Big Love is one of the most lyrical and controversial figures in the music industry today. Big Love has independently been wowing listeners with his purely unadulterated style and street credibility. You see, Big Love has lived the life that most gangster rappers rhyme about but have never experienced.
Big Love was born in Studewood, a notoriously violent Houston, Texas neighborhood. By the mid-1990′s, Big Love was turning over a new leaf realizing that there was more money and security to be made in music compared to crime. He teamed with local producer D.J. Blast; the influential old school hip hop collective that was networking with The Wreckless Clan and D.J. Screw, who was impressed with Big Love’s emceeing abilities. In 1996, local entrepreneur Sean “Boxx” Wilborn signed Big Love to his Unlimited Records. Love was thankful for Boxx’s mentorship as the young rapper learned the basics of the music industry.
With the spotlight now on the south its true lyricist return to the forefront. Big Love himself has credited work with double platinum producer Mike B, platinum producer Bruce “Grim” Rhodes, platinum producer Michael Watts and gold producer Sean “Solo” Jemison to name a few. Big Love has alliances with Street Military, 5th Ward Boys, and The Trinity Garden Cartel. Big Love also has credited film work on several independent Houston releases. Big Love is also noted as being one of if not the first independent artist from Houston to boast international sales. His fan base reaches Italy, Germany, Japan and a couple of more countries that respect this ghetto legend. Talk about “real” Big Love has to be the definition. His tragic losses in life have been his only derailments from the game. After his solo release in 1997 he would invest into his own career establishing Candy Sto’ Productions in 2000. That year he would lose his brother Big J. Miller from his side to a life sentence of incarceration. With the bond of brothers broken Big Love was left to visit Big J as often as possible while trying to stay focused in the game. Big J remains in good spirits from behind BETO I’s prison walls in Texas. He stressed the importance of family to Big Love and had him watch closely over there younger sister Kimberly Miller-Williams. In September of 2001, Big Love would have to defy the odds personally and do what is becoming all to common in hip-hop, survive being shot (5 times). Then in November of 2006, a day before what would have been her 25th birthday, Kimberly was killed by a drunk driver while following Big Love from a family dinner. At the scene, Big Love would take the shirt off his back cover her face and say his last goodbyes. Handling the pain the best way possible Big Love continues to try to entertain some of the few loved ones he has left….family, friends, and his loyal fans.
It’s hard to say whether fame and fortune will change Big Love. The man has always had a big thirst for notoriety, money, and guns, and he seems quite knowledgeable in those topics. Although his brazen image as a true thug and gangster will lift his status as one of the most powerful figures in the rap music industry, it is his intelligence, sharp wit, and astute business acumen that will give him staying power. The man knows what he wants, knows how to get it, and knows how to make it even better.
Big Love, Pimp Click Playaz, Don Vesto, C-Nyle, Pelon, BDASH3, G-Coste’, STINK, Mayor Chico, Real Ghetto Starz, Dubble Nutt, Miller Boyz Squad, Frank Folda,Business Only (BO), Cynthia Miller Jones (Gospel)
What’s the first thing you would say to someone when they ask you to describe yourself as an artist?
As an artist I’d describe myself as a realist with the gift of lyrical expression. I’d also consider my abilities consistent and amongst the stronger in hip hop in the past decade. One of the first truly independent artist to garner radio rotation outside of a Rap A Lot or Suave House artist. I’m an artist with a strong faith in God and a strong drive for success. I’ve always relied on my rap skills to garner there own respectability vs. the beefing and all da gang affiliations for street credibility. In all honesty, being shot, loosing family members to death and incarceration is lil too sad for me to ever celibrate. In rare instances, I can go in on a song about it, and I’m sure you will hear the pain in my voice. I’d have to say that my lyrics are just the thoughts of anyone trying to come up and achieve success at some level. Everyone has issues, everyone is visited by pain. Big Love is just the voice of the majority.
Are you currently working on any new projects?
Recently released Big Love – HBO (Houston’s Best Officially) retailers can get at me or DEEP Distribution for this title. You’re probably not going to hear a harder album than that! I released two separate single’s afterward’s being “Sometimes” and “Rain or Die” feat. Tha Centop and PKT. We wrapping up the new album for Mayor Chico former member of legendary houston rap group New Mafia entitled Return Of Da Bastard. Midway through completion with the debut of Real Ghetto Starz. Pimp Click Playaz project is cocked and loaded. For the kids Miller Boy Squad “Do It How Yo Do It” just released on ITunes and other digital retailers. And Cynthia Miller-Jones “Praise Melodies” received a nomination at the Gospel Music Awards. Guess at Candy Sto’ productions we always working on new projects.
What inspires your music?
My music is inspired by memories, experiences, and everything else happening around me. Hip hop has always been a way for me to vent or display affection since I was in the 4th grade. I always knew releasing on paper was more logical than loosing my cool in situations. If they listen close they can tell what kind of mood I’m in when I pen a song.
What artists in the industry inspire you the most today?
If I’d have to draw inspiration from any artists currently in the industry it would be someone like Sean Carter or Curtis Jackson
Why is that?
I feel lyrically competitive with both of these cats but their business acumen is to be applauded. Here are two African American men who came out of the hood, They have experienced majority of the same hardships that me and many other have and they stand today as separate successful brands. The mission we are on as artist they have achieved.
What makes you different from other artist today?
What makes me different is my struggle. Not too many artist in the game have realistically been through the things they rap about. They adore to tell my story but in reality don’t won’t to wear the scars of biting five bullets or the stress involved with federal indictments or living life without the brother and sister you were raised with. I would think my intent separates me from other artist too, I don’t won’t to glorify wrongdoings but warn and share situations that I have been through. My delivery is straight to the point.
What do you want your fans now and your future fans to know about you?
I want my fans to know that I appreciate all the love, the emails. I’m probably one of the few artist who actually email new songs to fans to get their opinion before I move forward. My fans are the realist, they tell me when they like something I’m trying, and they voice their opinion when they wanna hear the rugged Big Love. When I wanna leave music along they often request I do a track. I want all yall to know whatever I can do musically to assist with yo situation I got ya. And when you need more than a song maybe a listening ear I’m still available to big up my sisters and brothers. Contact me anytime. I’ll be here now and in the future to provide quality music to the real.
Tell us more about Candy Sto’ Productions?
Candy Sto’ Productions was established in 2000. We opened up a studio with initial plans of just having somewhere to record albums for Big Love and the Pimp Click Playaz. Our affiliations with artist in the Houston area ended up making us one of the most used facilities in the city. The owner of Pandora actually interviewed Big Love from this location. We have since closed to the public on general recording do to an increase in our roster. We consider ourselves one of the more active independents with a diverse portfolio of musical offerings. We take pride in our talented engineers, artist, and graphic designers.
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