Lil Wyte
Watcha Starin’ At

lil-wyte-1.jpgIt makes sense that Patrick “Lil Wyte” Lanshaw is a protégé of Three 6 Mafia, as he may be one of the most known unknowns. Hailing from the Frayser section of Memphis, Tenn., Wyte began his music career as a member of the all White underground group, Shelby Forest Clique (SFC). The trio started working on a demo, which eventually landed in the hands of Juicy J and DJ Paul. Impressed with what they heard, Three 6 offered SFC a deal on their Hypnotize Minds imprint. However, internal conflict caused a riff between the group and Wyte signed on as a solo artist and released his debut disc, Doubt Me Now, in 2003. Filled with LSD-inspired drug odes and fiery Southern anthems, the album struck a chord with fans that celebrated the diminutive MC’s underdog status. A year later, the crunk-savant dropped Phinally Phamous, which sold an impressive 167,000 copies without any real promotion. Now, after appearing on Three 6 Mafia’s MTV reality series, Adventures in Hollyhood, Wyte is looking to take the next step in his career with his recently released project, The One and Only. XXLMag.com caught up with the Southern gent to talk about his new LP, penchant for mind-altering drugs and Eminem’s influence on his career.

You’re albums don’t get that much promotion, but you still manage to sell records. What’s your secret?
Being down with Three 6 Mafia and having access to their fan base definitely helps. But more importantly, I think good music speaks for itself. I’m not tryna sound conceited or brag, but as an artist and as a listener, I know my music is good. On my first album [Doubt Me Now] we really didn’t do shit for promotion. We recorded it and threw it in stores. We did two magazine ads and one radio ad. That album is up to 230,000 units sold. Those kind of numbers must mean something.

Do you think being White helps?
I think being White, as much as I hate to say it, definitely helps. A lot of people want to check out a new White dude to see if he’s actually about anything. It’s almost like they wanna see if the underdog can win. For others, maybe they see themselves in me. I know my audience and I’ve learned how to cater to them.

Is that why you have so many songs about LSD?
Yeah, everyone knows LSD is a White folks’ drug. I can’t think of none of my hood homies being down with acid. On my first and second album—when I made those songs about acid—a lot of people came up to me like, “Yo, I’ve never heard anyone talk about that before.” I think people were happy to hear a rapper talk about some shit that’s never talked about.

Did acid open up your mind as far as writing lyrics?
I think acid really opened up my mind up in general. Lyrically, when I took acid, I started saying words I didn’t even know that I knew. So yeah, it opened my mind up as far writing lyrics and it affected the way I approached songwriting. Acid’s good for that. People forget that Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd and The Beatles all used acid. There’s a few decades of great music that was made under the influence of LSD.

Your early albums had a psychedelic drug edge, whereas your new material is labeled “fight music.” How did that change come about?
I’m a White guy from the hood. I tripped on acid, but I also grew up listening to Three 6 Mafia. For me, fight music was just a part of my growth. I think at some point, my early style of rappin’ and Three 6’s fight music kinda joined forces and mended together. Three 6 could do a track like “Sippin’ on Some Syrup,” but they also did “Tear Da Club Up.” Those are about different things, but they’re not so far from each other. I wrote “Acid” [a popular cut off Doubt Me Now] like eight years ago while I was still takin’ acid as a teenager, but it’s not like I wasn’t up on fight music. Three 6 played a big part in the change from my early sound to my fight music.

What makes for good fight music?
Fight music is all about some good 808’s, rollin’ hi-hats, and a nice kick and a snare. That’s really all you need. Fight music is sparse with huge bass. We’re big on trucks down here. If the bass can really bump in your truck and shake things up, then that’s a good sign. Lyrically, you need a hard-ass hook that’s on some “we ain’t fuckin’ around” type vibe. The hook is everything. Paul and Juicy really set the standard back when they did “Tear Da Club Up.” To this day, that song is banned in like 10 cities. I would say our music is [characterized] by aggression. Fight music comes from a place with a long history of violence, slavery, and oppression. That’s a recipe for aggression. With that said, I don’t see how people can attack fight music before attacking the conditions that make [it].

