Hip-Hop Saved My Life: Dj Bdo

While you might now be familiar with the name Dj Bdo, most of you might know his face. Playing the lead character in Lupe’s “Hip-Hop Saved My Life” video, Bdo makes more moves behind the scenes than he does in front of the cameras.

Growing up in Port Arthur Texas, Bdo went from listening to local idols UGK to producing for Pimp C and Bun B. After placing Bun B’s lead single “Countin Money” ft. Yo Gotti and Gucci Man, expect to see and hear more from Dj Bdo

Wordonthestreetsmag.com chopped it up with Dj Bdo about what its like working with his idols and how he feels about the new generation of beat makers.

Wordonthestreetsmag.com: What made you get into production

DJ Bdo: I’ve been playing instruments my whole life. It’s been a lot of hard work and dedication to get to where I’m at right now.

Wordonthestreetsmag.com: Bring from Port Arthur Texas, how influential has UGK been in your life and development?  

Dj Bdo: They basically raised me off their music. Its an honor to work with them. I got up with Pimp C after he got out of jail and it’s been on ever since. My 1stmajor placement was a record called “Grind Hard” that I did for Pimps album. I rapped on it too with my group, The Underdogs. I produced 2 songs on the last UGK album as well.

Wordonthestreetsmag.com: And now you got Bun B’s first single

Dj Bdo: Yeah! “Counting Money” is crazy!

Wordonthestreetsmag.com: How did you land that? I know it was more than being family.

Dj Bdo: We were in the process of mixing Bun’s album when Bun’s manager heard the track. I had originally did the track for one of my projects, but after they heard the track they wanted it for Bun. So I sent Bun the track and kept the hook the same. Yo Gotti got on the track. It eventually got leaked. Later they got Gucci Man on the track. Its been going crazy ever since. I heard it on satellite radio a few days ago.

Wordonthestreetsmag.com: What’s next for you?

Dj Bdo: Trying to stay busy. I got a record on the new Pimp C LP. I produced the intro for Lupe Fiasco’s new album. And I got a group called the Underdogs that I’m working on. Right now I’m working with a bunch of new talent. We’re trying to market it. Everyone feel they can make beats but all music aint good.

Wordonthestreetsmag.com: There are a lot of new cats coming up trying to be producers. How do you feel about the new generation?

Dj Bdo: I’m part of this new generation but I’ve been doing this for a while. I came up and around a lot of OG’s. I talk to Face everyday. I’m in the studio with Bun B are in the studio everyday and Pimp C was my mentor so I’ve always been around real people

Wordonthestreetsmag.com: So what’s next for Dj Bdo?

Dj Bdo: I don’t know (laughs) I’ve been working and getting songs on records that are about to come out. I’m working on building artists right now.

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