Kap G has a solid message for his debut mixtape: Put on for his people. “I gotta make a statement. I feel like we are one of the forgotten. It’s time for us to step up. I titled it Like A Mexican so they can already know what is up,” he says. The 19-year-old College Park residence did just that with Like A Mexican that featured a heavy line-up of all-stars (Pharrell, Jeezy, Fabolous), while bringing listeners into his world. Now, get to know the Mexican American rapper who is poised to reignite a lane in the rap game that’s been overlooked.
Name: George Ramirez
Hometown: College Park, GA.
I grew up listening to: Skateboard P, Jeezy.
Most people don’t know I: Played basketball growing up. I [was] always just nice with it. Being where I am from, it’s not a lot of people who likes Mexicans so every time I’d be at the court. Outside, you know, at the Boys & Girls Club at [the] public gym, I’d be the only Mexican playing. I was always respected ‘cause everybody knew I could play.
I played [basketball] in 9th and 10th grade, but I [am] actually 6’1” now. I was real short growing up. I actually quit when I got taller. That’s how I got into music, really. I really should have started for real, but I didn’t know I was gonna grow taller.
My style’s been compared to: I get OutKast, being the story they tell, like representing they self to the fullest. Plus, we went to the same school, Tri-Cities [High School], and they was around the same areas I was around. College Park in East Point.
I get compared to a Mexican rapper named SPM. My cousins love this man. I never heard of him until last year ‘cause my cousins love him. I see that he gets a lot of respect. People rock with him, people like they really love him. He got that loyal fanbase. People be saying that I am the next SPM ‘cause the type of crowd and the type of love.
My standout records and/or moments to date have been: Standout records gotta be “Tatted Like Amigos” featuring Chief Keef. That was really the first video that I put out by myself. Everybody gravitated to it and then the video is just dope and different. You see that I am Mexican and I am out in an apartments out in Charlestown. That’s out in College Park. I was out there cooling just really showing everybody the lifestyle. Just seeing Black and brown people together. I shot another scene in Chicago with Chief Keef. That was just dope. I think it was just something different that you don’t really see.
I would say a standout moment would be working with Pharrell. I’ve been looked up to Pharrell. To know that he really rocked with [me] genuinely, that’s crazy. I found out I was gonna work with him, but I thought it was going to be a one time thing. When we did our first record, I’m talking about it was really history for me. ‘Damn, he really rocking with me.’ I appreciate him for that. That’s my big bro right there.
The person who signed me, KP [Kawan Prather, Atlantic Head of Urban A&R], he connected me to him. He set up a session and that’s how it all started. I was intimidated, but I was like, ‘This man really makes hits.’ Basically, I got a little bit more fanbase now, but I work with him from the ground up, from the bottom when people didn’t really know me. I was really hungry. I know he made hits and all that. He just had did the 2 Chainz record so I am like ‘am I gonna make something like that?’ I was thinking a lot, but I’m like ‘I’m just finna do my thing. I ain’t got nothing to worry about.’ We came out with dope records.
My goal in Hip-Hop is: My goal in hip-hop is to be apart of opening doors for Latinos, to help them out. You look at the rap game, there’s really not any Mexicans or Latinos so I feel like especially our time now, the struggle that we are going through. A lot of stuff happened and its time for us to have a voice. And besides that, I want to be one of the greatest to ever do it and keep adding history.
I’m gonna be the next: I feel like I’m gonna be the next one coming out of Atlanta cause it’s so much talent down here. I’m the next up out of Atlanta.
Standout: “Tatted Like Amigos” featuring Chief Keef
Also check out: “José Got Dem Tacos”
And: “Eddie Guerrero”