Welcome the newest King of R&B
Moe: Many thanks for your presence today. We are super excited to have you as a special guest. What city are you representing?
B. Morgan: Bronx, New York.
Moe: Perfect. How did growing up in the Bronx influence your music style?
B. Morgan: I was born here, but I lived in Jamaica for about 14 years. I went to school there and everything and so forth. That influenced me a lot. Why? Because I have a lot of music in my family, and I was able to be around certain performers and people. At first I was doing Reggae, dee jaying and doing the whole Jamaican, broken Patwa style of music. That’s how I got started. Then I moved to Florida for a few. During this time I was back and forth to New York. When I was in Florida, that’s when I started rapping here and there and eventually, I just began to start dabbling into singing more. So, in a way the Influential part of it just came from being around the music and around a lot of different aspects of it, and just being in love with it.
Moe: That is amazing. You have such an incredible voice. At what age did you realize you could sing?
B. Morgan: I want to say around 16 or 17. That was when I started catching onto the fact that it was a gift and a craft and I needed to start working more on it to enhance it. I always knew I could sing, but the recognition that it was a talent or a gift I could use, I was around that age and able to identify that this is what I wanted to do.
Moe: At that point, would you say you started to dream about becoming a performer?
B. Morgan: Umm. Yeah. I was just that infused into music that it didn’t matter. You know music is supposed to give you a type of emotion. I remember listening to Jagged Edge, “Heartbreak,” and Donnell Jones, “Where I Wanna Be,” and singing those songs in the mirror. It would take me back to when I listened to a Pac album or a Biggie song that would just put me in a mood that made me feel like I wanted to start rapping or something like that (laughs).
Moe: So, basically, the type of music you were listening to back then was planting a seed in you?
B. Morgan: Right.
Moe: What was your first live performance in front of an audience?
B. Morgan: I would have to say that would have been back in Florida. I lived in Miami and someone had a crazy Pool convention in this building I was living in, in North Miami Beach at the time. They had a lot of festivities going on, a fashion show, so on and so forth. It was a nice little pool party and that was actually my first time performing. I was actually, sing Sammy’s record at the time (starts singing), “I like the way you look at…” I still remember that. I had to girls actually doing back up for me (laughs), so yeah.
Moe: That kind of set the stage a little bit. I’ve done a bit of research, and you have a lot of great records out there that you have created.
B. Morgan: Thank you.
Moe: My pleasure. Let’s talk about your song, “Who Do You Love.” It’s got that Chaka Khan classic hook. How did you come up with the concept for this single?
B. Morgan: It’s funny, because we were just talking about this last night in the studio. So how it originated was from Bernard Wright who actually did the song before Chaka Khan and LL Cool J. We were listening to that and we were like, “Oh, yeah. This is dope. It’s classical and it’s smooth. What we will do is take from that platform, from it’s pure originality, and we will just recreate that.” So, while we were in there creating the record, our producer started coming up with the lyrics. We wanted to make sure we could just turn it up a little bit, get a good beat to it and try to give it a little club like feel. So we did that and laid it down in one night.
Moe: You mean, you guys laid this song down in one night and came out with a radio ready hit? Who does that. Everyone who hears this song goes crazy and wants to know, “Who is that?”
B. Morgan: What it is, is that sometimes you get that spur of the moment record, where as when you start to create, you get the idea and it’s just smooth. If anyone ever tells you that they come up with a record 24/7 on the spot, right there and they just recorded it, it can never be true. There is a real thing called writer’s block and you have different levels of writer’s block. Sometimes your mind is not at the capacity where you are feeling a record at the moment, and you may lay a little piece down and then go back and revisit it and do what you do. Those are the ones for the books and I have a few of those as well, but that song is definitely one of them.
Moe: When you are in the studio is there usually a team of you writing? It’s so important that I acknowledge everyone.
B. Morgan: What it was, it was just me and my producer at the time. He’s a pretty dope person as well. A dope individual. He does production and engineering and we write together and stuff like that. His name is O Banga by the way. So, while he was creating the record and the beat and putting his little sauce on it, I’m jotting down and scribbling little lyrics and stuff like that. What we do when we finish, we just sit together and pick through lyrics and we will be decide, okay let’s get rid of this or let’s keep this, and we bounce off of each other’s ideas. Me and O Banga, we created that record together, even from the production to the lyrics we write down.
