Singles: “Razor Blades And Steak Knives,” “Go Off,” “Gimme The Loot”; Mixtapes: Freebasing With Kevin Bacon; Albums: My Grandma’s Basement; Guest Appearances: Dizzy Wright’s “Step Yo Game Up”
As-yet-untitled EP, scheduled for this summer
Chris Webby, Rittz, Iamsu!, Young Thug, Vince Staples. He might be a little too big because of the acting shit, but I’m surprised Childish Gambino ain’t on here.”
“Eminem. Redman. OutKast, OutKast, man. They’re a real big inspiration. Ras Kass. Wu-Tang Clan. Shit, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre. Nas. So many people. These are people that, when I heard their shit, I was obsessed, and they changed the way I looked at hip-hop. They were such dope spitters that they made me feel inadequate.”
“I put my mom and my grandma through a lot of fuckin’ hell. Consistently kicked out of school all the time, just runnin’ with the wrong crowd, man, being a dick. Just doing a lot of crazy shit, man. I never put this out there, but I slung dope in school, man. Just did a lot of mischievous, dumb shit, man. I had no respect for authority. I didn’t give a fuck. Horrible, man.”
Singles: “Michigan Shit”; Mixtapes: The Blue Album, The People’s Rapper LP, Season 2; Albums: Unconscious State
As-yet-untitled major label debut album
“I think everyone here deserves to be here. I just think that it’s all about timing, so whoever didn’t make it shouldn’t look at it as a setback. I know when I didn’t make it, I let it fuel me.”
“I’m not saying this because I’m signed to Aftermath, but just like most of America, I grew up idolizing Dr. Dre. And I’m from Michigan, so I grew up idolizing Eminem. So to be on the same label as the two of them is a dream come true.”
“I probably thought I was cooler than I was. I think I’m pretty much the same dude—quiet, reserved. I only want attention when I feel like I deserve it, when I’m on that stage. Other than that, I’m chillin’. I’m cool. Just like in high school, I didn’t get caught up in varsity jackets and cheerleaders. If it came to me, it came to me. If it didn’t, it didn’t. But I was too busy doing me to be concerned about what everybody else was doing.”
Singles: “Satellites,” “4:30AM,” “Paper Chasers,” “Don’t Know”; Mixtapes: The Luca Brasi Story, Stranger Than Fiction, By Any Means; Guest Appearances: Pusha T’s “Trust You”
Bread Winners Association/Atlantic
As-yet-untitled major label debut album
“When you ask who am I surprised that’s not here, that’s not really a question for me because I believe I feel all things that are meant to be will be. So everyone that was meant to be here, they are here.”
“I always liked Down South beats like Master P and Cash Money and things of that nature. As far as lyricism I always gravitated as far as Biggie Smalls, Nas, Jay Z, Big L. I love Eminem. Eminem would be in my Top 5.”
“As a freshman in high school, I wasn’t as nasty as I am right now, but as a Freshman in XXL, I’m the sickest in the district.”
Singles: “New York City,” “Hot Out”; Mixtapes: Bricks In My Backpack 2: Powder To The People, Bricks In My Backpack 3: The Harry Powder Trilogy; Guest Appearances: Fabolous’ “Only Life,” Pusha T’s “Road Runner”
Brick Star Boyz Records (BSB.)
Bricks In My Backpack 4: Major Without A Deal mixtape, dropping in June
“You never know with XXL. They mostly pick the hottest people along with a wild card here and there.”
“50 Cent made me want to rap and Jay Z, so you can say those two. But as far as influences, I don’t have no influences like that. I just do my own thing.”
“I was good. I was on some fly shit. I was just trying to get mad pussy, and I ain’t really get the hang of getting mad pussy. You know what I am saying?”
Singles: “I Luv This Shit,” “Downtown,” “Ghetto”; Mixtapes: The Product 2; EPs: Downtown: Life Under The Gun; Albums: Testimony
Promoting his major label debut album, Testimony
“I feel like if you grinding and you made people see then you’re here.”
“Musically I think you get inspired from everywhere. It doesn’t necessarily mean that it has to come from an artist. Just like this moment, walking up to XXL and the environment.”
“I didn’t have a lot of shit that a lot of other kids had. My freshman year I think I was in Houston at the time and kind of just changing schools a few times. I guess that’s when I started to realize that all these niggas got Jays on and my wardrobe wasn’t up to par. I was just going to school and dealing with family issues. Overall, throughout the wack ass clothes and bullshit, it was still cool.”
As-yet-untitled EP, scheduled for this year, and an as-yet-untitled album, scheduled for 2015
“I thought Vince Staples was going to be here. I think he should be here. I honestly haven’t given too much thought. I’m surprised with Chano [Chance The Rapper] here ’cause he’s really big. He doesn’t really need to do it. But it’s dope. It’s a great opportunity for everybody.”
“I’ve been listening to Missy Elliott and Timbaland, Dizzee Rascal this past week. I have a lot of different phases. I immersed myself in mad music. I’m huge on Nas, Biggie, 2Pac, Jay Z, UGK, Pimp C, J Dilla—not just a producer but as a rapper—Stone Village, Souls Of Mischief, A Tribe Called Quest, Hieroglyphics, The Pharcyde, Gorillaz, Jimi Hendrix, Nirvana—the list don’t stop.”
“I was reckless as fuck. I was unnecessarily reckless. I was ill, I can rap, but I was unnecessarily like wearing fuzzy slippers and dancing on tables and shit. Always trying to like fight somebody. I was too much.”
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