambling debts…..he been bout that life
    ^^^

    roff, wasnt he killed in a random car jacking though?

  14. whywonttheseniggasSTFU Says:

    Shooter Says:
    April 9th, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    MJ pops got wacked over unpaid gambling debts…..he been bout that life
    ^^^

    roff, wasnt he killed in a random car jacking though?

    ^
    “random”

  15. Danny Ocean Says:

    so you’re saying there is a difference between being the greatest to ever pick up a mic, and the rapper who had the greatest career.

    i can agree with that as well.

    Nas is the former. Hov would be the latter.

  16. Cashmere Cavalli aka Snowbunny Sampson Says:

    roff, wasnt he killed in a random car jacking though?
    ===============
    yea by some “supposed” handicapped kid

  17. Danny Ocean Says:

    killed in a random car jacking

    ^
    translation: wacked over upaid gambling debts

  18. Danny Ocean Says:

    would he still be the GOAT?

    ^
    legacy definitely tarnished…

    one of the keys to this GOAT shit.. knowing when to make an exit…

    _________
    so you’re saying there is a difference between being the greatest to ever pick up a mic, and the rapper who had the greatest career.

    i can agree with that as well.

    Nas is the former. Hov would be the latter.

  19. Harlem World Says:

    chuck inglish production >>>>>>

  20. AmpGeez a.k.a. Amphernee Hardaway Says:

    Yeah, they got some songs…I just never much cared to listen.

  21. Harlem World Says:

    t.i nowhere near mj status tho

    jay = mj
    big l = len bias

  22. AmpGeez a.k.a. Amphernee Hardaway Says:

    so you’re saying there is a difference between being the greatest to ever pick up a mic, and the rapper who had the greatest career.
    ^^^

    T.I. is neither tho.

  23. AmpGeez a.k.a. Amphernee Hardaway Says:

    jay = mj
    big l = len bias
    ^^^

    Nah.

    Cause Jay ain’t have the same buzz as L when he started. He was actually L’s weed carrier the first time I heard him spit on Stretch & Bobbito.

    Jay-Z didn’t come in the league dropping 40.

    He had to work at it.

  24. AmpGeez a.k.a. Amphernee Hardaway Says:

    Boldy James catches up with OnSMASH during his stay in Los Angeles, as he worked on his upcoming EP with The Alchemist.
    ^^^

    Could be his breakout project, cuz I know Al ain’t giving this nigga 28 joints to sloth his way through.

    Boldy is a 10 track album kinda rapper. Anymore & you start to tune him out.

    I just hope Al ain’t give this dude none of Spitta or Freddie Gibb’s beats.

  25. AmpGeez a.k.a. Amphernee Hardaway Says:

    *comments in a vacuum*

  26. Danny Ocean Says:

    t.i nowhere near mj status tho

    ^
    of course not.

    I kind’ve branched out from my original point. but in summation, I just wouldn’t necessarily say T.I. “fell off.”

    guys with decade long careers and platinum albums, movies, and tv shows don’t “fall off.” they just fade to black.

  27. Danny Ocean Says:

    Len Bias could’ve been a Darko Milicic for all we know.

    death really does increase the aura exponentially.

    no disrespect .

  28. why? Says:

    Boldy x ALC ep!

  29. Jackson7 Says:

    take shots at LMG, you know we gon’ get back

    CLR

  30. Harlem World Says:

    stalley <<<<>>>>

    i see what ross is doing, he couldnt get wiz/spitta – so settling for stalley made sense

    fits with the luxury rap lane – like this latest tape is cool

    but i dunno, spitta x mikey rocks already got that jet talk lane

    thing i dont like about stalley is his style mimics spittas

    from that stream of consciousness flow to flipping other artists lines into the hook

    and making references to vintage whips, retro kicks, weed talk etc

    and as casket once said “the sonic level 2 dream stage beats” are getting a lil too much

  31. Harlem World Says:

    and then on other tracks he turns into rick ross jr

    “i been wearing in so much gold latetly
    pistol close and its off safety”

    “throw this money up high – and let it fall lazy
    tip drills for the quick thrill”

    stalley that aint you b

    muslims getting tip drills from strippers?!!?

    the rick ross effect <<<>>>

  32. Harlem World Says:

    guys with decade long careers and platinum albums, movies, and tv shows don’t “fall off.” they just fade to black.

    ====================
    truth in this

    ll is a legend and managed to attain all that mogul stuff too

    but if he dropped an album now it wouldnt sell too well

    if t.i retired tomorrow he wouldnt go down as a legend imo

    just a rapper who had a real good run – made some cool records

  33. AmpGeez a.k.a. Amphernee Hardaway Says:

    ll is a legend and managed to attain all that mogul stuff too
    ^^^

    LL never put an artist out.

    He ain’t no mogul.

  34. AmpGeez a.k.a. Amphernee Hardaway Says:

    fits with the luxury rap lane – like this latest tape is cool

    but i dunno, spitta x mikey rocks already got that jet talk lane
    ^^^

    They lack Stalley’s substance.

