The hip-hop world is a less than sensible place -lots of times, you're even required to clarify when bad means bad and when bad means good- so once a week we're going to get with a rapper and ask them to explain things. Have something you always wanted to ask a rapper? Email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This Week's Rapper:
Scooby of G.R.I.T. Boys
This Week's Subject(s):
Rap groups as pornos; selling out group members; the three best rap groups from Houston.
Ask a Rapper: Being a member of a trio, do you think it more or less difficult than breaking big? We mean, with regards to a rap group, there seems to be some kind of unspoken relationship between how many dudes are involved and how well it is received. It's kind of like a porno, we suppose.
Scooby: Firstt of all, [laughs] I don't make pornos with other grown men. Like Pimp C said about him and Bun, "Me and this man ain't no freaks! We ain't neva ran no trains togetha!" [laughs] I think that's how he said it.
Anyway, being in a group is a something you have to build on. Like, I don't understand how Diddy just can throw strangers together and think it's gonna work out? We been cool for ten years, ya know. So we kinda know when one of us is not feelin' something and we just talk it out. Me and my group good we brothers, ya dig. Some groups just go with the flow 'cause they depend on one person. We all got talent.
AAR: Hypothetically speaking, let's say a record company approached you and said they wanted to sign you to some big fancy contract, but you'd have to ditch Niq and Poppy. How many zeros would have to be on that check for that to go down? Just for the record, we'd cut every one of our friends loose for about $400.
S: Actually, that happened in real life a while back and I didn't bite on it. It's more than one reason, but at the end I said nah, 'cause we stronger as a group. Swishahouse offered me a solo deal when they signed Yung Redd. Me and him were gone do a album together. T. Farris came with the plan but it didn't go down.
It was a lot of mixed emotions - not on my end, I don't get emotional - with these [other] people; not the group, the label we were on. Niq and Pop didn't hate, it was the label.
They knew it could've helped us, but they wanted to brand G.R.I.T. Boys. Niq got offered a deal too. Joey from Atlantic offered him a solo deal. He didn't take it. It's hard, but I couldn't sale my dudes out for riches.
AAR: Just for giggles, why don't you throw out the four best Houston rap groups of all time. And yes, UGK is considered a Houston rap group.
S: This aint no joke and I don't care who gets mad: Geto Boys, UGK and the almighty yours truly G.R.I.T. Boys. I don't know any other groups. I know boys that rap together and say they a group, but they always break up.
Those are the only true Houston groups that's actually took it somewhere. All dat popcorn shit ain't in the same lane. We haven't reached UGK level or the Geto Boys success yet, but if you check the resume, last years Ozone nominees for Best Group was UGK, Birdman and Lil' Wayne, Three 6 Mafia, Lil' Brother and the G.R.I.T. Boys! So I'm not tooting my on horn [laughs]. I don't count these radio niggas, they one-hit wonders for now. They gotta show me something. G.R.I.T. the movie comin soon!
See the G.R.I.T. Boys online at www.myspace.com/gritboys and follow Scooby on Twitter at @scooby_gritboys.