Baby Gas describes himself as the most “ghetto vato out of East Oakland,” a place he represents down to his core. The Bay Area native is here to put on for his people, which includes the Mexican and Hispanic community. When it comes to the struggle, he creates music for the people to relate. For the people to feel.
Most recently, he enlisted E-40 on his “Life In The Ghetto” remix, which is well on its way to hit a million on Youtube. AllHipHop caught up with Baby Gas in Los Angeles to chat about getting shot in his leg and getting million-dollar game from the Ambassador of the Bay.
AllHipHop: How would you describe Baby Gas?
Baby Gas: I’m full-driven. I go after what I’m looking for and I make sure I get the message across. When it comes to my people, we’ve been getting left out for a long time now
AllHipHop: “30 On Me” is at over 3.4M on Youtube alone. Did you foresee it blowing up like this?
Baby Gas: Man no, I’m actually not a fan of the song.
AllHipHop: Why aren’t you a fan of this song?
Baby Gas: Just because it goes back to the streets. To me, I like to stay away from making typical street music. I like to get a little deeper. I like to talk about the s##t that other people would be embarrassed to talk about. Yeah, you’re going to glorify you’re in the streets and you’re on some gangsta s##t, but you probably don’t glorify the fact that there ain’t no food in your fridge or you’re waiting on EBT to kick in. My personal favorite music of my own is that type. “30 On Me” wasn’t the biggest or the first of my choices. It just popped off, I don’t know what it was.
AllHipHop: Talk about being shot, what happened?
Baby Gas: I won’t get into detail too much ‘cause I like to leave the streets in the streets, but just wrong place wrong time. Getting too comfortable I guess, moving too fast. But it’s cool. It happened at the same time that I dropped an album.
AllHipHop: So it was just some hater s##t?
Baby Gas: Anytime you do some successful s##t, it’ll be some hater s##t. It was the same week I dropped the album so I like to say God likes to balance things out. You can’t get all of these blessings without getting balanced out a little bit.
AllHipHop: You shouldn’t ever feel you deserve to be shot at.
Baby Gas: Nah it ain’t about feeling like you deserved to be shot, but s##t. If you live a certain lifestyle, you got to deal with certain consequences. You can’t sit here and complain. Not once do I do that. I wake up every day, we still keeping it lit. We still take the little 5-hour drive just like this, all the way to LA. We keeping it lit. It’s a test, see how hard you hustle. You just dropped a new album, you just flooded your city with 28 billboards, you just dropped a song with E-40, boom! Slow downright quick.
AllHipHop: This was the first time you ever got shot?
Baby Gas: Yes, first time. Hopefully the last.
AllHipHop: Was it traumatic at all?
Baby Gas: At first nah, because I didn’t really notice. It was too much adrenaline pumping. I didn’t feel it until I saw it. When I saw it, that’s when it came on like “aww s##t.” It started burning, but it’s alright. It wasn’t no big dramatic s##t. I was concerned a bit because obviously, I have a main artery down there, but besides that it’s cool. Just a little couple months for the bounce back.
AllHipHop: Best memory from the video shoot with E-40?
Baby Gas: Getting some game, like entrepreneurship game from E-40. Because I also own a few businesses myself: clothing companies, multimedia companies. I owned Stockton‘s main studio.
Opened up a studio out there, we were open for 3 years. I’m sure he got a lot of game from the streets, but it ain’t nothing I ain’t been through. Just that million dollar game. Besides meeting big bro, that was legendary. Meeting E-40 was an accomplishment within itself.
AllHipHop: What was the million-dollar game that he gave you?
Baby Gas: I’m not going to spill everything, but just the consistency and the creativity he puts into his stuff. When the f##k did we ever think of E-40 making E. Cuarenta Tequila? He comes out the left field and is not afraid of being different. Another thing he said: stay on their necks.
When I got on the phone with him, I didn’t know he was already familiar with me. He’s like “keep doing your thing. Keep your foot on their necks, it’s eventually going to come.” You know how the game is, you’ve gotta kind of force your name into people’s mouth. It starts off, they’re kind of bitter and don’t like the name at first. Then the more they hear about you, they’re bound to f##k with you. They gotta respect it.