    He’s more poet then rapper & there’s an appeal there that Spitta lacks.

    Due’s music speaks to the listener on a different level. It might not always connect but when it does, it’s powerful.

  35. Danny Ocean Says:

    if t.i retired tomorrow he wouldnt go down as a legend imo

    just a rapper who had a real good run

    ^
    maybe

    i’d put him in the rap Hall of Fame though…2nd ballot.

    Reggie Miller status

  36. Harlem World Says:

    wiz k’s army of soundclick producers >>>

  37. AmpGeez a.k.a. Amphernee Hardaway Says:

    the rick ross effect <<>>
    ^^^

    It sells records tho & these guys are in the business of selling records.

  38. Danny Ocean Says:

    Stalley balances the introspective raps with the fly talk well imo.

    mix that in with a Rozay-esque ear for beats, and duke is good money.

  39. AmpGeez a.k.a. Amphernee Hardaway Says:

    Cardo >>> wiz k’s army of soundclick producers

  40. Kush Kennedy Says:

    T.I has no quotables

  41. S.I.C.K Says:

    Jihad’s latest effort >>>>>>>

    All hate. bias. aside.

    Gotta give it to him. Well done!!!

  42. jderrida Says:

    TI fell off, MJ too…

    When you produce at a high level and can no longer continue do so, you fell off.

    No if, and or but about it. TI’s shitty music was tolerable for a period until last year. That fuck a mix tape and fuck the city up tape were both trash.

  43. AmpGeez a.k.a. Amphernee Hardaway Says:

    Define…Quotable

  44. jderrida Says:

    TI is mad overrated. Dude start gaining national attention when southern rap was being criticizes for its lack of substances, technical skill and quality.

    When people thought all southern rappers could do was yell on a track and spit basic 1st grade rhythms, TI popped on the national radar and show people bamas could rap.

    Thus he got a lot more praise than his music warranted. He is the token southern rapper. The guy elitist like cause they didn’t want to co-sign Wayne, Bun B or Juicy J.

  45. whywonttheseniggasSTFU Says:

    TI is mad overrated.

    ^
    i wanna say horrible things about your mother…

    but you gave me that website for the free breaking bad… so imma chill…

    but…

    you trippin…

  46. AmpGeez a.k.a. Amphernee Hardaway Says:

    Gotta give it to him. Well done!!!
    ^^^

    This is why things are the way they are now.

    Stop gassing niggas & telling them they shit hot.

    I refuse to click on anything that dude is attached to cause I’ve heard all I need to hear.

    It ain’t gonna get much better then what it already is.

  47. AmpGeez a.k.a. Amphernee Hardaway Says:

    Thus he got a lot more praise than his music warranted.
    ^^^

    Dude has made some bangers as well as some real introspective tunes. He cot flow, style & substance.

    You sounding like a hater bro.

    24′s >>>>>

  48. Harlem World Says:

    i got no patience for a whole project of stalleys anymore

    just a couple tracks here & there from him

  49. tHe kiD fRankiE Says:

    You sounding like a hater bro.

    ^this made me laugh

  50. jderrida Says:

    Niggas is saying that TI is a future hall of famer.

    Future hall of fame candidates don’t have only a few bangers…

    Takes more than being mildly competent and have a few decent singles to get into the hall of fame.

  51. Kush Kennedy Says:

    He has no bars that stand out, that are impressive…

    He does a couple different flows, yeah. But technically, when it comes to bars, I think he’s average emcee. From a strictly rapping perspective.

    Yeah he can do pop songs and make a hit with a sing songy hook, yeah he can do an introspective song, yeah. But I’m talking about bars.

    I don’t really care if you have a flourishing career, it aint my money, it aint my fame. I just care about the music.

  52. Black Says:

    Tip was killing shit fam, cant deny it. From “I ain’t neva scared” to “Swagga Like Us”.

  53. AmpGeez a.k.a. Amphernee Hardaway Says:

    Songs > Bars

    Canibus had bars.

  54. tHe kiD fRankiE Says:

    Tip is a hustler i respect his rise to fame and his career is/was official

    Musically he’s always been meh status to me

    I liked trap music or whatever cd that was w 24s

    After that not too much

    But I respect him career wise

    Ti>>>>>>Luda

    Opinion

  55. Black Says:

    What you Know about That was some shit too. Yeah fuck that Clifford in the Hall.

  56. jderrida Says:

    youtube.com/watch?v=I38MZZBD2rw

    ^^^

    Prodigy speaking on the possibility of hip-hop having a gay genre…

  57. Kush Kennedy Says:

    No sign rappers without potent bars in hall of fame.

    LL was the exception

  58. Danny Ocean Says:

    Clifford rap legacy been cemented.

  59. EnglandRepresent Says:

    I’m on my way to single status inshallah. And when I get there I’m bringing out the power simp moves on these bitches.

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