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A Conversation with The Aspiring Me, Son of the Late Big Mello

On March 5th I went to a panel discussion at Rice University. The theme was Swishahouse’s impact on Houston culture, rap and Hip Hop in general. Members of the panel included the legendary G Dash, OG RON C, DJ Michael ‘5000’ Watts, Chamillionaire, Lil’ Keke, Archie Lee, and Lester Roy. Prior to the discussion, Rice presented an interesting and thorough documentary on Swishahouse’s come up.  Afterwards, during the question and answer period, a sincere question, caught my attention:

“My name is Andrew, the son of the late Big Mello…how was N Love With My Money created?” I got that down home feeling hearing a question that actually called for an answer, instead of the typical blog drop question structure-“Hello, my blog is ______, my twitter is______, I make beats, what are you doing for the youth?” Andrew’s fan boy vibe captured why we all were really at Rice University’s Grand Hall. His truant shame and unaffected interest in the etymology of Chamillionaire and Paul Wall’s classic song reassured me that the Houston rap fan base was as genuine as I remembered it.

Two days later I went to a Fat Tony show and caught Andrew freestyling by the bathrooms about Mo City, Texas, seminal fluids and Hulk Hogan. But before I got a chance to talk to him about the panel he bounced because he had to serve as Fat Tony’s hype man that night.

The very next day I went to my favorite vegan friendly super market where I, again, coincidentally crossed paths with Andrew a.k.a. The Aspiring Me. We decided to hang and he agreed to bless The Troy Blog by shooting the shit with me about his father, the late Big Mello, Houston rap (past and present), and his upcoming album. Enjoy the conversation (you can listen to the audio here, plus The Aspiring Me’s post interview freestyle).

Droopy: Your dad, Big Mello, tell me about him.

The Aspiring Me: My dad was on Rap-A-Lot Records, he was one of the first people to get off with Rap-A-Lot Records, him and J. Prince were best friends since middle school. He was signed in ‘92 but he’s been down with Rap-A-Lot since he recorded Wegonefunkwichamind, so he been down with Rap-A-Lot since day one, around ‘86, but he went to jail and came out around ‘91 or ‘92 and that’s when he dropped his album Bone Hard Zaggin in ‘92.

Droopy: When did Big Mello go to jail?

The Aspiring Me: ‘89 the year I was born.

Droopy: Why did he go to jail?

The Aspiring Me: He said in his song, “pistol whipped a white boy because he owed me money, kidnapped his ass in ‘89 it wasn’t funny, I got five years and did a year and a half and then seven months.”  So he went to jail in ‘89, got out in ‘91 and released the album in ‘92 so it was kind of a coming home celebration. It’s actually strange because I can remember going to see mad dad in jail from when I was two. I can remember seeing him through the glass. So he put out his album Bone Hard Zaggin in ‘92 and he put out his second album Wegonefunkwhichamind in ‘94 and he also put out his first and only video also called Wegonefunkwhichamind. Then he laid low and came out with his 3rd album, after leaving Rap-A-Lot Records, he got a deal with N-Terrogation Records and put out South Side Story which is one of his most critically acclaimed albums as far as people feeling it. He dropped that in ‘96. Then he just laid low (laughing).

Droopy: That’s funny, you know I am from Houston and love Houston rap, live and breathe that shit, but I am familiar with Big Mello only because I hear people say before songs “RIP Big Mello.” But I can’t say I have just heard a Big Mello song. Do you think it’s because he went to jail or he didn’t get radio play? Is there a Houston rap classic by Big Mello? You know when people think Houston, they think Scarface or Geto Boys…

