Gucci Mane’s New 1017: How Wop Is Shaping The South

Written by on October 29, 2021

Money Cash, Rap-A-Lot Information, No Restrict — these are a handful of file labels that propelled the South in direction of stardom; constructing a legacy that not solely carved out a brand new lane for hip-hop however established a blueprint and opened the doorways for a future era of rap stars. The influence that they had is tough to duplicate. It was a unique time with completely different guidelines to the music trade. Nonetheless, that very same ethos has carried by to Gucci Mane’s profession, whether or not it is the abundance of mixtapes he launched between 2006-2009 or his skill to establish and empower new expertise. It started when Gucci Mane based So Icey Leisure in 2007, which shut down its operations three years later. Then got here the long-lasting 1017 imprint — the manifestation of all issues icy.

1017 originates from Gucci’s grandfather’s dwelling in Bessemer, AL — 1017 First Avenue, to be actual. In The Autobiography Of Gucci Mane, the rapper describes the house as having a “rotating solid of household characters who could possibly be staying there at any time.” Afterward within the memoir, Wop explains how the Brick Manufacturing facility Studio shared the same setting the place rappers like Young Thug, PeeWee Longway, and Young Scooter would congregate. “The Brick Manufacturing facility was some hippie commune shit. Outlaws taking part in by our personal algorithm,” he says. “A story of true American counterculture.”

The high-end trend model Gucci went from sending him a cease-and-desist to inviting him to star of their Gucci Cruise 2020 marketing campaign, marking an finish to the “outlaw” period. His launch from jail in 2016 signaled a reinvention which led to some rebrands of the 1017 Empire. From 1017 Eskimo, which housed artists like Hoodrich Pablo Juan, Asian Doll, and Lil Wop, in partnership with Alamo/Empire Music, he’s leveled up along with his newest rebrand: 1017 International Music, higher often called the New 1017. A newly launched partnership with Atlantic Music has now opened the doorways for the streets throughout the South to latch onto radio airwaves. 


The New 1017 – Picture supplied by the label. Picture by Matt Marzahl @multimarz.

As the So Icy Boyz cover art suggests, Gucci Mane has now assembled the Avengers of the South. Boasting artists just like the 17-year-old highschool soccer prospect BiC Fizzle, to new avenue legends like Pooh Shiesty and Foogiano, and buzzing forces like BigWalkDog, Enchanting, Hotboy Wes, and Large Scarr, the 1017 roster is shaping as much as have a grip on the streets for the foreseeable future.

For the most recent version of Crew Love, we caught up with members of the 1017 roster. Aside from Pooh Shiesty and Foogiano, who’re presently incarcerated, BigWalkDog, Enchanting, Hotboy Wes, BiC Fizzle, and Large Scarr chopped it up with HNHH to dive into their historical past and their relationship with Wizzop.  

Learn our interview with Pooh Shiesty previous to his incarceration here.


BigWalkDog

Hometown: Tutwiler, MI
Take heed to: “GOAT Speak,” “Poppin” ft. Gucci Mane


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Who’s BigWalkDog?

So Icy Boy, probably the most icy boy. The largest Canine out proper now. Shoutout to all of the OG canine man.

How lengthy have you ever been rapping for and what received you into it?

I’ve been rapping all my life however I simply began placing out music professionally final yr. Properly, final yr. 

Music is extra so a sense factor for me. It was by no means — you know the way some individuals simply get up and wanna do music? I used to be at all times drawn to sounds. Even after I was youthful, I used to beat on tables and stuff, only for sounds. I additionally like all sorts of style of music. Music has at all times been one thing that I can lean on, ? I realized a variety of what I do know in the present day from music.  It’s simply that completely different music provides you completely different emotions. Music simply retains me transferring and it drives me.

I couldn’t go a day with out freestyling. At school, individuals would placed on a beat or begin beating on the wall and I needed to rap. Developing by faculty, I used to be at all times recognized for music. Everyone knew I may rap, however my coronary heart actually wasn’t in music then.

You’re making a splash as an up-and-comer. What do you suppose you’re bringing to the rap sport proper now?

