Lil’ Wyte is living his dream. After years of hard work, his career is picking up more speed. When he decided to pursue a Hip Hop career while still in his teens, his father gave him $1,500 to spend on making his first record. But things stalled. Like so many, he joined a rap group called the Shelby Forest Clique, that later dismantled. Undeterred, he released his first solo album, Doubt Me Now, independently through Three-6 Mafias label Hypnotized Minds. It was the success of this album that resulted in a distribution deal with Warner Music Group and the release of his second album Phinally Phamous.He has traveled the country with Three-6 Mafia, been recognized by Hip-Hop giants Kanye West and Jay-Z, and was given his own episode on the MTV show Adventures in Hollyhood. But is this enough to push his album to the top of the charts? After selling a combined total of 400,000 records, Lil’ Wyte is more than optimistic about his latest album’s success. He sat down with AllHipHop.com to discuss his new album, what its like to work with Three-6 Mafia, and what he calls a “smarter approach” to the rap game.AllHipHop.com: Why did you name the album The One and Only?Lil Wyte: Basically, its actually a couple different reasons. For me, I got a lot of posers out there and so I feel like Im the one and only Lil Wyte. Paul and Juicy [of Three-6-Mafia] picked me. I feel like a type of chosen one. Its not lot of White guys in my city that are actually pretty bumpin. What I bring, I feel like Im the one and only who can do it. AllHipHop.com: Three-6-Mafia picked you for their label, but as far as your album, you chose to work with them exclusively. Why is that?Lil Wyte: Because I grew up on them. I really loved their music ever since I was a little kid. I was like 12 years-old listening to Three-6 on headphones so my parents couldnt hear it, and I always stuck by their side. They were from [the same] city and they all live like 10 minutes away from me. I never met them though, when we were growing up. I never went to any shows, but [I] just was a real die-hard fan. So to actually hook up with themits a blessing. And Im not going anywhere just for that. God sent me here, thats the way I feel.AllHipHop.com: What was it like working with them? Was it everything you expected?Lil Wyte: Oh yeah, its still going good. Anytime I go out there to L.A., or [when] theyre in Memphis, I try to hook up with them. Im actually a part of the family now. Ive been with them since 2001 so I feel like Ive been down for a minute. Weve gone on vacationsstuff that aint got nothing to do with the music. Just going out and kickin it and to have that type of friendship with them is great.AllHipHop.com: So what is your writing process when working with them? Lil Wyte: I just get bobbin. Paul will give me a beat and well come up with a hook. I have issues with hooks. I told Paul that I think that rap is getting so simple, so what do I do? And he told me to just go in there, be yourself and do what you do and your album is gonna sell! He was like, trust me and just go in there and do your thing and itll all work out.AllHipHop.com: Wow, it sounds like he really has a lot of faith in you and I know that means a lot. How was it recording the album in L.A., on camera for Paul and Juciys show Adventures in Hollyhood?Lil Wyte: It was an experience, to wake up every morning and have you own bedroom in the L.A. hills. And then to go to the studio with your favorite producers in the game, and they have beats readythats a blessing. I cant put it in words, I really cant. I was speechless most of the time. AllHipHop.com: Were you nervous recording in front of the cameras?Lil Wyte: Not really. Its more like not really being nervous, its like I dont like letting anybody down. Especially family, and to me, Paul and Juicy are family. [Being in front of the cameras] was just weird because Im used to being in [front of] the camera doing interviews and stuff but Ive never been in front of the camera and they say, “Dont look at the camera.” But after the first day, I was alright. The first day I was just kind of quiet trying to figure out what the hell was going on!AllHipHop.com: You also have your own episode on the show, how did that feel?Lil Wyte: That was pretty cool for me to have my own episode because that meant a lot to me from Paul and Juicy and MTV. They really gave me a shot.AllHipHop.com: It seems like things are going really good with your career, but in the beginning things were rocky. You started out in a rap group that later broke up. What advice do you have for up and coming groups?Lil Wyte: Always trust your own heart and your own judgment. I feel like it helped me learn about how to be a man about a strong decision. [Leaving the group] was really just a life decision I had to make.AllHipHop.com: Since you have been solo for the past few years, what is the difference between this album and your previous two albums?Lil Wyte: I went for more simplicity on this album. I didnt work my brain. I had to look myself in the mirror and say, “Dont go in there and get to sweating and get nervous.” It is a reason to be nervous because it is the biggest album of my career. Ive had more promotion with the show and everything so I really had to just go in the mirror and say, “You can do this.” But I also didnt work too hard to where I exhausted myself. I will work my ass off and itll end up stressing me out and everyone else will still be happy, so I told myself I wasnt going to do that this time and to take a smarter approach.AllHipHop.com: Speaking of taking a smarter approach, you mentioned that rap has gotten very simple, how do you stay away from falling into that category?Lil Wyte: I think Im an old school rapper in a way and Im not [an] old schoolerIm a young cat, but I think I rap like the old days. I talk about a little bit of everything in every rap. And I guess with music and radio getting so simple, it makes itI dont want to say harder on meI guess Id say easier. Its like you can either stop working as hard as you did and fit in with them or you can keep doing what youre doing. And if you dont get radio-play, youre still going to have so much hood credibility. I have so much hood credibility its ridiculous! I love it though. AllHipHop.com: Lately, it seems like the South has the Hip-Hop game in a chokehold. Do you think that will help or hinder your mainstream success?Lil Wyte: I feel like it doesnt matter with me. I have put it in raps to show the South some respect because we deserve it. We have some damn good artists in the South, but I think for me its going to be alright because I have fans of all colors and all ages. I dont think it matter[s] where Im from. I think I couldve done this if I had been from Hawaii. Then again, maybe not because I wouldnt have that Memphis mentality.AllHipHop.com: What is that Memphis mentality?Lil Wyte: Just go with the flow. Dont give up. AllHipHop.com: We know that your name is Lil Wyte, but do you think that it has been easier or harder to make it as a White rapper? Lil Wyte: Easier. Because a lot of people dont even think about it anymore. You got folks like Eminem that came out and sold 20 or 40 million records. It just shows that [it] really doesnt matter what the color is. If you have music in you and it just happens to be rap and Hip-Hop, it shouldnt matter.