Mega talented, with the drive of a mega superstar, but still remains mega humble and passionate about his craft; MEGA BUCK$ is what the game has been lacking, REAL People who put in REAL Work! The South Carolina representative plans to reinvent the game back to its true form with hard work, grind, consistency, and truth. Setting goals and accomplishing them is just one feat for Mega Buck$. Building his brand is the ultimate goal. Trend setter, game spitter, reality rap, real figure. Mega Buck$ is now, and the buck doesn’t stop here. Get in tuned.
Ms. FeFe: Give the readers a little background on Mega Buck$ and Bezzle Inc.
Mega Buck$: MEGA BUCK$ is one of the Carolina’s Underground pioneers and also the CEO of Charleston based label Bezzle Inc., founded in 2003. Bezzle Inc. is more of an entertainment group that explores music, films, and clothing. Bezzle Inc. has 15 Indie releases to date since 2003 and are set to release our first film and multiple new albums for 2012.
Ms. FeFe: You are a proud resident of South Carolina. How was the music scene growing up there?
MB: In my early years we really had no identity. It was more as everyone embracing the East Coast so that was our sound. People didn’t understand our culture and made us feel ashamed to represent it in our music. I became apart of 263 Records and we broke down barriers in 11 states with distribution through Southwest Wholesale. We made history in our state with moving over 150,000 units with The T-Mac’s 1997 “Shine’n & Bigtyme’n” album. That’s when “Mega Buck$” was born. I was embraced for my Geechee slang and D-Boy brass. Carolina had lots of artist before us, but Charleston just always had a different flavor from the rest of the state. You had guys like L.O.C and Cheddar Man in Rockhill, Servin Mic Ervin, Piazo, 48 in Columbia, 236 Records, Carolina Pathfinder, 21st Century in Charleston, and a gang of other artist I would need pages to name, bringing their different sound. The scene has grown so much; its beautiful.
Ms. FeFe: Now you call your hometown “Geechee City” and you call yourself “Geechie Boy”. What is “Geechee” and what is the meaning behind it?
MB: There are a lot of Geechee speaking people spanning from Cape Fear, North Carolina to the coast of Florida, but Charleston was the birthplace being that we were one of the cities with a port that shipped slaves, making it the “Geechee City”. Gullah is the native tongue and pure language, and Geechee is the Creolization of the language in which lone words from other languages are used as the Gullah/Geechee people continue to interact with those that speak other languages. It exists as a part of the Gullah/Geechee tradition and culture. The language is a mixture of several languages. It is also a “Code of the Spirit”, often using lone words. Basically the way I was brought up to speak as a child, the language passed down from our African ancestors when they were shipped to America as slaves. It became the voice of our land and I was the first to express it on a big scale through my music and other cities came to embrace it. Thus the name “Geecheeboy Number 1″ was formed.
Ms. FeFe: Growing up in Charleston, who were some of your musical influences?
MB: Run-DMC, Uncle Luke, Poison Clan, Compton’s Most Wanted, Big Daddy Kane, E-40, KRS-1, Skip Ski & Double D, Rakim, Scarface, UGK, Bust Down, Gangsta Nip, Poor Righteous Teachers, Kool G Rap, LL Cool J, Dru Down, Too Short. I loved the music from the West and South. They were my biggest influences.
Ms. FeFe: What made you want to do music?
MB: My Aunt had a Kurtis Blow 8 track tape with “8 Million Stories” on it and it blew me away.
Ms. FeFe: What else do you do besides music?
MB: I’ve been trying my hands in acting. I’ve been in a couple of films that have yet to be released. Songwriting and film directing are also things I am getting hands on lessons in right now. Launching my Bezzle Inc. Gear AKA BINC Wear for the Summer. I’m keeping my hands full, not too much though. I’m not going to try it unless it makes a profit. I’m just keeping my Indie game heavy and helping some cats who are trying to do that same.
Ms. FeFe: How important is it to you to give back?
MB: Giving back is the #1 to do. If things you do aren’t any bigger than yourself, I feel they aren’t worth doing. I was raised with the value “Even if its your last and you can help someone who has nothing, you do it and let God take care of you!”
Ms. FeFe: Are you working on any projects? If so, what is it titled and when will it be dropping?
MB: I have two albums set to drop this January 2012 entitled “Geechiefide” and “Street Status”.
Ms. FeFe: You have a lot of albums under your belt and you have a nice roster of artists on your label. What is the next move for Beezle Inc.?
MB: Right now all my artists have solo projects set to drop and I have a couple of joint venture albums that will be dropping with some artists I’ve been wanting to work with. We have the movie and sound track to “America Street”. We’re set to drop my first female artist Lady Slim‘s debut album. The Hike Men album which is a group consisting of myself, Bumpy J, Ray Massive, and Fatboy dropping this summer. D-Bezzle‘s 3rd solo album “Beast”, Mr. Bakinsota‘s sophomore album “Y.O.T.B.”, The Bezzle’s Worldwide Grind, and several untitled projects for 2012.
Ms. FeFe: Now-a-days a lot of artists seem to just want a hand out and not put in the work to get to that next level. You being an independent artist and entraprenuer, how important is it to invest in yourself?
MB: No one will promote you like you promote yourself. If you don’t invest in yourself how can you make anyone believe you are worth anything or even worth wasting their time to listen to your music? There are NO handouts in this game. If you get anything from anyone its because they are looking to gain something off of you or from you. I’d rather work like a slave for me for little than work for someone else for nothing. Who can you be mad at when you fail when you’re not spending anything? When you get screwed its on you. No one wants to take a lost, but you must take risks, so if you can get a little back, take it! Because that investor is going to get his back before you see a penny! Knowing what your worth is the top priority if you plan on eating in this game.
Ms. FeFe: Its 2012! New year, new goals. What was your New Years Resolution?
MB: To take my brand to the same or even better level than Russell did with Def Jam!
Ms. FeFe: What advice can you give to any artist out there trying to pursue their dreams and get to that next level?
MB: Its all or nothing. If you can’t give 110%, you’re wasting your time!
Ms. FeFe: Where can people contact you to get music, show info, or to just gain a little bit more knowledge about you?
MB: The website is under construction right now, so in the meantime I can be reached on Facebook at Megabucks843, follow me on Twitter @Geechieboy1, and Reverbnation at BezzleBallers.
Ms. FeFe: Any last words or shout outs?
MB: Shout out to GOD, my family, South and North Carolina, my Bezzle Inc. Fam, The Beat Arkitekz, 40oz Productions, AD the General, Ms. FeFe, N.A.B., all the DJ’s, artists, and fans who has been with me from day one. Those who rocking with me now, everybody who ever believed in me enough just to listen to me, THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART!
Interviewed and Written by: Ms. FeFe (N.A.B.)
HHH Magazine 2012