A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie has been through it all, and the experiences he's lived through fuel his music. Whether it's lessons learnt about love, friendship, hustling or anything else you can think of, A Boogie is a fountain of knowledge - so it's time to listen.
To celebrate A Boogie's new track Bleed having just dropped off the new deluxe version of Artist 2.0 (which you can listen to at the bottom of the article), here are 6 of his songs that have some great life lessons A Boogie fans can apply in their own lives. A Boogie is willing to share his own pain with us so we don't have to experience the same consequences, and can learn from the mistakes he's made.
Bleed is one of A Boogie's more introspective songs, and sees him talking about the importance of helping those around you, even when there's the temptation to just look after yourself. It's off his upcoming deluxe version of Artist 2.0, and it's also a look at the state of the world, and putting yourself in other people's shoes.
Speaking to Zane Lowe about the track, A Boogie says, "Let's say I find a dollar, and I'm with my best friend. I'm going to give my best friend 50 cents if I find a dollar. Some people will find a dollar and just put it in their pocket." It's a lesson that a lot of people forget from time to time - but a crucial one nonetheless.
Streets Don't Love You
On Streets Don't Love You, A Boogie raps from the perspective of a young boy in the hood, representing a younger version of himself. At times, he's felt invincible, but the crime and violence he's experienced have made him what he's become today - and he doesn't want to forget that.
It's the final track off his album Artist 2.0, released earlier this year. A Boogie is from the Bronx, and it's moulded and shaped him - but for fans that want to walk the same path as he has, this track serves as a warning that glamourising violence isn't painting a true picture of what's happened to him in his past, and how he's dealing with it, even today.
MIA sees A Boogie wanting to hide from the fame that's come as a result of becoming a huge artist, because he wants privacy, and he's unable to get any. He's adjusting to his new lifestyle, and it's not all it's made out to be - he's successful, but at what cost?
MIA is a reminder to be careful what you wish for, because there's no such thing as a free lunch. A Boogie wants fans to remember that the grass isn't always greener on the other side, and if you're envious of his success, there are definite drawbacks to making it.
Jungle is a reflection on Highbridge, a neighbourhood in the Bronx in New York where A Boogie grew up. Comparing it to a jungle, he says that it "made me go harder" and "turned me to a monster", recognising how influential where you grow up can be when you become an adult.
A Boogie doesn't want to forget what made him into the man he is today, and listeners shouldn't either - never forget your roots, because after all, that's where the first place you called home is.
The closing track on his debut album of the same name, Artist sees A Boogie wanting to be remembered as more than a rapper - he's an artist, through and through, Artist is his first name, after all, and that's what he wants to embody.
The track stresses that evne if those around you don't understand your goals, you've got to chase them with everything you've got. Artist sees A Boogie trying to get through to his partner his dreams - and while she doesn't quite understand, he's going to chase them anyway.
If I Gotta Go
If I Gotta Go comes off A Bigger Artist, and sees A Boogie struggling with the concept of death. He's not going to stop living the life he wants to live, but he can see how his death would affect those around him that he loves - especially his daughter Melody.
Throughout the track, A Boogie references those friends he's lost, and how he doesn't want to turn out the same way. Ultimately, A Boogie realises that while death is scary, you can't let the idea of death determine how you live - otherwise, death has already won.