Photos By: Isis Ming Hao
It is rare to come across an artist who sometimes wishes he were homosexual to change the face of hip-hop. Quincy “Beme” Mosby is unlike any musician we’ve interviewed. Though the emcee began performing just a few years ago, he has been on a mission to create a local buzz around the Bay Area. The first time we interviewed Beme, he took a backseat and shared his opinion on local music. This time, the 24-year-old Oakland resident spoke with us about his struggles with eating disorders, how he feels when he’s on stage, and what he does during his free time. So sit back and take a few minutes to get into Beme’s mind.
Update: Check out Beme’s first music video at the bottom of the interview “I like you like you,” which was directed by the East Oakland emcee Kreayshawn. And download two of his songs “Good Guy” and “Everything.” Enjoy and support local music!
Tell me a little bit about yourself
Well I’m really into fat chicks in my porn, I watch hella Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and I tend to eat when I’m depressed. I’m trying to work some of the pounds off right now. You know, gotta get sexy on these bitches. No disrespect.
How long have you been making music?
When I start doing music I really like to just expand that to art. I think a lot of these dudes are just one-dimensional cats. Me, I started out creating when I came out the womb. I’ve done it all man, but as far as music, I started producing records for rappers 6 years ago. I was really just trying to be like my heroes Trackademicks and the Neptunes, but then I kinda fell out of music when I started losing weight and went through this period of anorexia, bulimia, and a stint in some mental institutions. After that, I came out and was like “fuck this shit. I’m black. Imma rap.” And then I was like “oh shit, I’m good at this.” That was like two years ago so, yeah, now I’m the shit.
If you don’t mind me asking, how did you go from making music to entering a period of anorexia, bulimia, and going in an out of mental institutions?
It’s still something that I go through on a daily basis. People don’t know that I was starving and binging a lot of times before shows. I was feeling insecure about my body not even wanting to leave the house and what not. That’s why I get so emotional when fools don’t pay attention. I really put myself out there even when I don’t want to. I hate this feeling. I wish to God sometimes to be normal, but that’s just not for me. I know there are dudes and girls out there with body image issues, and I’m meant to speak to them.
What got you back on your feet?
I think getting back on my feet is a daily process. Everyday and night I choose to write music or do music. Shit, I choose who I am. Sometimes I choose to be a bulimic drunk. And I’m fuckin’ up, but that’s a part of it. I get knocked down, but nothing and no one can keep me there, not even myself. I’m too arrogant for that shit.
How are you influenced by your surroundings as a musician?
Musicians in my surroundings have definitely opened up my mind to different styles of music and they’ve also made me grow up as a man. I mean, Kreayshawn filmed my first music video. Spirits in the Basement have been brothers to me. Hottub, DJ Miggy Stardust, and Ninjasonik showed me through their grind how to do this show shit. And my homie Pill Kozby, recorded my first real verse on a beat he made. All these other niggas can suck dick. It’s me and my team Envador or Nothing. I do respect this dude Lil B though. I be cookin’.
When did you realize that music was what you wanted to pursue?
I really peeped that music was gonna be my thing when I started producing. I stayed up all day and night (no Cudi) making beats and shit. I was like “I just wanna live like Bam Margera”– as a producer and shit. Before that, I was just a radio DJ for youth organizations (BAVC, Youthradio.org, and KPFB), playing angry white boy music, alternative, and hip-hop with my friends while swearing up a storm on the internet.
Hell no. I’m not where I want to be until you see me getting blown on TMZ and shit, but this is where I need to be right now. I need to find myself in this underground music scene and make this shit pop for myself. I think this is just my story, and I’ve gotta play it out on some old black man Harry Potter shit for real. When it’s my time, these niggas will see what’s up.
What do you love most about being an artist?
I think the thing I love most about being an artist is just being a weird ass nigga. I’ve never had an excuse for the things I used to do–like putting boxes on my head or humping random guys–but now when I don’t want to work a 9 to 5 I can say its cause I’m an artist. If fools are like “why are you wearing face paint?” I can be like “shut the fuck up. I’m an artist.” It’s great. This must be how mixed kids feel. Ha!
What is your opinion of the current state of hip-hop and what do you feel you bring to the table?
Man, I love the current state of hip-hop right now. I think it’s the best time because it’s the most diverse time since the whole shit started. My only problem is that there isn’t an openly gay emcee in the mainstream. I wish I were gay sometimes so I could change that shit. What I bring to the table though, I really don’t know yet. I’m still figuring that out.
In your opinion, why do you think there are not any openly gay emcees yet?
I think there are not openly gay emcees in the mainstream for one reason: They are pussies. Artists are too pussy to put themselves out there and fans are too pussy to except an artist who will. I’m not pussy. If Drake came out tomorrow I’d be like “I like that gay ass nigga’s music. Fuck anybody who don’t feel it.” I have my own opinion about shit. Not to say I’m not influenced by this prejudice society we live in, but I’m growing out of that shit everyday.
When you get on stage, what kind of energy do you feel?
Man, the kind of energy I feel on that stage is crazy; I love it. I performed at Mama Buzz Café, a coffee house, in Oakland on February 13th. There was like 12 people there and 8 of em’, who were performing motherfuckers, were on their phones my whole set. Shit, I still didn’t give a fuck. When I’m on stage it’s like hugging my dead mom again. I get her back for thirty minutes to an hour and then she’s gone. I just want my fans, haha, people who come to my shows, to be like I’ve never seen anything like this before and to be blown away. I don’t think that’s too much to ask of God.
And what does the presence of your mom’s spirit do for you when you’re on stage?
I don’t even know. Sometimes it makes me want to jump off stage. It gets so hard to deal with all the emotions sometimes; I think it energizes me. I still can’t listen to some of her recordings; it freaks me out and shit.
When you’re not engulfed in making music, what are you most likely doing?
When I’m not making music I’m probably studying music, answering questions like these, talking to a girl, eating, or trying to figure this marketing shit out. It’s crazy. I wake up everyday like “what do I need to do to grow this shit.” The scary thing is I’m about to figure it out. I hope I’m ready.
Do you have any shows or events coming soon. If so, tell Cheap Sushi readers about them.
I’ve got an EP coming out in June titled “Red Lights Flash.” Shits gonna be crazy. I’ve got so much music in me. Fools don’t even know I’m still growing and finding my sound, and I’ll never be done with that process. I’ll probably be with a note pad in my casket when the crack that bitch open. But really I just want fools to check my Youtube channel youtube.com/betvgo and like my Facebook page The Bemer. Everything stems from those two outlets. That’s all they need to know.
Top: Beme – Good Guy (Prod. Deep Is Black)
Bottom: Beme – Everything ft. Pill Kozby