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interview C-BO (June 2012) | Interview By: Javon Adams

   C-Bo is legendary on the Left Coast for his ability to spit well crafted reality rhymes. Dubcnn recently caught up with the critically acclaimed veteran most recently hailed for his guest appearance on E-40ís Block Brochure project.

C-Bo talks about his approach to recording, how the Block Brochure opportunity came about and whether or not folks every try to put him to the test while he is onstage at a show. Orca is the project that C-Bo talks about and how he plans on remaining in your eardrums for the foreseeable future. Take a few minutes to get to know C-Bo.


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Interview was done in April 2012 shortly before C-Bo returned to Jail.

Questions Asked By: Javon Adams

Listen To The Interview Audio Below or Download Here

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C-Bo Interview
A Dubcnn Exclusive
By: Javon Adams



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Interview Audio



Dubcnn: Yo, Javon here withÖlegendÖIím not going to say West Coast legend, weíre just going to say legend in the world of rap and Hip Hop. Itís the one and only C-Bo. How are you doing?

C-Bo: Iím doing good man. Iím alright.


Dubcnn: I wanted to start off the conversation and ask youÖI told a couple of my potnas that I was going to be talking to you and they starting listing all of your older stuff. Iím talking about Gas Chamber and ĎTill the Casket DropsÖand I wanted to ask you, the first time that you ever sold a CD or the first time you sold out a show or starting getting hit up for featuresÖtalk about that feeling. Talk about from back then and in terms of now. Talk about that feeling of your music being appreciated.

C-Bo: Well, it was a great thing. It was good that I was accepted as a new artist that did good music. As soon as I was able to get to the city all the cars riding down the street would be playing my music. So it put me in a position where I dreamed to be. You know what I mean?


Dubcnn: Along the way, often times when you are trying to make a dream come true sometimes there are stumbling blocks. The type of music that you do is more hardcore or more reality rap. Do you ever find that youíre onstage and you are just trying to perform your music and people try to cross over and test you in certain ways? To try to see if you are really what you say you are all about. Do you find that people try to cross that line during the course of your career and try to test you?

C-Bo: Thereís been a few times and I always try to see if itís real or not. But Iíve had a few situations and Iíve always come out victorious. *laughs*


Dubcnn: I hear you.

C-Bo: I ainít frontiní either. They know whatís going on with me.


Dubcnn: And when I say thisÖI do a radio show on Dubcnn called Microphone Masters and my co-host and I talk about thisÖdo you find the opportunity to just relax and just be C-Bo and not always having to be Ďoní and an entertainerÖand Iím not trying to say that you are fake by any means. Iím not saying that but the difference when you are entertaining and onstage to relaxing and chilliní with your boysÖdo you find that you always have to be Ďoní so to speak. Like if you run into a fan and they say, ĎYo, I remember you from this and you have to get into that entertainer mode.

C-Bo: Well, Iím just myself and Iím always myself. Iím a mellow dude. I donít really talk a lot. Iíve been through a lot so itís not like I jump back into an entertainer because I just do me. I respect everybody until I feel that you donít deserve my respect. So I talk to anybody. I talk to everybody. I treat people how I want to be treated.


Dubcnn: I hear you. Now speaking of being respected, you are on that new E-40 Block Brochure. I know you are on Hittiní A Lick but I forget which disc. I wanna say 3Öthe song stands out and I have been hearing people that really love your verse. How did that guest appearance come about? And talk about the reception that you are getting from that high profile feature on 40ís album.

C-Bo: Well, you now 40 is like my cousin and he said, ĎI need you on a record.í So he sent it and I blessed it. Iíve been hearing a lot of good response and they liked how I got down on there. But Iím gonna do me. Iím gonna do me every time.


Dubcnn: I wanted to ask you thisÖas talented as you are, and I want to talk about projects that you have upcoming but an opportunity like this when you have even more awareness raised for you does that put any pressure on you to put out a project quicker than you anticipated because of the good reception that you are getting? Or do you just continue as you said and just, ĎDo Youí and let things happen in their natural way?

C-Bo: Yeah, exactly. Iím gonnaÖIím raised in the streets so thatís all I know. And thatís all I can give Ďem. I do meÖI try to switch up a little bit. I went to the South and messed around out there with Pimp C and got my swag, you know what Iím sayiní?

*laughs*

C-Bo: But, you know itís all West. That what we are really getting back to, the basics. Everybody is trying to copy styles so you gotta switch up and stay ahead of these dudes or theyíll all sound like you.


Dubcnn: Thatís true. So you have been doing the independent thing for awhile. Talk about what people should be expecting and what is on the radar for fans of C-Bo and ones that are just introduced to C-Bo. What do you have upcoming and what do you have out now that people can be expecting to check out?

C-Bo: Well, I got the new album called Orca: The Killer Whale of the Hood. I got a lot of features on there like MC Eiht, WC, Paul Wall and a lot of peopleÖI gotta get my list *laughs*. But I got a lot of people on there like my regulars Killa Tay, Marvaless, Lunasic, Dreís artist Slim the Mobster. He blessed a track for me. Itís a nice recordÖand itís street, you know what Iím saying?


Dubcnn: When you go inÖyour recording process are you always recording? Or is it that you say, ďNow Iím going to go in and start recording and figure out the process.Ē What is that like for C-Bo?

C-Bo: Can you repeat that?


Dubcnn: When you go in to record a project do you start from scratch to figure out what you are going to do or are you just always recording and pull things together and say this fits the idea that I have in mind?

C-Bo: I start from scratch a lot. Sometimes Iím just in there recording and I might have some stuff from when I was not even working on a record. You know? Iím just in there working.


Dubcnn: So, youíve been in the game for awhileÖand when I ask this question Iím not trying to tell you to exit at all. But do you see yourself doing this for awhile or taking more of a background approach? Is there an exit strategy or will we be hearing C-Bo for many years to come?

C-Bo: Yeah, youíll be seeing me for a minute. You know, me and Brian Hicks just shot a movie. Itís called Corruption and its in editing (stage) so we are working on that and trying to get that out there. Iím trying to get into this movie thing to and Iím also really finding some artists that can follow in my footsteps.


Dubcnn: The movie game compared to the rap gameÖare there some different obstacles to overcome to get things accomplished on the movie side? What type of challenges are there when you compare?

C-Bo: Well, you know itís differentÖIím writing my lyrics so I know them but somebody else is writing the script and I gotta learn that. *laughs* But making a movie is fun. Itís a fun thing to be in and Iím going to be in that for a minute. Thatís where Iím headed. Get everything locked down in the movies, man.


Dubcnn: I like that. So let the folks knowÖI know youíre active on Twitter and everything so let folks know how they can stay in touch with whatís going on with C-Bo. Any last words for Dubcnn.com?

C-Bo: They can follow me on Twitter my facebook is my real name, Sean Thomas. If you put my name in youíll see the C-Bo thang. Weíre just staying active. Iím going to stay active for a minute. Itís the new beginning man.


Dubcnn: I like that. As a matter of fact we are going to do a part two to this in the near future so Iím going to hold you to that.

C-Bo: Yeah, thatís whatís up boss.



 

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