Memphis is a city with a real rich musical history. Who were some of your influences coming up?
When I first started rappin’, I wanted to be like Three 6. I used to skip school to listen to their music. I would basically rehearse their albums and learn their style. So basically, whenever I freestyled, my flow was on some fight music tip. If I wasn’t listening to Three 6, then it was 8Ball & MJG or Master P. Those are all dudes that do a similar style. Once Eminem came around, I think I was influenced to go in a different direction.

What direction did Em steer you in?
His music just made me feel like I wasn’t the only one out here doing this and feeling the way I felt. He made me feel less self-conscious about being White, especially since there have been quite a few White rappers that didn’t do too great. Eminem helped free me creatively.

Paul and Juicy are working with a lot of different artists these days. Do you get to spend a lot of face-to-face time with them in the studio?
Usually when I record, I only spend a week with them. They call it “Wyte week” and that’d be my week to record and I’d really just have to grind out for a week. But for this new album, we recorded and were all together for the whole thing. I was with them for two months and we recorded the album while they were filming for their MTV show [Adventures in Hollyhood] in L.A. This time was also different because I had first pick on a lot of new beats. About 75 percent of the beats on The One and Only were made specifically for me. The other 25 percent were from their older stuff.

In a recent interview, Crunchy Black told XXLMag.com that Paul and Juicy didn’t support him as an artist and failed to pay him the money he was owed. What’s your thoughts on his comments?

Yeah, I can’t call that one. I guess that just shows how different people work differently. I feel like I’ve gotten everything given to me that I deserve. I’m not gonna question what I’m doing ’cause I didn’t have any of this before. As for money, I make very good money. I think that’s because I’ve been loyal to Paul and Juicy and they keep it real with me.

  • RIP STACK

    cool white boi

  • suckaniggadickmakeaniggarich

    this dude is trash….UNO sluts
    Check the name bitches

  • i’ll shit bag u

    dudes aight

  • Caine

    Yeah mane Lil Wyte cool as hell. Dat new album hard as fuck too! Do ya thang Wyte!

  • GMAN

    lil whytes cool he should be bigger then ghe is

  • GMAN

    lil whytes cool he should be bigger then ghe is

  • Danny

    He’s w/e I can listen to a couple of his songs but after a while I get irritated…

  • jacquez

    he’s iight

    http://www.myspace.com/southcrak

    go listen

  • renza newman

    Lil Whytes cool. But he have to step is game up.

  • Freddy(Vega$)

    Big Ups to Lil Wyte, he should take off the Lil tho since theres so many of those types of niggas.. He tight tho niggaz need to give him a chance!!! Curtis………

  • ya favorite hataz favorite hata

    lil whyte is BIG TRASH!!!!! I’m mad they got rid of crunchy and infamous… now they wanna push whyte… STOP IT yall lookin like puputz….

  • ya favorite hataz favorite hata

    lil whyte is BIG TRASH!!!!! I’m mad they got rid of crunchy and infamous… now they wanna push whyte… STOP IT yall lookin like puputz….

  • ya favorite hataz favorite hata

    lil whyte is BIG TRASH!!!!! I’m mad they got rid of crunchy and infamous… now they wanna push whyte… STOP IT yall lookin like puputz….

  • MYMPHISGOLD101

    LIL Wyte is a bitch. I’m from Memphis and I don’t know how many times his little ass has been kicked by one of my homeboys. I’m not saying he’s a bitch cuz he’s little, he’s just a bitch with no lyricism. HO!

  • Ziggy

    you can tell all the white boys are sayin this white boy cool…this this faggot…another retard like eminem all fucked on drugs…well em made it big cause he had dre…you think some white guy gun make it big doin crunk music like 3 6….? look at bubba sparxxx he flopped soon as that nigga came out…paul wall doin his thing cause he aint do crunk…only niggas do crunk good is scrappy, crime mobb, 36, an lil jon….

  • lsd

    mmmmm…. acid

  • DirtDoggy

    Fist off I’m a white boy and I think he’s complete trash so let’s not start this racism bullshit again, but EM woulda made it with or without dre, his old ryhmes are still some of the best ever and if you think not you better listen to his early shit again, he’s gradually fallin off like the rest of the big names though, I’m interested to hear his new cd if it ever comes out.

