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Slidin’ Thru: ABG Neal

June 15, 2019

Read the full interview on YoungCalifornia.com!

ABG Neal stands for Anybody Get It — his street name before he started rapping. Long story short, he was an amateur boxer before the music took over. Serving as his nickname in the gym, it eventually turned into a street handle. Now, he’s 100% about this rap shit. Read more..

The 22-year-old hails from Brooklyn, New York, which plays a lot into his pragmatic, realistic outlook on life. One look at his Instagram page, which boasts 45K and counting, and fans will quickly be able to see his comedic personality and no-filter comments. After the success received from “Forrest Gump” and most recently “Popped and Panicking,” Neal continues to prove why he’s a superstar in the making.

For those who don’t know, who is ABG Neal?
A young up and coming dark skin rapper. [laughs] I’m Cuban.

Why should people fuck w/ you?
Because everybody else sucks. I’m tougher than all the other rappers out right now.

What makes you tough?
Because I’m ABG. I’m me, and nobody’s me.

How would you describe your sound?
My music is only built for drug dealers. That’s all I talk about most of the time.

Is that the lifestyle you were living?
No comment. It’s something a lot of people can relate to, and that I can relate to.

Are you still in the streets?
Nah, I’m just a rapper now.

You’re from New York, how does that play into your life and career?
It molded me as an artist. The sound is different from anywhere else. I feel like I was older when I was younger. I grew up quicker than everybody else. I was more advanced than everybody else who’d be my age in different places.

What was the household like coming up? 
It was just me and my moms. That’s it.

At what point did you realize this music thing was for real?
Well I had just finished a case and I wasn’t gonna go back to boxing. I was a little too deep in the streets. I’m like “damn I need to figure out something. I need to make something work.” I’m like “I could rap, so I’ma do it.” I just picked it up. I had things to say. I was more real than a lot of people who were out. I’m like “I could do that,” and it worked. Now it’s working.

How important is it to come to LA as an up and coming artist? 
It’s actually real important because it opens a lot of opportunities for artists, depending on where you’re from. You could be from somewhere that’s in the middle of nowhere, you can’t collab with nobody. It’s definitely important.

What’s your favorite part about the West Coast?
The girls look good. I’ve only been here for a night. I got here yesterday.

When did you pick up ABG Neal?
My name was already ABG, that was already my handle. When I was thinking for a rap name, I was like “ABG sounds too plain.” So I put my first name in it to make it ABG Neal.

You just dropped the visual for “Popped & Panicking.” Bring us back to that recording session.
I was sitting there making mad songs. Because I freestyle all my music. I just did it and it sounded good. We were like “alright, I’m gonna pursue this.”

You don’t write nothing down? 
Yeah, I’ve probably written one or two songs I’ve ever recorded.

What inspires you?
I don’t wanna be broke.

What was the best memory in shooting that visual?
I ate Hennessy and Cinnamon Toast Crunch. It tasted disgusting but it’s alright. I didn’t have to eat it, but I did it. There wasn’t any milk in it. It wasn’t Henny and milk mixed together, that woulda been disgusting. 
Friend: That’s some real New York scumbag shit.

You say “stuck in the streets too long it gets damaging.” Can you elaborate on this?
When you feel like there’s no way out, it starts to become damaging. Your head is everywhere, you don’t know what to do. You feel like the walls are closing in, that’s the best way I can explain it.

What is it you want fans to get from your story?
I don’t want them to get anything, whatever they get from it is cool. They can make their own story out of my story. They can make it however they want to make it.

You’re still independent. What’s your take on the music industry?
This shit is terrible. It’s fake. I seen a good amount to have a good opinion. I would think so. I’m probably gonna see more that’s gonna make me feel the same way.

What are some goals yourself as an artist at this point of your career?
I don’t even think I have goals. I’m just rapping to be honest. I think I’m the only rapper without goals as an artist. I just don’t wanna do street shit no more. That’s the goal, to not be in the streets no more.

