There’s a hot new rapping sensation on the map! If you are a huge fan of Eminem and Lil Wayne, you will absolutely love Island Def Jam recording artist Baby E and his mix of rap, rock, and pop music. He recently released his new single “Sugar Don’t Let Me Down” and his debut album will be out in mid 2013!
Baby E recently chatted with Celebrity Teen Scoop about his new single, how he broke into the music industry, and which artists inspire him. He even gives us an inside look at what he likes to do for fun when he isn’t recording or performing!
CTS: Tell us a little about your background. When did you first start singing?
Baby E: I started singing for a hardcore band and playing shows when I was 14. I left home at 17 to tour the country with my homies. I’ve been exposed to a vast range of cultures and influences over time, because I’ve moved around my whole life and went to a new school every year. I had a vision of the music I wanted to make, so I got in the studio to perfect my own unique sound.
CTS: How did you break into the music industry?
Baby E: I released my first mixtape online and started pushing it in the streets. I was lucky to have a song with Juicy J and production from Lex Luger on the mixtape. Soon after, I caught the attention of a few major labels and I ended up flying around and having meetings to find the best situation. While in LA, I met Dr. Luke and we really clicked and saw eye-to-eye on my project. He signed me to his publishing company on the spot, and I signed a record deal with Island Def Jam the same week.
It was a crazy and fortunate situation. I was living on my friend’s couch in Virginia and had $2 in my pocket when I signed my deal. I felt like I won the lottery! [laughs]
CTS: Who are your musical inspirations?
Baby E: I have so many. To name just a few of my favorites, I admire The Notorious BIG, Prince, Eminem, Three Six Mafia, Journey, and Lil Wayne.
CTS: Are you writing your own raps? What do you draw from for your lyrics?
Baby E: Yes, I take pride in writing my own stuff. My lyrics draw heavily from my own life experiences and emotions. I like to let my fans in on the good, the bad, and the ugly, in hopes that they can relate and find peace in their own experiences.
CTS: Tell us a little about “Sugar Don’t Let Me Down” and the new album you’re working on.
Baby E: “Sugar” felt really natural to make. I freestyled over the beat and ended up keeping the first take for the hook. The lyrics came easily, because the situation I wrote about was happening when I wrote the song. I’m really stoked on how the song and video came together.
Making the album has been a wild ride! I really put my blood, sweat, and tears into the songs and found myself in the process. I got to work with a lot of my favorite producers and it really brought my vision to life. I can’t wait to show the fans…the anticipation is killing me!
CTS: Who would you love to open for in the future?
Baby E: I would be super stoked to open for Eminem!
CTS: Where does the name Baby E come from?
Baby E: My mama named me Ethan Lowery and my homies always called me Baby E, so I just went with it.
CTS: What do you like to do for fun when you’re not performing?
Baby E: I like to party. I like… I like to party. (techno voice)
CTS: Where have you performed?
Baby E: I’ve performed everywhere, from basements in NYC to a sold out crowd at The Observatory in Orange County. I love to be on stage! I feel at home there.
CTS: What kind of music do you listen to today?
Baby E: I mostly listen to myself. Outside of that, I like to listen to classics. I don’t really have time for much else.
CTS: In what direction do you see yourself going with your music? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Baby E: My sound is going to continue growing and evolving as I do, so it’s hard to say where it will go. What I do know for sure is that I’ll spend the next 10 years spreading my message and working very hard. I think all of my hard work will manifest into the empire I plan to build. I see myself being in the position to make a positive impact on the world.
CTS: Where would you be if you weren’t in the music industry?
Baby E: In my grandma’s trailer park planning a bank heist… or something like that. [laughs]
Click here to view Baby E’s music video for “Sugar Don’t Let Me Down.”