Daniel “Booby” Gibson is embarking on a new journey entering the music business. The former NBA player for the Cavaliers and ex-husband of R&B superstar Keyshia Cole, has decided to put aside basketball and pursue a career in the rap genre.
After getting injured, “Booby” spent the last two years crafting music which is strongly based on his experiences on and off the court, childhood memories as well as his life romantically. With his music, we get to understand who “Booby” is as a being and not just as an athlete. Daniel Gibson’s first single is set to drop on Tuesday October 6 which will reveal his passion for music and where he is today in life.
Mr. Gibson recently spoke with The Hot Zone’s, Brittani Medina, over the phone about the transition from basketball to music as well as to how both greatly impacted his life.
BM: Hey Mr. Gibson, how are you doing today? Ready to get started?
DG: Hi, I’m doing good. I appreciate you for having me. Yes, I am ready.
BM: Are you originally from Houston?
DG: Yes I am. Houston, Texas. South Park, to be exact.
BM: Do you still go back to visit your hometown?
DG: Yeah, as much as I can. My son is located in LA so I spend most of my time in California but whenever I can, I go down.
BM: How was it growing up in Houston?
DG: I mean I loved it. Me and my parents didn’t have the best situation but we were always big on family. I was always taken care of so I have no complaints. I love the city. (laughs) There isn’t no better place in the world.
BM: How did you get the nickname “Booby?”
DG: It’s funny, my grandmother used to call me that when I was younger. My family calls me that but once I got to high school and college–nobody really said it. Then, when I got to the NBA, Lebron [Lebron James] kind of brought it back to life. He found out it was my nickname, I believe he heard my brother say it or somebody– he just kind of took it and ran with it. From that point on everybody started calling me by my nickname.
BM: Of course basketball played such a large role in your life but what drove you to pursue a music career?
DG: Well, basketball was really the foundation of everything ever since I was younger. The thing about me is that it wasn’t always music–it was just more of having a love for writing and telling stories. I used to write stories and poetry all the time. As I got older, I learned that I can take some of the stories and poetry and turn them into music. So, with a lot of stuff that was going on in my life, I kind of started to use music as an outlet and started creating music. I just fell in-love with the whole art-form of creating music and being able to tell your story.
BM: You’re pursuing a career in primarily the rap genre– is it more of a hidden talent and not that you’ve recently discovered it?
DG: They’re a lot of guys who in the NBA and in college who knew I can rap but it was never something I was putting on display. When you are playing basketball, you know that has to be your focus. You want to be great at anything, you can’t go back and forth or do two. It was more of a hobby as something I did for recreation. Once I got hurt and I had time off, I started to invest a lot of time and energy into the craft. That’s when I decided that this is something I can do long-term.
BM: Do you look up to anyone in the music business?
DG: Look up to? No but I look at a lot of guys, in terms of, I feel like the great part about music is that they’re so many different types and so many styles. I pick certain things from every artist like what I’ve learned. My favorite artist right now is still Fabolous. I like the way he conducts himself and the way he carries himself. So, I think he is the one that I would say I sort of watch a lot just to see what he does and use some of his tools to my game.
BM: So you try to incorporate a little bit of him into your music?
DG: Yeah, like his style. He is never screaming on the mic but laid back. He hits you with the punchlines and the bars–that’s more of what I do. I’m not that ‘in your face’ style artist, I’m more laid back and chill.
BM: What would be your stage name?
DG: Right now, it’s just me. It’s Booby Gibson but “Booby’s World” is what I’ve been using whenever I release a project because that’s the name of my label, that’s the name of pretty much the way I operate. That’s my whole organization, it’s “Booby’s World.” So at this point, that’s pretty much what I go by. I don’t really have a general rap name, I just go out there and do my thing.
BM: For an athlete to transition into the music industry, many find it difficult or some find it impossible–what do you have to say to that?
DG: That’s the beauty of it! Up to this point–everybody thinks it’s impossible until somebody does it but what I believe is that I don’t think you can be an athlete that does music. I think that if you’re going to do music, you have to do music and if you’re going to be athlete, you have to be an athlete. I think that’s the difference with me. I’m not playing basketball, so you can’t necessarily call me a basketball player. I’ve been doing music full-time for the last 3 years. That’s the difference with me. My focus has been on trying to become the best artist I can be. I feel like I’m stepping up to break that mode.
