Ask a Rapper: cARTer on Why He's Houston's (and L.A.'s) Next Big Success
The hip-hop world is a less than sensible place -lots of times, you're even required to clarify when bad means bad and when bad means good- so once a week we're going to get with a rapper and ask them to explain things. Have something you always wanted to ask a rapper? Email it to email@example.com.
This Week's Rapper: cARTer
This Week's Subject(s): Houston's next to blow up; do rappers ever make a bad song; what's good vs. what's popular.
Ask A Rapper: So you're from the new, new school of Houston rappers. Geto Boys and UGK were the originals; Slim, Paul, Mike, Flip, Cham, etc were round two. Do you think anybody from Houston is ever really going to break big again?
cARTer: Yes. I feel I'm the next new artist to have major crossover success that could "break big" coming out of the Houston music scene (even though I'm based out of LA, not to sound cliché). With my experience and cultural background, I have created a project that best represents me, where I'm from and where I am now. In my own way, [I'm] evolving the Houston sound and making something based from that of my own with a twist of my L.A. lifestyle.
C (cont'd): Before I went to creating Legal Trappin', I knew that our city was suffering from lack of commercial success, which is needed to bring in revenue that can support our local scene. In my eyes, I feel Houston has the second biggest local hip-hop scene after NYC. Watching that scene die is something I can't do, that's why I made Legal Trappin'.
I feel I have created a classic project that brings back that Houston feeling we had in the days of SUC & Swishahouse (late 90s/early 2000s). I'm not saying my music sounds like that, but I made it with the intent to have the same effect; music so compelling to the Houston sound and culture that by word of mouth it will spread and become something that Houston uses to represent itself through TV, radio, print, movies, etc. Houston is back!
AAR: Rappers are quick to qualify someone's negative attitude towards their music with a "he's just being a hater" tag. Are rappers aware that sometimes they do actually make shitty music?
C: Well yeah, in the particular case of only speaking for me. If someone doesn't agree with my music being great, that's their opinion. Just agree with my opinion of not caring about your opinion. I don't put music out to be critiqued. Fans have become critics off top. People support more shit they don't like by even speaking on it, and for the most part niggas do be haters. They either do music, are in the industry, want to do music, want to be in the industry or have a family or friend that does.
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