Yo Gotti, Cookin’ Up Soul

Yo Gotti may never host a show on The Food Network but consider him the hood version of Chef Bobby Flay when it comes to cookin’ up hits. Last year, the Memphis rapper had a pair of club singles—”5 Star Chick” and the Lil Wayne-assisted “Men Lie, Women Lie“—climbing the charts like Spiderman. This year, Gotti keeps the heat coming with the latest chapter in his popular Cocaine Muzik mixtape series and his upcoming major label release, Live From the Kitchen. XXLMag.com chopped it up with the M-Town MC about his rise in popularity, workin’ with T.I. and baggin’ Nicki Minaj and Trina at the same time.

XXLMag.com: You’ve been around for a few years now but your buzz is at an all time high right now. What do you credit that to?

Yo Gotti: Workin’ the streets. We put stupid mixtapes out. We put out so much material and the people are fuckin’ with it.

XXLMag.com: What do you think your appeal is to people?

Yo Gotti: I think because the subject of my music is real life. You may not be able to relate to the situation that I’m talking about but you may know somebody [that can]. So I make sure it’s real. We make it bounce for the club, we make it feel good.

XXLMag.com: What can fans expect from Live From the Kitchen?

Yo Gotti: Live From the Kitchen coming out on Polo Grounds/J Records. You know, I got all these songs but I’m just trying to make sure the shit clears. I worked with so many producers from Cool & Dre, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, Drumma Boy, Toomp and Hot Rod, who made the “5 Star” record.

XXLMag.com: What features can we look for?

Yo Gotti: Right now, features from Lil Wayne on the “Men Lie, Women Lie” song. I got features from Rick Ross and everybody else is like my crew.

XXLMag.com: There were rumors you wanted to get T.I. as a feature as well. Have you reached out to him yet?

Yo Gotti: Not yet, not yet since he’s been out. But there’s one song I’m still trying to put together.

XXLMag.com: It’s crazy how you landed Nicki and Trina for the “5 Star Chick (Remix)” video. How’s it feel having two of the baddest chicks in the game on your record?

Yo Gotti: Man, it feels good. (Laughs) I just hit ‘em up and told ‘em I wanted them to be a part of the situation and they got on it.

XXLMag.com: You’re also doing some work with Cash Money, right? Can you tell us about that?

Yo Gotti: Yeah, I got a production deal with Cash Money. One of my artists, All Star, is signed to me through Cash Money. So I’m able to put out other artists through Cash Money if we wanted to do something like that.

XXLMag.com: How’d y’all link up?

Yo Gotti: It was a while ago when I first did a deal with TVT. They actually reached out to me to try and sign me, but I had just done the deal. So me, Baby, and Slim sat down and chopped it up. They respected my vision and of course I respected what they were doing. Then Universal gave us a pipeline to put out music and we’ve been rockin’ ever since then.

XXLMag.com: A lot of artists that are huge in the South don’t get so much love out on the East Coast. As a Southern artist, are you concerned about that?

Yo Gotti: I don’t be with these rappers every day so I don’t really know their experiences and concerns. But for me, I come in when I get booked to come by anyone out of the area, we coming.

XXLMag.com: New York crowds have been known to heckle Southern artists. How would you respond to a negative response at a show?

Yo Gotti: I don’t know. I would have to be in the situation. I don’t think everybody have to like your music or you. If you don’t like my shit then you don’t like my shit.

XXLMag.com: Some rappers care more about making songs rather than making these lyrical records. What’s your stance on that?

Yo Gotti: We make music. If you do the research of music, I don’t really think there’s no word on being lyrical. Music is supposed to make people feel good. Music is supposed to make people dance. Music is supposed to get people through their pain and situation. The history of music is to know how to make songs. Truthfully, we just know how to make songs. If it make you dance in the club and make you feel good, that’s what I thought music was. —David Lee

  • T.McGrady

    Man, Yo Gotti is a real nigga …. I feel him and his music. You may hate him, but he makes that good street music. Just like Gotti said : if you don’t like it, DON’T LIKE IT. That’s what it is … There’s always gonna be haters. That’s part of the game.

  • Gift

    i agree. Yo gotti been puttin in work for a while, and it’s finally starting to pay off. Dude’s buzz is crazy right now, and i anticipate what his shit is gonna sound like. i think it’s gonna be pretty solid.

