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Artists that have a mentor-protege relationship with other rappers gather so much knowledge through their time together. When their time comes to take on the industry on their own, they’re already well-equipped for the task. For Bleu, Boosie’s lessons were valuable.
“I learned a lot of the stuff that I do right now as far as just based on what I saw him do, like building his estate and shit like that,” said Bleu. “He used to take me over to his house when it was getting built and when I saw Boosie had a big ass basketball court, NBA style, I’m like I got to get me an NBA-sized basketball court. I saw that nigga had the big ass pool and shit. I wanted the same thing.”
“He didn’t even have to say shit. He just wanted to motivate a nigga that’s already got hustle in him. You ain’t even got to say nothing to motivate them. All you got to do is just show them, and it just motivates them, you know what I’m saying?”
In 2019, Bleu left Columbia and Boosie’s Badazz Music Syndicate and found a home at Meek Mill’s Dreamchasers imprint. Meek initially wanted to sign Bleu but they were only able to work out a management deal which Bleu was fine with anyway. If it weren’t for Boosie believing in his protege’s talent, Bleu may have never had a chance to branch out the way he is currently.
“We just understood that I wanted to go the independent route and he fully understood what I wanted to do,” said Bleu. “When I tell a lot of people that I’m independent that don’t necessarily mean that I don’t fuck with Boosie and his label.”
There are situations where rappers are caught up in contracts and the label heads won’t let them go that easily. Thankfully in Bleu’s case, Boosie is very reasonable showing he was fine with Bleu running on his own, so long as Boosie got his return from his investment in the young star.
“I came to Boosie and told him I still wanted to rock with the brand but not signed to Columbia no more,” said Bleu. “I just wanted to rock independently, without a major label and Boosie was cool with it. He just wanted me to give him his profit and participation on the albums that I had left with him and I did.”
“I was going to do that either way whether we had a contract or not because I had albums still left with him and he ain’t have to let me go. He ain’t have to let me go free and go sign a deal, you feel me? But he did. So it like, shit. I respect the man and we got a different type of relationship. I’m still Badazz though. I’m Badazz for life.”
Check back with HipHopDX for our full interview with Yung Bleu. In the meantime check out his Instagram page @bleuvandross and follow him.