Ask a Rapper: New Houstonian EX-L Eazy on How HAM! His New Hometown Is
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Curious to know how outsiders view Houston's little corner of the great Human experiment, we tapped EX-L Eazy, a new Houstonian by way of St. Louis, for some intel. The interview did not get nearly as hot in herre as we were anticipating.
This Week's Rapper: EX-L Eazy
This Week's Subject(s): Outsiders' perspectives on Houston; who takes the blame for Nelly. Also, HAM!
Ask A Rapper: We figure since you're not a native Houstonian, we can work from that angle. From the outside peaking in, what's the general perception of our city? And you don't have to lie and say how hot we are or anything; we're all aware that we haven't been on the national consciousness since 2005. Do you all see us as washed up? Forgotten? Irrelevant? What's the look?
EX-L Eazy: My first thought was that I would see a bunch of "country folk," but when I got here I was like, "Wow, Houston is a big city with so much going on." Houston is also one of the hardest markets I've ever been in when it comes to breaking in as a new, non-native artist. I've learned that Houstonians love their local artists, and they support them in all kinds of ways.
As a resident of St Louis coming to this area, I have encountered numerous trials, but now that I'm living here in H-Town. I can't wait to get some of that Houston love I've witnessed so many times. The Dirty South is my home now.AAR: We don't know if you know this or not, but Nelly was actually born in Texas. He moved to St. Louis as a teenager. What we mean to say is, you know that he falls to you all, right? Because we're sure as shit not claiming him.
EX: I've performed with Nelly and his brother doing concerts in St Louis. I got love for them boys because they showed me love. I do me and just let them do them. But he reps for the same hood, so I can't help but show love. I know a lot of rappers who were born in one state but call somewhere else home.
For instance, Soulja Boy who was born in Mississippi and Ludacris, who was born in Chicago, now he calls the ATL home. So if it works for them, it works for me. At the same time, do you, no matter where you from or where you at.
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