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How did you come by your stage / brand name?
Well, I never really liked the idea of “Lil” this and “Lil” that, I always thought it was overpopulated and I felt the “bigs” needed more justice. The first rapper I ever heard was biggie smalls and my mother is from Brooklyn so growing up he was a dope figure to me.
Then came Big Sean and I was in middle school/high school when he blew up and I also took into his craft and flow. When it comes to sailor baby though my original name was sailorjerrrry because when I moved to Miami it was the first liquor I drank and I remember falling in love with it at first sight before even drinking it and that night I created the Instagram account sailorjerrrry.
But I decided not to rap with it because of copyright ya know? So I figured I had so many women call me “baby” in my life it just nuzzled right in. And finally in the spiritual sense of me rebirthing my image from an old life.
When did you discover your love for your craft and what made you realize you wanted to pursue a career in it?
I discovered it early on as I can remember because my mom had given writing utensils and notebooks before kindergarten and my dad played guitar, and I heard all the great growing up. Michael Jackson is my first role model then Usher and Chris Brown. I always wanted to pursue singer rapping and songwriter for as long as I can remember.
To what or whom do you accredit your sense of style?
I accredit my style so many and many of talented legends and current artists. My mains ones as the groundwork of my craft would be, Michael Jackson, Chris Brown, Drake, Lil Wayne, Big Sean, and somehow Russ With a Kanye mindset all smashed together that’s basically me
On your current project, how did you come up with the concept?
My current single debut release 5/19 “Drive Da Boat” by Big Sailor Baby. I basically wanted to debut with a light side of me, some nice and upbeat that you can just play and catch a melody too. I wanted to keep it simple but also introduce myself at the same time. It’s hip hop but with an early Lil yachty vibe to it.
My next single debuts June 5th as just a quick release to balance the energy that drives Da Boat throws off. “Moonlight” is a piece that will be off of my first debut album “Pocono Dope” which is going to marketed mostly towards my hometown in East Stroudsburg, PA the Poconos. It will detail the undertones and dark to the light transformation that took place in my life and where I grew up is the place that made me who I am today so I just wanna represent them and advocate for good change.
What are some of your greatest challenges, and what is your greatest attribute when it comes to your work ethic?
My great challenges were learning to deal with the traumatic things I experienced in my life or ultimately had put myself through. Learning to love yourself is a key factor in successful mental health recovery. I believe pain is my biggest attribute because it is my driving force.
If I forget the pain then I’m doomed to put myself through it again, so I put it into my music and a lot of the time no matter if the song was happy or not…to sing it or rap it in the way I do comes from a source of pain that drives me to be so passionate about it if that makes sense
Are you the best at what you do in your opinion?
I believe I’m best at connecting very different things that I’m good at in a way that helps me to be so independent and free with my music. Everything that I like doing whether it’s writing, drawing, editing, singing, marketing… it all serves to help craft my style and image as a person and artist. I would consider myself entrepreneurial
What are your plans for the near future?
My plans are to expand My website bigsailorbaby.com and my brand “SoBelow By LivRaw” which is essentially Big Sailor Baby merchandise. I want to build a community of advocates for drug abuse and mental health awareness and allow for blogging and featured stories.
Is there anyone you’d like to thank, any shout outs?
I want to thank god, my parents, my brothers, Kiril, And my boys back home in the 570.
How can fans find you?
What suggestions do you have for other artist like yourself?
I suggest if they want to be taken seriously they need to invest time to sacrifice the silly things and all distractions.
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