For my part, I’m simply coming uncooked. Don’t get me unsuitable, it’s a variety of Mississippi artists, however when it comes to mainstream, Large KRIT and David Banner are the highest ones. Me being signed to such an enormous platform like 1017 and be onto Gucci Mane’s [radar], that’s like choosing a needle out of a haystack. Simply that transfer was legendary. There’s not lots of people from Mississippi within the music world — rap, hip-hop, nevertheless you wish to say — that truly made it to the trade. I really feel like me simply blowing up and signing to 1017 is known for me, ?

Inform me the way you linked up with 1017.

Man, it was actually out of the blue. I had been working my a** off. I used to be simply pushing all my music out for that entire yr. I did a music referred to as “Tyson.” That was the final music I did earlier than I received signed by Gucci. Man, I pushed that music like hell. I’m speaking about I spent the final couple {dollars} I needed to push that music. A pair days later, I ended up signing with Gucci Mane. Even speaking to you, I couldn’t even clarify it. It’s nonetheless surreal to me. I’m nonetheless attempting to know what’s occurring.

What did it let you know about Gucci Mane since he was that tapped in?

He is only a actual dude. He’s only a stand-up dude. Ain’t no one like Gucci [Mane]. I inform individuals on a regular basis that Gucci has been within the sport for some time, and Gucci remains to be one of many prime artists from his time nonetheless doing it. He’s nonetheless arms on within the trade, he ain’t by no means stopped doing what he’s been doing. He at all times has been discovering artists and pushing them — even when he didn’t signal em’ as a result of that’s simply his character and who he’s. Ain’t no one like Gucci. Gucci’s the one.

Gucci Mane has been within the sport for thus lengthy. What’s one piece of recommendation that he’s given to you?

Make all the pieces depend. He instructed me, “Make each step depend.” That’s why each transfer I make or each music I drop goes to be excellent timing. Once I make a music or a undertaking, It’s received to be the fitting temper, the fitting season, and the fitting climate to drop. Every part must be proper in order that’s why he was like, “Make all the pieces depend.” I’m going to be on this for the long-run.

How does your aggressive spirit out of your soccer days prolong to working with artists like Lil Baby and Pooh Shiesty on a file like ‘Complete Lotta Ice’?

It wasn’t even a aggressive factor, man. It was extra so a vibe. Them two are stand-up dudes. Like, they actual n***as, what I’m saying? It was a vibe. I ain’t must pressure nothing. Solely factor I needed to do was lay that music down, and sh*t once they heard it, they jumped on it. I ain’t gone say it was like a aggressive factor, it was extra so similar to a vibe factor. It’s similar to a sense, some stuff can’t be denied. 

Which member of 1017 forces you to return your hardest while you lock in with them?

I’ma say Gucci. I’m saying Gucci as a result of his verses are nonetheless timeless. He’s getting youthful with these verses. Like, his verses [are] getting more durable. You may hearken to any verse Gucci simply dropped and them motherf*ckers loopy. So if Gucci ship me one thing, I do know I gotta include it.


Enchanting

Hometown: Fort Price, TX
Pay attention To:“Tattoos,” “Love and Medication Pt. 2”


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Who’s Enchanting for those who don’t know?

A nasty ass R&B singer, that’s additionally a double menace who can rap, too, and is flexible. She’s only a cool ass younger girl, I might say. A younger turnt bitch.

What do you suppose you’re bringing to the sport proper now that’s lacking?

I really feel like I’m bringing versatility. Proper now, there aren’t a variety of feminine artists that may actually, actually sing and actually, actually rap at a excessive degree. Simply attempting to, , flip it up a notch.

Inform me about the way you first received into music.

I began off simply doing covers as a result of I may at all times sing however I’m shy. I by no means actually needed individuals to know I may sing however I had began posting cowl movies. I had a buddy who — he had a buddy who had a studio and he made me get within the studio. I received within the studio and made a bit mixtape. I made my first mixtape in someday. From there, I posted the primary music I had recorded on Soundcloud and it did 100Ok performs with none promotion. Simply me posting it with none following and sh*t. Then I felt like I may do that music sh*t, for actual. If my stuff may go up like that with simply me posting it, and simply beginning off, I knew that I may flip up, for actual. Then, I began taking it significantly.