  • facescar

    The One And Only is one of the hardest albums of the year so far, stop hatin’

  • Biggie

    Damn, Lil’ wyte can rap fo real, he’s out there doin his thang!

  • Biggie

    Yo Dirtdoggy,”June 29th, 2007 at 9:33 PM” quit hatin on ur own race, tha fuck wrong wit u, u proly one of dem kkk muthafuckas!

  • Hoodsta

    The One And Only goes hard, go get that if you aint got it yet, also be on the lookout for Da Las 2 Walk comin’ out July 10 yessuuurr!! It’s going down Hipnotyze Minds!
    SHADAFAKKAAAAPPPPP!!!

  • Q-BURO

    ZIGGY SHUT THE FUCK UP YOU HOMO!I LOVE WHITE BOYS THEY TASTE LIKE HONEY!

  • Q-BURO

    ZIGGY SHUT THE FUCK UP YOU HOMO!I LOVE WHITE BOYS THEY TASTE LIKE HONEY!

  • Q-BURO

    ZIGGY SHUT THE FUCK UP YOU HOMO!I LOVE WHITE BOYS THEY TASTE LIKE HONEY!

  • Q-BURO

    ZIGGY SHUT THE FUCK UP YOU HOMO!I LOVE WHITE BOYS THEY TASTE LIKE HONEY!

  • Q-BURO

    ZIGGY SHUT THE FUCK UP YOU HOMO!I LOVE WHITE BOYS THEY TASTE LIKE HONEY!

  • Q-BURO

    ZIGGY SHUT THE FUCK UP YOU HOMO!I LOVE WHITE BOYS THEY TASTE LIKE HONEY!

  • Danny

    YOU ALL ASK WHAT I LOOK LIKE WELL HERE I AM!

  • Danny

    YOU ALL ASK WHAT I LOOK LIKE WELL HERE I AM!

  • Danny

    YOU ALL ASK WHAT I LOOK LIKE WELL HERE I AM!

  • Danny

    YOU ALL ASK WHAT I LOOK LIKE WELL HERE I AM!

  • Ziggy

    you poeple are all fucked in the head…lil whyte looks like hes fucking 7 first of all…dirtydog i know em could have made it big one way or another but it helps alot to have the marketing like dre and to have put him out in the light like he did…dre comin from america original gangsta rap group nwa to puttin out this white boy…everyone was gon check that shit out…but this lil white cock yea that fuck right….put out by 3 6 fuck rigth off….all you lil white kids like that fucked up faggot rap yall suck on 50cents dick too if you white kids had the chance…yall dont know the real niggas in the game…white kids just like niggas cause other people do…white kids jus jump on the bandwagon…they jus like what the media puts in their eyes an they all over it…an the media put out the most wack ass niggas too…

  • GngstaGrllz

    I effs with the Wyte. Big up XXL for putting him on the site.

  • Slated Best

    No one knows it, but Wyte is way nicer than Eminem. Not that they’re that comparable, but Wyte’s music is just harder than most lyricists out today-including Em. What’s crazier is, Lil Wyte is that type of “white dude” who chills with black people-the type Dave Chappelle was talking about-which means, hes prolly a lot more thug than most black dudes in the game-real talk.

  • mackadoshious

    definately supportin lil wyte.reppin that bay area(frayser,memphis 10)all day!!

  • Purple Hulk

    HES WACK
    AND TO ZIGGY, BUBBA SPARXXX ONLY FLOPPED CAUSE HE WENT WITH COLLIPARK AND BECAME A SELLOUT, HIS FIRST 2 ALBUMS WERE CLASSICS AND WERENT ON CRUNK BULLSHIT
    THERES NO GOOD CRUNK ARTISTS

  • triplesixninja

    Ziggy Says:

    June 29th, 2007 at 8:24 pm
    you can tell all the white boys are sayin this white boy cool…this this faggot…another retard like eminem all fucked on drugs…well em made it big cause he had dre…you think some white guy gun make it big doin crunk music like 3 6….? look at bubba sparxxx he flopped soon as that nigga came out…paul wall doin his thing cause he aint do crunk…only niggas do crunk good is scrappy, crime mobb, 36, an lil jon….

    your the fag ziggy. i think u just wish you had money and bitches and fame like lil wyte. ur a racist pussy bitch too.

