San Clemente's Bumps the Goosegot Makes Hair Raising Hip-Hop
OC hip-hop heads best not sleep on South County. If they do, San Clemente's Bumps the Goosegot is just one rapper they'd foolishly overlook, depriving themselves of his offerings of quality beats and rhymes. Born in Santa Ana, Bumps, whose real name is Eric Fernandez, forms one-third of Rock Bottom. As his emcee brethren Innate & EP do their duo thing, Fernandez is carving out a space as a solo artist. He's hoping to put a musical chill, raise hairs and deliver a case of the goose bumps through speakers!
But how did Fernadez start going by Bumps the Goosegot in the first place? A long time ago, he and his brother vibed to some music when his unique stage name stumbled out by chance. "It gives you bumps the goosegot!" Fernandez said, playing around with the phrase 'goose bumps.' His brother started laughing mentioning that should be his moniker. "I just rolled with it ever since."
Aside from side joke that stuck, Fernandez started taking hip-hop seriously in 2005 linking up with Innate & EP in a crew called Herbal Supplements before evolving into Rock Bottom. His recent turn at the mic apart from the group is a new venture. "We just branched off. It was a natural progression. Nobody was beefing," the bearded bard says. There were creative differences and Fernandez was at a different place in his personal life, but everything stayed smooth. "I'm still getting used to rocking solo shows."
He crafted his material early on, finishing Harry Bellies before his Rock Bottom cohorts began recording their duo debut Such As I. "I just wasn't able to release it due to financial reasons," Fernandez says. "I couldn't afford to press it up." The album finally dropped last September and features 16 tracks entirely produced by Fernandez's brother, OhSo Mugroso. Standout tracks include "Rise Up, "State of Mind," and "Fiesta Sin Gorra."
The beats are on lock with sharp snare hits and bass line grooves. The lyrics are introspective, political and clever. Bringing it all together on a solo tip was a task--one that Fernandez would gladly do over again in a heartbeat. "I feel like I learned way more about the craft, putting an album together, verses, concepts, wordplay and just thinking outside the box in order to make full songs," he says.