  • AZ40

    I think some of his stuff is okay and i’m actually looking foward to this album

  • STOP ROCKIN SILVER & CZs

    XXLMag.com: A lot of artists that are huge in the South don’t get so much love out on the East Coast. As a Southern artist, are you concerned about that?
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    XXLMag.com: New York crowds have been known to heckle Southern artists. How would you respond to a negative response at a show?

    LoL!!! BEST QUESTIONS EVER. Kuz NY niggas dont wanna hear his shit. Im a Brooklyn nigga, he iight 2 me, the only song I fuckz wit as of now is his joint “Shoot Off”. Him fuckin wit gay ass wayne & that homo ass cash money click aint a good look to me, but hes gettin his money I guess…soon he’ll get less hungry, music quality will be rushed, shittier & shittier, next thing you know hes a sellout

    • http://www.twitter.com/d_will3 dwill3

      i mean to answer that dawg this nigga could neva sell out he come from my hood we made plenty money been had money his shit is gettin better through the couse of his age im tell u find self explantory and from the rap game to tha dope game he gone make u respect him…i would say his music grows cuz i wish he would go bacc to that shit but its goot and we dnt giva fukk what ny niggaz think of us…honesty all them niigas whack beside fab, hova, and jadakiss the rest of them niggaz garbage, oh yea and manio….respect my nigga music

  • valdez

    he’s like the new 3-6 as far as his sound, but without all the demonic imagery. content is nothing new or original, not to mention something we can learn anything positive from. but he does what he does well and the music sounds good. all that said, i fux wit him for what he is. by no means could i listen to this type of content on an all day/daily basis.

    real talk, hip hop is so wack and manufactured now, i rarely listen to it. what u will find me bumping at the moment is:

    best of sade
    best of the isleys
    rjd2
    beck
    royksopp

    last hip hop album i bumped real heavy was:

    clipse – til the casket drops

    which, oh by the way, is pretty much the same as listening to gotti content-wise, except clipse are obviously much more creative and witty with their lines.

    • thumpa

      Man don’t ever compare this clown to three 6 mafia the nigga is ass

      • http://www.twitter.com/d_will3 dwill3

        to touch on this imma memphis nigga to compare gotti to 3-6…u right thats wrong..only if 3-6 was still doing what they use to be honest my nigga if u even from memphis 3-6 is not respected they did a free concert and no 1 showed up not only are they sell outs to the street music they use to put out wen they had niggaz like plays fly gangsta blac lord infamous, chunchy blacc, gangsta boo, and koopsta they sell outs to they own damn city…they took all the credit to that hard out here for a pimp wen the boy frayser boy did all the writing. u should always ive yo artist credit fuck 3-6 mafia they sold out to memphis rap, dnt ever judge gotti music lame ass niggaz

  • http://realnigga.com Mac Polo

    i fucc wit yo gotti a lot. I live that life and everything he says ive seen, been threw, or herd about. My nigga keep makin that good street shit. HIT CITY CEO MAC POLO San Diego Bitch!!!!

  • ike_notturner1

    OK…so southern rappers get no love in new york….ANNNND! LOL! Its quite apparent that southerns rappers dont need any support from a group of mufuckas who dont even support their own! Thats why New York hip hop aint been successful since 2001 and yall still riding on the coattails of the old Guard(Jigga Nas 50, etc) and they dont even fuck with the up and coming NY rappers! So the same way we would get booed if we was up there, yall would get booed or left in tn building by yaself if yall came down here talkin that…what the fuck do yall talk about nowadays anyway! LMAO!

    • STOP ROCKIN SILVER & CZs

      you serious nigga??!! 1st of all NYC rap was good till around 04′-05′ish, which it still is but its gets no exposure. 2nd, HIP-HOP/RAP/EVERYTHING YOU LISTEN TO was birthed where we at. “they dont even fuck with the up and coming NY rappers!” true, but take another look @ dipset or french montanas click, even g-unit, they signin pple left N right. and yea nigga we still ridin the “coattails”, of course, kuz real niggas dont diddy bop in the hood to fake ass Miami cop correctional officer Ross, or special ed Gucci & OJ. or any of them stupid muthafuckaaZ down there. rappin about money, cars, clothes aint shit. people who use water in they fuckin cereal cant realate 2 that ol’ bullshit. thats why 2pac, biggie, etc are considered the best… kuz they touched people, that down south bullshit dont touch nobody, its all club hip-POP musikk. i show yo gotti luv though, real nigga.

