1. Thank you for taking the time to do an interview with four5six! Would you introduce yourself and give us the background of your name?
My name is John B. Fitzgerald. I use to go by the name L.O.C and Locsta but I felt that I've became someone more than that name represents. Locsta was giving to me by my cousin because of the street shit we rep'd. I'm no longer apart of that life style so I no longer need to have that name. I chose Johnny B.Good as a way of explaining what I want to be but ended up shorting it to just B.Good. I wanted to have a positive name to help push myself into being a positive influence.
2. How did you get involved in hip hop as an artist?
I've always had love for music. I was an 80's baby so hip hop was already up and running when I landed on the planet. As I grew up with it, it became apart of my
life style. I started spitting way back in elementary school just for fun. I use to chill with my cousins in my grandparents basement and record. We would b-box in the background while the other person was rapping. Then once the one spitting was done the next person starts spitting while the one before takes the place of the b-boxer. I guess that was our cypher. lol. Those were the days!
3. Who were some of your musical influences growing up?
Awww man, there are so many. I would probably end up boring you with a long list of talent so I'll keep it short. First off I know everybody says these 2 names 1st, there's no way around it, Tupac & B.I.G.. Now that they're out the way let me say the rest. Bone Thugs was a major influence. They were the 1st group of people I ever heard spit so fast on a track. Ruthless Records as a whole (Eazy-E, Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Above the Law, Kokane, M.C. Ren, Yellow). E-40, Spice 1, 36 Mafia, Pastor Troy, Mystikal. Master P just for his hustle. It's a beautiful thing to be able to bring so much talent to one label and grind from on side of the map to the other strictly starting from the back of the trunk ya feel me?
Kriss Kross if anybody remembers them? Two young bucks that use to wear their clothes backwards. It's a blessing to know that even someone around my age (back then) has a chance to make music for a living. I could do this for ever cuzzo so I'll just end it with Busta Rhymes & Tech N9ne. Their creativity and lyrics are hard to match.
4. Do you find it challenging coming from Kentucky? Or does it give you an advantage because you're not what people expect?
You know, every place has it's own challenges. Just making a name for yourself in your own city is not an easy task. Louisville isn't exactly the city of brotherly love when it comes to the rap game. Majority of the artist I've came across are in it for themselves and themselves alone. I'm a humble dude. I'll mess with anyone who is serious and has quality recording. But there's really no advantage or disadvantage. Nappy Roots made it, Playa made it, Static Major made it (R.I.P.) and so have many others.
5. What should we know about Louisville from someone that actually lives there and reps it?
Louisville ain't all horses and tobacco, we got weed and alcohol too. Lol. But for real though, Louisville is a diverse city. You can go down one street and it will be a completely different scene from the one you just turned off of.
6. You have said that, "my music represents my emotions at the time written." This is a deep statement that many critics will miss, would you elaborate on this?
Basically I'm just saying that when I write a song it's because I have something going on worth talking about at that time. Usually I don't make songs unless I have a purpose or some kind of meaning behind it. So it takes me some time to come out with a song. I could just drop whatever comes out just to say I made a new song today but then I'd feel like I wasn't giving 100%. So I only write songs when I feel it. That way I have actual passion coming through my hand. I don't "push that shit out" like Dee Jay says off Hustle and Flow. Cause a lot of times that's usually what it turns out to be to me. Shit.
7. Your track "Out Of My Face" showcases your ability to flow fast, while still being able to understand your words clearly, not many can do that. Did you craft your style to stand out or did it just come about on its own?
I'm always learning. That griminess was always in me. It all depends on the subject I'm hitting. Out My Face just called for it. If you've ever been in a situation where you try to keep the peace with someone to avoid conflict but regardless of what you do negativity still comes into play, then you can feel where I'm coming from. You'll eventually reach that breaking point where you just want to explode. That's what the yelling and the fast rap is about. Out My Face was a good stress reliever. I kept me from busting this racist guys face open at work. Hint the 1st verse.
8. Which artists are you currently working with and whom would you like to work with in the future?
I just jumped on a couple of songs for an up and coming R&B artist named Davie Rodriguez out of Virgina. And I have a feature for my homie J-Pounds on his track called "Welcome to my city".Right at the moment, I'm in the midst of finishing my new album called Last Night's Leftovers, all I'm waiting on are the features. I haven't found the right ones to jump on the tracks just yet, but so far my homie from Alabama named Get Money is on a track titled "Find Away". Another cat whose on that track is Young Douglass from Memphis Tenn.. I'm working on getting my other cuzzo Truth B. Told from Kentucky to jump on a track called "Fight The Temptation". I'm always working with my big dogg from Ohio DJ Locnez. I'm on 2 of his mixed cd's and we're working on a 3rd for his state to state project. I'm already working on my next album, not sure what the title is going to be. I have a track called "Parasite" featuring Lil Mocha from Ohio. I met her online through Reverb Nation. I'm really looking forward to this next album. People I'm working on featuring in the near future are BeBe Boohgz out of New York. Cuzzo is hella sick. Swizzz from Funk Volume out of California. Right now I'm talking to a female spitta from London named Katie Kush. She goes by the name Lyracist. There are many people I would love to work with in the future. Man, they cost too much. But I'd have to say I have a good chance of making it happen. I'd have to say Tech N9ne, Krizz Kaliko, Ice Cube, and my cuzzo out of Pomona Ca. Kokane. I've already spoke to Koka it's just a matter of getting my figures up.
9. What are you music plans for 2011 and are you planning on touring?
I will be opening up for Tech N9ne August 3rd for his All 6s and 7s tour. The showcase is out here in Louisville at Expo Five. I'll be preforming with the homie DJ Locnez once he gets his tour schedule together. I'm planning on dropping Last Night's Leftovers within the next month. Be on the lookout for that DJ Drama featuring me on his new mixtape 3rd Infantry Division.The end of the year, I will be dropping my cd which will include the hit " Parasite". Touring dates will be announce on reverbnation.com/bgood, I am still waiting on a few calls back before I post the dates up.
10. Finally, who would you like to shout out and where can people find your music?
Jea, let me give a shout out to the homie DJ Locnez. He's been going through the struggle lately. My prayers are with him. Shout out to Get Money for sending me the verse for my track hella quick. It shows me you bout yo business. Shout out to Davie Rodriguez for letting me jump on 2 of your tracks "Summer Time" and "Rey Of The World". Look out for his album We Speak the Truth. My little cousin 3D! His hustle is getting stronger everyday. He's getting ready to go on tour with Messy Marv tomorrow. And of course my 1st lady Cathy.
She's putting in 100% effort to get my music out here. Sometimes I think she wants it more than me. You can find my music online. No hard copies as of now.
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I thank you for putting your interest in me and taking time from your life to share a little of it with me. Keep in touch. Peace and blessings.