The Aspiring Me: My dad had a couple songs like that, that I know of for sure. His first song was Playing Your Game  from the Bone Hard Zaggin album. Older people tell me that was a classic, cuz again my dad was out in like ‘92. So those people who used to fuck with his music and people who are like 38 would tell me that my dad used to go hard you know what I’m saying? So that song and of course Wegonefunkwhichamind was like the big push you know cuz Rap-A-Lot did that video and it aired on different stations. To me, I believe that was one of his most widespread songs. He had a song called Sucka Free on the Southside Story album that was really big and got a lot of love on the Houston radio. And a lot of people know of my dad because Z-Ro shouts him out on the Mo City Don Freestyle. He is the first person to get shout out on the freestyle. It’s crazy cuz I’ll be at a party or something and that song gets dropped at every party and I’m like they are talking about my dad. I am not the type of person to be like that’s my dad that’s my dad, but like every time I hear that I get a little delusional, they are acknowledging but they don’t know that I am just here. I’m like that’s cool. Even Drake, the song he did at Warehouse Live when he was first coming up, So Far Gone? For it to even start off like that, for Drake to say RIP Big Mello, I bet he has no fucking idea Big Mello’s son is sitting in the crowd (Laughing).

Droopy: I think Drake even gave a shout out to your dad when he covered the Mo City Done Freestyle.

The Aspiring Me: Yea yea exactly, that’s what I am talking about. That’s what’s up. That’s cool. Most people my age I believe have heard the Big Mello name because of the Mo City Don Z-Ro Freestyle because that song took off. But my dad really does have some great music its crazy good. Not to get it confused or anything but my dad was a world renowned artist you know? He toured around the world. He used to do some work with the Geto Boys; we have two gold plaques in our house from the Geto Boys first record and from Scarface’s The World Is Yours record. Those are at my mom’s house. I think my dad was ahead of his time. My dad was one of the first people to break out and people just be like this is Houston rap.

Droopy:  Yea, I was going to ask, dudes like K-Rino, the South Park Coalition, and Klondike Kat, when I listen to them I think this is early Houston rap, but it didn’t have that Houston sound yet. Do you feel your dad had that Houston sound? I know Mike Dean did some of his production.

Aspiring Me: I think, most people, when they think that Houston sound think screwed up music. My dad and DJ Screw have a tape, a whole screw tape together. Someone just told me that and I haven’t even sat down to listen to it yet but there is a Wegonefunkwhichamind screw tape out there; that is just waiting for me to listen to it. I think my dad’s sound, well it came up the same time as Screw came out and people didn’t come to appreciate Screw’s music until after the fact. So my dad’s sound was like gangsta rap funk, he fucked with the West Coast hard.

Droopy: This fascinated me when I learned this but, you know Mr. 3-2 from the Blac Monks? He was signed to Death Row for a little bit or something through like a Rap-A-Lot connection. Did Big Mello ever mess with Death Row?

The Aspiring Me: He wasn’t signed to Death Row or anything I don’t think but I do know that whenever a West Coast act would come through Texas my dad would definitely play the leg. I met Too Short, West Side Connection, ya know? Pac came through too and my dad did a few shows with him.

Droopy: You met Tupac?

The Aspiring Me: I don’t remember meeting Tupac , but I definitely know he did shows with him.  I also met Master P. This was at a time when the East Coast was not fucking with the West Coast at all so the West Coast would come through and link up with the down south acts and my dad was really hot at the time so they did shows together.

My dad was really cool. He could have a conversation with anybody about anything. I remember this one time, my mom was telling me they went to Dallas to go hang out and my dad befriended this old white couple by talking to them about history. Then this old white dude just invites my dad to come hang out on a private island. There are pictures to prove this. My dad was really intelligent, smart in school, and sung opera.

Droopy: Moving away from your dad and now talking about Houston rap in general, where in Houston are you from and which Houston rappers did you listen to growing up?

The Aspiring Me:  I am from Mo City, Briar Gate Town Homes you feel me? I got love for the Third Ward though. Right now we are currently in Third Ward Texas, just to shout it out. But yea, big shout out to Briar Gate Town Homes, Briar Villa, Ridgemont 1, 2, 3, and 4, Ridge Gate, Hunter’s Glen 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5, but everything to the left of 2234 suck a dick (laughing). That’s Lake Olympia, Quail Valley, and Sienna Plantation. Sorry I know I have friends from there, but suck a dick.

