The number of legendary hip-hop acts to come out of New York City is too high to count. Each borough of the Big Apple has contributed significantly to the culture. A few times, boroughs have combined to bring forth memorable material. One example is the late, great Harlem emcee Big L’s work for the Bronx-based collective, the Diggin’ In The Crates Crew. Though neither party ever saw mainstream success– Big L was murdered before blowing up and DITC dissolved due to creative differences– together, they have a classic catalog that will go down in history.
One NYC outfit today is looking to fuse together the artistic magic that the Bronx and Harlem have to offer again. The group in question is Boss Baby Entertainment. Though the COVID-19 has slowed many down considerably, Boss Baby is still out here moving. The label is grooming bubbling acts such as Tykeiya and Buttah B. NOVA for stardom.
Another member of the Boss Baby clique is 25-year-old upstart femcee Bria Ford. Born and raised in Harlem, she has been writing since the tender age of 11. Around that age, she moved with her mother to Queens where she’s been ever since. Being the eldest of her two brothers and sister, Bria lacked someone to talk to about what was in her head, so she took it to paper by writing it out. However, she didn’t take her craft seriously until she was 21 when her uncle heard one of her rhymes and took her to the studio.
As Bria started coming into her own as a wordsmith, one of her friends showed one of her freestyles to Dee from Boss Baby. He was so impressed that before Bria knew it, she was in the studio with him. Since, she has worked closely with Boss Baby president, DJ Webstar (famed for his 2006 smash hit “Chicken Noodle Soup” with Young B), who executive produces her work. Together, they are prepping her first, self-titled project leading with the first single, “Legendary.” The song’s instrumental is a boom-bap reimagining of Isaac Hayes’ “A Few More Kisses To Go” and is accompanied by a visual which depicts Bria as the glamorous, fashionable hustler that she is. “Pretty chick. In any hood I stop traffic/Anything I want in this world, I gotta have it,” she confidently spits.
As far as her style, Bria is influenced by iconic acts including Lauryn Hill, Mary J. Blige, Lil’ Kim, Nicki Minaj, Wu-Tang Clan and Nas. To date, she has collaborated with notable artists such as Big Freedia, Cory Gunz, Vado and Kool G. Rap.
We caught up with Bria Ford for an exclusive sit-down interview. Check out what she had to say below.
Don Diva: What was life like for you coming up in Harlem and Queens?
Bria Ford: Growing up in Harlem, it was kind of rough sharing a room with my mom and my brother. Then we moved to Queens to a bigger place, but it was still rough. I had to fight for everything I’ve ever had.
DD: What is a normal day like for you?
BF: There’s no such thing as a normal day for me. Every day is different. One day I’m grinding to make money. One day in the studio. Another day, I might have a show. Every day I wake up, I do whatever it takes to make it happen.
DD: What goes into making a song for you? What is your process?
BF: I only make music that I feel, so it depends on the mood I’m in. If I’m angry, you gonna hear some angry shit. If I’m in love, that’s what you gonna hear. If I’m upset about what’s happening in the world today, I’m gonna talk about it.
DD: When people listen to your music, what do you want them to walk away with?
BF: I hope they walk away with the same inspiration that inspired me to create it.
DD: Who are some artists or producers you want to work with that you haven’t yet?
BF: Nas, Mary J. Blige, Fabolous, Lauryn Hill. Too many more to name.
DD: When it’s all said and done, what do you want your legacy to be?
BF: I don’t have any expectations for my legacy. This is God’s plan. I just want to create music that inspires the world to be better, especially in the time we living in right now.
DD: What can fans look forward to in the future from Bria Ford?
BF: Well actually, me and my fans should look forward to going on this journey together and growing together with all this hot ass music they about to get. (giggles)
DD: Is there anything else you’d want to add that we haven’t gone over?
BF: I just wanted to say something. Black women are the most under-appreciated species on the planet and I just want to do my part to change that.
To keep up with Bria Ford, you can follow her on Instagram at @Bria_ford and Twitter at @briaford2. Boss Baby Entertainment can be followed on Instagram at @bossbabyentertainment and Youtube at Boss Baby Entertainment LLC.