Becoming an artist in any art form is not only challenging, but can lead to a lot of self doubt. One name that shines brightly against all odds is Babygloxk, a resilient artist on an unwavering ascent to stardom. Born from a journey that defies conventional narratives, Babygloxk's life story traces its roots from Africa to the overcoming of internal family tribulations. In the midst of adversity, he discovered his place in music, transforming his focus to music compositions. Babygloxk serves as living proof that dreams are attainable regardless of the obstacles faced. His mission extends beyond personal success, as he seeks to ignite a flame in the hearts of youngsters, urging them to break free from the shackles of doubt and pursue their passions unabashedly. In the face of naysayers who impose limitations, Babygloxk's mantra echoes loud and clear – defy the odds, break barriers, and forge your own path. Fueled by a desire to innovate, his sonic exploration takes cues from the influential SSGKOBE, laying the foundation for a distinctive sound that promises to leave an indelible mark on the industry. As Babygloxk's journey unfolds, it is evident that this is just the beginning of his career that will undoubtedly play a part in shaping music. Continue reading our interview below to learn more.
RIPDAYDREAM: We have received so many DM's from artists in Texas recently and its crazy to see the scene there grow. Your story though didn't start in Texas and I am curious if you can give our readers some backstory to your life.
Babygloxk: On August 16th, 2008, I was born In Congo, Kinshasa, in central Africa, and moved down here to America when I was 3. Living in America for the first time wasn’t easy for me because my parents were new to this environment full of different races and languages. Sooner or later we got used to the new environment. My upbringing in America was difficult because I was a young African boy in a different environment and I was a little hard headed especially when it came to school. I hated school like crazy, I would always get in trouble and get picked up from the school every now and then. Growing up I always looked up to my dad because he reminded me of an older version of me, well he was. Even though my parents didn’t get along and would always fight, I still saw him as my hero. He got locked up several times and it never affected me. Around February 16th, 2020 my life completely changed. My parents would argue which would lead him to doing something harmful to her and police got involved, long story short he got arrested yet again and that was the last time I seen him. Me, my mom, and my siblings moved out the house and started living with my aunt until we got our own house, that was around the time he got out and would visit us frequently. Then he stopped. While he was gone, I started getting in trouble with the law a lot because I didn’t have someone to look up to and tell me what was right or wrong. My mom was always at work so she barely was able to give me the attention I needed as a child. I made a friend during that time and me and him were close. Me and him made so many memories and I looked up to him even though he wasn’t a good influence on me. He was older so he was the closest person I could go to about everything. Last memory I had of him was him getting killed which affected me for a year and a half. It felt like I lost a part of me when he died. Around that year I decided to make music and that’s when my motivation for music started. Fast forward, he passed away on November 27th, 2023.
RIPDAYDREAM: A lot of people during quarantine including yourself were looking for something entertaining while the world was shut down. Music started as fun, but now has become your passion. What about music attracted your attention and where did most of your growth or learning come from?
Babygloxk: X inspired me to make music when I was 10, but I never had the resources. I started making music with my cousin patient and I would drop songs on AudioMack thinking it was the hottest shit ever. I wanted to be like X so bad, that I would use his type of beats and make the same genre of music he was making, but soon that part of me died down and I started focusing on a different sound. When the 2021 - 2022 underground scene was popping off my whole style of rap changed. My ears opened up to so many different artists like Tana, KashDami, SSGKobe, Xhuloo, Maajins, and more. Mainly on Kobe, he inspired me around that time and is the reason why my sound evolved. I started using Bandlab because that was what everyone else was using and it was a very big platform and artists were making careers out of it. My music wasn’t the best during that time because I was using an android and it wasn’t the best mic quality. I dropped my first album in early 2022 called ‘Lost & Gone’ which wasn’t the best but a great start for my career (ps: all of it was made on Bandlab).
RIPDAYDREAM: Focusing now on your discography, how do you think you have progressed since you started? With what you have learned what is the direction you are heading in for 2024?
Babygloxk: My growth from then till now is insane, starting from 300 followers on Instagram, and 89 SoundCloud followers, around October 2022, to 1.4k Followers, and 276 followers on SoundCloud this year. My direction is to start inspiring young kids to do what they want and don’t hold back. People may say you can’t be this or you can’t be that but do not let that hold yourself back from doing what YOU want to do. Your mind is your closest friend but also your biggest enemy, don’t let it get to you too much.
RIPDAYDREAM: Something we want to highlight for you is your cover art and the use of iconic photos. For example, you have the TV show 'The End of the F***ing World' for your Soundcloud profile picture and a photo of Future with Nicki Minaj from what looks like early Hip Hop. Are you a big fan of pop culture and how do you choose your visual aesthetic?
Babygloxk: I used the picture for ‘The End Of The F***ing World’ because I love that show, it reminds me of how my relationship is with my girlfriend (aka wife). I’m not sure on how to answer this question but when I’m choosing my aesthetic I usually go for a dark/grunge vibe.
RIPDAYDREAM: Can you give us a sneak peek into any upcoming projects or collaborations you're working on?
Babygloxk: Yessir, I’m currently working on an EP called ‘#miamiluvhoes’ and another called ‘HAILMARY’. I’m also working on a tape called ‘Epilogue’ and also another called ‘AURIELA’. I’m working on an EP with XanderHill and WACKTIVIST, they are two great artists and I think they deserve more recognition.