Between dropping your first tape and assembly Gucci, what was occurring in your life?

I used to be simply working my common job at IHOP. I knew any individual who had a studio so I realized tips on how to file myself. I used to be staying within the studio and recording each myself and different individuals. Then, growth, I lastly stop my job and began pursuing music full-time. Then six months after that, that’s after I had signed.

Inform me about connecting with Gucci Mane and the way he reached out to you.

I met Gucci Mane by this producer named Jay White from Dallas, Texas. I been understanding him for a few years. He was at all times a mentor in music for me. He would at all times give me recommendation and stuff like that. He reached out to me, like, was I able to take it to the subsequent degree? He stated he was going to pitch me to some labels. He referred to as me the subsequent day and stated he had a number of conferences arrange for me with a few completely different labels however he was like, ‘Gucci is excited by signing you.’ I used to be like, ‘What the hell?’ Then the subsequent morning, Gucci had texted me like, “Hey it’s Gucci. Do you wish to signal to 1017?” And I’m similar to, ‘What the hell? Who received my rattling quantity taking part in on my cellphone?’ I referred to as him and he was like, ‘I heard your music by Jay White and I’m attempting to signal you in the present day.’ After which, growth. 

What’s it like working with Gucci Mane and the entire 1017 roster?

I really like working with the boys. It’s at all times an excellent time. We have now a pure vibe so it’s straightforward to hop on a music. When it comes to being within the studio with Gucci, he at all times retains you in your toes ‘trigger he’ll let you know to get on a music out of nowhere. We havin’ our personal little bar arrange. It’s a vibe. 

Are you able to inform me about probably the most memorable studio session you’ve had?

We did a week-long recording camp. That is once we recorded the “No Love” music with me, Gucci, Ok Shiday, Large Scarr, and Key Glock. We have been going to the studio on daily basis after which Wop had hit me like he needed me to do a verse to a music and it turned out to be huge. In order that was probably the most memorable time for me.

Do you see your self totally committing to both R&B or Rap sooner or later? 

Actually, I by no means rapped a lot earlier than signing to Gucci. The primary time I rapped on a monitor was on “No Love.” I did it and, I don’t know, that’s simply my rapping voice. Everyone responded to it like, ‘Oh my God!’ Prefer it was simply one thing loopy and completely different. I had simply caught with it. However I don’t know, in the meanwhile I used to be simply attempting some shit. 

I wish to focus extra on R&B however I am going to by no means fully cease rapping as a result of I get pleasure from it. Rapping is one thing that’s enjoyable to me. Not even for dropping functions nevertheless it’s one thing that I love to do, prefer it’s a cool lil’ passion of mine. However I positively wish to focus extra on R&B.

What’s probably the most thrilling half about being part of the brand new ‘1017’?

That I get to do what I’m doing and chase my goals with pals. It’s simply dope to share the method with individuals who I’m really cool with in actual life. 

Exterior of Gucci, who pushes your pen the furthest while you’re within the studio?

Sh*t [emphatically]. Simply me. Don’t no one push me greater than me. I at all times go the additional mile to fulfill myself musically. I’m a perfectionist and I might by no means wish to get washed on no music. So, I’ll at all times exit of my option to do effectively on a music, regardless of who’s on it. 

What’s the perfect recommendation Gucci has given you to date?

To not deal with what individuals say and to maintain delivering and put sh*t of their face. He at all times says, “They’ll catch on finally.” So long as you’re continually posting your work, making individuals conscious, and doing what you’re speculated to do. 


BiC Fizzle

Hometown: Blytheville, AR
Pay attention To: “By no means A Dream,” “Bandit.”


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Who’s Bic Fizzle?

I’mma hustler. I am a employee. I am a hustler. I need some cash. I wish to be the largest. I work arduous.

