Audiomack Streaming Success: ‘I Just Compete With Myself’
Last December, the thought of turning 23 years old frightened A Boogie wit da Hoodie. At the time, he was only a few weeks away from releasing his sophomore album, Hoodie SZN, but yet, fear dampened his outlook. Before reaching his Jordan Year, The Bronx rapper admitted to almost suffering a “midlife crisis.”
“I overloaded myself with work,” Boogie ruminated during our interview last year. “I give myself work to do so I don’t give myself time to chill and have free time to chill with the family as much.”
Eight months later, Boogie is doing what he once strived to do last year: chill and relax. On this humid Wednesday night, he isn’t letting work take the front seat to his celebratory evening. In honor of receiving over 200 million streams on Audiomack, along with a whopping 1.6 billion plays coming courtesy of Billboard 200 chart-topper Hoodie SZN on all platforms, Boogie looks to toast to his accomplishments all before his 24th birthday this December.
“I’m going for the top, top, top, you feel me,” he chuckles shortly before receiving his plaque from Audiomack founder David Ponte.
Despite Boogie taking the night off, this year has been anything but chill for the “Drowning” MC. This past summer, he notched a bevy of guest slots alongside pop titans Ed Sheeran (“1000 Nights”) and Khalid (“Right Back Remix”) He didn’t forget about his rap comrades either, leaving his handprints on Mustard’s “Baguettes in the Face,” and Gucci Mane’s searing banger “Blind.” Boogie’s indelible run speaks to his desire to reach the “top, top, top,” especially with his forthcoming single “Mood Swings,” slated to drop Sept. 13.
“It’s my first video I directed,” he exclusively tells Billboard. “Me and Eif Rivera directed this shit. This shit is about to be fire.”
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