Guest Star: "Anything That Gets The Hood Rocking Gets The White Folks Listening To It"
Friday, Dec 21, 2012 3:55PM
[With 2 Chainz blowing up this year and landing a Grammy nomination for Based On A T.R.U. Story, Southern rapper Lil Wyte tells SOHH readers why he knew the ATL rapper would dominate 2012.]
Last year I was telling people, "Hey man, 2 Chainz is underrated, man. He's about to blow. He's about to blow." Next thing you know? "2 Chaaaaainnnnz!" That sh*t's in everybody's house in America. Shout-out to Tity Boi, 2 Chainz. I salute that guy. His campaign is so ridiculous.
Music is changing every day so it's hard to keep up sometimes.
I think what did it for 2 Chainz is, "If I don't do nothing, I'ma ball/I'm countin' all day like a clock on a wall." That song. When Playaz Circle did the "Duffle Bag Boy" it put everybody's eyes on Tity Boi/2 Chainz.
That's where he did the name change. Tity Boi a.k.a. 2 Chainz. But then 2 Chainz just hit that f*cking mixtape game and did that Lil Wayne sh*t and then did mixtape after mixtape after mixtape. He got the hood rocking and anything that gets the hood rocking gets the white folks listening to it like, "Hey, hold up. What's that?"
And then once the white folks are listening to it, then the white girls are listening to it, riding around through the suburbs bumping f*cking, "I'm riding around and I'm gettin' it, I'm riding around and I'm gettin' it." That's all off the mixtape.
That's the mixtape. They got the mixtape version. And that's just where the game's gone now.
I send a major, major salute to 2 Chainz because I met him years ago back when I was real young and he was just coming up with D.T.P. and Ludacris and Dolla and he was just such a real a** dude.
He said, "I like y'all's music. I f*ck with y'all too." He was just a down to earth a** dude and just to see him doing so well, I just love seeing good artists that got their own craft and their own lane and their own character and doing it.
Just look at Juicy J right now. Juicy J deserves every bit of the f*cking press and sh*t that he's got right now. Juicy J has his movement and if you ain't with it, then just hate it.
When the quick-rapping, crunk to the core Lil Wyte first came to the attention of the Three 6 Mafia it was with an all-white group of which Wyte was a member. The group fell apart but the Memphis-based Wyte was too skilled to be stopped. Three 6 Mafia members Juicy J and DJ Paul signed the under-21 rapper immediately after the group's disbanding and soon were working on his debut. Doubt Me Now appeared in 2003 and became a word-of-mouth hit among crunk and Southern rap's hardcore fans. Wyte's "Smoking Song" started to appear on numerous street-level mixtapes and Internet message boards were filled with Wyte talk.