You could have an in depth historical past in soccer however how did you get into music? 

Rap ain’t even come about till like — I wasn’t even startin no rap till like seventh grade. I was rappin in like class and sh*t. And so they’d was like, ‘sh*t, you need to begin rapping. You sound good.’ Like, they favored how I sound. So, I used to start out rapping on my cellphone, making hits on my cellphone and I would submit them on Fb. I get a variety of likes, within the hood, like round Blytheville. Small city life. Get like 100, 140, 200 likes on Fb.

Inform me a bit bit about “Bandit.”  

Bandit is… I owe all of it to my momma. I owe all of it to my momma. And if it weren’t for my pops, I would be on the block. Sh*t like that. I owe all of it to my momma, sh*t. She did what she will be able to. Identical with my pops, they did what they will. Sh*t, the entire battle, Blytheville a battle, for actual. They did what they will. It is a arduous music you must hearken to, I break down lyric by lyric.

I wish to ask what do you suppose you are bringing to the rap sport proper now that was lacking? 

I am younger. I do not actually flex weapons on the web. I do not speak about all of the gangsta stuff that everyone talkin’ about. I imply I am from there. I imply, it goes down, you hear me? I see it on a regular basis, hear about it on daily basis. Individuals I grew up with die. Individuals I grew up with go to jail. Individuals I do know go to jail for homicide. I’ve seen all that. I can speak about it. I may speak about going sliding on, taking pictures at individuals. I can speak about that however I do not do this. I be simply attempting to rap, making actual music. Making an attempt to be an artist.

Who have been the largest musical influences rising up for you from Arkansas?

Mood Da Don, fasho. Individuals like Mood, Envy The Nice. The entire A1 from Blytheville, Arkansas, fasho. Them was my largest influences from Arkansas. Mood Da Don’s one, fasho.

Once I was rising up in Blytheville, it actually similar to a complete —  it is hustlers right here. That is what they do right here. They hustle. Individuals earn a living. Earn cash or get hustled. Individuals again then like them, they have been getting it. They have been popping again then. Everyone beloved them again then. Like how we’re right here now, they’ll let you know now how A1 they have been again then. They have been popping. And all people in Blytheville, they mess with them. I mess with their music, forreal, as a result of they instructed the actual fact about Blytheville. Like, you wish to hear one thing about Blytheville, go hearken to Mood Da Don, Envy the Nice. Solely hear about Arkansas listenin’ to them, they gon’ let you know about it, fasho.

You began off in soccer then Gucci reached out to you as a result of he heard the standard of your music. At what level did you must make the choice on whether or not you needed to pursue soccer or music?

Look, I do know soccer was only a option to hold me out of bother right here in Blytheville. It was a option to hold me out of the way in which of violence, actually. I used to be gonna be capable to hustle both approach it goes, although. It was a option to hold me away from violence. I actually knew I wasn’t going to no NFL however I had NFL goals. You already know, individuals within the NFL be 6’4”, 230 lbs. I am 5’11”, play quarterback, about 220 kilos. I am good however I do know I ain’t no — c’mon. Individuals do not make it into the NFL from Blytheville. It had been legends. Individuals from Blytheville are dope. Individuals from Blytheville — there is a lotta expertise. Something. You will discover all types of expertise in Blytheville, fasho, as a result of it is so small.

How did Gucci discover you, then?

Cootie, really. Gucci discovered me by Cootie. Look, it is loopy although ‘trigger Cootie got here to my soccer observe and instructed me about it. It was after observe. I had gotten in bother at college. I used to be on the market doing bear crawls. Cootie ran on the market. I am like, ‘What is going on on?’ in my head. I am like I do know Cootie ain’t coming to no soccer observe for nothing. I am on the market within the 50 yard line, he’s within the landing. I am bear crawling. He like, ‘Ay ay, I received one thing to let you know.’ Me and my homeboy Tru, he operating down. He’s on the soccer workforce. He’s like, ‘Hurry up and end. You gon’ love this.’ I am like fasho, bruh.

