There have been a few stay-at-home themed music videos popping up over the last couple months, but “Outside,” the lead single from OG Bobby Billions debut album Holy Goat, is the first one I’ve seen come out of Dallas.
The Oak Cliff born-and-raised rapper had been developing his sound and working on the album for a couple years, but it only took two hours to throw together “Outside,” now his favorite part of the gospel-inspired record.
It sounds pretty good. So, we called up the up-and-coming local artist to get acquainted.
When did you start making music?
In 2016 I recorded my first song, but I’ve been around the music scene for a long time. My high school friends were into it. They were already rapping. I wasn’t really rapping back then, I was just the cool guy around. Then even when I was in Houston, my roommate, his name was Ray P., he had songs that were on the radio out here. So, I watched him record in the closet, in the closet studio, and then the next couple days you’d hear it on the radio spinning, and spinning it out in the clubs…some of those situations influenced me to say, you know what, I can do this.
Tell me about how Holy Goat came together.
Originally my first album was going to be totally different. It was going to have a lot of the songs that are going to be on my next project … A couple years ago when my old man passed, I kind of just changed it up. I wanted the project to be more holy … I wanted to sound like there was angels in it. So, I started, I wrote the song “Amen,” which is one of the songs on the project. And from there I was like, I want to turn this into the whole project … I want to add more Gospel to the project was kind of my attitude.
The album is really, in my opinion, like a street gospel type of feel, type of sound. It’s deep and it talks about a lot of a lot of the things that I saw growing up in Oak Cliff, but I wanted to add more church to it … I was raised by my grandparents. I was heavy in the church when I was a kid, you know? I would go to the church three, four times a week, going with my grandma. I wanted to include all of that.
The lead single, “Outside,” was a last-minute addition. How did that come together?
I had the whole project together without “Outside” and some of my friends were kind of in my ear, like, ‘I think you should add one more song, it’s missing something.’ In my mind, I already loved the project and had a vision. But, you know, I do listen, I’m a person who likes to hear feedback, I like to hear what people think and I do take that into consideration.
That was the most rushed song I’d ever done…he tells me that, then two hours later I wrote the song. I called it back and sang it to him and he was like, ‘Oh yeah, bro, that’s the one!’
I always feel like my last song is my best song.