Standout: “Hometeam” ft. Big K.R.I.T., CyHi Da Prynce & Dreamer
Also Check Out: “Off Top” ft. Ill Essense
And: “I’m Tellin Ya”
Name: Wes Fif
Reppin’: Orlando, Florida
I’ve Been Rapping Since: I’ve been writing since I was about 11 years old. I’ve been grinding on an independent level since early 2004.
My style and/or skills have been compared to: It’s crazy, but I have never been told that my style is similar to anyone in particular. I guess that’s a good thing, because when you listen to my music – you’re getting something you can’t get elsewhere.
My standout records and/or moments have been: Back in 2007/2008 I had a record with the homey B.o.B. called “Haterz Everywhere” that did it’s thing on a worldwide scale. More recently in 2011, I had a record with my brothers Big K.R.I.T. and Cyhi Da Prynce titled “Hometeam” that shook up the underground/blogs. We shot an amazing video to go along with it as well.
I’m gonna change the game by: Being a part of the wave of artists that take rap music back to that mid-late 90s shit. Back when the majority of cats actually gave a fuck about the product they gave to the people. Nowadays the game is oversaturated with artists who are purely in it for what they think will be a quick come up. I was raised on that music you can relate to, feel, ride to – so naturally, that’s the music I make.
I’d Like to Work With: There’s so many people I would like to work with – we’d be here all day. Producer wise – Mannie Fresh, Legendary Traxster, Toomp, Boi-1da, Happy Perez, Rico Wade, Tricky Stewart; those types of guys. But at the same time, I’m an advocate of the new wave of hungry producers, I’m always down to work with those cats!
Artist wise – anybody who holds it down and does their thing 100%. I’m not a fan of the cats who aren’t from my region trying to emulate what we created though! Let that be known, it’s one thing to fuck with the sound every now and then. But I was raised up where listening to a nigga’s music could take your mind to exactly where they come from geographically – that’s close to extinct now.
My goal in hip-hop is: To solidify Orlando on the “rap map”. A lot of your favorite artists come to my city for various reasons: Vacay, shows, to record, etc. Yall niggas love my city, smoke our weed, smash our chicks – the least you could do is shout us out on your records with the rest of the country! Several of yall have gotten beat up, robbed, shot at in the O too – so I understand yall not shouting us out [Laughs]. But mainly my goal is to be one of hip hop’s elite.
I’m gonna be the next: Artist turned mogul. I pay close attention to the Diddy’s, 50’s, Jay’s, Ross’, cats like that. Day by day as I build the Wes Fif brand, I’m striving to build the Street Smart Music brand simultaneously. I have a great ear for dope shit, dope artists – across all genres. My partner Dinero Jones, the same thing. So the end goal is to definitely house a roster of internationally known artists/producers/writers – branch out into endorsements, films, things of that sort.