For most he needs no introduction but for those of you that have been sleeping Big Cakes is an artist that is on his positive grind, this guy puts in the work… countless you tube videos, numerous albums and EPs and they’re all worth a watch and listen. He takes some time out from his seemingly busy schedule to talk to us here at BHH.co.uk.
BHH: Within the lyrics on your new EP you mention a bit about the advice and guidance your parents gave you. If you didn’t have your parents guidance do you think your lyrics would still be similar (guns drugs and violence) to the rap group you were involved with (Zone 2)?
Big Cakes: I can't say what I'd be like without my parents guidance, it'd just be speculative. I’ve been very independent all my life and I had to grow up at a really early age. I do know though that I was able to use their guidance and advice to help channel my energy in the positive direction I wanted to go in. Obviously they live and respect the positive oath I've taken but honestly, they'd probably rather I made party commercial music you know, haha.
BHH: When and why did you decide to change the messages within your music?
Big Cakes: Around when I started recording my first solo project, Keep It Moving The EP. The combination of beats from Nutty P, The Elementz and Iron Ryan helped me express myself from a newly more conscious angle. Released 2004.
BHH: You have your label Stuff Music and in 2009 you co-founded the Peoples Army with the likes of Mic Righteous, Logic, English Frank and DJ Snuff… could you tell us about these please?
Big Cakes: Stuff Music was a label I owned with three friends / family of mine. People's Army is a conscious movement for anyone repping positivity through art. We created it with that spirit in mind. It's a huge network and different people choose to express and speak upon different issues in their in different ways. The original members which includes myself are dropping another mixtape soon, look out for that.
BHH: It is known that your father was a DJ whilst you were growing up, so you obviously had musical equipment accessible to you from a young age. Was it a natural development and also expected by your parents you would go in to the music industry or did they want something different for you?
Big Cakes: Nah they wanted me to go into something different but an apple never falls too far from the tree.
BHH: You are currently seen as a hip-hop artist, what (if any) other genre/s would you like to cross over in to?
Big Cakes: Afrobeats, maybe a bit of grime. I actually done a couple grime songs with some Roll Deep member recently so watch this space. Hip hop, however, is always first in my heart. What comes naturally for me.
BHH: It has been noted that Queen Latifah, MC Lyte, and Naughty by Nature where artists that you listened to when you were younger. What about now? What UK / US artists are you rating?
Big Cakes: Too many names to name right now. There's a lot of people doing their stuff and when I'm recording I don't listen too much to other music.
BHH: Ok, now that people know who you are and what your about its time to get REAL.
At the recent Jump Off event English Frank was branded a racist for saying, “you know what Africans are like”. Personally I feel he meant it as a joke, but with that said its obvious that talking like that could offend some people. There are certain ways to behave and you did an amazing job of keeping things cool as the host for the night, it really could have all got a lot more rowdy than it did.
Do you think that it is time for people to clean up their speech, think before they speak or do you think it was blown out of all proportion?
Big Cakes: Nah definitely I think you have to think before you speak. We live in a multi-cultural society and out of common sense and respect you can't go about voicing certain views publicly without expecting some offence to be taken. I know Frank though and don't consider him a racist, it was in my opinion a bad joke and his immediate reaction to the crowd taking offence didn't help. To me it was a good illustration that as public figures we have to take more responsibility for why we say and how we act in public.
BHH: In a few of your songs you talk about getting no airplay, why do you think that is?
Big Cakes: Firstly, I’d like to just big up all the DJs who are / do, there are a few but generally speaking, I don't know, you tell me. There's a lot of sack Hip Hop on the radio sometimes and I think wow, haven't they heard about mine, his, hers, our new stuff? I'm sure they have. Why do DJs just wanna sit down and wait for music to drop in their laps? Where's the research, where's the quality control? Maybe I'm not working hard enough, I dunno, you have a listen and tell me why they ain't playing enough Big Cakes.
BHH: I really feel its time to continue and make stronger a revolution that started some time ago, to make the world a loving more peaceful place. As a conscious artist what do you think is necessary for a world of peace and love or do you think that will never happen?
Big Cakes: My new album is called It's All Luv out June 25th so I hope that answers your question. Love will conquer everything. Think positive and positive things happen they say.
Big Cakes has many mix tapes and albums available. His current album CCC dedicated to his uncle is available via bigcartel.com and all good digital music sites, to find him on you tube the best way is to type in bigcakes (no space), T-shirts are also available via http://bigcakes.bigcartel.com.
So thats it people… think before you speak, keep on your grind, stay positive and all will be well… As far as the comment about DJs wanting good music to land in their lap… I agree, obviously there are some that work hard and do what's needed, but some need to pick up their game and get representin because if ya haven't got Big Cakes on your playlist… well… it's just all over before you've begun! haha 😉