By Sarah Badran
ON THE LAST DAY OF 2014, the now 23-year-old Bobby Sessions quit his job with $50 to his name, on a mission to pursue his passion for music full-time. Little did he know that jumping faith first into his dreams would set in motion one of the most promising years of his life.
In 2015 he released his highly-anticipated debut album L.O.A. (aka Law of Attraction), received a 2015 Dallas Observer Music Award “Best Song” nomination for his single “Black America,” packed Trees for a sold-out album release show, and signed a deal with record label High Standardz. This year is looking promising for this kid.
Raised in Pleasant Grove, a city just a few minutes east of downtown Dallas, Sessions found inspiration through listening to artists like N.E.R.D., Nas, Eminem, Lupe Fiasco, and his all-time favorite rapper Jay-Z. It wasn’t until college that he realized he may have a future as a rapper.
Sessions went to the University of North Texas to study broadcast journalism and sociology, where he participated in the school’s Poetic Justice cypher to showcase his lyrical skills. Shortly after, he joined the popular collective known as “Brain Gang” alongside Blue, The Misfit, Justus, 88 Killa, Cashmir, X, and Sam Lao.
“Brain Gang” eventually disassembled into solo endeavors for its members and Sessions was left to figure out what the future had in store. Honing in on his craft and unique lyrical style, Sessions carved out his own lane and wrote vigorously to create L.O.A., a now critically-acclaimed album stock piled with hit after hit. When seeking inspiration for his newly-released project, the artist referred to The Secret, a documentary centered on the law of attraction and positive thoughts to increase one’s overall health, wealth and happiness.
Sessions delves into his current reality and what he hopes the future will bring on the 13-track album. The title track, “Black America,” put the topic of police brutality on the forefront and caught the attention of music media outlets across the country including HipHopDX, DJ Booth, The Smoking Section, Dallas Observer, and more. With all ears on him, Sessions also dropped two follow-up singles “Peyton Manning” and “Black Neighborhood” with equally eye-opening lyrics and visually-appealing music videos directed by hometown favorite Jeremy Biggers.
With all the hype surrounding his new album, Sessions remains humble and claims he still has more to accomplish. He finds it odd when people tell him he is special as he believes he is simply serving his divine purpose. The artist’s creative process begins with meditation and motivational videos. Sessions reads books and compares notes with other writers and his peers, taking inspiration from athletes and other musicians he admires.
“Believing in yourself is normal. I am created to be exceptional,” he said. “I maximize on everything I have and I’m focused so I can do anything I want to the best of my ability. I think that’s normal, not special.”
Throughout the creative process on L.O.A., Sessions made it a point to reach out to some of his favorite local artists whom he is lucky to also call friends. Featured on the album are Slim Gravy of the recently split rap duo A.Dd+ on “Helicopters,” Funk Volume’s Jarren Benton on “Grind or Die,” Donny Domino and Zyah on “Piece of Peace” and “Unlimited Unleaded/High Speed,” and Freddy Sans on “Am I Dumb?”
Sessions credits Dallas’ own Donny Domino, Topic, X, The Misfit, and Blue, The Misfit’s production skills as the glue that holds this album together. From start to finish, L.O.A. flawlessly takes you on the journey that is the Bobby Sessions experience, introducing each listener to the uniquely creative being that is Bobby Sessions.
His voice is unlike any other rapper in the local scene and that’s what caught the attention of High Standardz co-founder and Sessions’ current manager Vince Chapa. Chapa, who manages some of Dallas’ best up-and-coming rap artists, including Sam Lao, A.Dd+, Blue, The Misfit and Snow tha Product, clearly has an eye for talent.
“When choosing a new artist to work with I always choose an artist with a unique voice and Bobby epitomizes that to me,” said Chapa. “From the perspective of what he has to say lyrically to his voice itself and how it sounds on the record, both of those things made it a no brainer to me. I admire his work ethic and passion and his drive to be great that not every artist has.”
Sessions told The Blitz it was important for him to incorporate as much talent from Dallas to introduce unity, as opposed to competition, within the local music scene.
“The Dallas (music) scene is about to explode!” Sessions said. “We all need each other to keep growing. Dallas needs a big name, why not me?”
It’s clear that Bobby Sessions is on a roll with no signs of slowing down and we can’t wait to see what 2016 has in store. For now, you can keep up with him on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the latest news on this fast rising star.
You can catch him on stage at the grand re-opening of RBC (2617 Commerce St. in Deep Ellum) with DJ sets by Picnictyme and Blue, The Misfit at 8 p.m. on Jan. 30 for only $15.
*Fact-checked and edited by Sandrine Phaysouphanh.