I am ending the bear crawl. I get again, he’s like, ‘Wop on the cellphone. He’s tryna get you, bro.’ Then the cellphone simply hung up. I am like, ‘Bro, you lyin’. Wop ain’t tryna get me. You lyin’. Bruh, that ain’t true. Wop not tryna get me bro.’ Then he was like ‘bro, I swear. I ain’t mendacity.’ Then he referred to as Wop again. Wop like, ‘Wassup Lil Fizzle?’ I stated, ‘Aw, that’s Wop, for actual.’ He’s like, ‘I f*ck along with your music. I’ll fly you out to Miami, we make a music. We’ll make a music and speak about signing and sh*t.’ I ain’t gonna lie, I shed a pair tears. Once I received dwelling, although. I could not do it in entrance of all people [laughs]. 

You talked about you’re a hustler and Gucci is the last word hustler. How has the mentorship been below an artist that’s been round for a decade-plus?

It’s such as you’re round a millionaire! I get a unique feeling after I’m round a millionaire. I really feel like I am somebody after I’m round a millionaire. Once you make it from Blytheville and also you’re round a millionaire, it provides you that feeling, fasho. Made me really feel good. Then, I do know Gucci, he an actual n*gga, fasho. I listened to him rising up.

What’s the perfect piece of recommendation he is supplying you with?

Man, Gucci provides a variety of recommendation. You simply gotta suck all of it up and hear. It is all simply listening to him. It’s all I do — simply hear. Every part he tells me is sweet recommendation. He ain’t gonna let you know no unsuitable, fasho.

What’s your common studio session like?

In all probability be in there smoking, chilling. Relax, write a music or I be in my room on my own, simply chilling. I write a music on my cellphone in my notes. It will most likely take about two hours. ‘Trigger, like, after I write, I like my music to sound coordinated. I don’t prefer to sound like I freestyled it. I prefer it to sound prefer it’s excellent. So, after I write, I take time after I write.

That is a bit little bit of a unique strategy in comparison with a variety of your 1017 labelmates.

Yeah, freestyle. I can not do this.

Have you ever been choosing that up by working with others?

I be attempting to. I used to be in a studio with Quavo. I see how he received in there, man he made a music like [snaps his fingers] fast. And it was successful. I used to be like, ‘Man, how he do this?’ I am considering in my head like, man I gotta discover ways to do this. And after I return to my studio, I inform bro to activate a beat. I’ll most likely be chilling there.  I’m attempting to rap. I do know I can not actually do it ‘trigger I am a deep thinker, I gotta sit down and kind my music. So, I am similar to, man what is going on on? I can not do that. However look, man, Wop. I used to be within the studio with Wop, we singing. I am in there writing. It took Wop 5 minutes to write down a music. Like, when Quavo was doing his verse, Wop was already finished. I used to be like I gotta discover ways to write this quick. It should not take me no two hours to write down no music. They get finished with a music in 10-20 minutes, and it’s successful.


Large Scarr

Hometown: South Memphis, TN
Take heed to: You gotta hearken to all the pieces. — Large Scarr


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Who’s Large Scarr?

Large Scarr is me. I can not put it in too many phrases however I am me. I am myself. Like, I can not simply clarify that. I do not know.

How lengthy have you ever been rapping for?

It has been a yr and a few months, I feel. 

So you were not like rapping earlier than? 

When it first popped off, I used to be not rapping. I had the music out that received me noticed-type shit however like, rapping simply wasn’t my factor. 

What was the second the place you realized that you could possibly make it in rap?

As soon as I seen, like — “Make A Play” that was my first shit. I noticed the eye it was getting. I used to be like, ‘Rattling. Yeah I can rattling close to do one thing with this shit. Let me attempt one thing with it.’

How did Gucci get placed on to you?

By cuh. By Pooh Shiesty.

You and Shiesty are literally like blood cousins, proper?

Yeah, that’s my cousin however Wop been on my music, although, earlier than that. However, he ain’t even know me and [Pooh] was cousins. 

When did he notice that you just guys have been cousins?

Once I received shot. 

