No other genre of music is as fixated on an artists home as Hip-Hop. Whether its the North, South, East or West, its up to a rap artist
to represent where theyre from and show the world how it goes down in their
region. Killeen, Texas emcee, Yung Texxus, clearly
understands this notion. And after growing up in Texas
and moving to Delaware
at 17, he carries the weight of two cities, two groups and two different styles
of rap music on his shoulders.
On coast, hes Yung Texxus, a member of the the Killeen rap group, Green City,
whos being ushered in by the legendary emcee, Scarface. On another coast, hes
Yung Texxus, the CEO of his own Delaware
record label, State City Music, and member of the group Stack Cap Gang. Not to
Joc bubbling and Desert Storms DJ Clue in his corner.
Hes probably best known for his verse on Kelly Rowlands
unexpected underground hit Still In Love With My Ex
but that was just the
beginning. Texxus explains his big plans to buss it open for Killeen
in 2008 to AllHipHop, and how he balances two groups and a solo career. Best
believe it aint easy.
AllHipHop.com: Youre from Killeen,
Texas but you have ties to Dover, Delaware
too. Can you explain your background?
Yung Texxus: Im from Killeen,
Texas. Its a small town located
in central Texas.
I lived there until I was about 17-years-old. And then I moved to the east
to be reunited with my father after he was released from a 10 year prison
AllHipHop.com: Youre part of the Killeen,
Texas rap group Green City.
How did the group hook up?
Yung Texxus: Were all from Killeen. We grow up together in Killeen, playing sports
and just being around each other. We all had love for music and it was
something we did, and continued to do as adults. And you know, it is what it is
City has a cosign from
Scarface. What have you been able to learn working with a legend like him?
Yung Texxus: Face taught me a couple different things.
Mainly, make sure I got my business on point. Make sure my paperwork is good. I
worked with him in the studio. I actually got the chance to do a song with him
called The Dope Game, which is gonna be on the Green City
album when its released. You know, I really learn by watching somebody work.
Some people learn by reading but I learn visually, so just by watching him he
taught me a lot.
AllHipHop.com: Youre apart of another group. Can you explain
the situation with the other group that you are apart of?
Yung Texxus: Im in two groups. Green
City, my group in Texas, my childhood friends, and I also have
my own label called State City Music and we have a group on the label called
SCGs, Stocking Cap Gang. And basically, thats my other group and thats my
label. And Im working with DJ Clue real heavy on my solo project, on the
Desert Storm South tip. So you know, just trying to keep it funky and just doing
AllHipHop.com: So how did you hook up DJ Clue?
Yung Texxus: To make a long story short, I was in Myrtle Beach, [South
Carolina], I was on vacation for Black Bike weekend.
And my manager Jay Classik hit me up like, Yeah, you know Clue heard the Buss
It Open. Clue really liked the single and wanted to shop it to some majors.
This is before the remix, when it was bubbling, when it was just my single. So
Clue got a hold of the single, got it poppin, got [Yung] Joc on the remix and
its been a wrap ever since. Were looking to lockdown some kind of situation
within this year.
AllHipHop.com: Joc is on the remix, so did you get a chance
to meet and chop it up with him?
Yung Texxus: Yeah, I met Joc. We had a show at the University of Texas. Hes a real humble, real cool
dude. Big shout out to Joc and the whole Block Ent.
AllHipHop.com: You worked with Kelly Rowland on Still In
Love With My Ex. How did you hook up with her?
Yung Texxus: That was probably one of the biggest songs I
was known for before Buss It Open. My producers are out of Atlanta, go by the name ClubbaLang.
Basically, they work with Sean Garrett every now and then, he writes a lot of
hits for pop sensations. Sony hit ClubbaLang up and asked them to do a remix
for Kelly Rowlands track Still In Love With My Ex. Being that Im their
artist, they said, Tex,
go ahead and drop a verse on here and were gonna send it to the label.
Unfortunately, [the label] didnt pick it up. But the song was leaked, I think
the first mixtape was DJ Screams. That put it out to the world. Next thing I know
its on all types of sites, its getting burn on Hot 97 with DJ Envy, it [was]
getting play everywhere.
AllHipHop.com: How did it feel to get your first taste of
success on an R&B song?
Yung Texxus: Im an artist, man, so really I enjoy making
all types of music. So getting down on a R&B track was great cause it
introduced me to a whole different kind of audience and different types of
people listening to my music, which was good. I got a lot of good feedback from
people saying, I wish this was the real track. That just let me know that on
the next go round I might be that much more accepted. I already broke some ice
AllHipHop.com: I heard you have a history as a battle
Yung Texxus: Yeah, me being from the South, I was always
open-minded. I never closed myself off and listened to only one type of music.
