Connis Paul Landry aka Boxx-A-Million, is an emcee New Orleans native that currently resides in Charlotte. Although a ¼ owner of Indie label Viet 9 Entertainment, LLC and member of super group, New Orleans Bomb Squad.
He is also a self-contained, managed, and distributed solo artist. Boxx-A-Million brings his 23-year experience as a seasoned artist, producer, and performer to the forefront of the independent music scene.
He is mostly known for his lyricism, intricate rhyming patterns, and ability to adapt to various sub-genres within Hip-Hop. He is also a skilled vocalist in Reggae (Roots & Dancehall) & Rock and Roll (Mostly Alternative & Contemporary).
He has co-produced and produced for himself and various indie artists in different regions and countries. He’s highly noted as a top feature when concerning collaborations with other artist, and has been featured on numerous songs for mixtapes and official albums dating from the 1990s until present day.
He has performed from the smallest night clubs to being an opening act and/or hype man to independent and nationally syndicated artist either through association or placement.
What Musical Genre Do You Feel Best Describes Your Music And How Would You Describe Your Sound?
Hip Hop 100 percent Hip Hop!! Substance filled with imagery driven music!! Regardless the type of rap it is the mood, or setting its great subject matter with a keen focus on visualization. Ill describe my music as thought provoking! Heavily cultured! You'll get a lot of instrumentation and Pre-Hurricane Katrina NoLa (New Orleans) vibes. I can sway as far as sound depending on what I'm trying to relay but the meat and potatoes of my sound is Instrumentation & substance driven.
How Did You Get Your Name? Is There A Story?
wow! there is a 3 part story to my name it originated early 1990s I was in intermediate football. In Gretna on the West side of New Orleans, Louisiana we had a coach named Coach B! Rest In Peace to Coach Emanuel Boseman man, he was instrumental in a lot of youth lives back then. I was Offensive & Defensive lineman at 10 years old (I was a chunky preteen lol), When it was time to pick equipment no helmet couldn't fit me so they had to order me a bigger size helmet because I got a kind of big head lol. So that's how I gained my 1st Nickname which was Shoe Box, referring to me having a shoebox shaped head. So from 10 yrs old up until maybe 13 teen it was Shoe Box as a nickname & as far as my rap name from the ages of 12 to 16 teen it changed C-Money, 2 Pac 1/2 (don't Laugh), L.N.I.B. , Black Ghost, & Da Adolescent. So during those years Shoe Box turned into just Box because I was a good fighter, coming up in the 90s in NoLa you had better know how to fight. Then R.I.P. to Damien "Peanut" Higgins a childhood friend started tagging our set & my nickname with Box spelled with two X's for knockout so it stuck. At that time we were kind of gaining traction musically, but it was the Super predator era of the Clinton's so myself and a lot of people from our ares fell victim to those laws and did prison time for things we were involved in. In prison I met a guy named Mark from Mississippi hes the one who actually gave me the -A-Million. He used to always walk pass and and say Boxx-A-Million you're gonna be a Millionaire!! So after doing time I wasn't an adolescent anymore I went in at 16 teen doing adult time came out 19 teen a grown man! so taking Boxx what everybody already knew me as & was like Ok this is it!
What Are or Have Been Your Musical Influences?
Man The scope of this question is WIDE! From island music to NoLA Bounce Brass and Drum & percussion, to Hip Hop gangsta rap R & B Soul Some Pop Alternative Rock Gospel Contemporary Christian Country Zydeco Jazz Blues. If I would Name artist it would be so many. Its literally hundreds of song of me floating around the internet & even Pre-internet if you've heard you could gather an idea. Basically Eclectic
What Are You Working On Now? Any Future Collaborations We Can Look Forward To?
I'm working on the 3 separate things right now. One is you'll get a Maxi single with an original version of a Club Jam produced & featuring myself, & featuring Gillz, Jai Geechie & Truth Renown , along with the Remix to it. It's a Nola Bounce/EDM type track made by NoLa/Southern Legendary Artist, DJ, & producer DJ Ice Mike 1200, with vocals from me of course & the multi talented & revered Rico Love. Those to 2 guys play a pivotal role in who I've became musically as an artist, writer, & producer over the past 7 years or so.
Second is An Album/Playlist with no Rap features named "Winning Season" just myself and an array of Producers & Singers to give it a diff type of feel for every mood, but all encompassing subject matter pertaining to Loses & Wins in my life, in general, & Overcoming them. It s actually coming out real dope! I'm excited for people to hear this!!
3rd Its a joint project I'm working on with a producer/artist/engineer F.Dot, hes really great at wahat he does. we are both from the Westside of NoLa so we will give an introspective look at our era on the WestBank of NoLa.
What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry? What Is Your Plan Of Action?
My ultimate goal is to have catalogs of timeless & inspiring music! Also have a platform where I can give other deserving artist a chance to be heard and make a living supporting themselves and their families doing what they love. My Plan of Action is Good Music Hard Work & Consistency.
What Is Your Favorite Track To Perform Live and Why?
Good Question, To tell the truth I haven't made it & tested it yet. I love coming of the top of the head and freestyling in front of crowds though. Their expressions are priceless lol
What Has Been The Biggest Challenge In Your Career Thus Far?:
Real Life!! I'm married with 5 kids & grown up bills lmao, so the choices I make as an indie artist ins't always whats best musically, but best for your family. Sometimes they align & when they do their perfect & when they don't I just KEEP PUSHING!
What’s Your Typical Songwriting Process?
It varies, depends on what the song is for. I like to be in different head spaces for diff content. Sometimes I have to put my self there or other times its the vibe of creating everything right there on the spot from the track to laying down the vocal and sometimes the pre-mix/edit & or mix.
How Has Social Media Influenced Your Career As An Artist?
For the most part its been great, it has its pros and cons. Sometimes it fells as if you cant be Batman & Bruce Wayne anymore because the followers constantly need content so its overkill with personal things when you're not paying attention or you loose engagement when not on there constantly. Most of the time Like referring back to me having a family of young kids, it still allows me to be active while not physically able to be somewhere performing or promoting or networking.
What Are Some Tracks and Artists Currently On Your Playlist?
This is crazy lol so many Just newer artist since I'm a 90s early 2000 era listener .J Cole YBN Corde Lock Smith Oswin Benjamin etc. In the vein of lyricist mostly.
What Did You Do Before You Started Making Music?
I was kid, lol Ive been making music since 1993! This is my life! I got the career type job but that ain't my focus it pays the bills.
Any Advice For Young People (Men or Women) That Want To Succeed In The Music World?
Utilize your youth & time!! Also be entrepreneurial minded. Those 3 things can save you a lot of headaches lol.
What Would You Change In The Music Industry If You Were A Top Music Executive?:
The quality of the music & artist, these days a good percentage of the music brands and artist are watered down tremendously then force feed to the people. People need soundtracks to their day so they get the processed music versus the music that been through the process! Makes sense?
How Do You Feel About Originality?
I think its vital! Those are the artist and sounds that transcends time!
Is There Anything Else We Should Know About You Or That You Would Like to Add?
Yeah Man just be on the lookout for me follow me on social media let me know this is where you found out about me and I'll follow you back, Its a plethora of music available from me and featuring me. make sure you take a listen. Shout out to my circle and everyone I'm affiliated with musically we grinding & on a mission to add dope content to the Culture. Yah Bless 1 Life 1 Love 1 God Forever Hip Hop Peace!
Websites or Social Media Pages:
Twitter, IG: @BoxxAMillion