  • http://xxlmag.com curt314

    all yall niggas hatin on wyte is some fags yall know this one of the hardest niggas out right now so yall niggas quit hatin

  • Walker V.W.

    I’ve been listenin’ to Lil Wyte for about 7 or 8 years now and I love his music but I think he should start branching out more because I did like the drugged up, southern Lil Wyte but if he gets a little bit more lyrical then in my mind he would be blowing up 10 times as hard as he is now.

  • QUIETSTORM

    ziggy you are a dumb nigga

  • Ziggy

    all yall callin me the dumb nigga when you lil white kids should look in the fuckin mirror and stop sayin nigga…you lame ass ma fuckas think this nigga hot in the game this is the most wack ass rapper living to this day…yall wanna listen to hip hop yall need to check out sean price,joell ortiz,t.i,kieth murray,ugk,clipse,wc…..they niggas that make hip hop an put a good name in hip hop they know how to spit thier shit…any fuckin faggot who likin this like white boy who most of my lil niggas are bigga than is straight up lame ass ma fucka…you hurtin no more to it..if you got respect fo this nigga then you may aswell like every fuckin rapper cause this nigga wack…an if you into that wack ass shit then you probably white an aint real….an if you aint rael you aint gon make it anywhere in life….no rael niggas would listen to this wack shit..ive said what ive had to say now ill let you little white boys run ya mouths again on how dumb i am well jus one thing son i speak the fuckin thruth…

  • Ziggy

    an for triple six ninja…im only 20 nigga…an i bet you in my 20 years ive had more money bitchs and cars than that nigga…im a fuckin hoodstar nigga ya aint know nothin bout me

  • Purple Hulk

    LIL WYTES TRASH
    AND ZIGGYS A DUMBASS, HE ALSO LISTENS TO EVERYTHING THE MEDIA THROWS IN HIS FACE. HE SAID LIL JON, 3-6, AND CRIME MOBB ARE GOOD?
    HAHA

  • http://www.xxlmag.com/?p=11178 Jay

    Biggie Says:

    June 30th, 2007 at 3:05 am
    Yo Dirtdoggy,”June 29th, 2007 at 9:33 PM” quit hatin on ur own race, tha fuck wrong wit u, u proly one of dem kkk muthafuckas!
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    biggie are u a dumb fuck!! KKK is all whites against blacks how could a white guy say he dosent like a white rapper n be a KKK member u dumb ass

  • Dr Flav

    This will be the album 3 six pat your pockets and jew you out your money Lil Wyte, you think the rest of the mafia wasn’t loyal? Get you a little money though, I understand those things happen to everybody.

  • Ziggy

    purple hulk listens to faggot shop boys and d4l gay snap rap….fuck you too hulk you wouldnt know a real nigga if he was sittin right infront of you

  • Purple Hulk

    #
    Ziggy Says:

    July 1st, 2007 at 5:52 pm

    purple hulk listens to faggot shop boys and d4l gay snap rap….fuck you too hulk you wouldnt know a real nigga if he was sittin right infront of you

    IF ANYONE DOES ITS YOU, YOU LISTEN TO CRIME MOBB AND LIL JON, WHY WOULDNT YOU LISTEN TO OTHER WACK SHIT?

  • ziggys a homo

    ziggy u need to shut the fcuk up u lil puss.. ur black so u kno hip hop? guess who started the whole hip hop industry, who made it mainstream and got ur ass into it….the white man… u need to learn ur shit before ur racist ass speaks again NIGGA!

  • young jopey

    the album is dope, he cool white guy he just want to make good music peace out

  • n/a

    ya favorite hattaz fuck what trippin on. ur probally mad bcuz ur favorite wack ass dick suckin rapper ran out of luck to give u sum dick so quit hattin.

  • Ziggy

    purple hulk you aint worth shit… fuckin faggot purple hulk im ma fuckin green hulk nigga nothin but the fuckin big green too boy…you like lil whyte cause your a lil white faggot case closed no more to it…you aint no real hip hop you aint no real you a fake ass ma fucka listen to wack ass lil white cause you a lil white kid in the burbs on his moms computer you aint no shit…i aint even sweatin anything some little kid has to say on a blog on xxl…you messed up kid and you know it …

  • Q-BURO

    ZIGGY LIKES A LIL WHYTE IN HIM!HOMO LIKE ME!!!!!!!

