SpaceGhostPurrp – The Come Up
A$AP Rocky isn't the only new artist with a throwback down South vibe. Meet SpaceGhostPurrp, an A$AP comrade and Miami native who has been building himself recently with collaborative endeavors and solo efforts. The young rapper/producer was featured on Rocky's LiveLoveA$AP mixtape, and most recently got tapped to craft a beat for Wiz Khalifa's Taylor Allderdice mixtape. Get to know more about the 21-year-old here, as he explains his focus on keeping alive some of the music and themes of the 1990s, how he linked up with Wiz and Rocky, what the Raider Klan is, and more. —Adam Fleischer (@AdamXXL)
Notable releases: God of Black, NASA: The Mixtape, Blvcklvnd Rvdix 66.6 (1991)
How'd you get your name?
From this ’90's show Spaceghost Coast to Coast. I would watch when I was younger and as I got older I made it into my rap name when I would be on purp and sizzurp bumping to old school underground rap. It just represents my style of music how mystic and purple it is.
When did you start rapping? What about producing?
I started rapping back when I was seven. I've been producing since I was 13.
What do you use to make beats?
FL Studio XXL edition.
You were on LiveLoveA$AP as a featured guest and producer. How did you start working with Rocky and the ASAP Mob?
We reached out to each summer of 2011 and became good homies after. We had a lot of fun last year.
Did you get in the studio with them?
You produced "T.A.P." on Taylor Allderdice How did you link up with Wiz Khalifa?
He reached out showed love like a real nigga should. He's very humble and positive like me. I told him I got respect for him and I'm glad he understands my vision as a producer. He's humble like me, mane. We weren't in the studio together yet. But soon. One day.
Who else have you worked with?
Big bro Juicy J, Project Pat. I’m still making something for the homie Cee Lo, and more on the way.
What can you say about some of your recent projects?
The God Of Black EP, I dropped that in 2012. It was more about showing kids how that real '90's baby rap sound like. Then I dropped a project called BlackLand 66.6 it was a tribute to all underground down South rappers, but with that old distorted sound something that these kids don't know about.
What is Raider Klan?
Raider Klan started in South Florida a few years back. In 2008, me and my fam started it. Now it’s about 20 of us that raps but in general we are all over the world. It's a Klan of us who carry ourselves like the Warriors did. We don't believe in movements. We don't like to follow other hype movements. We do what the hell we want to do.
We all are young, wise, unique, and we have old souls. Our mission is to inspire the youth to be dope wise and cool at the same time with out being an idiot committing irrelevant crimes for cool points. But we still will fuck you up if provoked or touched. We don't try to be thugs or so called goons and hype beasts. We just live with our own inspiration. We believe keeping that real sound of rap alive. We try to not to be the best lyrical in rap, we just thrive on being raw.
But the meaning of a Raider is a person who been hurt, lied to, manipulated, misjudged or put down. A person with a black heart who still cares about people; who wears all black to represent the dark past they been through. I wear black because it makes me humble and I always want to separate myself from others. We also wear dark colors to represent our humbleness. It's all about being humble in Raider Klan. If you’re not humble, you gotta go.
We were inspired by every pioneer from the 90's from all over and our mission is to keep that phonk alive. R.I.P Jitt.