Lil Keke Springs First Free Mixtape, Da Leak

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To Houston rap fans, Lil Keke needs no introduction. Being the man who coined many slangs and phrases for Houston rap, The Don presses on with new material. His recently released mixtape Da Leak is the first actual freebie of his career and a prelude to another street opus, Heart of a Hustla, due in October.

Recently the SUC legend reached out to SF2's long running underground hip-hop series Kickback Sundays to select a winner to appear on an upcoming remix of his. After initially selecting upstart D. Sims, he turned around and flashed a grin, selecting Headwreckas member KDOGG as well.

We spoke to Keke while shooting a segment for MTV's Mixtape Daily, and dissected numerous topics including his thoughts on ZZ Top's new cover of "25 Lighters," his involvement in Kickback Sundays (the third season kicks off in February) and the process behind Da Leak.

Rocks Off: Congrats on the release of the project. What made you finally release a free mixtape?

Lil Keke: The competition, well not necessarily the competition, but you have larger artists like Rick Ross who have Drake on a mixtape so that's good for the public, I at least owed it to them. You can't be always consumed with money, you know but I get to the money on my mixtapes so I never had a reason to do it for free. But it's been getting a great response so from here on out there'll be a lot more free mixtapes.


RO: But you still treated this as if it were an album, right?

LK: Oh yeah I treat all my mixtapes like albums, they all have hooks on them. I don't go in and just do raps, I go in and do the songs. That's what make people gravitate to the mixtapes.


RO: Did it shock you when you heard ZZ Top did a cover of you and DJ DMD's "25 Lighters"?

LK:  I was pretty shocked they covered the entire song, but I appreciate their creativity with it. Its cool that a new audience will get to experience the song.


RO: Has the writing process changed since those '95-'96 SUC days and now?

LK: No change, I don't have no raps, I don't have no tablets with no raps on them. Any time you hear a song from me whether it be the hits to the smallest freestyle takes about 10-15 minutes, I do them right then. I don't go home, study raps, none of that.


RO: So we'll never see video of Lil Keke on an iPhone rapping?

LK: I'm still old school, I'm still on the paper! I'm still with the paper, still with it. I see the phone thing and I haven't converted.


RO: What made you gravitate towards Kickback Sundays?

LK: Well I got young fans, I got fans from my era and that's the beauty of what I do and what I've been doing for so long. To have fans 20-25 years old still packing my shows, knowing the songs, I love to catch up with time, I'm not the kind of person that's stuck in my ways, you know "I'm straight screw!" I'm not into that. I got songs with the BeatKings & the songs with DJ Choses and I gravitate to the movement. This is a movement and I'm with it.

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BrotherJesse
BrotherJesse

@CherrellRene Wow, Lil KeKe making a "comeback"? You know the Southside actin bad on da slab...

CherrellRene
CherrellRene

lol we're def abt to make a run! RT @BrotherJesse @CherrellRene Wow Lil KeKe making a "comeback"? You knw the Southside actin bad on da slab

BrotherJesse
BrotherJesse

@CWmsWrites I read your "Respect" article. Thx for sharing...Ques: How would u rate POTUS respect level for Black America last 4yrs?

CWmsWrites
CWmsWrites

@CherrellRene Thank you sis for your kind words. It means a great deal to have a good support system as a writer.

CherrellRene
CherrellRene

@CWmsWrites i enjoy your writing. congrats on all of your success. very proud & happy 4 u

CWmsWrites
CWmsWrites

@CherrellRene thank you sis! I appreciate you sharing my work with your followers.I hope you liked the piece. @HuffingtonPost

Soulful1
Soulful1

i understand that and @CB_CAL @BrotherJesse <- his view as well. Hard out here for a POTUS, pimpin' on the highest level. (jk) lol #VOTE2012

CB_CAL
CB_CAL

@BrotherJesse @soulful1 he speaks to my issues as a black gay male student trying to make it in the middle class. That's my point.

Soulful1
Soulful1

YOu should jump on poverty tour with @tavissmiley and @cornelwest my friend @BrotherJesse U all wanna tell the man in the job how to do it.

Soulful1
Soulful1

need 2 broaden your understanding of POTUS responsibility. He aint Rev Sharpton or Jesse @BrotherJesse @CB_CAL I, too am America. Them, too.

BrotherJesse
BrotherJesse

@Soulful1 On that note: Let's get back to being the change we want to see. Can't wait on anybody. #Peace

BrotherJesse
BrotherJesse

@Soulful1 There's a difference btwn critiquing and crying. We have to stop being so sensitive b/c ppl critique POTUS...

Soulful1
Soulful1

And POTUS reps all Blacks @BrotherJesse Showing all America that the time of the boogeyman is over. Some hardcore folk wont get the message.

Soulful1
Soulful1

Money is out there for all @BrotherJesse have to get involved in the system to get our share. Crying about it dont get no green. #realtalk

BrotherJesse
BrotherJesse

@Soulful1 Ha! He's a Black man managing the affairs of White America. "White" is a given....you of all people know that.

BrotherJesse
BrotherJesse

@CB_CAL Ok, so have u heard him specifically say "Black Gays" "Black Middle Class" . Nope. What's your pt? cc: @Soulful1

Soulful1
Soulful1

How many times has POTUS used White word? @BrotherJesse He leads whole nation. Folk need to learn how 2 get share of block grants #RealTalk

CB_CAL
CB_CAL

@BrotherJesse @soulful1 so black can't include gay and middle class? Lol we don't live in corners we live in the intersections.

Soulful1
Soulful1

How many times has he used the word white? @BrotherJesse He leads 4 whole nation. Not his fault folk dont no how 2 get share of block grants

BrotherJesse
BrotherJesse

@Soulful1 How many times has POTUS used the word "Black" since he's been in office vs "Israel", "Gays", "Middle Class", "GM"? #RealTalk

CWmsWrites
CWmsWrites

@BrotherJesse Absolutely. I think he will also. Thank you for your support brother! I'm glad you enjoyed my article.

BrotherJesse
BrotherJesse

@CWmsWrites I appreciate your response. I agree if he wins a 2nd term, the word "Black" will be used a little more. Keep writing bro!

CWmsWrites
CWmsWrites

@Soulful1 I agree. He's in a very precarious position in terms leadership and his relationship w/ us. He walks a fine line. @BrotherJesse

Soulful1
Soulful1

If POTUS focused on Black causes @CWmsWrites @BrotherJesse we wouldnt be considering his re-election. Has to lead 4 whole country. #realtalk

CWmsWrites
CWmsWrites

@BrotherJesse I think in his second term, he is going to do more to assist in the uplifting of our communities. At least, I hope so.

CWmsWrites
CWmsWrites

@BrotherJesse considering the amount of racism and bigotry he's up against in Congress, it's been difficult to do things only for us.

CWmsWrites
CWmsWrites

@BrotherJesse thank you my brother for taking the time to read the article. His respect level for us hasn't been up to standard though

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