“Hip-hop just died this mornin’/ And she’s dead! She’s dead.” Someone, tell Nas not to drive that last nail into her coffin just yet — her self-acclaimed “Savior of the Dirty” – Yung Texxus, is here.
“Yeah right!” you may say right after reading that, but after being exposed to the weekly dose of newcomers who profess to be the best thing to happen to the rap industry, (then — nothing), who can blame you? But all you have to do is check out this kid’s mixtapes or stop by his MySpace page and see that any one of those songs could be “the” next big single that catapults him to the top.
Kileen, Texas, couldn’t hold this Young Underestimated N**** (from) Getting it and since then, he’s been living up to his acronym. In a few short years Texx has joined forces with the Desert Storm South team; did a remix of Kelly Roland’s “Still In Love With My Ex” and later on, even hip-hop heavy hitter Yung Joc thought teaming up with Texx for the song “Buss It Open” was a must-do. With unadulterated rhymes about his street game, pillared by forceful beats, it’s no speculation why he has the confidence to herald that “The Savior of the Dirty” is about to come and the rap world will never be the same.
BallerStatus.com: Okay, so first up, in “Homicide” you reel off: “So how you living Mr. Green? / I’m surrounded by criminals / Fake industry n****s is shady individuals.” Sounds like you’ve met more than your share of hypocrites in the industry. Tell us about some of those experiences.
Yung Texxus: Well I’m not gonna call no names or nothing like that (laughing), but the industry is built on relationships and you get a lot of people who are fake. So, you end up having a fake industry and fake relationships. It’s like you will go to a club with a n**** on business and he fake, but it’s business at the end of the day. The industry is fake by nature, but I was built for it. When the fake n****s are gone, I’ll still be here.
BallerStatus.com: Yeah ok, I feel you. We’ve all hung with at least one hater. So what was it like working with Yung Joc on “Buss It Open” and Kelly Roland on “Still In Love With My Ex?” And how did that enhance your stats in the rap game?
Yung Texxus: Well I’ll talk about the one with Kelly first because that’s the one that came first. The producer Sean Garrett — he wrote Usher’s “Yeah” and songs for Ciara and a lot of other hits — and my n****s Rayza and KG networked with him and Sony sent [the track]. Since I was the artist right under them, I got to shoot the beat and then we sent it to Sony. Sony didn’t pick it up, but it got a lot of success via the internet and radio and that sort of thing. I never thought a record with no push could go so far. It did a lot for me and I know it did a lot for Kelly as well with the underground fans.
With the Yung Joc — that’s my boy, real cool dude, shout out to Joc, Block D and Bad Boy South. Yeah, so he was chillin’ with Clue and the record came on and Joc was like “Who’s that cat? We gotta hit him up!” So to cut a long story short, one month later, Joc was on the remix. So shout out to Block D, Bad Boy South and Yung Joc.
BallerStatus.com: You were compared to Jay-Z in a Source magazine article a while back. As a young act, was that a surprise to you? Or did you just think, “ah, someone finally got it right?”
Yung Texxus: I take influences from a lot of people. It was an honor to be compared to Jay-Z, but if they said Snoop Dogg, it would have been an honor too. But it’s a pretty good look. I’m not gonna say I sound like Jay, but it was honor just to have my name in the same sentence as his.
BallerStatus.com: You call yourself the “Savior of the Dirty.” Why is that and how do you think you influence hip-hop?
Yung Texxus: I say I’m the “Savior of the Dirty” because from an early age I was involved in it and I love hip-hop. Then, I moved over to the East Coast when I was 17 years old. That move forced me to evolve into a more lyrical and cultural artist. The things I experienced out there broadened my thinking and lyrics. Basically I am the missing link between the South and East. The South, with the Southern sway and the East took me from lyricist to beast. So because of that, I am the Savior of the Dirty. I’m here to save the South. The South has people like Lil Wayne, T.I., Ludacris who paved the way for us, but it’s like n****s have a lot of new things to say, so I’m here.
BallerStatus.com: So your mixtapes Throw-Aways, volumes 1-3 are gonna be dropping soon. Give us THE reason people should go check them out.
