Ed Note: 'Perspectives' is a new series we're starting at GWHH that will dive into the mind of an artist. Here's rising Chicago artist Blanco Caine, as told to A-J-A (CoverItGirl).
The time has finally come and Blanco Caine’s much anticipated mixtape, “White America” is in the streets and all over the net for download. With classic tracks such as “What You Won’t", "Front My Move" and "Pledge Allegiance", crazy features and production from Bodi Deeder, Mikkey Halsted, Young Buck and Young Chop, White America is summer must have!
Gowhere Hip Hop sat down to chop it up with the man of the day. See what Blanco and White America is all about.
GWHH: For those that don’t know, who is Blanco Caine and how did you get your name?
BC: Back in the day, I was the only "White-boy" growing up in Logan Square an all Hispanic neighborhood in Chicago. I'm Creole. My father is Black and French and my mother is Black and Native American. I'm a business man. I got my hands in several things outside of music that keep me to where I can fund my own career and don’t have to have anybody to make my decisions. I have my own company and artist under me. Aside from that I'm a father with two kids.
GWHH: Some of your songs are really hard; does your music affect your children?
BC: I don’t rap about anything that I couldn’t have a conversation with them about. My son is 9 years old and was just with me and WGCI 107.5 fm played my song for Download or Delete and he was like, "good job...good job!"
GWHH: Being a business man and an artist; is there ever a conflict of interest?
BC: No. Basically, everyone I deal with is like their own machine. I don’t deal with anyone that I have to walk or babysit. Everybody has their own hustle. I just try to give them what they need as I come across the same means.
GWHH: What’s exciting about this music business/pursuing it?
BC: The creation. That’s the best part to make it and see people respond to it with the power of social media and hear honest opinions without them saying "@BlancoCGE" I can just search my name and see them talking about me and I just think that’s the dopest thing.
GWHH: How did it all happen for you?
BC: Some of the guys that I grew up with, they were in rap real heavy in high school. They had the whole school on smash. I’m a creative person so I just would look at them like, “yeah I can do that!” With the last project, we didn’t put as big of a push on it so it was all how people took to it and they really took to the “Fly As Hell” record and that’s what got it all started. DJ Victorious was playing it a lot in the club.
GWHH: Fast forward to today, let’s get into your mixtape, “White America.” What will the people take away from it?
BC: Who I am, why I’ve done what I’ve done and where I’m trying to go. The aim is to take it to a national level to where I got people in all states paying attention.
GWHH: White America addresses all sorts of social issues that minorities such as Blacks and Hispanics face in America like injustice, poverty, drugs, snitching and slavery. All are past and present issues so what’s the solution?
BC: At the end of the day… it is what it is! We can’t just pick up and move to another country because they’re not going to embrace us. We’re so far removed from our old cultures that we came from and mixed up, it isn’t like we can pop up like how all these other minorities can come here (America) and just set up shop…we can’t do that where they're from. Through all the songs you can find some jewels that I drop and giving people something to grasp onto. I even trick them into learning sometimes. Think of it like when the teacher Roland “Prez” Pryzbylewski on the Wire have his students shooting dice and they didn’t even know they were learning numbers!
GWHH: You’ve got some heat on this mixtape! What’s "Front My Move" about?
BC: Being true to yourself. It’s a term that I heard and I embraced it. That’s the type of music I'm representing right now. You don’t have to paint this super huge picture. You are who you are and it’s a lot of people like you!
GWHH: And on “Po Up” how addictive is Fame?
BC: I see some of my peers (and I won’t say names) getting wrapped up in celebrating before they hit the end zone! I be like, "Dude I know you! I know what your financial state is. I don’t know exactly what’s in your bank account but I know what you can't do!"
GWHH: Who’s the next best thing coming...after you of course!
BC: Bodi Deeder! He’s just got this general’s spirit to him. So many people follow and believe in him. When he articulates his music, it’s 100% real and I can say that with complete honesty. I think nigg*s gone really feel him. He speaks for the underdogs; the people that’s been through the struggle. I listen to him more than I listen to me!
GWHH: Other than Bodi Deeder, who else do you listen to?
BC: Meek. Meek Mills be going crazy!
GWHH: Many compare him to Ace Hood, so why not Ace?
BC: Ace can rap! It’s just something about him that just…I don’t know if it’s his personality or what it is but it just doesn’t really command my attention. No disrespect to him! Ace actually had the style before Meek, but I think Meek just took it to another level and that’s got to be hard for Ace.
GWHH: What’s that one track that you wish you had jumped on?
BC: Rick Ross “Hold Me Back”. I’d get personal…that’s my sh*t right there!
GWHH: Throughout the "White America" mixtape, there are references to the Hip-hop’s favorite crime show “The Wire” from HBO.
BC: Man, if I ever come across a lot of money, I’m going to see who I need to pay to get that back on! I know people from Baltimore and they say that actually “Bodie” (the character Preston Broadus) was Avon’s nickname and Avon and Stringer were never cool, but were always enemies! So that’s a lie & folks were mad about that. There was basically no “Omarr” or any of that stuff. So the beef was the Bell family and the Stringer Family. It’s still my favorite show.
GWHH: If you were to play a character in the show, who would it be?
BC: Avon Barksdale of course!
GWHH: So what should we look forward to after White America?
BC: I’m coming with more V-12 Music, Bodi Deeder's "A Free Zone", our collaborations of freestyles on "Gun Range" and more from artists. So be ready!
With 18 tracks on "White America", Blanco Caine Doesn't disappoint! Check it out!
Today Bodi Deeder dropped the video for the "Ballin Frestyle" off of his most recent project Gun Range with Blanco Caine. If you haven't gotten the chance to checkout Gun Range I suggest you do so. Previous fans of both Deeder and Blanco will be very happy, and people new to them will definitely be impressed.
Also make sure to checkout this track that Deeder dropped a few weeks back featuring Mikkey Halsted and The Boy Illinois.