The Break Presents: Ugly God
With over 33 million spins on SoundCloud and another 15 million views on YouTube, Ugly God knows how to use the internet to his advantage.
The best word to describe the Houston-bred rapper is unorthodox. With hilariously honest songs like "I Beat My Meat" and a fascination with lizards, the 20-year-old spitta's eccentric side has earned him a solid fan base. Once fans hear the music, like Ugly God's viral hits "Water" and "Let's Do It," they usually stick around to join his carefree movement.
Recently, Ugly God became the first artist under the newly launched Asylum Records, formerly home to Gucci Mane, Waka Flocka Flame, Paul Wall and much more. With a label behind him, he's looking to drop his debut mixtape, The Booty Tape, in 2017.
"My first tape, I’ve been working on that for eight years," he tells XXL. "Even though I just started rapping and producing a year ago, I say I’ve been working on it for eight years because it’s eight years worth of my thoughts and how I feel and my experiences."
Learn something new about the rising talent, including his computer engineer dreams below.
Name: Ugly God
I grew up listening to: “Ying Yang Twins, Project Pat, R. Kelly, shit like that. I started thinking about making music about a year-and-a-half ago. I wanted to be a computer engineer [ever since] I was little. I was in college for it but music worked out. [But] that’s what I’m still going to be, a computer engineer. It just came natural, just fucking with shit. I always knew how to fix and revamp shit. That’s why I wanted to learn it in school.
"[When I was younger] I was doing normal things like making beats on the table and everyone [would] freestyles. But I don’t think it has anything to do with what I do now. I started [really] rapping and producing at the same time. I was bored and I was in college. You’ll have so much free time in college and people misuse it. But I did my thing and it just clicked. I downloaded Fruity Loops Studio and in my head I always knew how to at least lay out a beat. The melodies and stuff came later on. I went to University of Southern Mississippi.
"I started making music for myself and it started to catch on with other people. I made one song just to have it but then a lot of people started to listen to it. Then I made a second song and people fucked with it too. A rap career was like forced on me. When I started getting more views than a lot of people I started listening to, I was like “What the fuck?”
Most people don’t know: “I was born in Indiana. I moved around. I lived in Cleveland, Texas, Louisiana and now Mississippi."
My style’s been compared to: “I know I don’t sound like anybody else because people compare me to every single body. If you have people comparing me to different artists, don’t nobody know what to do because they can’t. I feel like when a new artists comes out the first thing they think is, 'Who does this sound like,' and they say all kinds of shit.
"My music is how I feel; it’s really how I feel about stuff. ‘I Beat My Meat’ is outlandish for people to rap about but that’s how I feel. I guess they feel like it’s wrong to put it on music."
My standout records or moments to date have been: “'Water' with the music video. I think every single performance, I feel like is just the biggest thing."
My goal in hip-hop is: “I don’t care about getting rich off of music. If that happens that would be awesome. But I’m going to be legendary. My honesty, I feel like no one is honest anymore. You have a few but…I make it fun. I’m not worried about how can I make a radio hit. I’m not worried about that."
I’m gonna be the next: “The next muthafucka, just that muthafucka who people will remember. I’m the next Prince, Michael Jackson and 2Pac."
"I Beat My Meat"
"Let's Do It"
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