Hip-hop is filled with harrowing stories of Compton childhoods, but Buddy’s included an important sort of escape. When the future star was only 7 years old, his parents sent him to a performing arts program at Amazing Grace Conservatory. There he starred in plays like The Wiz, Oliver With a Twist, and Dreamgirls. But before long, the school became too expensive, and Buddy withdrew. He attended another performing arts outlet–this time in Long Beach–for high school, but it “wasn’t as good,” he recalls with a chuckle.
As Buddy recounts the details of his upbringing, he paces confidently through an eclectically-finished sunroom in Venice, Calif. The house belongs to a friend, but Buddy, who recently began to frequent L.A.’s west side to reap the benefits of the beach, is clearly comfortable here–he’s on a first-name basis with a chameleon lounging in a spacious cage. Buddy moves with the careful grace of an athlete, but exudes a happy enthusiasm: he punctuates many of his sentences by pounding a closed fist into an open palm. His descriptor of choice is “cool,” where there are four or five O’s and the word trails off before the L makes an appearance.
As for appearances, Buddy made the deliberate choice to spend the last few years playing the background. Five years ago, when he was 18, he scored a breakthrough hit with the raucous “Awesome Awesome.” Buddy’s considerable talents were on display from the jump: a slippery, inimitable voice and impeccable sense of timing make every syllable, every line land with precision.
Source : Northern Transmissions