Interview: Ms. Bee of B.O.S. On Recording With Ginuwine and Being A Female Rapper in the Local Scene
B.O.S. is a relatively new local hip-hop collective with an impressive repertoire. Rebecca Plasencia (a.k.a. Ms. Bee), Olivier Jean-Joseph (a.k.a. Oli) and Michael Naylor (a.k.a. $leepytime) joined forces as B.O.S. in 2009. In that short time, the group has already performed across the country, opened for national artists, released a mixtape, and recorded several records' worth of material. The group's latest endeavor involves work with labelmate Ginuwine. Ms. Bee sat down with us to discuss the group's ongoing projects, as well as her solo career and experience working with the Bachelor.
Chrissy Wilmes: How long have you been performing as a group?
Ms. Bee: Long story short, we did the All Star Game in 2009. We opened up for Ginuwine -- it was actually Oli who was doing the opening -- and then he asked me to come in and do a couple verses. $leepy was doing the background vocals, and then after that we sort of [thought] we should probably be a group because the show went so well.
I had been doing verses for Oli, he had been doing hooks for me, $leepy had been making beats ... we decided to join forces.
I remember you saying you'd moved to St. Louis kind of recently?
Yeah, It was actually about six years ago.
Where were you living before? Were you performing there?
Outside of Detroit. Oh yeah. All three of us were solo artists before. So in Detroit there's a lot of open mics and ciphers and battles, so I would partake in that even though I was from outside the city. I'd drive out there pretty much every night of the week.
Has B.O.S. played any shows recently, or do you have any planned soon?
We did the Pageant, we did the Gramophone, we've been out of town in Houston, we have something in Wisconsin coming up in May... we've just been trying to do our own things and then perform collectively as a group as well.
So you still perform solo?
Yeah. Oli does a lot of weddings, $leepy's doing production all over the place. I'm hoping to get on the Slumfest ticket.
So is that how you met Ginuwine? Through the All Star Game?
He signed to our label, it's called Notifi Music Group. So we're all signed under the same label. Oli and $leepy have actually done production and writing for him, on the past album and this new one also. And then I was able to feature on one of his songs with Trina.
What's the name of the track?
It's called "Batteries."
Are you working on recording anything right now?
Well, we have about three albums recorded, we're sort of shopping for a major to back us before we just give away these songs that are really awesome... they're like pop mixed with R&B mixed with hip-hop, just all over the place... we mix guitars in some of them. It's pretty awesome. We have some interest from some people in Europe, Ireland and the UK as well. We do have a song in iTunes called "Special 2 Me," so we've been pushing that as well as doing shows.