His name represents underestimated talent. “It’s about those unknown songs that were released on the ‘B Side’ of a single.” Since 1998, B-CIDE has dedicated his life to his passion for making music. Born and raised in Utica, New York with Italian roots, B-CIDE has his own unique perspective on hip-hop. “I don’t limit myself to any particular style. I’m not from the [New York] city, so my delivery is a lot different.”
In 2003, B-CIDE released his first solo album “Welcome To Utica: Upstate Madness.” This album marked the beginning of his career. Armed with no budget and no major support, B-CIDE hit the street, getting his name out by performing at local clubs. The momentum he gained built the foundation for his second solo album “The Self-Proclaimed King.”
In 2007, after the release of “SPK,” B-CIDE signed with DJ King Assassin on Liferdef/Universal. Months later, the label was put aside by Assassin who was looking to pursue his own solo endeavors. B-CIDE bounced back and returned to being independent. In 2008, B-CIDE made the transition from local to national artist by independently securing the release of his third solo album “Free Agent” in Best Buy stores. B-CIDE is also distributed through Super D Phantom Distribution worldwide.
In 2008 and 2009, B-CIDE hit the road in support of Free Agent with former Psychopathic Records group Project Born which took him all over the country. On two different tours, B-CIDE and Project Born made stops from Connecticut to California and everywhere in between.
In July of 2011, B-CIDE suffered from a pulmonary embolism that nearly ended not only his career, but his life. After being treated, B-CIDE hit the studio with a renewed passion for music and a new outlook on life. The result: “Pulmonary Embolism,” his fourth studio album named after the exact condition he was afflicted with.
“While I was in the hospital, I had been doin a lot of thinking. After being released, I had so much to talk about and that turned into PE.”
Pulmonary Embolism, or PE, is a diverse album that touches on different subjects. B-CIDE gets even more personal than his previous 3 solo releases.
On songs like “Who I Am” and “Happy To Be Alive,” B-CIDE spits about his family, his life and how he almost lost his life. On cuts like “Somethin Bout The Feeling,” “The World That I Live In” and “Till I’m Gone,” B-CIDE shows that he is socially conscious, talking about things like the poor economy, fucked-up government, the state of rap music, and even society itself.
But PE isn’t all serious—there are tracks that talk about partying and living life to the fullest. On songs like “Party All Night,” “Ridin With Me” and “Hot Like Fire,” B-CIDE raps about staying on his grind, house parties and just having fun.
With PE, B-CIDE has been featured in Murder Dog Magazine and has even garnered the attention of industry veteran Violet Brown who has been responsible for helping to launch artists like Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, Eazy-E, and most recently Tech N9ne, among a plethora of other hip-hop heavyweights.
For the last 15 years, B-CIDE has been steadily gaining notoriety worldwide all independently without the help of a major record label. To date, B-CIDE has put out over 10 releases. Beginning with PE and continuing onward, B-CIDE has stepped his game up even further and shows that he is a force to be reckoned with.