So I grew up in Briar Villa which is right next to Willow Ridge High School. It is interesting because I am from Briar Villa but my auntie stayed in Briar Gate and my mom did not want me going to McCulloch High School, so she was like “yo you gonna go to school from your auntie’s house.”  My auntie stayed in Briar Gate Town Homes so I rep Briar Gate Town Homes also.  So, I used to go to school from my aunt’s house and basically my mom or dad would take me to me auntie’s house in the morning where I’d catch the bus and I stayed at my aunt’s house ‘til like 10 o’clock at night, then my parents would pick me up and we’d go back home. So I grew up in Briar Villa and Briar Gate.

Droopy: Ok, so what did you jam growing up?

The Aspiring Me:  Growing up I jammed Street Military, Z-Ro, Trae, Lil’ Flip, anything SUC, and anything Swishahouse.

Droopy: So, you listened to Swishahouse back then?

The Aspiring Me: Yes, I remember Headed to the Kappa, I remember Mike Jones getting on everybody’s fucking nerves cuz he kept saying “my album, who is Mike Jones coming soon.” He was saying that shit for like damn near four years (laughing).

Droopy: Did your parents bring that music around?

The Aspiring Me: I don’t really remember. I guess like riding on the bus, friends had CD’s, and the Houston radio like 97.9 the Box played a lot more local music back in the day.

Droopy: Totally, I remember that. I remember I’d be with my parents shopping at Target, we’d walk out, and I remember people cruising through the parking lot playing the Box and blasting Screw or bounce back in the day.

The Aspiring Me: Yea, I was jamming Screw a lot. I remember that Brandy, I Want to be Down, screwed.

Droopy: Yea I think the first screwed song I heard was Lil’ Keke’s Still Pimpin’ Pens off The Commission or maybe ESG’s Swangin’ and Bangin’.

The Aspiring Me: They used to have this shit that would come on at night time and they’d jam DJ Screw. As a kid I’d turn on my alarm clock radio and jam that shit. In our living room we had a big tape player and I’d wait for that show to come on, see my mom was not fucking with that stuff at all, even though she was married to a rapper, so I’d have to put a blank tape inside the living room cassette player and turn it down and just record, then go back in my room and listen to it just to listen to it for real.

Droopy:  Who are your top five favorite MC’s out of Houston or Texas?

The Aspiring Me: My dad first. I mean that in every cliché way possible. I love my dad but I am also a big fan of his music. I think he goes extremely hard. Z-Ro & Trae, Lil’ Flip, back when he was really hot, Chamillionaire

Droopy: Let’s talk about that for a little bit. Do you think Lil’ Flip can make a comeback?

The Aspiring Me: (Laughing) Not at all. It sucks. He was so good. I was tempted to quote a Lil’ Flip line earlier today on Twitter.

Droopy: Which one?

The Aspiring Me: “…You can catch me in a Benzo, sitting on Lorenzo’s, blowing some indo, its five o’clock, so I’ma drop the top, and let down my window, got candy paint with dvd’s in it, PlayStation 2, I got a mic with a crown on top that say RIP DJ Screw, and I’ma hold it down like I’m supposed to do, take this Screw shit coast to coast, I can’t be stopped like a locomotive…” That’s from the Underground Legend album. Flip used to go so fucking hard. You know what’s so crazy? If the Lil’ Flip style back then was to pop now he’d be one of the biggest fucking artists.

Droopy: Ok, so your dad, Z-Ro, Lil Flip, you got two more?

The Aspiring Me: Chamillionaire and Paul Wall.

Droopy: Is there a comeback for Chamillionaire?

The Aspiring Me: I don’t necessarily know if Chamillionaire wants to come back. When we were kids, we had this understanding that Chamillionaire was the illest in Texas. I just don’t know what happened. I also liked Mike Jones. I hope Mike Jones makes a comeback. Man, I hope a lot of people make a comeback.

Droopy: How do you feel about SPM?

