So when a man beats you to your own video shoot, there's a problem. That's how we really took notice of 34-year-old Mikell Limbrick, the Trinity Gardens representer known to the streets as Fetti. When we filmed the Houston Press Mic Pass (now in its final stage of editing), which he got no invitation to, he was standing on an abandoned downtown block with us waiting for the production crew and first artists to show up. On top of that, every show we've ever been to or informal hip-hop gathering we've randomly showed up to, he was there, filming for his company, R.I.S.E. TV/DVD, which stands for Real Independent Street Entertainment. Sometimes you just can't ignore the hustle. Fetti is dedicated to catching every moment of Houston's underground hip-hop scene on camera, so we thought we'd get him in The Hot Seat while he's on his, well, R.I.S.E. Rocks Off: Every hip-hop gathering we've ever been to, you've been there, including the filming of the Houston Press Mic Pass. You're everywhere. Why is that? Why do you love Houston hip-hop so much? Fetti: Houston artists have mastered the Internet tools to get their audio tracks to the world. I believe visuals of their work ethic, performance, and lifestyle should be displayed also. That's the objective of R.I.S.E. DVD. RO: In your time of filming Houston underground hip-hop, what's the most memorable thing you've ever filmed? F: I filmed Just Brittany's performance at Club Krystal V.I.P. before her hit single hit the radio. I posted her performance on our YouTube channel and within several months, she gained over 10,000 views. Now she has inked a deal with Cash Money. RO: Name us the top three underground Houston MCs no one knows about. F: Delo. His lyrical content as well as his creativity allows him to stand alone as an artist. Dante Higgins. His unique style and his ability to tell a complete story through his music set him a part from other Houston artists. GT Garza. The youngest of the three reminds me of a seasoned veteran. His delivery can be compared to artists of the 90s when music was music.
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RO: Where were you when you found out Pimp C died? F: At my 9-to-5, working. There was a long silence and then a sense of disbelief. I can't put into words. It was just a sad time for me. RO: If you could put any three Houston hip-hop artists together on a song, whom would you pair up? F: Mookie Jones, Dante Higgins, and Gifted da FlameThrowa. It would bring positivity back into Houston hip-hop. RO: If DJ Screw was resurrected from the grave and saw Houston hip-hop for what it was today, what do you think he would say? F: I think he would respect artists for being themselves. I don't think he would say much, but continue breaking music like he has always done. RO: How do you feel about syrup? It's our mascot, but it's taken so many of our artists. Should we continue to trophy the drug? F: It's really sad that our city is known for bringing this drug to the forefront, but we can't rewrite the past. So now, we can only focus on the future of the Houston music scene, minus the "drank." If only we can strip the power of this drug from the lives of our artists, it wouldn't be considered a trophy. RO: What's the first hip-hop track you've ever heard and how did make you feel? F: It would have to be something from Afrika Bambaataa. That's when I truly discovered the elements of hip-hop. RO: Do you ever get home after filming a show or an event and wonder, "Why in the fuck am I doing this?" F: Yes. But I'm still only one year deep in the game. I'm certain that my hustle will be recognized all over the South as R.I.S.E. continues to move forward with progress. RO: Why do you think UGK, being from Port Arthur, almost 90 miles away, was able to have such an impact on Houston hip-hop? F: Their music represented the slow, melodic sound that screamed Houston. Not to mention they collaborated with almost every artist that was making noise in the '90s. And, working with DJ Screw was a very important part of the process in terms of their popularity in Houston. Subscribe to Fetti's YouTube channel and follow him on Twitter. And check out our favorite R.I.S.E TV episode with KILLA KYLEON: Rolando Rodriguez is the managing editor of RedBrownandBlue.com. Follow him on MySpace and Twitter.