G-B.A.L.L.Â answers a few questions for SpitFireHipHop.
Chicago emcee and Serious Sound Entertainment artist G-B.A.L.L. presents â€œR.H.T.C.â€, produced by Flawless Tracks. The grandson of a jazz drummer, G-B.A.L.L. has collaborated with Da Kid Daytona, Faceless, Super Fresh Bros, Mr. Bugz, E-City, Billy Bandz and has opened for Red Cafe, Mickey Factz, Y.P. and Mikkey Halsted. He recently advanced to the top 15 in the Chicago region of the â€œCoors Search For The Coldestâ€ competition. G-B.A.L.L. is winner of The Source Magazine and Whoâ€™s Poppin Chicago Showcase. His song â€œMaking Movesâ€ (on iTunes and LastFM) has been featured on 107.5 WGCIâ€™s â€œDownload Or Deletedâ€. â€œThis song is my theme song,â€ says G-B.A.L.L. â€œIt encompasses how I feel about doing music and how I feel about where the game is in terms of most of the major label artists that are being pushed. This song is me. I rap, I hustle, and Iâ€™m doing my best to take care of mine and the game.â€
SFHH: Whatâ€™s the Chicago rap scene like these days?
GB: The Chicago rap scene is thriving at this this point. A lot of new Chicago artists are getting heard and creating a buzz. You have the drill scene that’s kind of super-buzzing right now. Shoutout to Dreezy, Lil Herb, and King Louie. But you got the other scenes popping too. The hipsters like Show You Suck, my little bros starting to buzz Super Fresh Bros, and then you got everybody else from Chance to Spenzo doing their things. And it’s all thanks to people like Do or Die, Crucial Conflict, Twista, Kanye, Common, and Lupe.
SFHH:Â And whatâ€™s the situation on the streets? Are things getting better or worse?
GB:Â The streets of Chicago are the same. Whatever people hear about in the news is only half the story. I’ve been in Chicago so long it really doesn’t surprise me at all. Iâ€™m not saying that’s a good thing, but things won’t change because of the lack of leadership on the streets. Everyone wants to be the man just because. A lot of people outside of the Chi think everybody is just running around ruthless, but it’s not true. There are some real goons around these parts. That’s why a lot of rappers tuck chains when theyâ€™re not from here but most of the time if youâ€™re not on dummy, youâ€™re cool.
SFHH:Â How has the response been to â€œR.H.T.C.â€?
GB: Â The response has been OK so far. Not really anyone requesting it like crazy yet but it’s still new so hopefully in the next month I’ll get more comments and responses. I think it’s a good record. Everybody that likes it loves it. I’m hoping that with so much positive feedback from that, more people are willing to share it with their friends, on that “Oh I heard this dope ass record from this dude from Chicagoâ€.
SFHH:Whatâ€™s your favorite non-rap album of all time and why?
GB:Â While I do listen to other genres, I don’t have a favorite non-rap album. I try to listen to some of everything because I love music. But my favorite albums have all seemed to talk to me personally. So it just happens that through my struggles it’s mostly hip hop albums that speak to me.
SFHH: How do you think being the grandson of a jazz drummer affected you musically?
GB:Â Having a grandfather who played drums started everything for me as far as music in general, taught me rhythm and just how instruments complement each other in a song. He inspired me. It’s because of him it’s in my DNA. And with jazz being so closely related with hip hop it just fits perfectly. Music is just in my soul – end of discussion.