The Aspiring Me: I didn’t listen to SPM when I was a kid, I just knew my dad hella fucked with him. I used to work at Tacos A Gogo and the whole kitchen staff was Latino and they still jam SPM, so they told me about some songs and I checked it out and the shit was tight. You know who else is a dope as Mexican rapper? Chingo Bling. Shot out to Chingo Bling. I got that Back to the Border mix tape. What’s crazy is that Tom Cruz, Fat Tony’s producer, is supposed to be putting out his album soon and he had a song that Tony came to the studio to record, and I was chillin’ with Tony, and Chingo Bling was the guest feature, and there was an open verse, that I was going to jump on, but Tony emailed me and was like yo Cruz took your verse off (laughing) and put Kool A.D. from Das Racist’s verse on there. But I was half way joking and said “wassup, I went too hard for yall niggas or what?” I think I might just have to Frank Ocean the situation. You remember what he did to that girl Bridget Kelly on that song Thinking About You? Ima wait til’ they put their version out, then put my version out (laughing). So that’s how that story goes.

Droopy: So let’s talk about the current Houston rap scene. Prior to 2004, I was always a little bummed that people from out of state weren’t too familiar with Houston rap. Then around 2005 Swishahouse blew up and Houston rap took over. It was an exciting time; everyone knew about Screw and Watts. Then a few years later that song by T-Pain and Ludacris came out called Chopped N Skrewed. They gave the wrong meaning to that term. Chopped and screwed doesn’t mean getting “screwed over” by a girl. Now, Asap Rocky is doing his thing, kind of biting the H-Town style. I am happy Houston has had a huge impact on Hip Hop, but at the same time, Houston rap is the only culture Houston has and it is a little frustrating that it’s being a bit diluted. How do you feel about that?

The Aspiring Me: I feel you on that. But do you know what I remember? I remember from when I first started listening to Screw until like 8th grade, the back of the bus freestyle went, “mayne hold up I’ma come down…”I also remember when Dipset broke out and when Kanye broke out and everybody started trying to rap like that. I remember everybody trying to rap like how Lil’ Wayne was trying to rap on The Carter I, which was heavily influenced by Dipset. I remember Kanye dropping College Drop Out in the summer when I was in 8th grade and everyone flipping their collars up and wearing Louis Vuitton to school. I even did that shit I can’t even lie. The shit was so extreme we used to make cliques named after Dipset. I am saying all that just to say this fool, for all those people that are mad that Asap Rocky is being influenced off of Houston, the only way Asap was able to pop off like that was cuz no one from Houston was doing that. If someone from Houston was doing that and popping off at this time then it would have did what it was supposed to do. But people put our style to the wayside because they let other people influence them to think that our style of rapping was whack and shit; when in actuality our style of rapping is our style of rapping.  But, no matter how much Asap Rocky is influenced by us, he won’t be able to replicate that genuine sound cuz I can bust a “mayne hold up I’ma come down…” freestyle just like it’s nothing. That shit is embedded in my DNA you know what I’m saying?

Droopy: Yea. Same.

The Aspiring Me: For him, that is something he had to learn, for us that is just something we grew into. So, I think it is really throwed that somebody from Harlem is trying to sound like they are from Houston, finally. One of the things that I don’t like is when people point out certain southern artists that don’t use the Houston traditional sound because when you make a comparison like that it makes something super great appear as if it is super lame. It is not super lame, just people are influenced by whatever they are influenced by. I am influenced by down south music, West Coast music, East Coast music, world music, fucking Meshell Ndegeocello, Wild Birds and Peacedrums, Fats Waller, or whatever the fuck I am influenced by it is going to show up in the music. Just let the music speak for itself. Don’t slab a whole region; don’t say “oh, this isn’t the traditional candy paint” and all that shit. What is wrong with just saying, “yo, this is some good music?”

Droopy:  How do you feel about the “new” Houston movement, the younger Houston rappers that are less unique then you, Fat Tony, and Blackie? It seems like they are kind of re-inventing the wheel. Do you think they are doing justice to the Houston rap movement or do you think they should switch it up and bring something new to the table? For example, I know there is another new song out of Texas called Trill. Is that beneficial?

