By: Shirley Ju (@shirju)
Scotty is a Chicago native who is not only an artist, but he’s an incredible musician. Growing up in the church and still performing each and every Sunday in his hometown, the multi-instrumentalist describes himself as music.
After breaking free from his previous situation, Scotty is the first artist to sign to OG King Louie’s Og Music Group imprint. Just last month, he unleashed a banger titled “Rack Up” with LA’s own Kalan.Fr.Fr.
AllHipHop: How would you describe your sound?
Scotty: I’d describe it as a mixture of hip-hop and R&B, also with soul. Can't deny the church because I'm from the church. A lot of my influences are from church music and gospel.
AllHipHop: You’re from Joliet, Illinois. How far is that from Chicago?
Scotty: About 35 minutes outside of Chicago, a nice suburban area. It's perfect for me. It was a great place to grow up and it’s where I’m raising my children at.
AllHipHop: You got kids?
Scotty: 3 children. Shout out to Byron JR, Isaiah, and lauren. My babies. Joliet’s a great place. It’s smack dab in the middle of the map, so we get a nice musical feel on the radio. It's a lot of everything, we get the East Coast and the West Coast vibe. I hear everything. We’re a melting pot. We’re a mixture of everybody, I love that.
AllHipHop: Being independent, how have you been able to sustain your family?
Scotty: Mmhmm, but I'm also an engineer. I mix and master. I own a recording studio called The Kitchen back at home, so I'm a hustler. There's always money coming through the door. [chuckles]
AllHipHop: How did you link with OG King Louie?
Scotty: I met Louie through a friend of mine named Kareem Rush. He's a basketball player for the LA Lakers but he also sings. Great singer. I was working with him, me and him did an album and we ran out of weed. Came and got some weed, he played Louie one of the records we’re working on called "I Love Kush." Louie loved the record, he went and got Ty Dolla Sign on it literally the next day. He came back like “yo Ty’s on the record.” I said "wait what the f##k, you did it that fast? Who are you bro?" Ever since...
AllHipHop: The next day? Wow.
Scotty: Literally, he made it happen overnight, I’m like “damn that’s crazy.” We always kept a good relationship but I was still in contractual obligations elsewhere so we couldn't do the situation the way we wanted to. After that was up, I came and holla’ed at him. Things had gotten so bad for me in the town, I was finna give up and get a day job.
AllHipHop: What was it that had you down?
Scotty: It felt like such a struggle there. I felt I didn't need to be there. I was trying so hard and getting bare minimum. I can't be doing anything wrong, I’m making hits everyday — but I was in a place where they can't afford this. You can't sell water in the ocean. You gotta go somewhere they need water. Take the water to the desert. I brought it out here, applied the same thing in a different place and it worked. It worked wonderfully. [sighs] God is good, that’s all I can say.
AllHipHop: Are you the first artist signed to him?
Scotty: Yeah, I'm the first artist Louie is going to be putting out, signing, getting behind. After that, I'm going to be helping develop the other artists on OG Music Group as well.
AllHipHop: Talk about your new EP Never Gon Leave. When is it dropping?
Scotty: Never Gon Leave is dropping as soon as LB, OG Louie and Mambo tell me that s##t is ready.
LB (A&R): We’re closing details on label and distribution deals, but the actual project should be dropping in two months. We’re in talks with a few labels.
Scotty: It’s gon’ be a real interesting situation. [chuckles] Whenever they say they’re ready, I'm ready. Until then, I'm just making music. I'm already on The Connect, my next mixtape.
AllHipHop: What inspired the name Never Gon Leave?
Scotty: Never Gon Leave was because as I told you, I had told Louie I was done. Then I came out here, all these doors started opening. I’m like “this is it.” It felt right. Nothing about it felt forced. It was organically happening. I’m like “I’m never going to leave. This is where I’m supposed to be, I belong right here.”
Titled my first project Never Gon Leave. I wrote that song out of such depression and pain, but it lead to something beautiful. It’s crazy. The whole project, I feel it every time I listen to it. I love every song from the beginning to "Live and Die in LA" at the end, like I'm staying. [claps] I love it.
AllHipHop: Talk about recording “Rack Up” with Kalan.FrFr right here [OG Louie’s studio in DTLA].
Scotty: He did it right here. He killed that boy, I was like "wow, that's it.” I didn't even try, it just came out. I met Kalan through my boy LB, he had a really humble spirit. We were cool before we even did a song, just off his character and that led to us working. It's all about how you’re feeling. I don’t work with people based off of their fan base or who's hot. If I meet you and we’re cool, you appreciate my sound, I appreciate your sound, we can work.