Boy da Prince: Still Livin'!
By: Todd Davis
Hailing from New Orleans, Louisiana, Lawrence "Baby Boy da Prince" Cennett exploded onto the music scene with his chart-topping 2007 anthem "The Way I Live," an uplifting track that he had written and recorded shortly after surviving the natural disaster, known as Hurricane Katrina, which literally tore his hometown into pieces.
Flash forward nearly three calendar turns later, and da Prince has returned, with his long overdue sophomore offering in hand, to shake up the industry once more...
Let's jump right into this brand new second album -- Has it even been titled yet?
Yeah, the new CD is titled MultiTalented.
Basically, I wanted to show all of my talents. You'll get me rapping, singing,
dancing, and probably some jokes. I'm gonna really just let it all hang out,
and just do me.
We kept it all New Orleans on this
joint! The bulk of the production comes from a kid named Onset. He's done
some work for B.G., and a few other people. The song with Lil Wayne, and the
song with Cassidy, were produced by Paulus Boler of Lighthouse Studios. My
first single, "Let's Go," was done by Blair Taylor of Taylor Made
Music. People are gonna really like the sound of the album. These producers
are super-talented, and the world will take notice.
Well, well, well...That's a complicated
answer. Well, first of all, the song "The Way I Live" just wouldnt
die. We were a year into the song, and it was still heavy at radio. I was
still doing shows, ring-tones were still selling, and things were good. After
everything started to slow down, Universal Republic went in a different direction
as far as rap was concerned. They dropped basically all the rappers. But,
it was cool.
Ha, ha, ha! This is probably
coming from people who are "No Hit Wonders!" Trust me, it's
hard enough to get a hit song, and it's even harder to do it again. But
hey, let them say what they want. I had a good time, and made lots of
good friends. Trust me, I'll be back, and in a major way!
I started out dancing. My brother,
Choppa [formerly signed to Master P's now defunct No Limit imprint], was hott,
and was traveling all over the country. I did all the choreography for him,
and he had a mean "show" game. As time went on, I had my own fans
who liked to see me dance. It got to the point where it was out of control.
So, my manager, Big Mel, said, "Man, since all the girls like your dancing,
what if you became a rapper?" Once we put it all together, it was like
magic! And, I never looked back.
I was influenced by what was around me; Cash Money, No Limit, 5th Ward Weebie, Hot Boy Ronald, and most of all, Choppa. I'm kind of like a mash up of all those guys.
My vibe is what I like to call
"Feel Good" music. I'm not into that "gangster" stuff,
or talking all tough. I'm more laid back. I like talking about women, and
keeping people dancing.
Nah, not really. I always was a
student of music, but didn't really know that I was going to make it a career.
Believe it or not, it kinda of just happened.
My manager gave me that name. I
was always the youngest guy on the road, so they called (me) the "Baby
Boy" of the crew.
I've been hearing lately that
you do you have some aspirations for the silver screen, correct?
Well, I'm not going to talk about
other artists. If it works for you, then do it. Right now things are down
as far as sales go, but it will turn around. Labels need to get back to artist
development. Fans need time to get to know the artist. That's the reason cats
Well, I guess I'm that guy that's
just a little bit different. I move to the beat of a different drum. Believe
it or not, I'm more lyrical than most people realize. I just got a different
I'm a real big sports fan! I love
playing football, basketball, and running. I try to stay in shape. Oh, and
by the way, I'm fast as a mutha!
In five to ten years, I just want
to be relevant. To still be making money. Getting a 9 to 5 job is not for
The album's gonna drop in March
or April. I'm definitely going on (a) promo tour so I can reach out to all
my old markets again. They been waiting, so I gotta give it to them!
My live show is crazy! I kick it
off dancing and playing with the ladies. After that, it's down to business
-- Hit 'em with the hits!
I'm not really into the mixtapes,
but I do have a few surprises up my sleeve! Stay tuned...
I just want all my fans to holla
(at) me on twitter: @DAREALBABYBOY
Yeah, the world lost one of the
best. Best musician, best dancer, best everything! Because of his death, I
hope cats really slow down and take care of themselves. I know I did.
I just want to say, "Anything is possible if you believe in the Lord!" Oh yeah, shouts out to my label, Extreme Entertainment, and Bossman and O.G. Wil. Also, look out for my label-mate, Rantz. That boy a beast with that R&B!
Thanks for taking your time
out with me today, good luck with the album, and continued success to you!