The Aspiring Me: First, let me just say I don’t believe I should tell anybody what they should or shouldn’t do, but I definitely have an opinion about it. I respect all of those dudes and their grind. I do think that certain things get repetitive, but all of those artists make dope music.  Me personally, I wouldn’t come out with a song called Trill, however I will embody the presence of it. I definitely wouldn’t come out with a song called Trill without the Bun B head nod. But I believe in self-expression to the core. It comes down to whatever you want to do. If putting out a song called Trill is going to make you feel more rooted in your home culture then that’s cool or if you are just doing it because you want that background support that’s cool too, it’s whatever you want to do with it. But one thing that kind of puts a separation between my music and other people’s is, well first, my name is The Aspiring Me; my music encompasses everything about myself.

Droopy: Well, let’s talk about your music.

The Aspiring Me: (Laughing) It encompasses everything from me growing up. A lot of people aspire to be a lot of things. I am aspiring to be myself. At the end of the day my music is a reflection of my continuous growth. That growth leads to my change and I believe those two things are separate.

Droopy: Do you make your own beats?

The Aspiring Me: Yea, the debut album, The Aspiring Me, has eleven tracks, I produced seven of them.

Droopy: Cool, those beats are awesome. They kind of have a really comforting feel. When I hear them I feel, this isn’t a dis I promise, it reminds of the songs on the original Super Mario video games; the sounds aren’t scary, they are inviting, very welcoming and simple.

The Aspiring Me: (Laughing) I am so glad you said that bro. The influence for my music is video games because those sounds are very warm. I remember being a kid and playing Super Mario World and it sounded so warm to me. Another thing that brings that comforting feeling is that I like to make a lot of my music for any time of day. I want my music to be appealing even in the morning.  My mom used to always be like “I ain’t trying to hear that rap shit this early (laughing)?  So the goal was to make rap music that you could listen to in the morning.

Droopy: Yea, this morning I was with my girlfriend and wanted to hear some music but I was like I can’t listen to the Box at 8am.

The Aspiring Me: Yea, you can listen to my album at all times during the day. It mirrors the day as well as my progress as a human.  The whole point of the album is to show my progression. It is a showcase of me. The latest track I recorded on there is Young Bobby Bushido.

Droopy: What is that? When I first saw that I immediately thought Adam Sandler’s Water Boy character, Bobby Boucher.

The Aspiring Me: I wrote that song in the studio and was trying to take my mind off a bunch of B.S. He is basically my answer, to MacGyver type situations. He is super cool, really laid back, he can think his way out of things.

Droopy: Alter ego?

The Aspiring Me: Not so much a Sasha Fierce type of vibe but he definitely will be a recurring theme throughout my career. So, on that song it’s me flexing probably harder than a rap on any other song on that album.

Droopy: Want to spit a verse from it?

The Aspiring Me: See Time 50:00

The Aspiring Me: The point of that song is to show me as far as being a human- it starts off as “aww shit yall done let the wrong nigga make a fucking album…”This is a very egotistical statement. But then I switch back and say “peep the outcome and I vouch bruh I drop this and they won’t get enough so am I ready for what’s up, the fame and stuff I let my brain adjust.” It goes from me being very egotistical, to me being a little afraid of when I drop my album, this shit is going to be so good, am I going to be ready for what is about to come? Then I dive into some nigga shit. I say, “I grab a swisha, empty and refill it up, then I get up and head to lunch, cuz I just missed breakfast.” So, I’m not getting up til’ one o’clock which I think is some really lazy shit. So the song takes you through an emotional roller coaster; the nature of thinking hell yea I am the man to also thinking fuck I should have gotten my day started earlier. So no matter how much of the man I think I am, I still have some tendencies that I have to work out.

Droopy: Will you tell me about your song No Worries?

The Aspiring Me: No Worries was produced by my friend Christian Scull, who I met at Texas Tech.

Droopy: Did you go to Texas Tech?

The Aspiring Me: I am an honorary student at Texas Tech. I got accepted, never enrolled, but I was going with the girl out there. I used to go out there literally every weekend and stay ‘til like Tuesday. I would go to my girl’s classes. It was like free education (laughing). I used to just sit in their classes and chill, like classes of 400. I would sit in the front row, I had no shame. So yes, I went to Texas Tech and got educated.

