While some artist are looking to follow the current hype or wave in hip-hop Bakeman Global is earning his stripes by staying true to himself and the culture. With clever word play and punchlines the Brooklyn native uses his platform to address the youth, speak on current events and promote community awareness. He is quoted as saying, "I just want to be that versatile artist that can step in various lanes, the happy medium between bars and the simplicity of the sound today, mixed with an element of seriousness that touches on current events or important issues..." Bakeman continues to build his reputation and fan base one verse at a time by putting in work in NYC averaging 2 to 3 performances weekly and participating in 5 to 6 events a week. We recently sat down with the emcee for an interview.

VALIDATED: Tell us about other ventures you're currently working on or have worked on recently.

BAKEMAN GLOBAL: I've been really getting my feet wet with the acting. The web series wave is big in NY, salute to the folks behind "Money and Violence" for being the inspiration to all of us. I got my first small experience of acting in the web series "Respect Life" thanks to my brother Scorp Dolo for recommending me to the creator Boom P. Now, I have a more serious role in a dope web series called "The Other Side of Brooklyn" where I play a character named "Chedda." Salute to June Miller, Duke The Great One, and Danard Wilson for the oppprtunity. Just visit 11206 Productions on Youtube to see me in action. I also have a clothing brand called 'DOA' which stands for Day One Affiliates or Down Or Against, which is a symbol of the relationship of all my true friends from day one, and you're either Down with us Or Against us! Besides that, majority of the time you can catch me in Godsville which is a clothing company owned by my family T. Banks and Kenny

VALIDATED: What's your thoughts on the peoples welcoming reaction to the "Big Homie" tribute record to Notorious B.I.G.?

BAKEMAN GLOBAL: The reaction has been great because it's written from a unique point of view. It's produced by Charle Horse Beats, and he used the "Who Shot Ya" sample surrounded by an original beat. Every bar is a Biggie song title and it tells a story. Real Hip Hop heads respect it. 

VALIDATED: What's your earliest memory of hip-hop, the culture?

BAKEMAN GLOBAL: I remember when I was young, Big Daddy Kane, Jay Z, Shyheim, Sauce Money, Scoob, and Ol' Dirty Bastard did a video to the song "Show and Prove" right in the middle of my projects. Go look up that video, the whole hood came out.

VALIDATED: Tell us about your neighborhood growing up and how it influenced you?

BAKEMAN GLOBAL: Well, I'm from Lafayette Gardens Houses in Brooklyn. It's small compared to most housing projects, seven buildings which adds a certain closeness with everybody. Living in my hood influenced me because as a kid, I did a lot of the things my friends did, good and bad, and it showed me how to live. I took a few wrong turns, but when I was given another shot at becoming something, it motivated me and showed me the things and people that I needed to stay away from.

VALIDATED: Growing up, what kind of music was being played in your house hold?

BAKEMAN GLOBAL: I listened to what the radio was playing, but I mainly listened to R&B. Jodeci was one of my favorites, early Mary J Blige whats the 411, that was around the time when Puff kind of changed the sound of Hip Hop, fusing it with the Soulfullness of Mary. Hearing that for the first time was dope to me. I also listened to a lot of RedMan, Method Man, Rakim, and Public Enemy.

VALIDATED: Name the hip-hop artists that have influenced your flow?  

BAKEMAN GLOBAL: Being from Brooklyn, I resinate with Maino, Fabolous, Biggie, Jay Z, MOP, Mos Def, etc. They all have a dope element that I try to apply to my craft, but I'm very confident in being myself. I have my own style.

VALIDATED: With you being a Brooklyn native we've got to ask, who's your favorite lyrically Biggie or Jay-Z? Why?

BAKEMAN GLOBAL: I'll have to say Biggie. Big had a strong influence on everybody including Jay Z. Big had a dope way of painting the picture, and with him being influenced by the streets, the smooth "music that people can dance to" direction from Puff, he took it well and made it fit him. 

VALIDATED: What can fans expect from your latest project, "The Craftmatic" The Sh*t Ya'll Slept On" mixtape EP hosted by DJ Gyvis? 

BAKEMAN GLOBAL: In New York as far as the music industry goes, it's rare that you get success and recognition right out the gate. Many people have to grind for a long time before it pays off. That's how it was for me. So "The Craftmatic - The Sh*t Ya'll Slept On" is a collection of fire tracks that the people slept on. I think they paying attention now. 

VALIDATED: Can you recall the moment you fell in love with hip-hop and what inspired you to pursue it professionally?

BAKEMAN GLOBAL: I was always in love with Hip Hop, and like i said previously, I remember seeing all those major stars doing a video in my hood. At that time, i still wasn't inspired to become an artist. My first love at that time, all throughout my childhood was basketball. So fast forward many years later, after graduating college, I went on to play professional basketball in Australia from 2003 to 2010. I played in a small country town called Warrnambool. I visited the city area called Melbourne because i had a double header, we played two games on the weekend and after the second game I went to see my friend "ItsMac" perform at a venue called Skubar, and that was the moment I wanted to persue being an artist. Throughout the performance, they loved him, he was dope, and the reaction he got inspired me. I was a beginner, but I learned a lot from watching him and everybody who embraced him did the same for me. After that, another friend named Jamaka and the good folks at StreamAV provided the facility/studio and everything I needed to work on this new love. They game me the confidence and the tools to get better, and I did. I basically owe it all to them. 

VALIDATED: How difficult is it creating your own lane while trying to stay true to you and your brand of hip-hip?

BAKEMAN GLOBAL: I won't say it's difficult, it's political, but thats the nature of the game especially in NY, because we're in a time where lyrical content isn't that popular. Many song and artists that are on fire are talking about topics that aren't serious. This is a young man's game and everybody wants to have fun, so when you get too serious, or talk about community issues, or if you're too "lyrical" it doesn't get that much shine. In my opinion, it started with Soulja Boy and the boom of the internet. I remember it. I stayed focused on lyrical content, now it's going back to my kind of talk. Thank God. 

VALIDATED: Where can the fans support you online and social media?

BAKEMAN GLOBAL: You can follow me @BakeManGlobal on Instagram, Twitter, and SnapChat and Chase Baker | Bakeman Global on Facebook.

VALIDATED: Finally, what can we expect from your label, Be About Money Entertainment?

BAKEMAN GLOBAL: You can expect dope music and a well rounded movement, ready for any and every occasion. Very soon you will be seeing Be About Money in all facets of entertainment.

Troy Hendrickson