Learning to Rap

SpaceGhostPurrp:“I started rapping when I was 7. I would always be in the crib writing and putting all my raps in a shoebox with my brother Dolo the Don. My cousin—O.G. Dot, he's in Raider Klan—he used to DJ. He would mix songs and loop the instrumentals. We would be listening to Hot Boyz and he would loop the empty spaces in the song and we would just go freestyling all day. He would just be like, ‘Go, nigga—spit.’

 

When I was younger, I was more about lyrics. I would get on the beat and spit, I wouldn’t even have a hook. I would just spit. I’m still lyrical, but when you’re a producer lyrics is not the biggest deal anymore, it’s about creativity.

 

“I was the youngest in the room. I was with my cousin DoDo and he was like 16. All the niggas in school would watch us rap but we just freestyled. This was when Lil Wayne was out and he was a little nigga rapping. So they looked at us like Wayne and Turk. As time went by, me and my cousin would just be writing raps everyday.

“We would write about everything we were going through and everything we felt and put it in a shoebox. I swear to God we had over 300 motherfucking papers of raps in a shoebox that he still got in his crib. I hit him up and said, ‘Hold those raps down for me.’ He said, ‘Man, you don’t wanna see this shit. We didn’t know how to write for shit back in the day.’

“When I was younger, I was more about lyrics. I would get on the beat and spit, I wouldn’t even have a hook. I would just spit. I’m still lyrical, but when you’re a producer lyrics is not the biggest deal anymore, it’s about creativity.

“It’s like Kanye, we all know he's lyrical but there are some songs where the beat is so damn good he's gonna play with it. He's gonna swag that shit out. I got into rap a long time ago when I was young, but now I just wanted to become someone better and my producing just elevated everything.”