Was that earlier than or after you signed to Gucci?

That was earlier than. He was like I received shot kind shit. Cuh had came upon and when cuh came upon I received shot, he was in Miami with Wop. And I assume Wop seen the response kind shit and he was like, ‘What is going on on?’ And he instructed him, like ‘Rattling, Scarr.’ Like, he knew who I used to be.

You, 30 and Sheisty have been like clicked up on the rap stuff in Memphis, proper?

Nah, no rap shit. We was simply shut.

You guys did music again within the day?

I by no means rapped. They got here in, they used to fuck round and shit. I was with them and shit. 

And what was it like watching them come up?

Shit, I used to be simply with my n***as ‘nem. This shit gave a n*gga hope, I ain’t gonna lie. What they did, it let a n*gga know like, the place we’re from, we may do one thing. N*ggas gotta give ‘em their flowers on this shit.

Large Grim Reaper that was your first huge undertaking out and I discovered like one of many unwell issues about it was — 

See, that is what individuals do not even know. Like for me, to not be a rapper, for me to place the entire tape collectively, what do this let you know? With no writing, simply straight off the highest. 15, 16, 17 songs. 

Was {that a} tough course of for you? 

Nah, it wasn’t tough ‘trigger my recording course of — if I file how I file, how I do my shit, it’s no downside. However like if a mothafucka attempt to come to me, attempt to get me to love — on their time kind shit, it ain’t gonna be proper, as a result of I do not write. I am an artist however on my common time, I’m not even contemplating that. I simply sit right here, hearken to the beats and write.

Which member of 1017 pushes your pen?

Shit, all people. Everyone’s arduous. Shit, all people received their very own timing and shit on how they get on and shit. That can be completely different for me as a result of I received to love — say if any individual despatched me a music from the label. Like, BiC Fizzle despatched me a music and it is not like how I rap. I gotta get on his time and discuss shit. Or it most likely not be that each time, although. It’ll most likely be certainly one of them simply speaking they shit and I get on and discuss they shit behind them. So actually, my factor with arising with music is us being within the studio collectively and we provide you with it. That’s how I like doing it. Like, we ain’t gonna be on two completely different pages on what is going on on.

What can followers count on from you and within the close to future? 

I received a variety of music and movies. I been chilling. Hell, I’ve been chillin’ an excessive amount of however I finna pop again out. I actually finna present ‘em I’m the one. I’m Him. I’m who they wanna be. 


Hotboy Wes

Hometown: Waco, TX
Take heed to: “Soldier,” By no means Had Shit


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Who’s Hotboy Wes?

Shit, only a younger n***simply tryna make it. Simply livin’ life. Simply love rappin’, shit. You already know, flip mothafuckin’ dust into diamonds like the remainder of ‘em did. We ain’t nothing particular. We simply avenue n***as who rap that need higher. I ain’t do shit that the subsequent mothafucka can’t put they thoughts and do. You are able to do no matter you set your thoughts to. 

How lengthy have you ever been rapping for?

Man, I’ve been rapping for like endlessly. I ain’t gon’ bullshit. Since I used to be like eight I have been rapping. I’ve been rapping ever since I’ve been listening to music. I began singing ‘trigger my grandma used to hearken to that gradual shit. She was like, ‘Flip that shit off. Flip that rapping shit off. I don’t wanna hear that shit.’ And I used to be simply listening to no matter she needed to hearken to.  She listened to that bullshit however that shit actually turnt me up, although. Like, for actual. ‘Trigger a variety of songs they be making nowadays are like previous ass songs remade. That’s what individuals don’t notice. Then, while you lastly put 2 and a couple of collectively, you be like, ‘I been heard that shit a very long time in the past.’ However it’s cool, although. Yeah, I been rapping since I used to be a child although. No cap. 

Who was influencing you again then while you have been a child simply attempting to rap?

I used to be tryna rap after I was comin’ up — all people that I appeared as much as was UGK, Soulja Slim, Sizzling Boyz. Lil Wayne is not Lil Wayne with out the Sizzling Boyz. You already know, Lil Wayne put some shit down. Now, after I was a younger n***a, most likely Rich Homie Quan, Future and Chief Keef.