At what point were you able to walk away from it?
Up until recently.

Was the money hard to walk away from?
I mean, there’s gonna be bigger and better money.

How much for a feature?
Half a million.

That’s all cap.
No it’s not.

You’re not charging $500k for a feature.
Yes I am. I’m serious.

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How important is social media for your career?
That’s everything. That’s why people watch me all the time, because of my social media. I like to stay active on it. I feel like people be watching my social media more than my music sometimes. [chuckles] I’m not mad. Not by a lot, people like to keep up with what I be posting.

Why are you so open about your small dick?
I’m crying. [laughs] You got me stuck. Sometimes you gotta keep it real with yourself, then you can be honest with everybody else.

Do girls respond to this in any type of way?
Nah, they’re fine with it.

Who’s your favorite person to follow?
I don’t pay attention to anyone. [pulls on phone] Damn, I don’t like any of these people. This is crazy. I follow like 300 people, they’re all scumbags.

How do you plan on being a positive platform for your followers?
I don’t. I wanna tell the dark side of life. The negative things, that’s what I’m focused on. My fans like me for that, for telling the side of the story that nobody wants to rap about.

What’s a normal day in the life? Walk us through.
Wake up in the morning, grab a chopped cheese from the store. I forgot we’re not in New York, let me switch it up. Grab a bacon, egg, and cheese from the store. See my mans, say what’s up. Hit up a couple of my girls I talk to, curse them out and disrespect them a lil bit. Then probably go rap.

Do you go out?
I hate people, but yeah I go out a lot. I’m not really fond of people, but I’m out all the time though. I’m always outside.

3 things you need in the studio?
1) An Extra Sweet Tea Pure Leaf. 2) Maybe a black and mild, depending on how I’m feeling. Just wanna leave that option open. 3) Definitely a do-rag. I have to have a do-rag on when I’m in the studio. It holds my thoughts together. I’m serious. 

What does your do-rag say?
MILF dad.

Are you a father?
Yeah, he’s two. He’s cute, very cute. His name’s Sincere. I got it tatted on my face.

How does mom feel about the face tattoo?
It was for a good cause. It was for my son, she loves it.

How does she feel about the rap?
She loves it. She’s a big fan. She’s probably my #1 fan.

Does she follow you on IG?
Yeah, she actually just told me — she was cursing at me about the caption I put up. I put up a post that said “who should I spit on in LA?” She was a little upset because she knows I’m tough.

Did she say anything about the small dick posts?
Nah. [laughs] That’s a weird conversation to get into.

What would you be doing if you weren’t doing music?
Probably in jail right now, as we speak.

You said you caught a charge earlier. Were you locked up?
Yeah, a couple times. Months here and there. I’d always kind of catch a new one, be out. Catch a new one, be out. I never did a long… I never did like 5 years. I was in and out.

What was the biggest lesson you learned behind bars?
Don’t get into politics. Stay to yourself more or less. Don’t be a rat.

Favorite song to perform in a set? 
I hate all my music. But probably “Forrest Gump.”

You can’t hate all your music, that’s your art.
Nah, that’s not art. It’s just music. It’s just words on a beat.

Top artists right now?
Pop Smoke from New York, he’s fire. I hate all mainstream artists. Let me pull up my Youtube. Only thing I got right now is Polo G and Pop Smoke. I be listening to songs here and there from artists, but it’s hard for me to say a fire artist.

What’s the best encounter you had with a fan?
Probably not too long ago, I was getting Wendy’s. I was getting a 4 for $4, which is kind of embarrassing. They’re like “oh he’s probably broke.” 40 of them after school flocked to me. It was crazy. I’m like “damn, I need some security or something.” It was cool, the whole block was full from them coming up to me.

Dream collab?
Max B.

Free Max B. 
That’s a fact! Well Kim K is supposed to get him out in the next couple of years.

What advice do you have for an inspiring ABG Neal?
Hit the block and do what you gotta do. Don’t smoke crack. Never smoke crack.

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