There’s a fresh voice on the Chicago hip hop scene and he goes by the name of Booman Forever. The city native with a lot of lyrics and unique sound is growing his fan base with the release of his debut mixtape, Booman T.V. You’ll feel a sense of nostalgia hearing him lace tracks over the melodies to some of your old school favorites like “No Scrubs” and even the Rugrats theme song. Rapper King Louie and comedian Korporate are credited with features too. I decided to take a listen. Or two. Or three. Yes, Booman T.V. brings the heat. My personal favorites are “Tender, Lust, and Care (T.L.C.),” “Trap-a-Lodeon,” and “P.D.F.W.M.” I had the chance to talk it up with Booman Forever, born Antwoine Murff, about his latest project. Check out what he had to say.
TrueStar.Life: Where did you grow up?
Booman Forever: Englewood.
TSL: Can you tell us more about the name Booman?
BF: My auntie Nookie. She gave me this nickname when I was young. It was a nickname that everybody already called me. So, I made that transition to use it when I started making music.
TSL: When did you start writing and creating music?
BF: The age of 13. There were a lot of songs that give me nostalgia. The Al Green album. The first I Believe I Can Fly tape. My uncle kind of influenced me in a way. He wasn’t a rapper, but he could rap. There was a summer camp and I performed with a group called Group 5. We called it G5. And the crowd just went crazy. It was dope.
TSL: How long have you been working on Booman T.V.
BF: I’ve been working on this since I was 18-20 years old. It’s like a bittersweet time. I’m happy that it dropped, but I am also trying to get my listeners up. That’s where the Forever comes from. I am trying to make music that lasts forever. It started off with me just having fun. I’m glad I met the camp that I work with. At first, I didn’t trust anyone. I wanted it to be the best, you have to be really good for people to f!%# with you. I always want to work on my craft. That just goes to show you a real superstar. Someone that’s in it for the longevity. I want to have fun, but I don’t have time for fun.
TSL: What was the inspiration behind this project?
BF: It was really just to capture Chicago. In order for people to support you, they have to know your worth through the door. The mixtape is about telling my story and getting the attention of my peers. My number one inspiration is my mom. I also want to bring passion back. We are in an era where kids are making music for the wrong reasons: money, women…etc. I look online and someone is like, “I made that song in one minute!” But what does that really mean? A lot of the passion is being sucked out.
TSL: What’s your biggest message to fans right now?
BF: The vibes are coming back. The real is coming back. Let’s make being real cool again.
You can catch those vibes by checking out Booman T.V. via any of his social media platforms.
Apple Music: Booman T.V. Apple Music
YouTube: Booman T.V. YouTube
Spotify: Booman T.V. Spotify
By Marilyn Koonce, Northern Illinois University Alumna