Alabama isn’t quite considered a hub of the Hip-Hop industry, but Trillville’s Don P feels he’s found a lyricist to change the perception.
Yung Gunn, a rapper from Birmingham, Alabama, has joined forces with Don P’s Trill Villains and production team Track Boyz Ent. to represent for the burgeoning state. “Ain’t nothing coming up out of [Alabama] if I ain’t got nothing to do with it. I’m the mouth of the south. The king of Alabama,” Gunn tells AllHipHop.com.
While Southern sentiments dominate Hip-Hop, Gunn promises to bring a new facet to the Rap game with his Birmingham roots.
“Alabama is bringing something new to the game. It’s not bringing the Houston sound, where it’s chopped and screwed or slow. It’s not bringing that ATL [Atlanta] crunk. We got a blend of everything,” he continues in a confident swagger.
Gunn considers himself to be a younger offshoot of other, now famously successful rap moguls like Sean “Diddy” Combs, Jermaine “J.D.” Dupri and Rap-A-Lot’s J. Prince.
“He reminds me of myself with I was that age,” J.Prince says to AllHipHop.
“I’m a hustler man. I just read Kevin Liles book [“Make It Happen: The Hip Hop Generation Guide to Success”] and I saw myself in it. I’m a young Kevin Liles, man,” the Birmingham resident prophesizes. “Ain’t nobody f***ing with me.”
But, Yung Gunn’s bragging may be warranted. He was instrumental in Trillville’s management switch to Jimmy Henchmen’s Czar Entertainment, who also works artists like The Game, Sharissa and Mario Winans.
He maintains, “S**t wasn’t being done right [with the old managers]. The marketing and promotion was wrong. You got to play a management role and not a homeboy. Don P is a brilliant producer, but his management evidently they didn’t understand that and they didn’t know how to market it, sell it or promote it. I hooked up with him and we clicked.”
Trilltown Mafia, Don P’s new act, recently inked a deal with Rap-A-Lot/Asylum and Gunn was instrumental in making the situation fruitful.
Gunn has aided others with their major label deals and now he hopes to find the right home for his own songs. He says the majors have taken notice and has a number of them interested.
Don P wouldn’t divulge the names of the attracted parties, but said that a signing was drawing near. Gunn said, “Warner is family with Jim Jones. It’s all love. Rap-A-Lot. Universal and Motown. Everybody family. We can get money together.”
Yung Gunn has already opened shows for Baby and Cash Money, Lil’ Jon and The Eastside Boyz and the Ying Yang Twins in addition to sings with R&B crooner Trey Songz. He has a mixtape slated for national release in the immediate future.