Interview with Brian "B Dot" Miller of Rap Radar

What up people, It’s your boy Trav Dave. This interview right here is with my homie since 08.  B.Dot and I go back to the early days of Twitter before the slander and even the Retweet button.  He’s always been a good dude and never one to hold back his opinion.  He also made du-rags cool (Sorry Bleek). One time for Rap Radar’s own.

What was it like for you, growing up in Queens post the Supreme Team days, but right before the 50 Cent mania days?

Growing up in Queens is interesting because you forget that there’s a world outside of the borough. Even though we’re next door to Brooklyn and a subway ride from Manhattan, we’re in our own bubble.  But overall Queens is a cool place. Real blue collar.

While at Delaware State, you interned at Don Diva. Was that your introduction to the Hip-Hop industry? Tell us about that experience.

Yeah, writing didn’t come natural to me.  I got fired from our college radio station and then I worked on the school newspaper because I wanted to get my voice out there.  Don Diva magazine was looking for writers and I figured, I’d try my luck because i was always fascinated by the Black underworld.  Eventually, I met Del State alumnus Bonsu Thompson who was music editor at XXL.  After some persistence, he gave me my first assignment.

How did you link up with Elliott Wilson?
From XXL.  After graduating college, he hired me.  When we both got let go from the magazine, he approached me about this new online opportunity.  This was like, 2008.  We’re magazine guys, so I was apprehensive about working in a digital space.  Thank God I was wrong.

You’ve been doing online media for awhile now. Do you believe print in Hip-Hop is dead?
Yes. [laughs] I still love magazines and reading long form pieces, but I feel its geared towards a niche audience.  Like, who’s spending $7.99 on a magazine?  The game and technology are constantly evolving and I feel like people are more interested in audio and visual mediums.

2-part question – You have had legendary battles with radio stations about breaking new artists.
Since those debates with Ebro and Rosenberg, do you feel like things have changed, or things are still the same? Also you’re on satellite radio sometimes. Is it your goal to break artists?

Um, not really. I understand the politics of New York radio and why they can’t play more local acts during primetime hours.  I just feel like DJs could do more to change that.  In my opinion, DJs aren’t as proactive as they used to be.  As far as breaking artists, kinda.  There’s no better feeling than hearing a record that sounds and feels like an event and sharing it with the world.

Speaking of breaking artists, it’s well known that you played important parts with early
Macklemore, J Cole and Kendrick. Anybody on the radar we should be aware of?

There are so many dope artists out there.  In New York, the first ones that come to mind are 360, Denzil Porter, Push!, AG Da Coroner, and Semi The Gawd.  Elsewhere you got, 3D Natee, Dustin Prestige, Doughbeezy, Deezo…. I just wish it was about the music to get those kind of guys the proper attention they deserve.

I listened to your podcast show with Tony Yayo. Can we expect more podcast shows in the future?

Absolutely.  The feedback has been amazing.  I’m excited.  I’ve got some folks in mind, but I also want to sit with big dogs like Drake and Jay Z.

Rap Radar will turn 6 on March 9th. What are some of the goals with the brand this year?

Wow, I didn’t even think about it.  6 years.  Crazy.  The podcast is definitely something new we’re implementing.  More interviews and original content.

I just wanted to thank you for taking time out of your day to do this man.  Much love and more continued success to you and Rap Radar as a whole.  Any shouts, and how can the people contact you?

Anytime, man. my handle is @bdotTM on Twitter and Instagram. That’s where you can find me.