The Sizzling Boyz affect is obvious simply by your identify alone. 

Yeah. I took that straight from the Sizzling Boyz. I ain’t bullshitting. I idolized each certainly one of them. I took a bit of each certainly one of them and put it collectively and made my very own Sizzling Boy. You know the way the Energy Rangers had one badass Energy Ranger? Yeah, that is me. That’s all of ‘em put collectively. Yeah that is me. You know the way they received that one badass mothafuckin’ Energy Ranger that is available in on the finish? That is me proper there. 

What’s your favourite Sizzling Boyz monitor? What’s your favourite Sizzling Boyz second? 

My favourite Sizzling Boyz music might be gonna be “We On Fireplace.” I simply fuck with ‘em, no cap. Like, for actual, for actual. I actually hate the way in which it needed to be. The way in which it turned out. They need to have made that shit proper, what I am saying? They too fireplace. Like, they do not even know, they do not even attain their highest pinnacle to succeed in. They only received so many fingerprints and footprints on the sport proper now. Like, n***a we was sucking on pacifiers while you n***as was rapping, ? Like that shit was fireplace, bro. Like, y’all n***as ain’t even hit your highest level and y’all n*ggas received a lot gravitation and seize on the motherfucking sport. Like, if it weren’t for the Sizzling Boyz, there most likely can be no Kevin Gates, no Boosie, no NBA Youngboy, no Fredo Bang. There weren’t be none of us n***a, if it weren’t for the Sizzling Boyz. It weren’t be no Sizzling Boyz if it weren’t for Soulja Slim and shit like that. That shit simply go on and on.

What do you suppose you are bringing to the sport proper now that is been lacking?

Sh*t, actually simply versatility. These n*ggas do not be speaking ‘bout shit. And so they be hoes, too. They be catching these n***as on a backend. That ain’t received nothing to do with what I am saying. I do not know. I f*ck with the Sizzling Boyz, I f*ck with who I f*ck with, ‘trigger they was them. Whatever the truth, they was them. Irrespective of how a lot individuals tried to switch that or change that, they was them to their soul, what I am saying? Whether or not the result was dangerous or good, however they was them so that is what we love about them. So it is simply originality. Actually originality, flexibility, versatility. Shit like that as a result of I can sing, too. I ain’t even began singing. I can nearly sing, however I can do a lil’ one thing. Once I get stuffed with that liquor, I may get blowin’ on some shit, although.

Are you able to discuss to me a bit bit about your relationship with Trapboy Freddy?

Yeah, that boy stored me out a variety of shit, ? I am younger and within the midst of all the pieces and so short-tempered, and hotheaded, ? I used to take warmth however I simply needed to discover out for myself. However yeah, he did the perfect he may do and that shit turned out proper. He saved me from a lotta mothafuckas. He saved me from myself a lotta occasions. That is my f*cking dawg. No cap.

So then, how did you and Gucci find yourself linking up?

Man, I swear to God this how I met Gucci. I am outdoors my condo, I am trapping one evening. It is like 6:00 a.m. I am jacked up, I am unsleeping. So growth, I’m like, ‘Fuck it, this n***a Gucci signing all of those n***as. I finna write Gucci ass. Inform Gucci he have to signal me. I’m the toughest. I do know I can snap.’ Then, the n***as he was signing, he was signing actual avenue younger n***as. Like, this shit like 100. Like, that n***a very like Grasp P, modern-day Grasp P. Like, he’s doing what Grasp P was doing in ’97, ’98. And so they received a complete bunch of mothafuckas and all people shit gonna go. Like, goin’ platinum. That shit fireplace, bro. No cap. He actually modified a lotta mothafuckas lives. By him altering my life, he modified a lotta mothafuckas lives. He put a lotta good into the world. It is loopy how a lot energy a n***a can have.

Gucci is clearly any individual you grew up listening to, proper? 

