Bongo, born in Nigeria, graduated from North Florida University in Jacksonville with a degree in psychology before ultimately deciding to pursue his dream of working in the music industry. Though his work with the Game is probably his most extensive thus far, his catalog is already impressive, as it includes work with Musiq Soulchild, Big Sean, and Lecrae.
While Bongo is officially credited on 10 songs from Game’s two albums, The Documentary 2 and 2.5, he also said that he played an even larger role in the framing of the project. “Everything just happened organically. It wasn’t like I was just sending beats,” he said. “I was in the studio the whole time, and the reason he said I did like 85 percent of the record, because like even on other people’s tracks, like on the Alchemist track, there’s like chords being played on top, there’s a different hook.” Specifically on the Alchemist song “Like Father Like Son 2,” Bongo revealed that he brought in parts of the original Documentary track as sort of a throwback and special way to pay homage to what they were doing.
It’s clear that the Game and Bongo built up a high level of trust with each other in a pretty short period of time, which isn’t something that you would expect given the circumstances. Still, as their relationship grew, the work yielded positive results that can be heard throughout the album. Like most, Bongo said that his favorite song from the album was “On Me” with Kendrick because it is so unconventional. He even went as far to call the song a “dream come true” because it gave him vibes from his childhood when he would listen to Common and Erykah Badu.
While things will most certainly change for Bongo going forward, he said that he’s still trying to do what he’s always done: work hard. Through his work with the Game and others, doors are opening, and he revealed that he’s recently been in the studio with Jeremih, Omarion, Ty Dolla $ign, and more.
Aside from the high praise from the fans, Bongo has also been getting some love from legends in the game, most notably Dr. Dre. Shortly after the album officially dropped, Bongo posted a video of Dre congratulating him on the success of the project. “Bongo did his fucking thing,” Dre said. Bongo said the love went even further, with Dre telling him that he’s the next dude on the production side. “That’s just so humbling, but at the same time, it lit a fire under me,” Bongo said of Dre’s encouragement.
Going forward, Bongo has big dreams that expand way beyond just the rap game. “What I want to do is…I want to touch on every genre. I don’t want to just be a hip-hop producer,” he said. “Hip-hop is like all my love because it’s what I grew up listening to and what I gravitate to, but I do so much. I don’t want to be just a hip-hop producer. I wanna do work with Christina Aguilera. I wanna do work with Taylor Swift. As long as I can make fans, keep expanding myself, and making great music, that’s what I want to do.” With all of his recent success, you’d be a fool to tell Bongo that he can’t do any of that.