A week and a half ago, rapper B.G. was forced to check himself into a hospital because of sudden chest pains.
But a few days after being diagnosed with exhaustion, the former Cash Money star was not letting a medical detour slow him down — he's already back at work on new projects for his Chopper City Records label.
"I gotta stay workin', man," B.G. said with a chuckle.
On the afternoon of August 7, B.G. was scheduled to travel from Los Angeles to Atlanta after he had been in town recording. That morning, however, the rapper complained of acute chest pains and checked himself into Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, according to a Chopper City Records spokesperson. He was treated for exhaustion and kept under observation for two days before being released.
B.G. has been traveling between his hometown of New Orleans and L.A. and Atlanta recording a new rap crew, the Chopper City Boyz. Consisting of himself and new discoveries Hakim, Sniper and Gar, B.G. describes the Chopper City Boyz as his version of the Hot Boys, the Cash Money supergroup that once upon a time included B.G., Lil' Wayne, Juvenile and Young Turk.
"They what the industry's been missing," B.G. boasted of the new outfit. "It's gonna be big. It's both street and gangsta — and it has hooks.
"I've been working too much, just being on the road and in the studio," B.G. added. He admits that he got a little shook by the brief hospital stay, and that he may have to start monitoring his work schedule. "I've got to take it easy, lie low, be cool and work at a slower pace."
In addition to assembling his new group, B.G. is also busy working on new material for a follow-up to his most recent album, Livin' Legend. He said he expects to have the album completed in time for a January release.
B.G. also dismissed any rumors that he may be rejoining the Cash Money fold, a move Juvenile recently made.
"Never," B.G. said firmly. "Tell them I still want my money" (see "B.G. Kicks Drugs, Doesn't Need Baby's Birdfeed To Make Livin' Legend").