Different Spins: The State of HipHop part 2…. with Hurricane Chris, Lil B., and Mistah Fab

Hurricane Chris obtained his name from devastating battle competition,  causing havoc, and leaving crowds in silence, in the similar fashion of a Hurricane storm.  His first single “A Bay Bay,” inspired by an event for DJ Hollyhood’s “Bay Bay” in a club,  garnered him the attention of Mr. Collipark and a contract with Pologrounds Music/J […]

Hurricane Chris obtained his name from devastating battle competition,  causing havoc, and leaving crowds in silence, in the similar fashion of a Hurricane storm.  His first single “A Bay Bay,” inspired by an

event for DJ Hollyhood’s “Bay Bay” in a club,  garnered him the

attention of Mr. Collipark and a contract with Pologrounds Music/J Records.  Hurricane

Chris’ 51/50 Ratchet  hit stores on October 23rd.The Pack

is derived of four teens from Berkley, California: Lil B, Stunnaman, Uno,

& Young L. The Pack are Too $horts protégés who gained his attention

from the skateboarder “Vans” song through Youtube and Myspace and instantly

became a cult classic.  Their album Based Boys

is available for purchase October 30th.  Mistah Fab’s

nationwide success stemmed from his controversial single “Ghost Ride

It.” He is becoming a central figure of the Hyphy movement, a musical and cultural

offshoot of Hip-Hop from the Bay area that emphasizes having fun, or

“getting dumb” in the local slang. Mistah Fab’s other notable

mentions stem from recently crushing his competition, Royce Da 5’9”

in  AllHipHop.com’s freestyle battle at SOBs.  

Read on to learn how these

rising artists gained momentum in an already flooded market of rappers. 

AllHipHop.com: Coming out as a

new artist, how tough was it getting the attention of good producers

for your album?  

Hurricane Chris: It wasn’t

hard because I came into the game with all of the producers I needed. 

The movement we were putting on the forefronts is what they wanted when

we got into the game and it would have been stupid to switch it up. 

It was a blessing we had all the producers we already needed to make

our type of music. 

Lil B: Hard work.  We

have our in house producer Young L who creates all of our beats. 

We picked out the producers that we like to work with and that matches

our style of the direction we are heading towards.  We want a producer

that doesn’t mind being different.  

Mistah Fab: It’s very tough

because a lot of good producers value their production, which they should. 

Many producers don’t like taking chances with new artists because

they could give that beat to a renowned artist and it would probably

have done ten folds what it would do for the new artist.  As for

new artists, you have to show that you belong and not wait on big names

to blow up because the Timbalands and the DJ Premiers were once in-house



AllHipHop.com: What have you personally

done to get your song played by DJs in the clubs or radio? 

Hurricane Chris: Personally,

I do stuff everyday to make sure that I am on the radio.  Before

I was signed, I got an independent record label called “Go Live Entertainment,” that was our launching pad.  It was the only resource we had. 

We Gassed up our own vehicle, driving state to state to radio stations,

and performing shows.  Whether it took spending our money to get

songs played on the radio, personal relationships or favor for a favor,

we did it. 

Lil B: We are walking billboards,

everywhere, interacting with everyone, on the street making friends

and fans.  We did everything we could.  For the DJ’s, we

would be at all clubs and parties with a burned CD with our contact information

on it.  The clubs would play our songs because the streets already

knew about us and we would get a big response.  It’s a struggle

but you have to make people mess with you and DJs were hating at


Mistah Fab: You can have the

hottest song in the world but if you don’t have a relationship with

a DJ, it will not get played.  It has a lot to do with egos and

DJs feeling like “F**k that artist he thinks he’s this” and

vice versa.  The airplay and exposure you get in the clubs and

radio is definitely about relationships.  Fortunately, for artists,

the internet is a great thing with certain outlets where people can come to

and listen to your music.  They don’t have to go to a club or

listen to the radio.  Off a relationship, you build a rapport with

DJs.  That shows him that anything you bring him, is spin worthy,

a history of no let downs, but you first have to generate a fan base

from the streets. 

AllHipHop.com: What attempts if

any have you guys done to get your first street credibility? 

Hurricane Chris: I didn’t

have to attempt to do anything for street credibility.  All you

had to do was say my name and everyone knew me in Louisiana.  I

have a background; the last name Dooley goes a long way. I didn’t

have to go out of my way to do a bunch of dumb stuff because people

already knew who I was. 

Lil B: Promoting, be in everyone’s

face introducing ourselves as “The Pack.”  We pressed up promos

such as flyers in our in-house studio. We were at the malls, streets,

bathrooms anywhere you can think of.  Our first song was “Booty

Bounce Bopper.”  People from down South, East coast, and over here

heard of the song and we got our first street credibility because it

was cracking in the clubs.  The girls were behind it 100% because

they could shake their butt to the song. 

Mistah Fab: You can’t have

street creditability without being in the streets. You have to be out,

and people have to see you. Also, don’t just hang in your neighborhood

but neighboring neighborhoods.  You have to go to other hoods and

generate a street buzz and you can say whatever you want in your lyrics

because people know you that you be around.  They see you in the

hood with your jewelry on, riding through.   


AllHipHop.com:  With the state

of Hip-Hop, do you think it is easier or harder for a hip-hop artist

to do well? 

Hurricane Chris: It isn’t

easy, but it isn’t too hard because you see all of the people who

are making it.  It’s hard but there are ways around all of the

mayhem but it depends on your relationship status and the kind of resources

you have. The state of the music game right now, it is easier to get

on and make a hit, but it is hard to stay in their ear.     

Lil B: It’s on the artist

to make or break themselves.  It’s harder for the artist to break

big because you have to have a hit single for anyone to even mess with

you.  On the other side, the underground is starting to come back

and you don’t have to be mainstream anymore to be making money. 