      • Ike_Not Turner1

        ok…lets do this…1st and foremost i will commend u 4 giving a somewhat reasonable and good repsonse…and u are correct, Ross is faker than a $3 bill and gucci and oj are a couple of elementary rappers…i agree with u wholeheartedly…BUT…there always a but…if u feel those 3 guys are what represent hip hop down south u are WAAAAAY of course and sadly mistaken…we have MCS such as Little Brother, T.I., Killer Mike, Ludacris, who appeared on the Made U Look Remix who MORE than held his own with 2 legends(NAS and Jadakiss) Andre from OUTKAST who absolutely destroys every track he’s on when he’s actually rapping J Cole who recently signed to ROC NATION and Jay Electronica…take a listen to Exhibit C if u doubt this…so if u say down south hip hop is only club hip pop bullshit, i could say up NY hip hop is just a buncha wanna be thug hustler in the projects tryna be bloods crips and so hood…i know thats not true with MCS like Talib Mos Def Joell Ortiz and others doin what they do for NY so u shouldnt believe the statement u say….by the way, check out “DEATH OF A POP STAR” by David Banner and 9th Wonder if u think we are ignorant…

  • STOP ROCKIN SILVER & CZs

    @Ike_Not Turner1…agreed. its a damn shame that the 3 i named (ross, gucci, oj, etc..) get so much kudos while artists like the ones you mentioned get little to no play, some are legends, but it seems like they lost their touch N get no luv now. well not all of em, but their getting their well deserved exposure. but yea, im a MAJOR hip-hop head. been listenin to Luda & T.I. foreverrr, i think both of em fell off though (Luda after Chicken-n-Beer, T.I. after well id say Trap Musik kuz i think his old material SMASHEESS Rubberband Man etcc.) but yea andre 3k is a monster,…outkast & UGK are legends. even Scarface. i love shit from the south, i just dont like whats gettin spins & whats in heavy rotation as of now. LoL david banner sounds like sean price.

    • ike_Not Turner1

      iM glad u gotta an appreciation 4 southern hip hop cause i thought u was just on that FUCK ALL DOWN SOUTH RAP nonsense…iM a Hip Hop head born and bred in Georgia…i grew up listening to Big Daddy Kane Rakim KRS and all the golden era legends…but i also grew up listening to 2 Live Crew Pretty Tony MC Shy D the Hard Boys as well as west coast rappers like too short N.W.A. Spice 1 Ant Banks and others…so my perspective is very well rounded…so just as i may not like a lotta the things getting rotation repppin the south, i know its just one aspect cause hop ho is too broad of a spectrum 4 one part to pegged as THE one…

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  • Ike Not Turner1

    There’s other rappers in Memphis besides 3-6???? LOL! that was a joke man, 4real…i think the Memphis hip hop scene as a whole would be a lot stronger if not for the crab in the bucket mentality of so many Memphis artists…this rapper is beefin with this rapper, this group dont get along with this group, these guys had a fallin out with these guys…that has plagues the Memphis scene for years and until it gets under control, Memphis will continue to be a burgeoning local phenomenon and miss that national exposure…

  • http://www.twitter.com/d_will3 dwill3

    to comment imma big gotti fan….i feel him music is music we dnt care if NY niggaz dnt like our raps we dnt like they whack ass shit….they make lame ass music as of late now dnt get me wrng its niggas on the east coast doing they thang i can neva hate a ledgen to the game but i dnt think NY niggaz would boo gotti or hate him this a real nigga he’s from the street….ridge crest mafia FVM MOBB bitch…..W?B nouf memphis shit….

  • http://www.twitter.com/d_will3 dwill3

    imma big gotti fan….i feel him music is music we dnt care if NY niggaz dnt like our raps we dnt like they whack ass shit….they make lame ass music as of late now dnt get me wrng its niggas on the east coast doing they thang i can neva hate a ledgen to the game but i dnt think NY niggaz would boo gotti or hate him this a real nigga he’s from the street….ridge crest mafia FVM MOBB bitch…..W?B nouf memphis shit….