Boys: When the Smoke Clears
Interview conducted by: Todd Davis
Houston, Texas, home
of Rap-A-Lot Records, and the original birthplace of the legendary Geto
Boys, is introducing its latest discovery in the form of four very different,
and distinct, personalities, emcees, Poppy, Scooby, Unique, and their music
producer, Pretty Todd, or as they are collectively known, G.R.I.T. Boys.
As a unit, they have managed to build a huge fan base primarily off the
strength of their hugely successful underground releases, but have now risen
above ground for their highly anticipated Mobetta Musik/TVT Records' debut,
G.hetto R.eality I.n T.exas.
How did you all first come together
to form the group?
The G.R.I.T. Boys started in 2001. I was a senior
in high school when I met Pretty Todd. I was the lunchroom Superstar,
as they would call it, and word got to P.T. that I was the man. And, (then)
word got to me, he produced on (Lil) Flip album, and people knew I went
to Worthing (High School) so they assumed I knew P.T. I knew Flip though,
but we wasn't musically connected. Anyway, Todd took me to the studio, (and)
we laid a track down called Priceless. The label he did work for
was called Gameface (Records), he let them hear it, and they signed me in
2002. Unique was my rhyming potna since we were teens. And, we been tight
ever since!! Poppy was signed to the label as well. He also attended Worthing
High, and so did Niq. Todd meshed us together and called us G.R.I.T.
the late Big Hawk, added boys
So, we G.R.I.T. Boys!!
You all later hooked up with Paul Wall and eventually signed a recording
contract with TVT Records
Just being on several mix-tapes, and getting guidance
by Big Hawk, led to us being on Paul Walls CDs. The G-Boy Fresh
DVD was also a big help, and Stacy P, our publicist, and a very hard work
mode, man, the grind, got us to where we are now!!
What are you all bringing to the music game?
G.B.: Ghetto reality --
The unadulterated truth!! We just being real, and doing what we do. Its
life. Its serious. Its gutta. Its fun. And, its the
ghetto reality life, baby!!
Well, that explains the album title, G.hetto R.eality I.n T.exas
G.B.: Man, we just giving
you the Ghetto Reality -- No fiction, all truth!!
On G.hetto R.eality I.n T.exas you all assembled a nice roster of producers
and guest emcees
G.B.: Yeah, we worked with
Mr. Lee, Tha Specialist, DJ Cosmos, and Tha Grid Iron. We got features from
Paul Wall, Travis Barker, B.G., Trey Songz, Hawk, Trae, Lil Keke, Ma$e,
Bun B, and Mac Boney. We handle most of our creativity, but Pretty Todd gives
us direction and he creates the beats!!
Is there anything else professionally that you all would like to branch
out and do following the release of this project?
G.B.: We want to get into
a little of everything -- Acting, writing movies, and wherever else it takes
us. So, were open on that topic.
Is Hip-Hop really dead?
G.B.: We happy with the
music we're making. I think that's all that really matters. You cant
worry about others, or you will never get nowhere. I think the media, and
certain people from the East Coast, are the only ones complaining about Hip-Hop
is dead. Cause Devin the Dude is still making albums, UGKz still
making albums, G.R.I.T. Boys here, T.I. aint dead, Young Jeezy
aint dead, Lil Wayne aint dead -- So, how is Hip-Hop dead?
And, thats not no dis at nobody from the East Coast, thats the
truth. I mean, if it feels good, niggaz should do what they do -- We not making
no dance songs and snaps and sh*t, but to each its own.
What do you all enjoy doing for fun?
G.B.: Probably some controlled
substance <they all laugh in unison> Naw, for real though, we do music
all day. Were always in the studio.
To date what has been your biggest career highlight(s)?
G.B.: Getting a deal wit
TVT Records. Being in the XXL and Source Magazines in the same month. And,
having a classic album!!
Whats next for Grit Boys?
G.B.: Millions of
records sold, Grammys, Bet Awards, MTV Awards, acting, soundtracks;
Sh*t very rich!!
Any message for our readers?
G.B.: Thank you for your
time and support, very much appreciated. And, look out for us, we coming atcha
with that real Ghetto Reality music. And, hit us on MYSPACE.COM/GRITBOYS