HE’S GOT A NEW SINGLE OUT (FEATURING LEGENDARY HOUSTON RAPPER KLONDIKE KAT) CALLED “HUNGRY,” BUT IT WAS THE HONGREE MOBB WITH WHOM RAPPER YUNG SURREAL DEBUTED. HE TALKED ABOUT THOSE BEGINNINGS ON THE EVE OF THE RELEASE OF HIS EP “GHETTO BLUES.”
When did you start writing your own verses?
I started writing verses when I was 12, when I got locked up. From 12 to 18, I probably seen about six months in between. I was writin’ songs like a motherfucker, freestylin’… I came out and just started hittin’ record. I seen everybody out here makin’ mixtapes, so I jumped in the mix. I been tryin’ to stay out of trouble, man. I just got stopped by the police the other day, and I got a punk ass warrant. He was searchin’ my car. I didn’t have nothin’ in my car. I wasn’t worried about that. But he had put me in the back seat, and he ran my background. He was gonna take me to jail, man. I was already in handcuffs. He saw my lil’ CDs and posters and shit. I said, “Man, I’m doin’ music, tryin’ to stay out of trouble.” I talked to him like he was a regular person. You know, not give him the benefit of the doubt, but just tryin’ to talk to him straight up: “I’m doin’ this music. Ain’t doin’ none of that other bullshit.” And he let me go! So, you know, I’m doin’ somethin’. I’m doin’ this for a different reason, but, man, it’s been a blessin’ to me.
Has anything changed since we’ve had more awareness of police brutality?
I think that they got themselves underneath the spotlight a little too much lately. I haven’t been stopped all year, but in the past month I’ve been stopped twice, and they let me go. And that’s surprisin’ to me, because I did 26 months for a half a sweet. I got burnt, so this past month tripped me out! A few other people, too; I know they been lettin’ ’em slide on shit. I think it’s ’cos they finally startin’ to see that the bullshit is just not gettin’ nowhere. Lockin’ people up for petty shit, wastin’ everybody’s time. But I know from day one, I been on the other side. I seen them jump my mama. I was 12 years old and they tried to rough me up. I got jumped by the police in Galveston. I’ll never see eye to eye with them, but if they wanna clean that act up, that’s cool with me.
Was Hongree Mobb already formed when you got together with Spiktakula and Big Gerb?
Nah, it was Big Gerb and Spik. I see ’em at the House of Blues, and Spik was up there, “When I say BIG, you say GERB!” And I was like, “That’s some real shit.” Because I know Spik’s been in the game a little longer than Gerb, as far as makin’ beats and doin’ shows, so for all the haters I know out here, to see Spik as an artist up there, gettin’ the crowd to say, “Big Gerb!” That’s the kind of team I wanna fuck with, the way they mobbed in there. And then Gerb put together a show and had a bunch of lil’ opening acts, and I killed one of them shits. Gerb was right there in the front, sittin’ in the crowd. After that, Gerb hit me, was like, “Man, I could use a hype man, somebody like you to rock with me and shit.” So I linked up with him, I let him hear all the shit I had in my backpack. At that time, I just had backpacks full of raps for days. Years’ worth of notebooks of songs.
So he kinda was thinking a hype man at first but, “No, this dude’s writin’.”
Man, it was really what’s allowed me to push this shit, because I was just out reckless, man. I was eatin’ everybody up freestylin’. I ain’t met nobody who could fuck with me, man, at parties and shit. But I tell everybody, “I’m cold, but Big Gerb is ice water.” I got my money on Gerb all day. And for Gerb to turn around and shine that spotlight on me, that’s some real ass shit. I’m watchin’ Gerb from the crowd and next thing you know, I’m backstage with ’em. I had already known I was gonna do music with him when I met him, man. I said, “That’s who I’m gonna fuck with right there.” Nothin’ but love.