Yung Texxus: THE reason? (Laughing) Okay, THE reason people should go check it out is, if they are looking for something new with a fresh flavor they have never heard before, then this is it. They need to know I’m gonna be one of the hottest up-and-coming period, not just in the South or East Coast!
BallerStatus.com: Ok, so Chamillionaire is often referred to as the “mixtape God.” Do you think you could compete with that in terms of sales and recognition?
Yung Texxus: Yeah Chamill, he the “Mixtape Messiah.” I don’t wanna say what I can do — I mean, I’m happy with where I’m at. If I sell 500,000 versus one million, then I’m still good. I grew up off Chamillionaire and I got the chance to meet him when he was still underground, so shout out to him. But to answer your question, I don’t wanna compare myself to him because we both from the Dirty, so we stick together. We don’t go against the grain (laughing). So shout out to his whole camp.
BallerStatus.com: Some may not see the significance of mixtapes though and will ask why not just release an album. What do you say?
Yung Texxus: The mixtapes are for the streets. A lot of huge artists got their beginnings on mixtapes and the labels ain’t running into small towns and giving distribution deals. The mixtapes are a platform for artists to speak from. With mixtapes we can control where we distribute and all that. Mixtapes are important for hip-hop and they’ve been trying to shut us down, but we ain’t going nowhere. With mixtapes I can control what’s on my tape. I can decide, instead of a label, what gets to be a single and all that. Not to say I don’t want a major distribution deal, but you can’t knock mixtapes. They were here before me and they’ll be here after me.
BallerStatus.com: What’s been happening with your group Green City?
Yung Texxus: We still moving. My cousin Spark, we a part of Dessert Storm. Then there’s J. Scott, who is incarcerated — free J. Scott now – and Big Spade who is also incarcerated. Mike Hee, we still collaborating and we will drop a mixtape in the new quarter. [With the] Scarface [label] — that’s in limbo because of some label stuff, so I don’t wanna speak too much on that. But the group’s still there.
BallerStatus.com: Who do you think your music appeals to more, the ladies or your thugs?
Yung Texxus: I believe my music fills a wide range. Like my song “Pretty Gurl,” people always doing disrespectful songs about the ladies, but I wanna uplift the ladies and let them know how pretty they are, not only on the outside, but on the inside as well. I mean, my lil sis, my mom listen to my music. But then I also have a street life, so I touch a wide range of topics in my music. I make music for everyone.
BallerStatus.com: How would you describe Yung Texxus and is he any different from Darell Contee?
Yung Texxus: I mean we one in the same. My family knows me as Darell. I mean, I don’t have no split personality or nothing like that (laughing). I am my mother’s son and I am my father’s son and they know me as Darell, but I’m also from the streets and the people around me call me call me Texx, Yung Texxus or Mr. Green, so it kinda grew on me.
BallerStatus.com: How long will it be before your album, Underground Prince, drops?
Yung Texxus: That’s a good question. Ask Peter Cowan and all them when they want a real n**** to spit some real rhymes.
BallerStatus.com: Ah man, if he hits us up, I will (laughing). So what’s up for Yung Texxus this year?
Yung Texxus: Well first up there’s the Throw-Away series, then the Savior of the Dirty with DJ Storm and DJ Clue. Also look out for State City Music, we taking over! Enemy of the State and Bar Entertainment.
BallerStatus.com: Okay since you’re representing for Ballerstatus.com, you gotta tell me, what makes you the ultimate baller?
Yung Texxus: I wouldn’t consider myself the ultimate baller (laughing), but I guess what makes me an ultimate baller is that I live my life the way I want to. I do what I want when I want to. If I wanna smoke a blunt and write a song I can. If I wanna sleep all day until 4 p.m., or if I want I can hop on a plane to Miami. I’m not overly wealthy, but I can do what I want, when I want.
BallerStatus.com: Okay man, that’s it!
Yung Texxus: Can I give some shoutouts before we go?
BallerStatus.com: Sure, no problem.
Yung Texxus: I wanna tell people to check out my MySpace. Also shoutout to the hustlers, Bar Entertainment, State City in full effect, the Dessert Storm family, DJ Storm, DJ Clue, Hood Rich Entertainment. All the fans for their support; they should buckle their seatbelts, it’s gonna be a wild ride!