Aw hell yeah. Man, Gucci keep on this shit. Particularly when Gucci was beefing with n***as, too. Gucci was the primary rapper that basically simply stated, ‘fuck a n***a.’ Like, fuck a n***a, like actual critical. We grown now, we tryna get the bag now however again then, when Gucci was on that bullshit, we was on that bullshit with Gucci. Gucci had some shit, n***a. On my momma. When he dropped that, “Like Tommy Lee and Pamela, I’m fuckin’ on a camera,” the entire hood was so fucking dumb when that hoe got here out. I feel that is when X drugs first hit the hood, n****a. Man, we was silly when Gucci dropped that b*tch. 

Gucci had me emotions as a younger n***a ‘trigger older n***as was listening to Gucci. Like, my older n***as that I used to be listening to was bumping Gucci and shit. On my momma, I f*ck with Gucci. Regardless that dawg was a Blood, I used to be Crippin’ arduous after I was younger, so shit. In the event you was a Blood n***a in my playlist, you needed to be arduous. It ain’t no shit like that, although. I’m simply saying. After which , Gucci had all of the credentials to go together with the shit. It ain’t like a n***a simply listening to it and it ain’t similar to I am listening to a n***a rap. This n***a very doing this shit. Yeah, n***a simply gravitated to that shit. And , on the finish of the day, all of it’s bullshit and shit however , that is how a n**a was livin’. That is how n***s resides in order that they gravitate to that shit. N***a really feel that shit. N***a dwell that shit on a regular basis. Yeah, I f*ck with huge bro. You already know, Unc did it for a n***a.

How does it really feel being a part of this new period of 1017? 

You simply gotta test Gucci’s file. Gucci received a variety of imprints on a variety of artists. Gucci received that shit on all people. Everyone that received signed below Gucci Mane, Gucci ain’t miss that many occasions. You already know, if I’ma guess my cash, I’ma guess my cash on Gucci. Girls lie, males lie however numbers do not lie and I am a playing man so I gotta go together with odds. Gucci had 15 mothafuckas and 13 and a half of them blew as much as grow to be megastars and shit, I gotta put my cash on Gucci. Gucci is aware of the f*ck he speaking about. That n***a Gucci received fingerprints on each mothafuckin’ physique. Gucci received fingerprints on Migos, Thug, Nicki Minaj, Waka Flocka, even OJ received successful. OJ received “Made Da Entice Leap.” Now, we speaking about Pooh Shiesty, Large Scarr, Foogiano, Enchanting, BigWalkDog, BiC Fizzle, Cootie. N***a is aware of the f*ck he doing. That man is aware of what he’s doing man.

What was the power like while you first joined 1017?

That shit similar to dwelling. Like, all of us thuggin’. It is simply household kind shit. Once we get time to gel and vibe, it is supportive however all people be busy and shit. You know the way that shit go on the street. Everyone be having their very own shit occurring however once we are linked up for a undertaking or some shit like that it ain’t nothing however love although. Even when it ain’t concerning the music, we nonetheless name and shit like that.  

Which certainly one of your labelmates makes you go the toughest?

If we’re within the studio with any of our labelmates, that is with any certainly one of us. However for me and Scarr, we be collectively loads, loads. Me and Scarr get in that bitch, we go dumb. Shit, me and Chant get collectively, we’d make one thing. We’d all be within the studio all at one time. I’d go in that bitch with Wop, see what Wop doing. Wop be in that hoe mashin’ that hoe. 

Everyone’s actually a pure. So, all people does not actually need an excessive amount of teaching. Everyone’s actually a pure on their very own time. You know the way that shit goes.

So my ultimate query for you is what do you’ve gotten arising subsequent? What can followers sit up for from Hotboy Wes?

Shit, actually only a entire bunch of visuals. Complete bunch of singles and shit. We been within the studio like loopy. We do not be leaving that b*tch ‘til we see the solar typically. You already know, only a entire bunch of various shit. We ’bout to go up on these individuals. These individuals suppose it’s a sport. Everyone received their time, all people is gonna have their wave, they flip. It’s a younger n***a world. We gon’ come and get it.

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