Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to email@example.com.
A list of rappers that ended up being way more enjoyable to listen to then their semi-goofy to goofy names initially led you to believe:
- Eminem: Possibly the best rapper alive. Also a delicious candy.
- Shorty Shitstain: Yep, there's actually a guy who named himself that. When he releases the non-cussing version of each of his albums he goes by Tiny Poopybottom instead. Truth.
- Plies: It's one letter away from being "pliers." On the other hand, how cool would it be if he started a group and made everyone else take on almost-tool nicknames as well, like Hamme or Screwdiver?
- Lil' Booise: Perhaps Lil' Ignorant was already taken?
Go ahead and add 3Bubble to that list.
When we first heard about 3Bubble, our initial was the exact same thing we said when our youngest sister introduced us to her first boyfriend: "Get the fuck outta here."
But after enough needling - his PR guy is very persistent - we gave him a listen and, lo and behold, he was good; a tenor, not-loud-but-not-quiet, smooth voice that he flexes the most when he gets out in front of a beat.
So we reached out to talk to him about all sorts of things, including his name, Worthing high school and Bubble Bobble.
Rocks Off: First of all, you're going to have to explain the 3Bubble name. There has to be a story behind it, right? You couldn't have just been sitting there like, "You know what? I think I'm gonna call myself '3Bubble'."
3Bubble: "3Bubble" evolved from the moniker 3rd Degree, which I always signed with the number 3 and a degree bubble. I figured, "3Bubble, how can you forget 3Bubble...how can you forget me?"
RO: You graduated from Worthing high school right? That's cool. Question: How far do you think you would have made it in an actual high school? OOHHH! Face!
3B: Attending Worthing exposed me to a lot. Academically I felt deprived but socially I was able to see and learn from certain backgrounds that most only see on TV. Worthing has influenced me both positively and negatively.
RO: Do you remember that video game Bubble Bobble? Is there any way at all that we can convince you to make the cover of your next mixtape an homage to the cover of that game? It might seem knd of corny, but I'm certain all of the rap blogs out there run by non-black guys would go crazy for it. We love obscure references.
3B: [laughs] I definitely remember that game. I'm always open for creative suggestions. My mixtape album cover can be all black with no words and the content will still be outstanding. In other words, the album cover is always the fun part but the substance lies within.
RO: You're out promoting and touring, right? What's the word on new music? When will Houston hear new 3Bubble music?
3B: I'm performing around the city. Thursday, August 12, 2010 I'll be at Element Lounge in Midtown. My latest CD, The Fresh Entrepreneur, is available online on cdbaby.com and iTunes right now. Trust me, it will be a pleasant surprise.
RO: Since everyone else is talking about it: What'd you think of The Source giving Bun's Trill OG five mikes? Was it deserved, or promotional tomfoolery?
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3B: Wow, I'm embarrassed for you for even asking that question. Bun B is always under appreciated lyrically and creatively. And besides, that his album is super hot. So no tomfoolery, I feel the credit is due.
RO: Anything you want to plug? Now'd be the time to do it, sir.
I just wanna give a shout out to CHEK Records, my critically acclaimed drummer Syd The Kid, the hardest hype man in the land Sam Sie, and the R.Hodge art group.
See 3Bubble online here. Like he said, you can see him in person this Thursday, August 12, at Element Lounge.