Boffa hails from Adelaide, Australia. He started emceeing throughout his high school years after being surrounded by like-minded people who shared a love of hip hop. On April 7 Boffa released his new album The Deeper You Dive, The Realer It Gets. Which chronicles the last 3 years of his life. We spoke to Boffa to find out more.
Boffa Welcome to File Under Hip Hop! You’re from Adelaide, Australia. Can you tell us what the Hip Hop scene is like there?
What’s good!? Thank you!!
The scene’s alive and well in Adelaide. Hard for anyone to touch the limits the Hilltop Hoods are at and have been. But local shows are back and kicking after a year’s break throughout COVID, which is dope. I love the Adelaide scene! Everyone’s unique and fresh and doing their own thing, so shout out to the ADL scene!
What artists influenced/inspired you and why?
Speaking strictly rap influences, in early years I was heavily into Eminem, Lupe Fiasco, Ice Cube, 50 Cent. I’m not sure why, always loved the styles they brought. Whether it’s Eminem’s storytelling, Lupe’s wordplay, or Cube and 50’s hunger. The beats were banging too!
So far you have released 2 singles and an EP. Tell us about those.
Yep, in 2020 I released my ‘Eternal Fire’ EP and 2 singles. ‘Eternal Fire’ came, as the album was taking longer than expected. I thought I needed to put something out away from the singles I had. But like I said then, I’ll say now: Just because ‘Eternal Fire’ was released to fill in some time before the album release, it definitely isn’t just a ‘filler’ EP. I’m proud of that work, just as I am with my 2019 EP ‘Dedication To Patience’ and my latest album.
On April 7, 2021, you released your new 11 track album ‘The Deeper You Dive, The Realer It Gets’ where you touch on your highs and lows. Tell us more about the release.
It’s something special to me, for sure. I didn’t even realise I was making an album until I sat back and looked at the music I had created. It all came together perfectly as a reflection of oneself; from the hard-hitting tracks to the more personal ones, to just the raw, gritty wordplay songs where I have a bit of fun.
What’s your favourite joint on the album and why?
That’s a real hard question to answer. I could never just pick one, as each song resembles a certain time and emotion I was feeling at the time. But for this interview’s sake, I’ll go with Inside My Head. Feeling down and out, you know when nothing is going your way?? That’s the mindset I was in when I had started this song. But what I love about it is throughout the track I’m not just 100% anti-life.
You can definitely hear the positive message I’m trying to tell myself whilst writing it and the response from it I’ve gotten back. People are relating to it, which is a massive bonus for me.
What has the response been like so far?
It’s been good. All I can ever give is myself through my music, especially this album, and for people to be bumping means a lot to me. That’s love, you know!?
Where can people go and listen/download/purchase ‘The Deeper You Dive, The Realer It Gets’?
It’s on all streaming platforms to stream and iTunes for purchase! Type in The Deeper You Dive The Realer It Gets and it’ll be at your fingertip!
Before the pandemic had you been on the live circuit doing shows etc? What has been your most memorable show and why?
My 2019 EP launch definitely stands out. It was my first headliner show and to get it at Adelaide’s HQ nightclub was amazing. It was the first gig I got my hype man up on stage too, match made in heaven.
What’s next for Boffa?
To keep pushing this album we released and keep being inspired by life to write more. We’re currently organising the album launch and what we’ve lined up for it, it’s set to be a huge night!
Tell us your socials.
For sure! Give us a follow and hit me up, always down to interact with listeners and other artists.
Best of luck with your album. Is there anything else you would like to add?
Thank you!! All I’ll say is if you haven’t heard the album, go give it a listen and let me know your thoughts! Every listener is appreciated. Much Love.
Interview by Jai Boo