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Slidin’ Thru: Gxx

May 23, 2019

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Gxx is the future of this generation’s melodic hip-hop. In his own words, he’s a “young artist from Texas who likes to make bass-driven, chaotic music.” Beyond the sound, the versatile rapper prides himself in adding substance to his lyrics, with the goal of entertaining the masses. Read more..

One of his biggest assets lies in his individuality, as seen from his style and approach all the way to the spelling of his name. The “Kill Me” recording artist has dropped a number of singles with fire visuals to match, consistently feeding fans with bangers. This isn’t about following trends or clout-chasing, this is a talented kid who aims to be as great as The Weeknd one day.

Your sound is so unique. Is this intentional or how did it come about?
I guess it could be unique. I’ve taken a lot of inspiration from a lot of different artists. XXXTentacion, RIP. The Weeknd, I don’t sing but as far as substance goes. Big Wayne fan, loved what he did in ’07. That’s probably my biggest inspiration ever. First album I ever owned was Get Rich or Die Tryin’ by 50, so I always give him a shout out. I’ve taken elements from all those people. I have an ear for crazy beats that really resonate with a young audience. I try to capitalize on that.

You’re from Dallas, how does that play into your life and career?
I’m a true Texan, born and raised there. You can hear it in how I talk. My flow, it really shows and that’s really important. A lot of people come out of New York, LA, etc. Texas has some people there, but it’s not really considered a hub. It’s a beautiful thing, a beautiful place. I’m really proud to come from there. It’s the South, you know how we get down!

How important is it to come to LA as an up and coming artist?
Super important, there’s so much going on here. The weather’s beautiful. You have so many creatives out here. I’ve already met so many people out here, it’s mad dope.

What’s your favorite part about the West Coast?
Y’alls women and y’alls weather. [chuckles] The resources out here, I’ve already met so many people, worked with so many producers. Clicked on a level that I haven’t been able to do in Texas. That has to do with y’all being a hub out here. Come out here, try to be plugged in and make plays.

At what point did you realize this music thing was forreal?
The first time I ever got on a plane to go anywhere. My manager John — I was Texas and he was in NY. At that time, I had the bare minimum music out, two videos. He flew me out to NY and I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into. I thought it was gonna be a week-long trip, ended up staying out there for 3 months. By the time I got back home to Dallas, it was game over. I didn’t have a normal job anymore, it was time to go.

What were you doing?
I was working at a gym. Normal shit: training, cleaning equipment, shit like that.

How old were you when that happened?
I was 24 when we first met.

That was only 2 years ago, when was the first time you recorded?
I’ve been doing this for a while. The first time I recorded, I was 18 years old. Started in the room on Garageband. Within a year, we’re in studios in Dallas. We always had a small little thing going in Dallas. As of recently, it became bigger than that.

How does your fanbase there compare to out here?
My fanbase out there is more people my age. People I grew up with, that have been riding with me for a while. Out here and everywhere else, my music resonates with a lot of younger people, which is dope. That’s the only difference, a little bit of an age gap.

Where’d you get the Gxx name?
My older brother was making fun of me in middle school. He called me G-Baby, the dude that died in Hardball. ‘Cause I used to look like him. G-Baby just stuck. They called me G-Baby all the way through high school, then they dropped the Baby and started calling me G. I just added the two x’s for aesthetic. They’re supposed to silent but once the internet gets a hold of it, they’re gonna call it however they see it. I’ve been riding with Gxx since I was 18.

Did your parents flip when you got the face tats?
Well it’s just me and my dad, my mom passed away when I was younger. My dad raised me. Real great guy. He was a real good role model for me. He probably wasn’t too pleased about it but he’s super progressive. It wasn’t like disown me type shit. He looks at me a little differently now, but it’s cool. [laughs]

What does he think of your music?
He loves the music. He’s so funny. He’s super hardworking, never really been the music type. He’s an immigrant, moved here when he was 5 from Egypt. It’s funny to see the way he reacts to my music, but it’s all love. He’s gonna support me no matter what I do.

Has your ex heard “Cxme Back”?
That’s a good question. [laughs] I hope she has. I wrote that song out of spite a long time ago. I honestly didn’t think we’d ever release it. It was one of those you write that in the heat of the moment. It didn’t really go along with a lot of my other songs, but the time came around. We got a big release coming up so if we’re gonna put it out, we had to put it out right now.

Talk about bringing the visual to life.
All my of visuals are we listen to the song, come up with a game plan, then we try to make a play on that game plan as best we can. For “Cxme Back,” we were actually in Austin for a showcase me and my boys did a long time ago. The idea was to be there getting content, shooting different videos. “Cxme Back” was such a simple song that we’re like “we should just perform the song in some street lights here in Austin while we’re here.” A real intimate performance type thing.

Honestly, it was one random night we shot it. I didn’t think we’d get a whole video out of it, but we did. We went out to a street, shot in a chair, some other scenes under some lights. If you got the right guy that knows how to move the camera and cut it right, it looks pretty dope.

