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Supersized – Words by Tony “Two Teks” Thompson

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If you happen to be of the million-plus fans worldwide to witness South Louisiana native son Ceddybu Da Rap Sumo’s homemade YouTube.com freestyle videos, then you are already well aware that this kid means business.

Don’t be fooled by his five-foot-10-inch, 650-pound frame because he is cocky, confident and charismatic enough to rip his shirt off at any given time and spit 16 bars big enough to dwarf his outward appearance.

Besides being a local celebrity with highly praised mixtapes Delwin the Krazy Man and Ceddy Bu the Rap Sumo’s AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted and AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted Part 2: Still on the Run, he has been creating crater-sized dents on the Internet with millions of views worldwide of videos on YouTube.com and WorldStarVideo.com, even earning the nickname Mr. WorldStar.

With his latest single lead and first official video “Mr. Big Stuff” steadily gaining spins online, in the clubs and on radio, Ceddybu is readying for his Ruff N Rugged Entertainment-released indie solo debut album Larger Than Life to drop. So make room for the big man!

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You are so animated on your YouTube videos. Are you as amped in person? What are your shows like?

It’s a must see. I do the most at my shows. They’ve never seen somebody my size just come out of their shirt at free will. That’s how I attract a lot of people.

Being your size, I’m sure you get tired fairly easily.

I get tired but that’s something I have to do for my fans. I go through an extraordinary amount of pain for my fans. When I get tired, I do my sumo bend where I stoop down like a sumo wrestler. It’s kinda like my trademark.

At first sight, people may take you as a gimmick until you start rapping.

Exactly! But when people see me, they might take me as a gimmick. “Look at him. He’s coming out of his shirt. Look at his titties. He’s overweight. He’s gonna die. This dude is funny. Look at how he talks.” They say all of these different things but when I open my mouth and rap, I got them.

You seem so confident and comfortable in your own skin.

My confidence level is through the roof. I’m me. I can’t be nobody else but me. If you’re not comfortable in your own skin, how can you make someone else comfortable around you? And I love me. I love being 600-plus pounds. That’s just me. I love me…And the majority of the time, I feel that way. But it’s that other times, I feel like “whoa, maybe I need to start thinking about diet plans, working out and getting healthier.” That’s a part of life.

Are there any physical complications from being so big.

I have high blood pressure. It’s hard for me to breathe at times. I go through a tremendous amount of pain and I’ve been like this half my life.

I’m sure that your honesty and confidence have motivated others to have more self esteem and a better self image.

It’s people in the world just like me. And it’s people my size that are not comfortable in their skin. I’m the voice to those people. I give a lot of overweight people confidence. It’s people on YouTube shouting me out, having more confidence and taking off their shirt at free will. They’re telling me to keep doing what I’m doing because I’m giving them more confidence in a way that nobody else can. I’m kinda like their spokesman.

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I know the music industry can get a bit frustrating at times. Do you ever want to call it quits?

My fans are really the ones who I do it for. When I wake up in the morning and get on my social media, it’s fans from Africa, UK, Virginia, Long Beach, the Virgin Islands hitting me up. They’re telling me to keep going. When I get tired of doing music, I hit up my social media and people are like “give me more music.” I can’t let these people down so I gotta keep going. I have to do what I have to do for them, because without them, none of this is possible.

And you did all of this from the computer?

I did all of this from sitting in my momma’s den on my computer with a basic camera. I went from getting five, 10, 15, 20 views to getting half a million views on a video. It’s just crazy. I put it on YouTube and people starting picking up on it. One morning, I woke up and one of my videos was on WorldStarHipHop.com. So it was like I gotta keep going now.

What should we expect from your upcoming album Larger Than Life?

I go through everyday life struggles and my music reflects on that. I’mma give you the glamour and the upper echelon, the extravagant but I also give you reality and where it started from. Before all of that, it was gutter, straight hood, straight poverty…my style is exclusive, not the same old usual. I’m two steps ahead.

 

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Carlton Wade has written 2 articles for BE Entertained Magazine

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