When it comes to a musical drop, there is nothing quite like a comeback track. And, proving that this is definitely the case is San Diego-based rapper Biggie Babylon with his new track “All In”. Following on from three album drops and a pause in his music career, the track is laced with defiance and inspiration as we hear the rapper speak on his rise from humble beginnings and his all in approach going forward in the music industry. Constantly switching between his melodic vocals and rapid rap flow, a trickling guitar solo plays under deep synths sounds that reverberate throughout the track, allowing it to stand as a glimmering example of its pop and hip-hop genres.
“It was a different style of music than most of my previous music but it felt right and it made sense for me. I took the track home and played it for my wife who said she didn’t like it. But when I heard her singing the hook later that night from a different room, I knew I had something! Turns out that it has become one of her favourite songs of mine,” explains Biggie when speaking on how his new track came to fruition.
And, what is a rap anthem without an accompanying music video filled with scenes of the casino, red lights and rappers making it rain? Directed by Damien Sandoval, the video is a poetic display of the rapper’s musical journey as we see encroaching vices push Biggie to the brink of giving up just before he places a risky yet successful bet with the physical embodiment of his blood, sweat, and tears. And, with this infectious track coming from the rapper’s highly-anticipated upcoming album Coronado California, we can expect more Travis Scott-esque displays from the artist as he continues on his journey to rap domination.
Listen to “All In” below…
Hey Biggie! We are almost halfway through 2021, how has this year been for you so far?
2021 has been one of the best years of my life so far! Business is booming, my music is being acclaimed worldwide, I just had my second daughter born, and I recently dropped seventy-five pounds so I am as healthy as I have been in a long time. Plus, I live in San Diego which is one of the best cities in the world. I am truly blessed.
With everything that happened last year, do you think it affected your creativity?
The pandemic definitely affected my creativity over the last year. The whole world shut down immediately and life completely changed. Everything that I was used to rapping about in the past was no longer relevant. How can I keep making club bangers when all around people were dying, nobody was outside, and there was no foreseeable end in sight? I didn’t want to fake it so I just stopped, took a break, and focused on my family and my businesses.
You considered giving up music last year and even stopped listening, why is this and what pulled you back into the scene?
My momentum in my career was going crazy and everything just came to a halt. For a while there I didn’t even want to listen to music anymore let alone create it. It was very depressing for a while because nobody in the world knew how long it would last or how deadly the virus really was. But towards the middle of the pandemic, there were signs showing that the virus was bad but not as bad as they first made it out to be. It kind of gave me a second wind and I knew that I had to be prepared with new content and be ready to go all in once the world opens up again.
And you’re back with “All In” talk us through your production process and your mindset going into the single?
For the first time in months since the pandemic, I met up with Thom Genius, who not only produced “All In,” but is a good friend. We were in his garage, which he calls “The Dungeon” smoking on some really good Babylon’s Garden weed and just catching up. I mentioned to him that I was thinking about not making music anymore. He was really upset and reminded me about all the things I have accomplished and how close I was to really breaking through. We debated for a little but ultimately we decided to record another song. He played me a couple of fire beats that he had made during the lockdown and I instantly fell in love with one. That same night we started writing and soon we recorded “All In” right there in his garage in San Diego. It was a different style of music than most of my previous music but it felt right and it made sense for me. I took the track home and played it for my wife who said she didn’t like it. But when I heard her singing the hook later that night from a different room, I knew I had something! Turns out that it has become one of her favourite songs of mine!
The video is super cool as well, what was filming it like and working with Damien Sandoval?
Damien Sandoval has been at the top of my dream list of directors for quite some time so I asked my manager to reach out to him and send him the track. That same night I got a call from him and he said he loved the track and wanted to direct the video for it. He came up with some treatments and we chose one, set a shoot date, and made it happen! Damien and his crew are very professional and outstanding at what they do. We had about forty people on the set between the crew and actors and it felt like we were making a movie! I can’t say enough about how pleased I am with how the video came out and I look forward to working with Damien again and again! We are actually planning another video right now so stay tuned!