According to Boosie Badazz, the artist formerly known as Lil Boosie, he stays constantly moving and busy but it’s for a cause. He is one man who plans on making a difference in a lot of lives through charity work and music. Not that he’s any stranger to philanthropy, since he has been giving back to the Baton Rouge community for as long as he has been in the music business.
Boosie Badazz, originally from Baton Rouge, LA, started out in the business music when he joined the group Concentration Camp, as the youngest member at the age 14 in 1996. Not one to rest on his laurels, at 17 years of age he recorded his debut album, the aptly-titled “Youngest of da Camp,” (Camp Life Entertainment, 2000). In 2008, he founded his own Bad Azz Entertainment record label featuring his own group, Da Click, then his imprint Bad Azz Entertainment in 2009. Bad Azz Entertainment was rebranded and refocused into “Bad Azz Music Syndicate” in 2015. However, this is only the business side of what made the man who he is today.
Simplicity in motivation is key in Boosie Badazz’s life, because he speaks passionately about giving his kids a better childhood than he had. This motivates him to go harder and harder. Seeing the response his fans give him, his music and his style, he sees it as a blessing.
But he isn’t without wisdom, especially when it pertains to starting out in the business because he’s been there, done that.
“Focus on making hit records and big records. These streets are too dangerous to be a rapper for 6, 7, 8-years straight, you’ll be dead by then. If you’re going to give it, give it your all. You gotta believe in yourself – most of the time people not going to believe in you.”
This brings us to his charities because a person earns merit by what he can give back. Baton Rouge and Dallas, Texas can always look forward to Boosie Badazz’s generosity through his give back philosophy. Even though it’s bikes, turkeys, book bags and such for the holidays, it’s the greater benevolence that’s true to his heart. Though he had his brush with a kidney affliction (he has ultimately beaten it), diabetes is another cause he believes in. Diagnosed with diabetes, he hosts a diabetes basketball game twice a year in Dallas, where all the proceeds go to diabetic kids in Texas who need needles. There are also undisclosed plans for programs in Baton Rouge but it’s all about trying to push things back into the community to give kids something to do.
“I been giving back to the community for a long time. My city and people love me so much because of my heart. I was once the kid who had nothing and no rapper or nobody ever gave us nothing, and I used to be wishing when I was a kid.”
The artist who gave us “Zoom,” and “Better Believe It,” and appearing in movies like “Ghetto Stories,” does know about the hustle and the network. It’s conversation (networking) vs. talent (hustle). As networking is important because of the interaction, it’s the gift that hustle makes its success.
“All my boys on my bus with me, when I get off the bus I let them out as vultures. It’s conversation. They go up to anybody they see that look like they got money and it’s about conversation, it’s about networking, about building a relationship with people. Sometimes the relationships are bigger than the money.
“Hustling is a God-given talent, that’s why some people have a stronger hustle than others because God didn’t give people all that hustle like he gave most people. Hustling is providing, whatever you can provide. There are a million hustles in this world, you just gotta grab one.”
- Joseph Walker, III
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