After unsuccessful attempts at being a rapper, producer, promoter, security guard, blogger, manager, barber, and “fade specialist,” 48-year-old B-Low Dawg still believes he’s “owed” a chance to be a figure in the hip-hop industry. Many in his family wonder why.
“Why? Cause I’m a real n*gga, n*gga. Any n*gga sayin’ I ain’t no real n*gga ain’t no real n*gga, n*gga,” the LA native surmises while sitting on the weight bench in his mother’s front yard.
The Blood gang member, born Anthony Sims (“they named me B-low because I shot people in the ass”), is on a campaign to earn a living – by any means necessary. He believes rappers who weave narratives about street life are indebted to him, proudly noting, “if it wasn’t for n*ggas like me there wouldn’t even be violence!”
On Twitter, Sims has claimed to have “spared” the lives of iconic rap acts such as N.W.A., Tupac, Jay-Z, 50 Cent, and more – though when pressed it turns out he considers coming across someone and not shooting them as sparing them. Also, he admits that he was outside a Jay Z concert, but never actually met the rapper – or anyone else he mentioned. Regardless, he believes that those artists owe him “a shot” because he “never asked a n*gga for anything”—besides the shot.
“I can do something,” he says. He recalls applying for an executive position at G-Unit Records, and after creating a fake resume to get the interview he instead showed the interviewers his “street resume,” complete with news clippings on various shootings and robberies.
“50 done sold out. I thought he was gonna love that one,” he says.
Sims says that he deserves credit for the careers of Desiigner, Action Bronson, and other artists with significant similarities to older acts because he once “managed” 2-Pac clone Tha Realest and told him that he should imitate the slain rapper. Sims says he comments under the artist’s instagram photos to let them know that they “owe him”—and has called Def Jam offices asking to extort Desiigner–but they’ve never replied.
His relationship with Tha Realest ended after the rapper “didn’t take care” of the then-27 year old. Sims recalls after seeing the rapper in a magazine, he asked the former Death Row signee for a million dollar loan to start a fried fish buffet. After getting rebuffed, he beat the rapper up. “Man, he was in a magazine. I know he had money. He was supposed to look out.”
In 2006, based on his advice to The Realest, he pitched the idea of a “rapper impersonator reality tour” to reality show Shark Tank, but laments that the “racist jews” at the network didn’t want him to succeed. Today, the “freelance furniture transfer technician” spends most of his days posting on twitter and Youtube about the LA-based street history he’s been involved in and his brief run-ins with artists (sample: “Once gave DJ Quik 25 cent he needed to get a 40. What if he didn’t get his buzz that night, and got so mad that he destroyed his equipment and quit producing? He owes me).
Though his ailing mother urges him to get a job, he pridefully says he” never has and never will” have a regular job, while walking to borrow money from his uncle. “I don’t have time to be told what to do. I’d rather be in jail than that,” seemingly ignoring that jail is full of people who tell him what to do.
“Jail is different though. I don’t have a choice to not have a choice.”