Bonnie Blue is a Hip Hop artist who lives somewhere in Los Angeles. I really don’t know where she’s from originally and that’s kind of tight to me. While many of us would eagerly trade the personal details of our private lives for potential likes and retweets, she chooses to remain something of a mystery, and still manages to be more popular than a lot of us. She performs with a certain confidence that suggests you should already know who she is, and if you don’t, it’s because you’re not paying attention. You should be paying attention.
Now more than ever, both white rappers and female rappers are pretty much commonplace. Still, the LA rap scene isn’t exactly bursting at the seams with people who look like you. I don’t want to sound like I’m shitting on other female rappers, but you’re one of the few who can be bold and feminine at the same time, and it isn’t at all overdone. What I mean is, if the extreme ends of the female rapper spectrum are stripper and construction worker, you’re on some “fuck this spectrum, I’ll just be over here looking like I work at Crate & Barrel, out-rapping men.” In your experience, what do you see as the greatest advantage and disadvantage of being a fair-skinned-kinda-hipster-but-not-in-a-shitty-way-girly-girl in this scene?
Bonnie: I am definitely on some fuck the spectrum shit. I don’t think I fit anywhere on existing spectrums. That may just be my greatest advantage, but I think that remains to be seen. This is a hard question to answer because I tend to look at both advantages and disadvantages as one in the same. It depends on how people want to take you in. It could be an advantage that I look the way I look and create what I create and perform the way I perform because some people think that it’s all awesome. Others might think it’s a pile of shit that should have never spawned into existence. I’m alive and that is probably my greatest advantage.
You seem to be always going. I can’t go near the internet without seeing your name on a flyer. If you’re not playing a show, you’re doing a radio spot, or a podcast, or shooting a video or just generally roving about the land. I don’t understand… with a schedule so full of dream-chasing and life-living, how are you able to stay up to date with Game of Thrones? You are up to date with Game of Thrones, aren’t you?
Bonnie: I am so not up to date with Game of Thrones or dream-chasing and life-living for that matter. I’ve been a little bit in hibernation mode working on a new album. Losing my mind and all that jazz. I’m still learning to manage everything. My artistic clock is not so suitable for an actual life schedule, but I’m always working on the balance. In general, I’m always up for traveling, making money and spending time with great people so that keeps me on the go quite a bit. I’ve been extremely fortunate with the friendships I have garnered throughout my life and the opportunities I’ve been afforded simply by making myself available. My mother is a gypsy, artist, wanderlust vagabond, so basically I’m stealing her whole steez. Thanks mom, love you!
You don’t know what you’re missing. And really, neither do I, because I’ve yet to fully understand Game of Thrones despite having seen every episode. But since we’re on the subject of parents… on the song Home you say, “My mother was a single mother struggling, my father was in Florida drug-smuggling…” I’m gonna take a shot in the dark here and assume that doesn’t mean he was distributing Ibuprofen without a legal business license. Are you originally from Florida? And was there ever a time in your childhood when you were exposed to your father’s… um… entrepreneurial endeavors?
Bonnie: I am not from Florida and have actually never been. My father is from there and has lived there almost his entire life, I believe. I was never directly exposed to my father’s involvement in any entrepreneurial endeavors. However, I have heard stories and, for exclusivity sake, but even more so for elusivity sake, I will say there are books published that tell some of these said stories that I will not name.
No shit? Speaking of books, there was an article on NPR about how women tend to read more than men. I didn’t read it. But my own theory is that women have more time to read since it’s 100% easier for them to get laid, whereas most of a man’s time is spent in the gym or making money or washing his car in hopes of impressing women, the ultimate goal of which is to get laid. You strike me as someone I can ask about books. Do you have any favorite authors? And do you ever read books twice?
Bonnie: I know plenty of scholarly men that love to read, but I think for the most part its too time consuming for practically no reward. Men don’t like to live in fantasies. Male or female, we find ways to escape, but men find ways that are more tangible in the real world. Women escape with our minds. Or maybe that’s just writers. But what is a writer who reads too much? Fuck, rabbit hole. I haven’t been reading a lot lately. I saw a comedian named Billy O’Connor while I was in Phoenix, AZ, recently and bought his book called “Confessions of a Bronx Bookie: Sex, Drugs, Gambling… Redemption,” which I’m reading here and there and it is rather epic. It’s about his life as a bookie and growing up in The Bronx in the 70’s. For the most part I’m scared of information right now. Or other people’s stories. I want to focus on my stories and creating something that isn’t influenced by the madness of the outside world. For some odd reason I want to focus on the madness of my own mind. I am almost positive I did not answer either of your questions and you’re just going to have to deal with that.
Fuck those questions, and me for asking them. So porridge is a weird thing, would you agree?
Bonnie: I’ll fuck with some porridge.
Yeah you will. And you know, I can’t thank you enough for not making a shitty Goldie Locks reference just then. It was right there, and you just ignored it. We really are friends. Hey, speaking of hot cereal… in 1861 a bunch of Confederate soldiers killed a bunch of Union soldiers, taking over their base and ultimately kicking off the American Civil War. If you happen to google yourself as much as I do myself, you might know that one of the first flags flown by the Confederates was referred to as the “Bonnie Blue Flag.” My question is, do you have a secret objective to reinstate slavery in the United States? And do you plan to accomplish this through making music that promotes the exact opposite i.e. peace, love, and unity? I personally don’t see how that plan could possibly go well as it makes no sense whatsoever, but I’m not the mastermind here.
Bonnie: Nothing of the sort… on the slavery end of things. Pretty much on the whole peace, love and unity tip. Although it is hard to remain in that space when so much that is going on in the world absolutely infuriates me and makes me want to just be a vigilante like Dexter or something. Still trying to find a balance in all that as well. I didn’t choose my name as any sort of mastermind to confuse people. Bonnie Blue is my first and middle name. I don’t have a cool rapper name… boo.
So your real name is Bonnie Blue? Your mom really is an artsy type, huh? Anyway, not to make things awkward, but to totally make things awkward… you bear a certain likeness to my wife. My final question is, if her and I ever get divorced, would you care to go out sometime? Not with me… with her.
Bonnie: I’m totally into women leaving their men for me, so I’d probably only go for it if I was the reason for the divorce. Thank you for asking though.