Updated: Oct 3, 2019
Bakeman Global, is a New York artist who has truly been making a lot of noise in hip-hop these past few months. With his dope lyrics, flow and versatility, his style and sound could easily be compared to Biggie and Nas. After checking out one of his latest projects “The “Craftmatic”, it is absolutely clear why he continues to capture the attention of hip hop fans and music insiders. At this point the only place left for this Brooklyn lyricist to go, is to the top.
As Bakeman continues to make a name for himself and ride the momentum of his latest project, “The Craftmatic”. Pressed caught up with Bakeman Global to talk about new music, pro basketball, DJ Kayslay, Godsville clothing Line, New York hip hop and more.
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PRESSED: For our readers who have never heard of Bakeman Global, describe yourself as an artist, and let them know who or what inspired you to chase the dream?
BMG: Bakeman Global is a well rounded artist that you can drop off anywhere in the world and he'll have a piece of material relative to that place.. A multi faceted energy that's able to adapt to several different aspects of entertainment. When I was overseas in Australia, I had the opportunity of seeing my friend Darryl "Its Mac" MacDonald perform at a club in Melbourne and although I've seen major artists like, Biggie and Jay Z perform when I was younger, I wasn't inspired to rap until I saw my friend do it.
PRESSED: Emerging from Brooklyn, NY, how important is your hometown to you?
BMG: It's very important being from Brooklyn NY, it's the home to so many legends in the rap game, and it's inspiring and motivating. I plan on adding my name to that decorated list of artists.
PRESSED: What's behind the name Bakeman Global?
BMG: Well... Bakeman evolved from "Baker" which was given to me, because of basketball. In hoops, when you're known to score a lot, they consider that "Money in the bank," which is also know as "Bread." They called me 'Chase', as in the bank, so it all connected. My friend Mac is the first one to call me "Bakeman." The Global is just the tag I have that symbolizes me being a world wide energy. As an artist, I'm confident enough to say, drop me off basically anywhere in this world, I'll be able to adapt and relate.
PRESSED: Who’s your biggest influence when it comes to making music?
BMG: Nobody in particular, but I'd have to say experiences, struggles, and the motivation to change my life and the people around me.
PRESSED: You played professional basketball overseas… What influenced you to step away from basketball to pursue a rap career?
BMG: I played eight seasons of professional basketball in Australia,. I mentioned earlier. Towards the end of my career, I started wondering "What's the next chapter of my life?" So, after I was inspired by my friend, I really fell in love with music.
PRESSED: What’s your writing process like? Do you write lyrics down? Or do you just go in the booth and vibe off the beat?
BMG: I always write songs and lyrics in my notes in my phone, which are backed up to my email. I always have my headphones with me, and I'm often coming up with ideas and bars while I'm on the go.
PRESSED: Most recently, you dropped your mixtape "The Craftmatic” The Shit Y’all Slept On”. What inspired the title?
BMG: Well... I had a collection of records, original and remixes that I felt that people slept on. So once they died down, I re-released them again after my buzz increased and it did really well.
PRESSED: Listening to “The Craftmatic:” The Shit Y’all Slept On”., It seems like you are more attracted to the mid-’90s New York style. Is that because you feel you have to represent for New York?
BMG: No not at all... When I picked certain beats it was based on the feeling those original songs gave me. I'm a lyricist and I'm just drawn to that sound. That was a classic time.... Because of all the changes in the sound of music today, I'm able to look back and not only appreciate the work, but also recognize the impact it had on me.
PRESSED: On your “ Have Mercy” freestyle you said, " You use to look up to a few legends, now it's to a point I don't respect them". What do you mean by that?
BMG: Although, I don't know what's going on in an artist’s life., I just feel like some of the legends, not just in New York, they could have a bigger, better influence on the game and on the direction music headed in.
PRESSED: I noticed your style and flow sounds similar to Biggie and Nas. Is that something you were going for when you started rapping?
BMG: First off, I appreciate the compliment. Secondly, I didn't intend to sound like anyone. Although, I may admire a persons body of work and respect their contribution to the culture. I aim to sound like me.
PRESSED: I see you featured on DJ Kayslay radio show. How did that come about? What was that experience like for you?