You just put out another one for “WeirX Flex.”
We knew we’re going to be partnering up with Worldstar for the first time. We had a few more resources available. You know how you try to make a bigger play on some songs than others? That’s the plan. I really like the song. Nothing too crazy, but I really like to groove to it. I like to dance to it. I like the mood it puts me in. I’m like “let’s shoot something super sick.” I wanted to have dancing in it, give it a little more spice. We got the backup dancers, the party scene, the lighting, the contacts, all the different scenes are crazy. I never wore color contacts before, it came out so crazy.

Are you concerned promoting drugs at all in your music?
Nah. I get questions about the guns and drugs but I’m from Texas. I’m just really speaking my truth. When I first started putting out music, that’s all it ever was. Fans would hit me up and say my music got them through a hard time in a positive way. The lyrics may be vulgar, but it’s more about the tone and entertaining people than anything.

Do you smoke and drink?
Shit, I’m open to everything. I do everything in moderation though, like I’m sober right now. A lil buzz, a lil high. Other than that, I like to live and have fun.

What is it you want fans to get from your story?
I really hope to inspire people, reach as many people as possible. I know my music’s mad vulgar, but I’m trying to be a positive outlet for younger kids. I have a lot of anger, that’s why some of my earlier tracks came out that way. But if it resonates with kids and it’s a way for them to get out some of that angry energy, then shit. That’s dope.

What can we expect from you music-wise?
I’ma keep coming with the bangers. “Cxme Back” was fun, I really liked the way my fans responded to it. There will definitely be some more experimental shit to come but for now, I got a lot of heat in the vault. Some hard shit.

I saw you love Lil Wayne. What’s your favorite Carter?
My favorite Carter of all-time is Carter III. My favorite song from that is “You Ain’t Got Nothing.” That chorus, I could scream that at the top of my lungs every time you play. It doesn’t matter. The Carter I is the first time I heard “Go DJ.” The visual for “Go DJ” – in the future, I want to do a video like that. Kind of replicate that whole jail thing persona and how he met up with Mannie Fresh. Super dope.

Who’s in your Top 5 right now?
[whistles] I gotta throw X on there. I know he recently passed, he’s a super new artist but I got to. I was a big Peep fan too… The Weeknd number one, my all-time favorite artist. I’m a big fan of Ski Mask The Slump God. I got Da Baby in there. I’ll throw Wayne in there on the 5th spot. Also shout out to the up and coming Dallas scene. Lil Splurge, Lil Brooks, S3nsi Molly, they’re super dope too. I don’t know them personally, but I like what they’re doing.

What is your take on the music industry?
I love it. It’s wild, it’s crazy, but that’s how it’s supposed to be. There’s a lot going on. The whole thing with social media now, you got people going Live. People saying outlandish shit, it’s cool. It’s all entertainment right? That’s what it’s supposed to be. I’m happy with it. I’ma find my place in it.

What are some goals yourself as an artist at this point of your career?
I wanna get in the road really soon. I’ve built a pretty good catalog so the main thing is getting on the road ASAP. Being accessible to my fans. The internet thing is cool, but I wanna see these people.

What’s the best encounter you had with a fan?
I’m still primitive so just getting noticed in public is big for me. If I go to Walmart back in my hometown, there’s a chance I could get noticed. One time in a pizza shop in New York, I got noticed. Little things like that make my day.

What’s a normal day in the life? Walk us through.
I wake up. I normally smoke a joint and drink a cup of coffee. Go through my beat submissions. If you’re ever emailing me beats, I’m checking on those. That’s normally how I get my day started: when your ears are fresh, try to put together some ideas and concepts. Today we’re out in LA: meetings, moving around, etc. I like to fun. If I don’t have anything planned, I chill with friends. Shoot the shit. The studio is something that normally happens around nighttime. If I could record every night, I would.

3 things you need in the studio?
I need weed, my friends, a badass engineer who has patience.

Saw you wanted to work w/ Murda & Uzi. Dream collab?
The Weeknd is my all-time artist, that’s a dream if I could ever make a song with him. In the near future, I wanna work with someone that can match my energy, like an NLE Choppa.

What is it about him?
Just his energy. The Weeknd’s my favorite artistically, but energy is a whole other thing when it comes to an artist. That kid got it. He’s on fire right now, I’d make a banger with him.

What advice do you have for an aspiring Gxx?
Don’t worry about nothing. Use the resources you have. Make a hot song, make a video to it, and do it again until you get noticed. Your team will build around you. If you’re putting out dope content, a team will build around you. You just have to be consistent and keep doing it.

Anything else you want to let us know?
Just singles, lots of singles. I do wanna have wanna get on the road. I do wanna have shows soon. Shout out to the city of Los Angeles, RIP Nipsey.

Talk about being here when the city lost Nip.
The whole world was shook. I can’t really speak on it more than anymore than anyone else could. My older brother’s the biggest Nip fan ever, it hit close just because of that. Prayers to his family. I know my music didn’t necessarily match his aesthetic, but I hope that I can inspire people to be smart in the same ways he was inspiring people to do it.

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