LOCAL Houston | The City Guide MAY 2015 - Page 47

Local May_Final.qxp_002houston 4/23/15 12:20 PM Page 47 Do you have a circuit of towns around Texas that you hit on the regular? Man, the way I’ve done it, I kind of branch out. Like my fan base is more … I don’t want to use the word universal, but it’s kinda more spread out rather than being concentrated in like … I know a lot of cats out here that have small towns in Texas like Killeen, Beaumont, places like that. I don’t really hit those kind of towns but I hit major ones like Houston, Austin, Dallas, sometimes San Antonio, and then I go up to Oklahoma. I’ll do Oklahoma City, like maybe Tulsa, Stillwater, Norman, then go up to Kansas and hit Wichita as well. Are those kids thirsty for shows? Yeah, definitely, man. You gotta understand that one thing — my manager’s out in Oklahoma, so that’s how I got mixed up with Oklahoma, and you learn — I learned early on there’s not anything to do in the Midwest like Oklahoma, He was faster then. He was different. Remember when he first started he was Kansas, surrounding areas. They don’t have shit to do, so to come rapping really fast. over there like me and my producers, that means more to them than Yeah, straight up. It was more like rugged back then, but now he knows the melodies it does to folks in Houston. like a motherfucker and it’s just awesome. Lil’ Flip, I can’t even front, man. I used to jam Lil’ Flip. Flip used to be the man, dog. And I guess you’re right in the middle of full-on album promotion and the whole album cycle now, huh? Yeah, yeah, man. I put an album out a month and a half ago, we did South by Southwest, I went on “Sway In The Morning.” I’ve just been real busy. It’s been awesome. I’m trying to really get on tour, hit the road. Because I don’t feel like I’ve really maximized what I can do in Houston, but I feel like my efforts would be better used if I tried to kinda take the formula and apply it to other regions and keep it going. How does your Persian background factor into your interactions in the rap community? Do you get to talk to people about it, do they ask you questions about it? There aren’t a lot of Persian rappers. It’s a question I get asked frequently, and there aren’t a lot. I may know two or three. I think it’s something that definitely makes