Bubba B the MC: Canadian Hip-Hop Artist Profile

Updated on October 6, 2017
KPM2017 profile image

Karl has been a freelance writer for over 10 years. He's passionate about music, art, and writing!

MC Bubba B
MC Bubba B

Bubba B the MC grew up with music permeating his life. He was the third of four children and the youngest by some margin. Ever since his earliest days, his ears had been filled with music and words. He points out, “I was in a unique situation because my mother used to sing to me as an infant. Later on, I learned that, prior to being a housewife, she was an author, a poet, and a singer.”

His siblings and his father also helped shape his musical landscape. B says, “I had two older siblings, considerably older than I was. By the time I had awareness and comprehension, they were already playing instruments. My dad also played rhythm guitar in a soca/calypso band, so that’s where the rhythm came from for me.”

B's father was a pipe fitter and a welder who helped to build Northern Alberta’s oil infrastructure ‘weld by weld’ so he was away for much of B’s childhood. When he came home on weekends, especially on Saturdays, he’d play music. He adds, “Saturdays were his decompression time. He would play a bunch of records. He had a world-class home audio system and he played all of the good stuff. He played Smokey Robinson, the Temptations, and the Miracles. He played soul, R & B and the music of the Civil Rights movement.”

While all of this was going on, B’s older brother got into early hip hop and rap music. He’d teach him new dance moves and B would spend hours practicing all of the different locks and breaks. He continues, “A few teachers at school wanted me to teach the younger kids dance moves at lunch hour, so I started getting into choreography and teaching kids different moves and how to link them all together.”

There is one event that helped shape his identity as a hip hop artist. He was in the car with his father and his sister, after a family outing. B says. “My little sister was in the back seat, my dad was driving and I was in the front seat next to my dad. He was playing Whodini’s song Freaks Come Out at Night. It had this groove that was so tight. I looked at my normally strait-laced father and he was tapping his hands and getting into it. I looked back my sister who is five years younger than I am and she’s in the back seat nodding her head. I realized that there were three generations all with different mindsets all under one groove. Hip hop had the power to do that!”

B has worked in all levels of the music industry from DJing to radio to writing rhymes. Initially he started out as a party MC. He explains, “I was the guy that people would call when the party sucked and they needed to kick it up to the next level. It was great and I loved it. I loved the power, the control and appreciation for my art form to be used in that way.”

When he moved into radio, a trend that bothered him came to his attention. B says, “I was getting lots of requests and I started to feel that a lot of our listeners were not adults, they were young people. I realized that a lot of the music that was coming out didn’t really have a positive message. Throughout my career, I would say that 98.9 percent of my music has been positive or had some kind of inspirational message to it. I wasn’t talking about ‘big booty girls’. My music actually had substance and texture.”

He adds, “I was getting kids calling and requesting songs that were completely inappropriate for them. I wanted to provide kids with songs to turn to that would help them feel some kind of positivity. My music was also for the parents of these children. I wanted to create something that will be influential to them as well.”

Writing rhymes starts with an observation or an experience for him. B says, “I’ll think about what I’d say to my child as a parent about that topic or how I’d explain to a group of kids. After that, I start from scratch. I’ll have the idea for the melody or the bass line or the drums and then I’ll build a chorus, build verses, refine it and then bring it to the studio and lay it down.”

One of the challenges that B cites in his career is the influence of America on Canada’s music industry. He says, “Pound for pound, dollar for dollar Canada is punching way above our weight. The biggest selling country artist of all time is Canadian, one of the biggest adult contemporary artists of all time is from Canada. We should invest in the industry we have here, we shouldn’t export our artists and our art works to the U.S. just to get some kind of recognition or affirmation here on our home front.”

A broader challenge has been establishing a homegrown hip hop scene in Canada. B explains, “I was called upon by the CRTC to speak on behalf of the artists in Calgary and the hip hop community. I was part of the reason why Standard Radio was handed the first hip hop radio station license in Canada. I believed that we had a strong enough community in Canada to have a brand of radio stations that catered to local hip hop/R & B music that focused on the creation of a national identity and a national vibe.”

Unfortunately, B points out, Canada still doesn’t have a 24/7 hip hop/R&B/urban radio station. He says, “It’s sad because we have all these incredible artists working their butts off and selling records but we have no homegrown station to support us.”

The future is “wide open and sky high” for him at the moment. B says, “I’m carving out my own lane. My brand is expanding. I’m thinking about ways to get the positivity, my songs and my inclusive imagery in front of as many eyes as possible by doing live performances, workshops and by touring. I want to provide a beacon of light for people who are disassociated and disenfranchised.”

B is in a creative space right now, so he isn’t listening to a lot of other artists who might influence him. He finds creative recharge in other areas. He explains, “I do a lot of deep water running for breathing and cardio, I rest, I meditate, I read, I listen to stuff that I’ve done in the past to see how I can retool and rework it.”

Mostly he likes to connect with the demographic his music and artwork tend to inspire and influence; families, kids and parents. He explains it like this, “Now that I'm a father of an amazing ‘hyper-aware of their surroundings’ little person, I've become even more focused on the goal and especially the best message and example for the next generation of musicians and artists coming up as possible.”

Questions & Answers

    Comments

      0 of 8192 characters used
      Post Comment

      No comments yet.

      working

      This website uses cookies

      As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, spinditty.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

      For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://spinditty.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

      Show Details
      Necessary
      HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
      LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
      Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
      AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
      Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
      CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
      Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
      Features
      Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
      Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
      Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
      Marketing
      Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
      Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
      Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
      Statistics
      Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
      ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)