Bama Boyz On Producing Beyonce's "Why Don't You Love Me"

The hip-hop world is a less than sensible place -lots of times, you're even required to clarify when bad means bad and when bad means good- so once a week we're going to get with a rapper and ask them to explain things. Have something you always wanted to ask a rapper? Email it to

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Photos by Tony Gaines

This Week's Rapper(s)/Producer(s): The Bama Boyz

This Week's Subject(s): The Neptunes; namedropping; Beyonce's "Why Don't You Love Me"

Ask A Rapper: So, we hear you all have a new EP. How's that work? Are you all performers as well; like Pharrell but way less annoying?

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Jesse [laughs]: I don't feel like Pharrell is annoying, but yes, we are performers as well as producers. We come up with concepts for all of our records, so being on stage is not much different then the studio, except people are watching us act crazy and have fun.

The Bama Boyz, "Once the Lights Come On"

Eddie: Yeah, the EP is called Socially Awkward. One reason, if you have ever seen us in social settings it's quite obvious that we spend a lot of time alone in the studio. Also, being producers we usually concentrate on helping other artists interpret their vision musically while at the same time making sure the records are "commercially satisfactory" so the managers and labels are happy enough to pay us.

With our EP, the only people we have to satisfy is ourselves. We can go far left and say whatever we want and we really take advantage of that freedom with our EP. We may be just as annoying as Pharrell, possibly more.

Jonathan: We are producers, artists, businessmen, etc... have no plans on stopping now. So we would love for people to one day be able to compare our success with that of [the] Neptunes.

AAR: What other projects do you all have production-wise? Any other big Houston acts you can name-drop?

Bama Boyz: There are great things going on in the studio right now; you'll all know soon enough. We're being kinda selfish at the moment while we're working on the second volume of our Socially Awkward EP and simultaneously our full-length slated for top of 2011. Plus, we are performing a lot more.

Bama Boyz, "A Tale of a Balling Gentleman"

But we are producing some dope electro remixes for a few labels, including country labels. As far as Houston, we're probably going to do tracks on a few of Music World's artists, such as Solange, Tiffany Evans and T57. Then we can come do another interview with bigger pictures [laughs].

AAR: Talk a little about the aforementioned Beyonce song. How'd that come to be?

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