B-NASTY Getting down with DJ Symphony

B-Nasty is a fresh, young Perth rapper that has had a busy couple of years writing, recording and dropping releases. Beginning with his trap-inspired debut single, Stunt Like Me in 2015 and following up with his full-length debut, The End of the Beginning in 2016, B-Nasty has shown off his natural talent at fitting his infectious flow with catchy choruses over a mix of RnB and hip hop beats. Currently, B-Nasty has released a track with DJ Symphony & GZA of Wu-Tang Clan, so MICHAEL D HOLLICK caught up with both B-Nasty and Symphony to find out more…

B-Nasty, I believe you just worked on a track for a mix tape with (Wu Tang’s) DJ Symphony. How did that collaboration come about?

B-Nasty: I was just chilling when one of my OG’s called me and told me that DJ Symphony and GZA were planning to release an Australian mixtape (of their favourite rap tracks from down under). So I sent my track off to them late that night and then the next day I received a call from an American phone number. I remember thinking “this is weird” but I picked up anyway and it was DJ Symphony, who was in the studio with GZA at the time, and they were both saying that they wanted me on this mixtape.

DJ Symphony, how did you find out about B-Nasty and what stands out for you about him?

DJ Symphony: I heard about B-Nasty from his Australian street buzz. A lot of people I know in Australia listen to his music. For me, what makes the kid different is his delivery and style. It keeps ya head nodding. He has a style of his own, not to mention the production is crazy as well.

And to you both, how did you think the track turned out?

DJ Symphony: The track that we put on The Wu-Invasion Mixtape by B-Nasty is the truth. In order for an artist to even have a conversation with me, I have to be excited. So yes, I’m stoked about B-Nasty and his projects. Also any artists out there that want to reach B-Nasty’s level, make sure you go and check out what have to offer (the track is on offer here).

B-Nasty, there has been an evolution in your style, from your first single to your full length-album. Which artists would you list as your influences and who are you currently listening to?

B-Nasty: Most definitely. During my first EP I was listening to East Coast hip hop from the likes of Jay-Z, The Notorious B.I.G., Diddy, Royce da 5’9″, Ghostface Killah and some older rappers such as Jeru the Damaja, and Slick Rick. During the production of my album I was listening to a lot of alternative hip hop such as Kanye West, Drake and then trap including Rick Ross, Meek Mill, ASAP Rocky and ASAP Ferg. Currently, I’m back to listening to New York hip hop such Fabolous, Red Café, and well, the list could just go on! I love a lot of hip hop.

Do you have any upcoming shows or tours that Perth audiences will be able to catch you at?

B-Nasty: Currently nothing is scheduled. I’m really trying to focus on my new EP New Era and you know, really take my time to make it all it can be. You might see me feature on a few guest appearances here and there though, so make sure you follow me on social media to keep up to speed with what I am doing.

And finally, as we live in Perth, would you say you are a summer beach guy? Or do you to avoid the sun and stay indoors? And what is your favourite thing about the long days and balmy Perth nights?

B-Nasty: (laughs) I’m straight up an indoors person, I’m not even going to front. I do still love hitting the beach during the late afternoons though, beautiful sunsets without being burnt to a crisp! But in all realness, I just love seeing this city grow. It seems like there is something new every day that is going on. So, I just love walking around the city and listening to hip hop with the clique, loving that every second venue is boasting hip hop nowadays, because I remember a time when that was not the case. It makes me kind of proud of what I do, and also glad to be doing what I do.