BMG: I was in a showcase with 20 other artists and I won first place. I won a case of Belaire Rose, feature in Straight Stuntin Magazine, interview on Street Sweepers Radio, Shade 45 and $1,000. There were so many other dope artists in the building, it was a great experience. Especially, to be recognized by a legend in the game and win, it was a dope feeling.
PRESSED: Did appearing on such a well-known and established platform like DJ Kayslay, immediately help your career? Or it organically happened?
BMG: Yes! It helped my career... Everything I do, win or lose, I feel like I get something out of it. When I free styled on the radio with DJ Kay Slay and got the stamp from him, he also played four of my records that night. I got a lot of dope feedback in the comments from the viewers. There are still a few situations that are about to happen, because of me being on that show with DJ Kay Slay.
PRESSED: There are a lot of lyricists complaining about mumble rappers ruining hip hop. Do you have an opinion on this debate?
BMG: I don't think that they're ruining Hip Hop. I think it's the powers that control what we listen to and what's considered to be popular. Only because, I see it quickly drifting away from the origin of why it started. None of these watered down, drug influenced and uneducated topics should ever be more important than the message.
PRESSED: Why do you think rappers focus less on their lyrics these days? What do you think of the current state of lyricism in the rap scene?
BMG: I think why they don't focus on lyrics anymore is because, of the state of what's popular and the fact that the need for lyrical content isn't pushed. The attention span of the consumer is so short now and because it's a young man's game. The listener want to be able to get it when they hear a song. The amount of artists that make it with dumb down lyrics without a message, compared to those with a message or lyrics who don't definitely influence the content new artists put out. Many artists buy into the new wave because, it has more of a track record of success than not.
PRESSED: Talk about Godsville, I see you always sporting the gear. Is this a new clothing line you launched?
BMG: Godsville is a clothing brand created by my brothers, T Banks and Kenny. We go way back on years of friendship. These guys are my family. Since fashion, music, and sports go hand and hand, it was a marriage that made sense. A lot, of the meaning behind the brand goes with what I believe in. Godsville stands for equality. No matter if you have the most money or status, at the end of the day... "We all live in Godsville."
PRESSED: Is there anything about your creative process that separates you from another upcoming artist?
BMG: Well, I'm always practicing and I take my headphones everywhere. For example, I perform a lot, so on the night of my shows, instead of mingling with the crowd, I'm off to the side listening to my show set in my headphones. People look at me like "Why is he wearing headphones in the club?" The reason why I do this, is because on my flash drive I have over 50 different songs that I can perform at anytime. Based on the crowd, I often change my show set. Some artists have the right material, but at the wrong time. But, when you're in the club, you have a great song for the ladies, but there's 90% males in the venue. It may not fit...
PRESSED: Besides the obvious Nas, Jay Z, Biggie, Wu Tang,… in your opinion what other artist(s) impacted the game?
BMG: More recently, I like artists like Kendrick Lamar, J Cole, and Drake because, they all have added something new to the game. They have the staying power, and they continue to stand out and be different. New guys come and go, but they have the talent to stay. There are still other legends out there like TuPac, DMX, Snoop, Andre 3000 and Eminem that have had big impacts too.
PRESSED: How would you describe the state of hip hop as a whole and why do you think NY rappers are struggling to get back on top?
BMG: It's a young man's game... We are in the phase of the popularity of less educated lyrics and juvenile subject matter. NY had the rugged hardcore era in the past and now we're in the "party" phase in the industry. It's a combination of this and the lack of unity.
PRESSED: What do you want people to get from your music?
BMG: Versatility, powerful delivery, and a feeling that moves them. I just want to leave them with something that makes them remember me. Just observing what's going on and having the ability to stand out. Sometimes you're all alone for a while, but you eventually get noticed.
PRESSED: What’s next on the horizon for Bakeman Global?
BMG: Completing my latest EP entitled A.L.I.V.E which stands for "Adapted to Life In Various Eras," which will be released through a distribution deal with a major imprint, when paperwork is finalized. Also, I had the opportunity to get my feet wet in the acting world. I played some major characters in a few successful web series like Respect Life and The Other Side of Brooklyn. Most recently, I played a main character named Mike, in a short film called Recognition, which will be released this month. Also, I'm one of the top ambassadors for a rapidly growing clothing brand called Godsville. There are major photo shoots, events, videos and appearances we have plan to continue to build the awareness of the brand.
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