  • Q-BURO

    ZIGGY LIKES A LIL WHYTE IN HIM!HOMO LIKE ME!!!!!!!

  • Gorilla unit

    Ziggy Says:

    July 1st, 2007 at 8:50 am
    an for triple six ninja…im only 20 nigga…an i bet you in my 20 years ive had more money bitchs and cars than that nigga…im a fuckin hoodstar nigga ya aint know nothin bout me

    ZIGGY PLEASE SUT THE FUCK UP AND SUCK YOUR OWN DICK. STOP PLAYEN TUFF GUY YOU INTERNET WANKSTA. YOU AINT GOT SHIT AND YOU KNOW THAT BITCH. IF YOU REALY THAT TOFF WHAT THE FUCK YOU WAISTEN YOUR TIME HERE. GO FUCK YOU LIL SISTER ORE HER LILLTE FRIEND FUCKING PEDOFIL

    PS: FUCK LIL WHITE TOO AKA LIL KKK HOO

  • jrue

    little white sucks and so does 3 6 mafia

  • ulikemaflow

    gorilla i thought you already got bitch slapped toooooo many times on the last blog….your a little white kid from holland and come on here swearing about gay shit in dutch…..start tryin to get a life in your shithole country

  • Purple Hulk

    CAN YOU READ ZIGGY?
    IVE SAID LIL WYTE IS WACK, IVE SAID ON THIS SITE BEFORE THAT MOST WHITE RAPPERS ARE OVERRATED AS HELL.
    YOUR PROBABLY TO BUSY DANCING TO YOUR CRUNK SHIT TO ACTUALLY READ THOUGH

  • snowplow

    haah ziggy u a bitch 4real yo. b real 2urself homeboy!

  • Ziggy

    PURPLE JUICE CAN YOU READ YOU FUCKING FRUIT LOOP…I SAY I LISTEN TO SEAN PRICE,JOEL ORTIZ,KIETH MURRAY….REAL HIP HOP NIGGA….SO SUCK A NIGGA DICK BOY, THE FUCK YOU LISTENIN TOO? PROLLY 50CENT LIKE ALL THE LIL WHITE 50 GROUPIES YOU FUCKIN CUM SPONGE….STOP MENTION MY NAME I DONT LIKE IT WHEN FAKE ASS HURTIN FAGGOTS MENTION REAL NIGGAS NAMES ..

  • Purple Hulk

    JOELL ORTIZ AND KIETH MURRAY ARE GOOD, I DONT REALLY LISTEN TO SEAN PRICE.

    YOUR THE ONE THAT SAID “LIL JON, 3-6 AND CRIME MOBB ALL DO CRUNK GOOD”
    IM JUST SAYING, YOU SEEM TO LISTEN TO THE SHIT THAT THE MAINSTREAM THROWS AT YOU

  • HCP_6661

    FUCK ALL YALL TRYNA HATE ON WYTE JUST CUZ HE’S A WHITE BOY FUCK HE BETTER THAN SUM THA NIGGAZ IN THE GAME

  • HCP_6661

    ZIGGY OUT HIS FUCKIN MIND HCP 6661

  • MYMPHISGOLD101

    LIL WYTE IS NOT FROM THE BAY (FRAZIER) DUDE FUCKING LIVES IN GERMANTOWN. I’m from the bay nigga. Lil wyte is a horrible lyricist. Dude rhymed Vienna sausage with wiener. come on??? You guys are either white boys or black dudes scared to say a white dude sucks. Nobody, and I mean nobody in Memphis likes lil wyte. 36 treat him like their bitch. I’ve seen LIL Wyte step out of line and get his ass kicked so many damn times it’s not funny. Stop hating on Ziggy. It’s not cuz he’s white, it’s cuz he sucks. Eminem is one of the best lyricists ever but LIL Wyte claims to be hard and he’s not. The only thing he’s ever sold (ever could have sold without getting capped in Memphis) is an ounce. Bitch. Memphis is 80% black and he would have got shot here because of his skin color trying to step into somebody elses turf. Especially in Frazier.