I grew up in Texas,
I listened to Swishahouse, DJ Screw, Chamillionaire and Paul Wall. I listened
to Wu Tang, Jay-Z, Nas, Rakim. I listened to all that. So when I came to the
east coast at 17, a lot of people didnt really embrace my style. I love the
east coast, but a lot of people stereotype southern rappers. So when I came out
here, I had to prove myself and that got me into a lot of battles, which I pretty
much came out on top of all of them. I even battled Jin from 106 & Park. Me
and Jin battled in the mall, nobody would step up to him. I got an illustrious
career as a battle rapper but Im retired right now. I just wanna make hits and
AllHipHop.com: With you being in two groups and pursuing a solo career, how do you
balance being solo to being in groups?
Yung Texxus: Its easy for me cause Ive always been a team
player, so its easy for me to bounce back from a solo thing to the group
thing. And Ive always been an independent person. Ive always been on my own.
Im the oldest child, so I always had to take care of the family. I think
thats why I can do the things I do within a group, which is running my label
State City Music. Im the CEO of State City Music, and Im responsible for setting
other artists and their careers, as well as my own. So its easy for me to
bounce back from a solo to the group thing.
AllHipHop.com: You go by the name Yung Texxus. Id say that
outside of Scarface and UGK, and compared to what Mike Jones, Paul Wall and
Chamillionaire did a few years ago, Texas
has kind of struggled this past year. You being a young new rapper from Texas, how are you going to bring Texas back, especially with you carrying the
name Yung Texxus?
Yung Texxus: Thats a good question. A lot of the cats you
named are from Houston.
Mike Jones, Paul Wall, theyre from Houston.
Im not from Houston.
Houston got their own culture, their own swag,
their own thing, their own movement going on in Houston. Im from Killeen,
Texas, Im from central Texas. And where myself and Green City
are somewhat fore founders of that region of Texas, cause no one has really accomplished
what weve accomplished. We have our own style. Were more lyrical and we wanna
rap on the track more so than the slowed down stuff. So I wouldnt compare
myself to them. And Im bringing something totally different to the table for Texas. Its a whole crop
of young artists coming up in Texas, like
myself thats bringing something totally different than the Houston artists. No disrespect to the Houston people, cause we
came up on them, and they were first. But were just bringing something
different to the table and giving our side of things. You got my homie
Sparkdawg, my cousin, whos also a part of Green City,
hes doing his thing major on the underground tip. You got my people out in Dallas, and they got their whole movement thats different
Like Tum Tum, Big Tuck and the whole DSR movement. So everything is different
when you go to different parts of Texas.
AllHipHop.com: So are you in Texas
Yung Texas: Im in Delaware. My mom and my
father are from Delaware.
Me being a product of the Air Force, me and my sisters were born in Texas.
AllHipHop.com: What is the music scene like in Delaware?
Yung Texxus: On the real, to keep it 100% funky, I feel like
Im carrying the flag for two different small towns who never got a break. Killeen, Texas,
Im doing it big for them and representing that to the fullest. And in Delaware, its the same
thing. Theres not too many artists in Dover
coming out, representing and putting it down. My whole crew is from Dover, State
City, and basically,
were crafting the scene out here. Nobody has done in Delaware
what we have done, which is get national exposure in magazines, radio play in New York and other
areas. So theres a music scene here, shout out to the peoples thats doing it,
but were pretty much the tastemakers for Delaware
AllHipHop.com: Do you ever feel torn between the two cities?
Like do you have to have two different styles two appease two different
Yung Texxus: Yeah, its definitely been tough. But anyone
that knows me from Green
City, knows that Ive
always been the lyrical one. They be like, man, you got that east coast swag.
But I just feel like Im doing me. Its always been in me to be intelligence,
spit whats on my brain, and spit it from an intellectual point of view. Or I
might give you the old Texas style, the flow
you hear from the average Texas
artist. But I always switch it up and keep it versatile. And I find myself torn
sometimes, but I feel like thats a part of me being a person, cause I dont
always feel that same way everyday I wake up. It might come up lyrical one day
and straight to the point the next.
AllHipHop.com: What project are you working on right now?
Yung Texxus: Right now Im working on a three part mixtape
series called Throwaways. I havent
release a mixtape since 2005. I was in The
Source Unsigned Hype in 2005, they were comparing me to Jay-Z, saying I got
a street flow like Jay-Z and this and that. It was an honor to be compared to
him. But I havent released a mixtape since the Unsigned Hype. Basically, what
this mixtape series is, is to catch up the listeners. The Yung Joc single, people
are checking for it, I wanna put together a mixtape where they can catch up and
hear all the songs Ive been doing and all the collaborations Ive been doing
over the last three years.
AllHipHop.com: Are you signed with Desert Storm?
Yung Texxus: Thats something to be decided. Im working
with Clue real heavy. We dont have any paperwork as far as me signing directly
to Desert Storm. But were in the mixing of some big deals together. Clue is
also a free agent now too. A lot of people may not know Desert Storm is not
being distributed through Def Jam.
So hes searching for a new home to sell to as well. But only times gonna
tell. But thats my nigga and were rockin, with or without the paperwork.
Yung Texxas’ Myspace Page is www.myspace.com/yungtexxusakamistagreen