12.23.2016

Exclusive: A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie Promises Drake Collab, Talks ‘Artoven’ Mixtape

A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie has had quite a breakout year and the Bronx rapper wants to continue his streak in the new year. Following up on the success of “My Shit,” A Boogie tells Rap-Up TV that he’s already working on his Artoven mixtape with famed producer Zaytoven.

“It’s not done. It’s in the making,” he says. “I’ve got a couple features right now. Young Scooter. I got one with [Lil] Bibby coming out. I’ve got a video with Bibby coming out, it’s called ‘Proud of Me Now.'”

The project may not be finished, but it does have a title. “I’m taking my name, Artist, and I’m taking Zaytoven,” he explains, “and putting them together: Artoven.”

A collaboration with Drake might also be in the works. A Boogie performed with Drizzy during three “Summer Sixteen Tour” stops at New York’s Madison Square Garden this summer and he says that will turn into chemistry in the lab.

“He hit me up the day before MSG like, ‘What’s up? You trying to perform?’ So, of course I said yeah,” he recalls. “I wasn’t all the way prepared because I had like an 8-hour notice. Y’all will see a collaboration hopefully, if not at the end of this year, next year for sure.”

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Drizzy isn’t the only big name A Boogie has crossed paths with. During Beyoncé’s “Formation World Tour,” the New York spitter popped up during DJ Khaled’s opening set at New Jersey’s Met Life Stadium. There, he met Jay Z.

“I thought I was gonna meet [Beyoncé],” he shares. “I didn’t know I was gonna meet Jay Z…I was talking to somebody. I looked to my left, it was Jay Z. I looked back, looked again, it was Jay Z. I’m like, ‘Oh shit!’ He came over, said what’s up, showed me props. It was dope.”

Another one of his superstar supporters is Diddy. In fact, he says Puff Daddy spoke to him about signing with Bad Boy. “He was trying to see what’s up with me, where I’m at, where I’m going,” says Boogie. “He was talking [about a potential deal] but my eyes was everywhere…I considered it.”

Despite that, A Boogie is simply reppin’ Highbridge the Label. “We come from a neighborhood called Highbridge in Bronx, New York, by Yankee Stadium,” he says. “We come from that so we turned it into Highbridge the Label.”