For our second official FVRTHERMORE Exclusive we sat down with Bay Area veteran B3hree to discuss his new album, Death Of A Salesman, his roots in the Bay Rap, and his new music with Nump. Hit play on the latest video “Broke Hoes” below and check out the full interview as well!
Tell us a little bit about how you first got in the music game?
B3hree: I first got introduced to the music industry around 1998. My cousin T-K.a.s.h was the hype man for The Coup and was the host at a radio station KPFA in Berkeley with Davy-D called “The Friday Night Vibe.” I Executive Produced his first 2 albums and we successfully sold 5,000 copies of each out trunk by the year 2000. After that I began my journey doing music management / artist development.
FV: Growing up in the Bay Area, who were some of your first influences to rap?
B3hree: Born & raised in the Bay Area my introduction to Hip-Hop started in ‘82 at an early age due to my cousin establishing the #1 break dance crew in the world today ROCk 4ce Crew . So my first major influence was samples and break beats then I became fascinated with rap artists such as Run DMC , Kool G Rap , Geto Boys, Big Daddy Kane, EPMD, Special ED. Then around ‘89 when rappers from the bay area started putting out music such as Cougnut, RBL , Too Short , 11/5, I was hooked.
FV: Can you tell us about some of the major tours you've been a part of?
B3hree: I've been lucky to work on tours & many shows through the years with artists such as Zion I , Berner, Mistah FAB, Nump, Roach Gigs , Ezale, Young Chop, Jacka, Hoodstars, Too Short, Turf Talk, T-K.a.s.h, & many more .
FV: What was the inspiration for your debut project "Death Of A Salesmen?"
B3hree: My debut project Death Of A Salesman was inspired by me craving more so I stepped into the role of an artists. The whole concept behind it was that I'm killing a certain persona and moving onto a new life.
FV: You and Fredo Algebra have great chemistry on tracks, can you talk a little bit about you guys' creative process with it comes to songwriting?
B3hree: Having Fredo Algebra on my project is a great honor not only because he’s musically talented but he my cousin. So when we get together and create its comes easy cause we both share the same passion and we know each other cause we're family. So our chemistry is seamless and it just flows.
FV: What is your take on the current state of Hip Hop in The Bay?
B3hree: For me the state of hip-hop has strayed far from what the fundamental meaning and culture of what it stands for it's in a state transition. As far as the Bay Area's take I feel we have always set the trend. I like the direction we are going as a region. Our sound and energy is what's pushing threw right now and is having major influence on the industry. I'm very much proud of the progress we've achieved.
FV: You're working on new music with Nump and we've been blessed enough to hear a preview. Can you tell us more about what's to come?
B3hree: I have a new single I'm pushing called Broke Hoes ft. NUMP aka Mr. I Got Grapes. I already have a other project done I plan on releasing before the end of the year and plan on putting out more content.
Be sure to tap in with B3hree on Twitter at @B3hree454 and also stream his new project “Death Of A Salesman” available now everywhere music is streamed!