Blood Preps Solo Album, Wants To Be A Role Model

Bloodraw’s nobody’s sidekick. Fresh off USDA’s Cold Summer, on which he teamed up with Young Jeezy and Slick Pulla for a full-length album, the Panama City, Florida rapper is prepping his solo debut, My Life: The True Testimony, due June 17, on Da Snowman’s Corporate Thugz imprint through Def Jam. Accustomed to sharing mic time with heavyweights, Raw said he’s eager to shine off his own star power.

“Pretty much anybody who’s followed Bloodraw’s career, that’s been the question asked so many times, Why did Bloodraw make the decision to sign with Jeezy,” Raw told XXLMag.com. “Because we pretty much know that he can stand on his own. But really my decision with the whole thing is that my set up… I feel like is gonna be even better because of what was presented in a group [U.S.D.A.] besides a superstar artist and being able to be presented and co-signed at the same time. Now I’m ready for my solo project.”

Where some rap sheet emcees are quick to run down their criminal records, Raw said he would rather not dwell on the past. The husky rapper was indicted by federal officials on conspiracy charges back in 2006. Exonerated later that year, Raw now hopes at-risk youths can learn from his mistakes.

“I’ma be real with you,” the rapper explained. “Any dude that really came from the streets, we ain’t gon talk about no choppers and all that stuff that we used to do, because we overcame that situation. The reason why I take being a role model seriously is because, the things I’ve been through during my life, I know that the decisions that you make as a child will stick with you when you become a grown up.

“Sometimes, a child who has no opportunity, they don’t know how to do and what to do in making the right decisions,” he continued. “I feel like if I’ve done been through all these things and nobody’s telling the kids or nobody’s telling the people in the streets the consequences of what they doing. Everybody is glorifying it and saying it’s cool and at the end of the day, I’m not telling you not to do it, I just gotta tell you the consequences.” -Carl Chery

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    • moe

      YA’LL LOVE BROKE NIGGAS LIKE BLOODRAW AND THEN HATE WHEN THEY START MAKING THAT REAL MONEY. Watch the hate start after he drop the album, same thing happened to ross

  • Pimp C

    I’ma be real with you. Any dude that really came from the streets, we ain’t gon talk about no choppers and all that stuff that we used to do, because we overcame that that situation,”Raw explained

    Tell your homeboy Jeezy that…

  • young cg

    real talk from my man raw.. keep doin ya thang homeboy

  • Buck Marley

    bout goddamn time this nigga raw put his own shit out. do ya thing homie i know shit will b fire

  • http://1290wmcs.com The Party killa

    He should tell Jeezy to tone his shit down too.

  • Hazel

    I can respect what he is saying in terms of being a role model and teaching the consequences of the “street life”. i hope people will listen.

  • PUSHA_ATM

    BLOODRAW IZ MY NIGGA I FUCKZ WIT YA HARD MY NIGGA DO YA THANG MY NIGGA I’M FUCKIN WIT THAT LOUIE BAG VIDEO 2. CANT WAIT 4 THA ALBUM

  • K ROC

    THIS DAT NIGGA IF U THANK IM LIEING CHECK OUT HIS LAST MIXXTAPE. BLOOD RAW IS DA FUCKING TRUTH. DIS WILL BE DA BEST FUCKING ALBUM DIS YEAR. BETTER PROMOTION HE COULD DO BIG #’S

  • Lotto

    Blood Raw I’m waitin on that album my dude. That “From A City” track is straight fire.

  • Calm N Cooly

    yea this some real talk, much love to Blood Raw aka Mr. Florida, gunshine state is behind ya

  • paise

    bloodraw is the man, make sure to tell em ur story n what can happen, if u glorify ull sound like everyone else, if u come real n really stress the consequences ur gonna gain a great deal of respect from a lot of diff markets, keep pushin

  • Hypocrit

    This is bullshit…I am not saying his message is…but I am sure that if you are in USDA then you will have a hard time dissing people for glorifying the streets without dissing your own group members…the real trap is the rap game

  • prakash

    bloodraw, you still jeezy’s background dancer.

    however, i respect you since you always keep it real in your interviews AND you are one of the very few rappers with verifiable street cred. thankfully, you want to teach the youth because they DEFINITELY need it. they believe everything that jeezy and weezy say. they have no clue those dudes get facials and manicures every week. anyhow, keep it the good work

  • JP

    alright you got the mentality
    now lets see if you can make good music with it or be a hyprocit

  • Three4

    I can´t stand this guy´s voice…I would never make it listening 2 a whole album by him…

  • DC 24

    Now thats keeping it real playboy. Good luck and do your thing.

  • Better Than You

    Seriously folks…Whens the last time a ‘weed carrier’ had something to say or made a good album?

    EXACTLY!

    Next!

  • http://Bayontop.com Townbizz23

    Damn I feel what bruh is saying, but lets see how many album sales he gets with that “positive role model” attitude. That just doesn’t sell, and its a sad sight to see that ppl dnt want to hear positive things, they wanna hear about guns and drugs.

  • flawsy81

    I fucks witcha my nigga!!!!!

  • detroit eastside cheddagrove goon

    i wanna shot out all da ppl doin hip-hop on a higher level it aint dead its just goin back to beats and rhymes i luv this game it could neva die its just time 2 speak yo mind

  • http://xxlmag.com Lli Doo onda Track

    i feel it bro. im only six-teen n imma ass nigga that came from some hard streets, around da wrong crowd, doin the wrong shit but i try hard to keep that out my music if u ask me (its gettn old now) so yeah im lookn out for “Blood Raw”

  • FAT MATT

    If you wanna be a positive role modle to ‘at-risk youth’ then you have to stop selling and rapping about cocaine. And distance yourself from the people who do. In the end kids see the fast cash being made selling ‘chalks of white’ and they are automatically drawn down the wrong path.

  • Snakeyez

    I feel what Raw is trying to say. He seems to have a good heart from all that I can gather from hearing him in interviews and reading his quotes. I’ll see what his album sounds like as far as the lack of glorification goes. Here is my stance. If you lived it, I have no problem with you talking about it. I am now and have always been a strong minded person so when I heard gangsta rap in it’s earliest inception when I was @ 10 or so I always knew that it was for entertainment only. Jay said it best (not a direct quote but close) “90% of this rap shit is wrestling.” So if a person, young or old, can be influenced moreso by music and movies than real life than they have no chance and not falling for the perills that are absent when it comes to uplifting of crime life. At the end of the day Scarface dies at the end of the movie. 1.

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