BM: What will your music be about? Anything in particular?
DG: I’m definitely going to tell my story. I’m more into speaking with the ladies and being a voice–a male that is not afraid to be emotional. To speak on things that males go through, in terms of when it comes to women situations and life, in general. So, I know a lot of my life, romantically (laughs) was out on public display–a lot of my stories and what I write about, people would have heard or seen. It would be relatable due to who I was with was an artist herself [Keyshia Cole]. I think my music would be very personal.
BM: Would you say that Keyshia Cole had any importance or effect on your transition?
DG: I would definitely agree with that one. When me and her were together, I could see the effect that she had on fans and on women. When we would talk about those sort of things, me as a writer would visualize when I could have that same sort of effect– always in my head I thought, “What if I made a record, what if I made a song?” So guys, women, or whoever could relate to that music and be inspired by what I was delivering. So, definitely just watching her and seeing how she handled that industry as well helped me how to move and operate as well.
BM: How is your relationship with Keyshia Cole as of now?
DG: (laughs) You know it was rocky just like anybody else but I think we are getting to a point now that we are maturing. We had a lot of time apart. We’ve been separated long enough so we can now co-parent my son the best we can. It’s the most important thing. We’ve been trying to do right by him and not be so selfish thinking about ourselves.
BM: Would you say you have a great amount of supporters as you pursue your music career?
DG: Well, I wouldn’t say that. I would say I have large group of doubters. I think when someone hears my music and they hear the past, that’s when they understand why I decided that is what I want to do but prior to them hearing my music, prior to giving me that chance– the stereotypes are out there. Automatically, they assume I am making a mistake by not playing basketball and making music. But my thing to tell them is just think, if somebody offered you a million dollars to play a sport that you know you could play–I have injuries but I can very well go and just be on a team. But me saying no, that should tell you that my mentality is totally different. I’m not doing this for the money or a dollar, I’m doing it for the love that I have for music because of what it has done in my life. I think people will understand that a little more but they’ll see once I come out.
BM: When do you plan on releasing your music?
DG: I plan on dropping a song on the 6th of October. That’ll be one of the first songs on my EP but we hadn’t come with the dates yet. I’ve picked the songs but we have to get them on sounding the way I want them. At that point, I have a date. I’m hoping for something like Halloween or November–real soon, I’m not trying to wait (laughs) I think I waited enough.
BM: For all the young men and/or athletes who struggle with transitioning into a new life style or career and are afraid of the outcome, what are some moving words or advice you can give them?
DG: You see, that’s my main thing. I feel like there are so many athletes– who people try to make us into basketball players and say that it is all we can do. You only get twelve years playing basketball, if you’re lucky. That twelve years is supposed to last you the rest of your life. A lot of guys play ball and when they are done, they don’t know what to do. Even while you are playing, set yourself up for life after and if there is something that you want to do and if there is something in your heart just pursue it because (laughs) everyone is going to tell you that you can’t do something. It could be because they might have failed in something in life, you never know. It’s your journey and if you feel like you’re willing to put time and the effort into your craft and whatever it is you’re pursuing, you’ll give yourself the chance. If you fail, you fail but you have to go after the things you want in life. Otherwise, you’ll just be sitting on the sideline. So, I try to tell anybody if it’s in your heart, you’re passionate about it and willing to work for it then go get it.
BM: Where do you see yourself in the music business within the next year or next several years?
DG: You know success for me in music is releasing music and being an artist. That’s success for me because so many people don’t believe that I’m going to do it or don’t believe that I will do it. It’s not for me about how many records are sold because those are all bonuses. For me it’s just moving forward in the entertainment business and being respected as an artist. In the next several years, when you say my name it will be respected highly. They’ll be like, “He did it!” That’s success for me.
BM: Okay, well Thank you so much Mr. Gibson for taking out the time to speak with The Hot Zone about you and your career. We hope that all works out for you and wish you nothing but happiness and success with your new journey in music.
DG: Thank you, I appreciate you all. It will and I will be hearing from you all at some point again, I’m sure. Thank you.
Daniel Gibson’s first single is set to drop on Tuesday October 6 which will reveal his passion for music and where he is today in life.