Atlanta-based emcee Bambu de Asiatic presents the DJ Pocket-directed music video for “The Good Life”, his new Croup-produced single featuring Yamin Semali, Supastition and Simms Serenade. “The Good Life” appears on Family Matters, Bambu’s new album out now also featuring Cappuccino Meeks and Jon Doe, BLKMjkjr, Ugeorge the Emcee, Sum, DT of The Difference Machine, DJ Pocket, DJ Fudge, Binkis Recs, and Audessey of Sound Sci, as well as Ben Hameen, his crewmate in Collective Efforts, which released four albums in the US and two in Japan (stream “I Get Down” featuring Diamond D, Nicolay and STS9). Bambu’s debut was 2011’s Inspiration EP (stream on Bandcamp here and watch the music videohere). Bambu says his new album features “some of the most talented emcees, DJs, and producers that I have befriended over the last 20 years on the Atlanta underground Hip Hop scene. I put this project together because I wanted to shine a light on how many dope artists are connected to this local scene. I wasn’t able to get everyone that I wanted to work with on this album, but the artists that I did collaborate with represented fully!”
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What inspired you to name your album Family Matters?
Everyone who contributed to the album are good friends of mine and we all grew up on the same ATL scene. I consider all of them my ATL Hip Hop family and I love and respect each of them. We have witnessed each other grow up over the last 20 years, so it made sense to call the album Family Matters. We all supported each other back then and we still support each other now.
Do you think you gain the majority of your fans from performing or online activity? Why do you think this is?
At this stage most, if not all, of my new fans/supporters come from online activity. I’m not out doing shows and touring behind this project, so I don’t have the opportunity to meet new fans that way at the moment. Not that I wouldn’t love to get out and do shows, it’s just harder now to find the time it takes to prepare and set up these shows. My number one focus is my family and the majority of my time is dedicated to my wife and my children. Not to mention and I have 9 to 5 that eats up the majority of my day already. Who knows though? Maybe I’ll be able to squeeze in a show sometime this year.
How do you feel your time with Collective Efforts translates into the fanbase and attention you’re receiving for your solo work?
I feel like its translating well. The core supporters that were there for CE from day one are definitely showing support for the solo work. I think that it will take a little time and consistency to really invigorate the rest of the CE fan base, but the response to the project has been much better than I anticipated considering that I had not released any new music over the last 4-5 years.
How do you feel about the direction hiphop is going in?
I don’t love or hate the direction Hip Hop is going. I simply accept the fact that Hip Hop will forever expand and change. I refuse to be the old guy that talks bad about all the music out in Hip Hop now. There are still dope emcees representing and doing their thing….then there are other people in Hip Hop making music that I just don’t like. I just support the emcee’s that I like.
What are your plans for the next year?
I’m going to continue to put out dope music. I am working on a project now to follow up the Family Matters album that will hopefully be ready by June and I have an idea for a mix tape that will hopefully come to fruition in the fall. Ultimately, the goal is to live my life and put out music for people to love or hate for as long as I can.