Country music and Hip-Hop may have different life perspectives but both genres have a story to tell. Sonny Bama, a musician from Alabama, brings elements of Country and Hip-Hop into his music.
Bama began his musical career in 1997 when he started work at a radio station called WYOK-FM. He eventually left radio a year later to start a recording studio. In his studio Bama did production for many local artists as well as record his own music.
Growing up in Alabama, Sonny Bama was exposed to both Country and Hip-Hop. Bama mixed elements of both genres to his music.
“I have a lot of respect for both genres,” said Bama. “They talk about different lifestyles but for the most part the stories are the same.”
Bama claims many Country and Hip-Hop collaborations only exploit the two genres. Stating if you’re going to mix genres it has to be done right.
Every musician has a story to tell, Bama is no exception. Lyrically, Bama likes to veer away from material items and keep his lyrics 100% authentic.
“I don’t like to talk about bling,” said Bama. “I tell my story. I make music for the Blue Collar working class, my music is for the 99%.”
Making music can be challenging explained Bama. He learned you must be willing to take risk to make it in the music industry.
“People are looking for music they can relate to,” said Bama. “You have to be able to think outside the box and be original.”
Bama has a new album to be released on May 21, 2013, called “The long Way Home” which he claims to be his best work to date.
To find out more about Sonny Bama visit his website http://sonnybama.com/