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G-Moe & Young Phee | Interview

Who do we have the pleasure of speaking with?

G-Moe: G-Moe from the west side, we got Young Phee with us. Go get that “Still Blessed” out now.

Are you from Arizona?

G-Moe: Born and raised in Avondale. I had to get the fuck out of Avondale, I lived in old school Avondale, which is Old Town Avondale. New Avondale is North of the I10, It is really small in Avondale, so with it being super small everyone knows you everywhere you go. I’m talking everybody, from the police, your enemies, your homies. I have kids. I had to move up out a little bit.

What year did you get in the rap game?

G-Moe: Like 2006-2007 that’s when we figured out we were going to do it. We had one homie that was in he was doing music at the time, he is from Avondale. He was really doing it seriously, he had an internship. At that time no one was doing shit as far as music on the scene, this was early 2000’s. Basically we just got involved with that and took off from there. We just followed in the footsteps, we were always into music as far as hip hop. With hip hop you got the elements you got the break dancing, tagging, the hip hop shit as far as emceeing, so it just came hand in hand as far as being a part of it.

What influenced you?

G-Moe: I just love music at the end of the day, music gets me through everything and anything in life. You could be going through the loss of somebody, or experience something very good in your life and music is always there. It’s not like I knew I was going to be a rapper, and I knew I was going to do this shit. It just fell into place, and I just took advantage of it and kept it going.

Did you start with Young Phee?

Young Phee: We grew up together, my mom baby sat his older brother. We started freestyling in high school like everybody else. We took it seriously one day, he went and bought an M-Box. The hood started fucking with it slowly but surely we made a name for ourselves and that’s what it is.

Young Phee

How many projects have y’all dropped?

Young Phee: We have a large catalog, G-Moe got about five or six solo albums, we have five or six together, I have three by myself. How we put on, G-Moe had a Caprice on 26’s and we burnt the CD’s ourselves, cut out little papers that said our shit, recorded at the homies. We handed out 1,000 copies that’s how we first started. They were all original beats shout to Lil D, Rich Kid. They were all original beats with no YouTube downloads.

G-Moe: YouTube wasn’t even invented yet, I think that’s what helped us set our foundation till this day. Because at that time the social media game wasn’t super crazy with it, there was Myspace and at that time it wasn’t super popular. You didn’t have phones to record or take pictures of this shit. We had to put in that groundwork, to where nowadays you can kind of skate by on doing super social media, and other outlets.

What are some of your favorite tracks you guys have recorded together?

G-Moe: That’s hard to say we have a lot, I would have to think about that.

Young Phee: “Drank Sippa” it’s got a million plus views on YouTube, it’s the first song that kind of broke us into another state. They had us on the top count down out there in Houston, Austin, San Antonio.

G-Moe: Featuring Lucky Luciano out of Dope House.

What was the inspiration behind the song?

G-Moe: The name explains itself, at that time we were heavily involved in that culture, it just consumed us.

How did the “cough syrup” affect you?

G-Moe: If you sip it all the time it’s going to fuck you up.

Young Phee: I don’t knock it, I don’t sip so hard anymore, it was just a lifestyle, you live and you learn.

Does it become addicting?

G-Moe: Hell yeah, it becomes a whole lifestyle, it consumes you.

How hard was it to stop using it?

G-Moe: I’ve always partied, always done drugs, at the same time I was able to handle my shit. I always had it under control, it never got out of control to where I needed to go to rehab. But it got to the point of that, it got to the point to where that shit was going to either kill me, or it was going to do something to me where I couldn’t come back from that. A kidney loss, my liver, and it was coming to that. So I had to really change my lifestyle, it got to a point where I had to workout to get this shit out of my system. I just had to switch my whole body around, for a couple years straight that’s all we did was sip and drank.

What does the future hold for you?

G-Moe: Hopefully success, hopefully progression. I can sit here and be “this is the year” we say that every year, don’t we? At the end of the day progression, success, and to keep on pushing.

Taking a crack on anything outside the music?

G-Moe: I’m a businessman at the end of the day I’m always looking for something to where if it makes sense, or if it’s something that’s profitable and we can invest in, let’s run it, always. I’m open to shit, but at the end of the day my heart lies on this music shit, I’ve been doing this shit, I’m not going to stop. I Came so far with this shit, got so much time, and so much put into this shit. Even if I don’t make it as an artist and I don’t make millions, I’m going to have my studio, I’m going to throw on shows. I’m going to do whatever the fuck I need to do.



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