Pittsburgh Rapper Boaz Speaks on Signing to Rostrum Records

Late last week, up and coming MC Boaz officially signed to Rostrum Records. It had been a long time coming for the official partnership between the Pittsburgh rapper and his hometown label.

“It was just the right time with the expansion of the resources and everything, it made things a lot easier,” Boaz told XXLMag.com. “It wouldn’t have made sense for me to go anywhere else. It’s such a powerhouse, and me being from Pittsburgh. It was just all love. It came together at the right time. I had a few meetings with a few different labels, but with them knowing me personally, and which direction my career wanted to go in, it made it a comfortable fit. We basically starting from this ground level. They got this indie hustle and they know what it takes.”

“I’m very excited that Boaz is joining the Rostrum family,” Rostrum President Benjy Grinberg said in a statement. “I have been a big fan of Bo and his music for many years, and I’m looking forward to working with him in a more substantial way.”

Boaz has collaborated with both of Rostrum’s flourishing rap acts—Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller—in the past, and is excited to now officially be part of the team. “With a situation like that, with the artists they got signed now being two of the most influential artists in the game, it’s gonna open up a lot of avenues,” he continued. “It’s a lot of work ahead. I wanna be able to stand up to the plate and go hard. Me and Mac chopped it up about two weeks ago at The Bamboozle Festival. It’s been in the works for the last couple months, so it’s something we all knew was gonna happen, it’s just a matter of when.”

He’s not about to relax now that the ink has dried, though. On the contrary, Boaz is ready to build his momentum, as he’ll be joining Wiz and Mac for the Under The Influence of Music Tour this summer, and dropping his free project, Bases Loaded before the fall. “Right now, with the opportunity that presented itself, it’s looking good from all angles: promotion, marketing, booking,” Bo said. “I’m at the plate with everything in front of me, I just gotta swing and take this shit out the park.” —Adam Fleischer (@AdamXXL)

  • cyoung

    Okay Bo Bey!

  • james

    Boaz is garbage compared to most PGH artists…. Just a few months ago I googled “Pittsburgh Rapper” and S. Money and Zio popped up. I think those two are way better than Boaz. S, Money and Zio also dissed Wiz so…. Its a controversial, however Boaz stole the name of Zio’s mixtape called “The Tranzition” which shows lack of creativity. I think in the overall top Pittsburgh rappers…

    #1 Wiz #2 Zio #3 Mac #4 S.money #5 Boaz

  • https://twitter.com/#!/ILLAIM ILLAIM

    This is a very interesting story if you take time to think about it.
    We’ve all become used to artist utilizing other artist beats for “freestyles”/mixtapes and mixtapes have become accepted as non commercial products.

    But

    There is no denying that Mac’s utilizing Finesse’s beat (without his permission) has had a major influence on Miller’s success and notoriety (24 million views? wow)

    I would be nice to see Finesse get cut a (waaaaaaaaayyyyyy smaller that 10 mil) check, but the implications of this lawsuit if its not dismissed could effect we’re used to getting our music.

  • CT

    Can Finesse sue? I thought as long as artists werent selling the music which used the sample, artist were free to sample all they wanted……

  • malik

    kool aid and frozen pizza is not what set his career off you must forgot his other videos he has 24 million views or maybe the three tours he headlined or maybe the cosign he got from donald trump lord finese is just a publicity stunt

  • PITTSBURGH_PANTHER

    Boaz is garbage compared to most PGH artists…. Just a few months ago I googled “Pittsburgh Rapper” and S. Money and Zio popped up. I think those two are way better than Boaz. S, Money and Zio also dissed Wiz so…. Its a controversial, however Boaz stole the name of Zio’s mixtape called “The Tranzition” which shows lack of creativity. I think in the overall top Pittsburgh rappers…

    #1 Wiz #2 Zio #3 Mac #4 S.money #5 Boaz