Moe: You mentioned being in the studio. Are you both working on a project right now?
B. Morgan: I actually have one or two projects finished. We are always in the process of making music. If you sit down and really go through all of the music you have, or dissect what you have, you can always create a project, you know what I’m saying? It just all depends on what audience you are trying to touch or what emotions you are trying to bring out in that particular project.
Moe: Are you going to be releasing any one of those soon? We would love to hear it.
B. Morgan: Right now we are going to release another single. No date set in stone on that, but we are working on that campaign right now. It will be the follow up to, “Who Do You Love?” I also have another record out called, “No Half Steppin.” So, what we are going to do is touch the water, and you know, if the people demand a project, we gotta give the people what they want.
Moe: Yeah, man. I love it. I was speaking with your manager about how important quality and professionalism is. I love that about you. You are definitely a complete package. What do you believe is the difference between quality driven work and popularity driven work?
B. Morgan: As for the popularity, I feel that anyone can do that because nowadays you can just go online and become popular. That does not mean you are going to be compensated for it, or even if you do, it doesn’t mean that it will be a lot of compensation. It’s just you having popularity. As far as quality, you are able to identify yourself, identify others and situations and respect others. Quality is longevity. Popularity comes and goes. Quality is the substance that most people look for. If you have that, it does not matter about quantity. The quality just simply takes over.
Moe: That is an excellent response. I noticed that you have some mad style going on. Let’s talk about that for a moment. Everyone has their own style and fashion sense. Talk about your style.
B. Morgan: (Laughs) My style is just ugh…I’m a fashionista. I like to dress. My style is just urban. Every now and then I can do the red carpet, dapper look. I go off of the events I attend, you know what I mean? If I know I am going to a certain event, I look and play that part. I’m a sneaker collector, and that’s just what it is right now.
Moe: Let’s talk about this beard thing. I saw that you were endorsing a promo for a particular product. I’m not going to say it. I want you to talk about it.
B. Morgan: Yeah, definitely. Rich by Rick Ross. Shout out to him and all of MMG for sure. That is like a beard product that Rick Ross himself has launched. If you know Rick Ross he is big on his beard. His beard is always pristine and well kept. You know that. That’s my man right there. So, it was just good to align that with myself. My manager was like, you know, you got the nice beard, and you have the look, so let’s do that. So, yeah, it kind of works out because I’m kinda big on taking care of my beard and having a certain look to it, and a certain texture to it. So, yeah, Rich by Rick Ross, and we will be at some shows soon, promoting the product.
Moe: Cool. Well, let’s talk about you. Being in the music business you have to have an entrepreneurial mind-set because it is after all, is truly a business culture. What is your take on entrepreneurship?
B. Morgan: Well, it’s important to have certain people around you, because that’s going to be your number one teacher right there. What it does is provides you with knowledge. Having the right people around you will help you with a lot of the decisions you make because they have been there before and witnessed and experienced all of these things. Not to say that you have to listen to everything everyone says, but for you to access the pieces that make sense to you, or, that you feel is helpful to you in that situation. For entrepreneurship, you want to make sure that you are 10 toes down. Planted. It’s about ownership and having your own. In this industry what happens is that sometimes people get so happy-go-lucky, they sign themselves to anything and just want to be completely an artist. Being an artist is not 100 percent all there is to this business. Ninety percent of it is business and just 10 percent of it is talent, so, learning and adapting is important. Having mentors around you that you feel are good to have around you is important as well. Take advantage of those talks and conversations.
Moe: We have talked about the structure of the business. Would you like to be signed at one point, or do you want to be signed to a label or do you enjoy being an independent artist?
B. Morgan: I like the freedom because you don’t have anyone over you giving you certain deadlines and stuff. It’s like a devil’s advocate kind of situation. Unless, you’re in the right deal, signing a contract you where you can negotiate and utilize bargaining power. Being independent, you have the freedom to have that bargaining power and have the labels come to you. So, it would depend on the situation at the time and how we are doing.
Moe: You really have your head together. It is really important to me that artists read this, comprehend this and realize there is so much that goes on behind the scenes. Right now you have the whole world open to you. You can go anywhere you want and do anything you choose. What is a dream venue for you?
B. Morgan: Dream venue? Being from New York, I breathe and embody New York and the culture. So, I would have to say Madison Square Garden. Madison Square Garden would be my number one right now.
