Interview by Selena Reyes

Where did your artist name come from?

“I used to go by “Lil Boogie”, I used to be intrigued by the Boogie Man as a kid and I felt like that would be the best nickname for myself.”

What is your real name?

”Alain Ousmane.”

Where did you grow up?

“I grew up in West LA/Santa Monica.”

How would you describe your style?

“ Ihave a unique style. From rapping to singing and poetry all in one. From my catchy hooks to different languages. My style is pretty Old School with a little bit of this generation's type of music.”

Do you feel your upbringing influenced your style?

“Yes for sure, I discovered my sound not long ago and I’m still discovering more about myself and what I’m capable of doing.”

Do you feel being bilingual allows for a larger creative space?

“Yes but not as much as the production can.“

If you had to introduce someone to your music what song would you play for them and why?

” would start off playing Relax so the listener can see all of my abilities in 1 song.”

Would you say your music is diverse/ can be felt universally?

—Or is it framed to fit a certain crowd?

“My music can be enjoyed by everyone. It’s easy to vibe to my songs. The melodies and the beats make you instantly move.”

What was your first track? -How does it differ from your latest track?

“My first track was trash. I’ve had ALOT of growth with my music.”

Who was the first person you opened up to about your music?

—What was their reaction?

“My mother, who always pushed me to do music from my reactions to music as a baby and my interest. She always loved and attended my choir days as a kid and listens to all of my songs now.”

A lot of people describe your style as old school, why do you feel that is?

“I can for sure see that.”

What inspired your track “Relax”?

“I grew up listening to Pharrell and always wanted to make a Neptunes type of song and Relax was the perfect fit.”

What song do you feel is your best song?

“I don’t have a "best song". I always make better & better music which ends up... being my “best” or “favorite” song until the next 1 is made and the same feeling comes back.”

What inspired you to pursue a career in the industry?

“My passion for music and knowing where I know it can take me.”

How do you feel about the current state of rap in L.A.?.. Do you plan on expanding your music and making tracks fully in the French language?

“I will for sure work with Artists in France which will require to make music in French. The current state of rap in LA has it’s ups and downs. But I never let it affect me or inspire me. I stick to my own sound and style.”

Take us through your writing process ... do you prefer to write alone or in company?

“It all depends on the vibe. If I’m working on a project I write alone. But if we are making a song that can possibly be a single or a visual most of the time it’s a lot of us in the studio and I’ll just write on the spot while I record.”

Are there any rappers and or producers you would like to collaborate with in the future?

“Yes. Pharrell, Rick Ruben, Cardo Got Wings & Dr.Dre.”

What advice would you give a younger Boogie Fre$h?

“Stay focused & Invest in yourself.”

Do you feel you would still be pursuing music had you followed that advice?

”For sure and I would've been way ahead.”

Do you have a preference between singing, rapping, and producing?

“All of those have 1 thing in common, “Music”. No reference, I just love Music.”

What should fans look forward to in terms of your unreleased tracks?

“An EP dropping this year with nothing but Player vibes.”

What is your ultimate goal with the music?

“Eventually have my own label & business. Help other artists who deserve it.“

Top 5 artist, you keep in rotation:

”JayZ, Snoop Dogg, Pharrell, Boogie Fre$h, Nipsey Hussle.”

What’s next for Boogie … What are you currently working on for 2020 personally and with the music?

“Releasing an EP soon. A lot of crazy visuals. And for a short period of time, I’ll be releasing a lot of singles. Like 1 a week.”

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