  • MYMPHISGOLD101

    BTW, he used to be in Shelby forrest Clique, which was an all white group (he only started socializing with black dudes when he was signed) based in Millington. Real close to Germantown. He never lived in Frazier. Don’t get it twisted.

  • KYNG ED

    MYMPHISGOLD101 …you sound like them white boys that were on that koopsta knicca video…i hope you wasn’t the one who got robbed!!!

  • U all Bitches

    Fuckin homos yeaint kno rap all the so called rappers u listed aint shit they fuckin suck its crap its all bout florida rap fuck u u all suck dick

    I RUN THIS

  • Maddi

    “AND ZIGGYS A DUMBASS, HE ALSO LISTENS TO EVERYTHING THE MEDIA THROWS IN HIS FACE. HE SAID LIL JON, 3-6, AND CRIME MOBB ARE GOOD?”

    ^^^^^^^^^
    Ima stick up 4 Ziggy here. He said they were the only good ‘Crunk’ Artists.
    And Wtf’s wrong wit All dem niggaz Bar Lil Jon And Crime Mob. Dat shit gets u pretty hyped up.

  • Maddi

    Oh yeah and Lil Wyte Is Garbage. Sit down Wigga no one Feels you. I Hope Three 6 Fire his punk ass soon. They shouldnt of even given him 1 day in the studio.

  • Purple Hulk

    ZIGGYS A DUMBASS
    IM NOT EVEN DEFENDING LIL WYTE, HE SUCKS, HES A LITTLE JUNKIE THAT THINKS HE CAN RAP

  • mills1540

    lil whyte is bad. I’ve been listening him forever if you dont like him its cause you dont understand him or what hes talkning about

  • vegas player

    ZIGGAY….man you are just a sad ass little racist and if you have so many cars,hoes,cash and are doing it that big…..why are you living on this blog talkin shit all day??? cuz you are a jobless fucking racist with nothing better to do huh? if your really 20 years old man you need to grow the fuck up and worry about your own sorry ass and notwhite people that like hip hop. #1 get a job…#2get a life…#3go buy lil wyte’s album hahahaha

  • Rick

    damn quit hatin on white ya im white n i listen to all types of hip hop shit im 18 fuckin yrs olf and i started listening to sugarhill gang and run dmc…then moved on to pac and the 90s shit…and now with hip hop fucked up now like kanye west says….does anyone make real shit anymore??? hell naw they dont wyte is one of the hardest white boys out there i kno hed kick all yo punk asses if he seen u all in public “hatas talkin but hatas aint walki”!

  • Sean

    he some scum i tihnk.. nd no im not hatin on em cuz he wit im wite 2… i jus think he some scum tho

  • http://xxl nystandup

    my people i cant belive we give these horse ridin niggas any burn straight garbage pale niggas kill ya self read da name ny stand up

  • Fromes

    He is really underated, its hard to get respect in the rap game if your white because there is so much racism involved. Being african american skills dont count as much just look at nelly, huey, 50 cent, young joc, etc, none of these guys can really rap, but people respect them more cause there black

  • Ken

    Im black and one of Wyte biggest fans. He one of tha most underrated artists n da game honestly. He gon always come raw n hard on da track n get ya crunk! QUIT HATIN ON THIS CAT! HCP 4 life…

  • negros please

    to many haters on this site if u dont like whites dont comment on whites cuz whyte is tight.haha but on the real shut the fuck up wit all the bullshit hate on every person interviewed.

  • http://www.myspace.comtrichome420 Ðopeβoyج

    Fuck all you racist H8ters Wyte Is Real. you all go listen To your Lean with it rock with it and 2 steep you fuckin Homos.

  • http://www.myspace.comtrichome420 Ðopeβoyج

    Fuck all you racist H8ters Wyte Is Real. you all go listen To your Lean with it rock with it and 2 step you fuckin Homos.

  • http://xxlmag.com jazzyj

    lil wyte cool he a cool ass white boy

  • http://xxlmag.com jazzyj

    lil wytes as real as it gets my nigga

  • http://xxlmag.com jazzyj

    you review hypnotize and you see nothin but potincel pepole gettin beat to the floor and it started with a pencil i sho will lil wyte went hard when he said dat shit so fuck yall haterz