Moe: What about overseas? Where would you go?
B. Morgan: Overseas? There are so many places to go. I would like to go to Greece and perform. Even today, there artists that we consider to be so hot have not even touched those continents. They don’t even understand the latitude and longitude of that side of the world. That would be something really, really be something dope to do. Africa would be dope, maybe somewhere in Sierra Leone. It would really be nice to just go over there and put on a really nice concert.
Moe: Oh, my goodness. I have to put this out there. If you were going to be on tour with someone, who would you want to work with.
B. Morgan: I would definitely want to do a Chris Brown tour or a Drake tour.
Moe: I love for artists to give advice, not just to artists, but to people in general, especially our millennial generation?
What would you tell them?
B. Morgan: Study your craft. Learn it. Get more in tune with the business side of whatever it is you are trying to do and stay true to self. Oh…and don’t burn bridges, man.
B. Morgan: Balance relationships for the most part. Even if you are not seeing eye to eye at the moment, that’s fine, but, things change quickly. Just imagine what can happen in like days, months or a year from now. You never know who you may need. You may come back together a year later and create something so epic that you could never have done by yourself. So, that is definitely something you want to be careful of.
Moe: What has been your biggest challenge getting your name out there.
B. Morgan: Just trying to keep myself afloat and staying true to self. That would be like the biggest challenge. Not to say that it’s a challenge to stay true to myself being me, but because there is so much temptation…you know, so many things that you come across. This entertainment business that we love so much, it comes with so many different aspects of it. I don’t want to get caught up in the whirlwind of it to a point that I can’t find myself or recognize myself. That would be my biggest challenge.
Moe: How do you stay motivated to keep that attitude?
B. Morgan: It’s funny how motivation works. Sometimes you can become unmotivated and sometimes you feel like you want to give up everything and you say, “I don’t want to do this anymore, so on and so forth. You still have to remember that if you have people around you that have invested time in you, that decision is not solely to make anymore. You have to keep in consideration and be able to be understanding of everyone else. You have people who are looking at you and saying, “we have done so much and invested so much time into you for you to come this far, and you just get up by yourself and say “f” this, like whatever,” it’s definitely not what you should be doing. So, my motivation is knowing that I have people who depend on me. I have family that depends on me. Not that they depend on me and won’t eat, but they have put hard earned time into me that they will never get back. That is my number one motivation right there. Being concerned of others and the hardship they would face after having invested their time in me.
Moe: You are the first person I have interviewed who has ever given that answer. Wow. That says a lot about your character.
B. Morgan: (Laughs) It’s true. People don’t understand. If you have someone who is getting up to help you, whether it is for promotion, or whatever it is, some people may think it is minute. If someone is getting up working for your company or helping you to build your brand, that is something you should value. That is not something that person has to do, just putting out time and effort and have to put up with hardship because of what you are doing, when they could have gone somewhere else and done something else. But, they did that why? Because they either support you or believe in you. That is very hard to come by and I don’t believe a lot of people understand that little part right there. It’s hard to come by loyalty and people who believe in you. When you have it, you have to absolutely respect that and adore that and understand the value of that.
Moe: There is power in that and people have to understand how important it is when you have people who support you and have faith in you. It can keep you grounded, even if you don’t feel like doing it. You have provided some wonderful wisdom nuggets. Thank you so much for that. Where do you see yourself in five years?
B. Morgan: Hopefully you and I can revisit this conversation five years from now, or even a year from now. We can revisit this same interview, I can say, “do you remember when you asked me that question?” and you can say, “yeah, I remember that, B.” Hopefully, I will be able to say that we made a few major moves and here we are today.” I give it a year or two from now. I feel like with the team that I have and what they are capable of doing, as well as the genuine love and support, we will being doing some pretty good stuff.
Moe: I am believing with you. I want people to be able to connect with you and reach out to you about joining them on projects. What are your social media sites and/or contact info?
B. Morgan: Everything of mine is, @Iambmorgan. It’s just that easy and you can find me that way on every social media platform.
Moe: Do you have any shout outs before we close?
B Morgan: I just want to say thank you for having me and doing this dope interview and shout out to my team for keeping me level-headed at this point. If I was to go through my entire list to shout out everybody…(laughs), yeah, but shout out to my team, Real Troublemakas, O Banga and Kwote.
Moe: Many blessing and thank you.