Record sales are hard nowadays because many artists don’t have die

hard fans.  The fans aren’t buying their albums because they

only like a single.  We are around touring with a solid fan base

that rep The Pack.  Some artists sell a lot of ring tones but don’t

sell many albums because the fans aren’t stupid anymore and can tell

what’s a gimmick.     

Mistah Fab: Definitely harder. 

The dollar is scarce nowadays.  If people spend their dollar, it

has to be a guaranteed album.  Spending a dollar on a new artist

isn’t always a good thing to do.  We live in the day of ring

tone rap.  You have many new artists come with a big single and

that is the only thing you will ever hear from them, modern day one

hit wonders.  No one wants to spend his or her dollar on one song

when you can just go download it or have it as a ring tone. The grind

is definitely harder.  It’s all about what artist is going to

get out and work the hardest and show that he belongs.   

AllHipHop.com: Does the hate from

the public push you harder or slow you down? 

Hurricane Chris: The hate makes

me go harder.  The hate is like gas in a car. 

Lil B: It will push us harder

because the hating means we are doing something good.  It’s hard

when people hate on you but they can only hate on you for so long. 

Mistah Fab: I’m never worried

about hate.  I’ve been hated on all of my life. It’s motivating

because the more people that say I can’t, is the more that I say I

can.  It doesn’t slow me down at all.  It speeds up my progress.   

AllHipHop.com: From your area,

what are you adding differently to the rap game? 

Hurricane Chris: I am adding

versatility to the game.  I don’t see anyone out there right

now that are keeping the club and the streets of white and black folks

jamming at the same time. We have the “Hand Clap” in the clubs and

“A Bay Bay” is a street and club banger.  We just dropped a

new single, “How Players Rock” for the grown and sexy.  

Lil B: We are creating a new

genre of music called “Based Music.” Our album is coming out October

30th.  Many rappers have the same formula of what they

are doing, rapping about the same stuff. We are bringing a new sound

to the table for the future of Hip-Hop.  

Mistah Fab: The rap game today

is so sugar coated and I don’t think we have a problem saying what

we feel in the Bay Area. Everyone wants to be so safety cautious that

they don’t say what they really want.  Personally, I am going

to say how I feel and exhibit that in my music.  I’m not afraid

to lose.  I can take a chance and start again if I have to. 

I will give it my all because I’m not afraid to go to zero 

AllHipHop.com: How do you think

affiliation to a rap mogul helps or hinders the game?     

Hurricane Chris: It helps when

you get power but it all depends on how you use it. Many people in the

game have power they can use to help better more situations than the

one they are in currently.   

Lil B: We are affiliated to

Too Short. It’s a big step, he’s a legend.  We learned so much

because he has been through the game for so many years.  He’s

teaching us the game. 

Mistah Fab: It can only help

you.  In some cases, it hinders you because you become a shadow

rapper.  For instance, someone signed to Jay-Z, it’s hard because

you will always be compared to the predecessors.  But, when you

come under a great producer and you put together music, it can only

help you because great and great equals greater.  And the fact

that it is a producer and not an artist, there isn’t any conflict

of interest. 

AllHipHop.com: Do you think Soulja

Boy Tellem’s popularity from the internet is a good balance because

his success didn’t stem from programmers or DJs from radio stations

and or mixtapes? 

Hurricane Chris: He’s been

on Myspace doing his thing.  He had fans before he even got his

deal.  Most of Soulja Boy’s fans that he acquired before his

deal are the same fans he has now.   

Lil B: Personally, I like Soulja

Boy because I heard his underground mixes before he blew up.  It’s

a blessing he got that exposure from the internet.  It’s true,

it’s what the fans want.  The DJ’s play a huge part because

they run the music s###.  

Mistah Fab: Reiterating what

I said earlier, he created the demand.  In this day and age, radio

only enhanced what he did himself.  Public and personal are two

different things but both are pivotal to your success.  A DJ may

not like you and would feel Soulja Boy corny and because of their biased

opinion, they won’t give the public access it or reject it. 

Soulja Boy sold 117,000 in his first week so it shows people are still

buying records and I love what he’s doing.  He’s a young kid

and he’s representing his vibe and music.  

AllHipHop.com: If you could change something about the music industry, what would it be?

Hurricane Chris: I would change

rap beefs, critics for the way they are approaching artists and record

labels. I think the labels should care more about the artists. About

rap beefs, I am not a fan of addressing a problem that you have with

another grown man over a rap record.  Music is made to express

yourself but I feel that if you have a personal problem with someone

than you approach them like a man.  I don’t understand where

that came from putting your business in the streets.  I don’t

feel the world should have to know about your problem with another human


Lil B: Rappers stop lying to

the kids, stop promoting what they really aren’t doing and  weak

producers should stop charging all this money for beats that aren’t

all that tight.    Be real.  Change the ego that comes

with the rap game.  Lots of people have egos and don’t deserve

it.  I understand if the street loves you and you are making hits

but if you aren’t, you really need to cut it out.  Many rappers

come out and talk about dope dealing and killing each other but a lot

of these rappers are rich.  I came from the hood and I see what

these rappers are doing to my people.  If you do talk about it,

talk about the struggle and talk about what u did to get where you are

at instead of glorifying it because everyone’s in jail. I am not going

to lie to any of my people.  

Mistah Fab: I would stop the

region hating.  People are region racist. I would also stop the

radio politics and I don’t have a third reason because everything

is the reason why you do it.  You need fake rappers for people

to respect the real rappers when you need them.  I think everything

is what it is for a reason.  It makes you live how you live and

make the decisions that you make.  Like, my father died from A.I.D.S.

and I wouldn’t change that if I could because it made me as strong

as I am. I think that God has a mission for everyone.