Lyricist, Ball Greezy, strolled through the Carolinas and talked shop: Release of Bae Day II, father
While he’s more of a dominant artist throughout the streets of Miami, Florida, Ball Greezy has a softer side that only close friends and family get to see.
Oh, relax! We aren’t trying to squander his name or revoke his B-boy card at all, but if he’s expected to rhyme against melodies such as Nice & Slow, and produce dope albums like Bae Day, wouldn’t he need to be the least bit sympathetic, especially towards women?
During a brief stop through Charlotte, NC, Ball Greezy held a listening party at Queen City Basement, home of Metro Proponent Office and Studios.
Though the artist seemed a little sluggish just from touring, he still agreed to chat.
“I heard about the love in Charlotte, so I had to come and witness is for myself, and of course the empire situation that I’m involved with now. It’s my promo run for the new record that I got called, “Nice & Slow.”
“It’s spreading right now, and I’m just touching basis with the radio stations that’s been playing me. As for the ones that haven’t been playing me, I want to get them on it.”
Ball Greezy said that he dedicated this track [from the album] to the women.
“There isn’t any songs on the album that’s downgrading women. It’s uplifting them,” he declared.
“I felt as if women were the ones holding me down and uplifting me to keep going. They were telling me, 'Bae, you can do it!' That’s why I named the record Bae Day. I got part 2 coming out on Valentines. I wanna keep it sort of traditional. That’s the big inspiration behind that.”
Ball Greezy wrote the entire album—He collaborated with other artist to give the tracks a little sexy mixture.
“On the first album, I had Billy Blue, Mike Smith, Lil Dred, that’s the one with Nice & Slow. I did everything else on the album. That mix was so good that the new mix has Snoop on it, Trina, Tokyo Drift and Pleasure P.”
According to Ball Greezy, renowned artist pay attention to what’s on the radar, and then they reach out according to what’s hot at that moment.
“That’s with anything—even with women who's dancing in the exotic club. The older dancers that see the new performers that come in, who have potential, they get a hold of them first and keep them around; and they take them with them like apprentice, to get money. That’s the same thing with rappers.”
The technique seemed like a page torn right out of movie, The Players Club.
“If they want the new person, they got to go through the old to get to the new,” he imparted.
His theory isn't far-fetched at all. In a roundabout way, that’s exactly how he broke into the industry.
First of all, Kinta Cox, or known to fans as 'Ball Greezy' was born into a musical family. His father was a guitarist who played soca, calypso, among a few other melodies. His dad would host parties out of his home, that was something like a disco hall.
Well, Ball Greezy’s older brother, [another entertainer in the family], aspired to be a rapper. He was the one that helped to launch Ball Greezy into the Miami market in a more off-the-cuff kind of way.
At 14-years-old, Ball Greezy’s music subsisted at exotic clubs throughout the streets of Miami. He collaborated with the likes of Gorilla Tek, Trina and Uncle Luke, before signing his first deal with ICON Music inc.
The masterful rapper collabed with other Miami natives like Flo-rida, Pit Bull and DJ Khaled—He’s teamed up with other artist that aren’t from the feisty streets of Miami.
Now, after earning his musical war-scars, Ball Greezy is a vet, looking at the next round of up-and-coming rhymesters.
If he likes a person's sound, he'll work with that artist.
"To me, the new artist has a sound that's like hip hop and rock & roll. I don't knock it. A lot of that stuff is fire. I don't do that kind of music, but I listen to them every now and then.
My son listens to them, and I hear all that’s coming out his room. I ask him, "Who is that?" when I hear it— It makes me feel old," laughed Ball Greezy
"My son is twelve, but he'll ask me if I heard certain music... It makes me feel really old."
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