Miami has two faces. It instantly brings to mind money, models, nightclubs, pool parties, and paradise. At the same time, "The Magic City" has a rougher edge sharpened by crime and poverty. Rapper Bobby Biscayne speaks to both sides of his hometown."I try to strike a balance," he states. "People want to dance, party and let loose, and I've got something for them. At the same time, I want to be the voice for those struggling and maintain that street heart."
Bobby grew up all over Miami, and its streets live inside of his music. Watching the Ice Cube hood classic Friday as a child sparked his interest in hip-hop. He watched the music video for the soundtrack hit "Keep Their Heads Ringin'" during the credits and had to learn more. So, he found inspiration within Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Nas, The Notorious B.I.G., Jay-Z, and later 50 Cent. With mom's blessing, he left high school at the age of 15 and chose to pursue music, getting his high school diploma at home and enrolling at Miami's SAE Institute. He learned the ins and outs of the music business, production, and engineering, graduating the program at just 16-years-old.
Simultaneously picking up the mic, he started rapping like his life depended on it."It felt like I had no choice but to make music," he admits. "My dad went to jail. My brother followed. It would've been easy to go that route and do what they did. I didn't. I wanted to do this."
He honed his craft in the legendary Circle House Studios—frequented by everybody from Pharrell to Lil Wayne. Logging countless hours in the booth, he architected a style that's both hook-y and hypnotic fueled by tight bars and vivid wordplay. Releasing tracks online, he drew acclaim and support from StupidDope, HypeTrak, The 305, and more.
In 2015, he crafted his proper independent debut, Dinner At Prime. Serving as Executive Producer, he attracted the talents of producers including PurpDogg [Drake, Soulja Boy], DJ Chino [Pitbull], DVLP [Lil Wayne], and his engineer and frequent collaborator E [Future, French Montana]. The first single "Cream" sees him deliver robust bars over an airy beat, offering up a tribute to the ladies who organize Miami's nightlife.
"The girls run the city's best parties," he smiles. "It's an ode and shout out to them and that whole scene."
The woozy "Paris OG" touts the benefits of a personal favorite strain of Kush, while "Made It" calls directly to the hood with its gritty verses and unshakable chant. "That shows everybody where I'm from," he affirms.
Ultimately, the title Dinner At Prime reflects Bobby's journey and where he's headed—without losing sight of where he came from. "Prime is one of the most exclusive high-end restaurants in Miami," he leaves off. "I had a mindset that Prime is a goal. It's the level I want to be at. I started eating there now. It's a staple of success, and it's also a constant reminder of what I've gone through."
© 2016 Bobby Biscayne