White Bob (real name Robert Phillips) was born in Catford, London 1980. He grew up and attended School in South East London before moving to Folkestone, Kent when he was just 16. "This was a traumatic time..." recalls Bob. "I had left London and all my friends behind and moved to the middle of nowhere in the country... it took me about four years to recover, I still haven't recovered as I'm a London boy at heart" It was here in Folkestone that Bob first discovered the sounds of gangsta rap. "I would listen to Biggie Smalls for hours..." Bob recalls. "Biggie, Eminem, Dr.Dre and Xzibit were my early influences... I also listened to 2pac, I loved that dude"
In 2001 Bob had just finished College at Canterbury and had had enough of the countryside, longing for a return to the city he landed a job as a projectionist at a Stevenage cinema. "I snapped that job up in an instant" Bob tells us. It was here Bob would be trained in 35mm film projection. "I have a great passion for film-making and anything to do with film, and it was the right job at the right time" recalls Bob. "We would play Eminem in the projection booth and have a great time till the manager got on the phone!"
Bob's career as a projectionist took a turn for the worse a year and a half later when he resigned due to personal issues with a manager - "I'm not mentioning any names but I was living with her at the time and she kicked me out on Christmas Day, was the best xmas present I could have asked for!"
It wasn't too long before Bob got the film bug once again and landed another projectionist job at a flea-pit cinema somewhere in Kent. "These were great times... I made many new friends and was earning enough to buy a decent quality microphone which I recorded Grandma Don't Be A Snitch on... I've never looked back!"
By Ed Tha Endlezz Hustla 2010.