Fat Trel Talks Upcoming Mixtape, Louie V Mob and Chief Keef’s Incarceration

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Fat Trel stays working. The D.C. menace dropped a regional favorite in the DMV, Nightmare on E Street, last year that showcased his street rhymes over menacing beats. Fast forward to 2013: As his fans awaited a follow-up mixtape called Sex, Drugs, Money and Guns, Trel surprised everyone by joining forces with Alley Boy and Master P to form Louie V Mob. Al Capone, which was released this week, features a myriad of songs from the trio including standouts “Brick to a Million” and “Louie Sheets.” Now, Trel is focusing on Louie V Mob’s New World Order mixtape, which should see the light of day sometime in February. XXL spoke with the rising D.C. rapper on the projects he’s working on, Master P’s influence, his definition of a “New World Order” and his thoughts on Chief Keef’s recent incarceration.—Eric Diep (@E_Diep)

XXL: I hear you are out there in L.A. in the studio. How’s that going so far?

Fat Trel: It’s going great, man. It’s a new vibe. [It’s] a new feeling. I love it. I’ve been out here for about two months now. I moved out here.

What projects are you working on?

We were just working. I’m working on the Louie V Mob project with Alley Boy and Master P. I’m also trying to finish up my tape, Sex, Drugs, Money and Guns. It’s supposed to be dropping this year. I’m also wrapping that up. A little film work. A little bit of everything. We dipping in everything.

Where is your head now on this project compared to Nightmare on E Street?

It’s just more carefree. It’s looser at the mouth. I’m just talking slick, talking shit. A bunch of young goonies on there talking reckless, just talking that D.C. shit. We bringing it back. Nightmare on E Street was more mature, showing that I am a step ahead of these niggas. I’m pretty sure everybody knows that now. Sex, Drugs, Money and Guns is just the truth. It’s the naked truth.

What are your thoughts on the D.C. rap scene and where do you think it is going?

I like it. I feel like it’s a lot of people stepping up that want to be heard, which is always a good thing. Whether it be me or anybody in my label, if motherfuckers work hard enough, then the right people from D.C. gonna be heard. I love the direction it’s going in. We getting behind something positive and when you see a bunch of niggas doing some shit like that, it’s always a good thing. We could be doing a lot worser shit. We could be terrorizing the streets. We need shit like that. It’s a blessing so I love the direction the DMV is going and as far as music.

The Louie V Mob project is supposed to drop next week. Why did you decide to align yourself with Master P?

I mean, it’s one of the biggest legends in the game. We are talking a lot of business, not just music. It was only right that we hook up and hear ‘em out. Then he brings Alley Boy, another honcho. Another leader from another state from the street shit. It just made sense. We say, “Fuck it, let’s rock and roll.” We the realest, fuck everybody else, and that’s just how it is.

The Louie V Mob brings together the ATL, D.C., and New Orleans.

Yeah, it’s a nice criminal background from three different states you never heard together. I don’t think I ever heard New Orleans, Atlanta and D.C. meshing at once track for track. Blow for blow. Bar for bar. Hook for hook. I think it’s new, number one. And besides it being new, I mean you got the big homie Master P stamping it. You could only imagine how far it is going to go or what’s to be expected. That’s why I feel like it’s a beautiful thing what we doing.

Master P was also saying that he’s the “Phil Jackson of this shit,” teaching these young guys.

Yeah, that’s exactly what he is. I learned a lot from him. Still more to learn but I learned a lot. Like I said, he’s helping us out in situations that are not only raps. He’s teaching us a lot of things from acting to financial shit, just giving back to non-profit organizations. It’s not just music. I’m learning a lot from him and I am continuing to learn.

He’s kind of schooling you on the ins and outs of the industry.

Yeah, me and Alley both. I mean, of course I got a little bit more to learn because I am the youngest. He’s schooling us both. It’s a work in progress, and it’s a beautiful work in progress.

READ ON TO LEARN MORE ABOUT LOUIE V MOB’S FORMATION, HIS THOUGHTS ON CHIEF KEEF, AND MORE

  • Foul Mouth South

    Maaannn… After hearing that Master P “Al Capone” i’m stoked for the Louie V Mob shit. I heard a lil’ bit of Fat Trel before this interview, but really did’nt no what to think about him. After the interview i get the impression that he’s a really smart and humble cat. This is a good look, good sound. I’ve been a MP fan since the beggining. Finding out that i’m diggin that Trel shit too. Admidst all the B.S. rap out today, this is what the game needed.