But I broke up with that girl because she was fucking around with one of the football players. This was the same time that Crabtree was out there, ya feel me? Shot out to Michael Crabtree. I am sorry yall boys lost but yall gonna win next year.  Anyways, I was out there hanging with her, and my brother, not my biological brother but he might as well be; he’s been my best friend since I was nine, Byron, who is part of this artist collective that I have called Family Here Eternally (FHE).

Droopy: Will you tell the funny miscommunication story we had earlier about FHE?

The Aspiring Me:  F H E is Family Here Eternally. When we first coined that name, there was a preconceived notion that people would misinterpret it as F A G, but then I was like that shit would be kind of tight.  The Beastie Boys first album was supposed to be called Don’t Be A Faggot or some shit like that.

Droopy: …and Lil B had a mixtape called I’m Gay.

The Aspiring Me: Yea, that album and Lil B goes hard. Yea, so Family Here Eternally is an artist collective. It was originally two different squads. Me and my best friend Byron, after my dad died I moved from Briar Gate to the left side of 2234. We tried to stay in the house but my mom couldn’t take it so we moved to Lake Olympia. People think that Missouri City is like suburbs, which it kind of is, but there are still some parts that get ridiculous. Briar Villa and all of Ridge Gate are definitely those areas. I remember one time we were at the bus stop, in second or third grade, at seven in the morning and a mother fucking pickup truck just comes running over the island BOOM speeding BOOM cut through the front of the neighborhood and just speeds off, then like ten seconds later a cop car just comes and BOOM follows him AT SEVEN A.M.! That’s just some shit that I remember.

One of my best friends when I was growing up went to jail when he was in sixth grade for running around with high schoolers pistol whipping people and robbing them at gun point. They took him to jail, he got out when he was 18, got murdered at 23.

So after I moved to Lake Olympia I met up with my second best friend, Marquis and he was from Alief, but he had just moved to Lake Olympia also. So we were just on some this shit is weird. We were both in transitional points. Even the education in Lake Olympia is different. At Elkins High School every class starts out as advanced.  We were like why don’t they have this same type of education for other schools? So my homie Byron went to Thurgood Marshal and started up a squad called Fenetic Misfits and I had a squad at Elkins, it was me, my homie Isaiah, Ashton, Marquis and my homie Chaz. Mind you none of us was from Lake Olympia. It was a clique of us that formed from not being from this area that we thought was really fucking whack. Whenever people talk bad about Missouri City they really mean that portion of it, like those ho ass people that it breeds, that’s just like a bunch of fucking rich kids that never had to like, I mean, I don’t have any resentment towards anybody or how they came up, but it definitely breeds some ho ass tendencies in some people. Going to Elkins was my first time seeing somebody get jumped cuz mother fuckers can’t go one on one with people no mo’.

I did some stupid shit in high school. It was just weird growing up out there. I have this one line, I forget what song it is in, but it’s on the album, “I do it for my hood and suburb and I’m superb a proud pronoun showing action amongst you fucking verbs.” So that means I do it for Briar Gate and for where I moved to. But I definitely met some cool people out there.

I went through some fucked up shit. I did some stupid shit. Back when everybody was trying to be a gang banger, so I’m at Elkins, between Lake Olympia and Sienna Plantations, some of the biggest richest houses I’ve ever seen, why I was gang bangin’? I don’t know. It was rap music (laughing). Back them Dipset was Bloods, Lil Wayne was Bloods, it was just cool. When you are gang bangin’ you have to get stripes. So one of my stripes was brickin’ a girl’s window. Some stupid shit I did. That shit showed me who my true friends were, because rightfully so motherfuckers stopped fucking with me, but I had a handful of people that were like, ”even though you did that shit, I’m still your homie.”

Anyways we had a squad called Hustle League and when I went back to go visit my homie Byron, I hadn’t been back to my neighborhood in two years, so I go chop it up with Byron and I find out he’s rapping and stuff and I’m just in their crib and he has this guy with him named Anthony and we were just freestylin’ and we were like dog, “why don’t we just combine forces?” So the name of their squad was Fenetic Misfits and the name of my squad was Hustle League, so for a while we started going by Fenetic Hustlas. Then it became Fenetic Hustla’s Entertainment. One day we were chilling and became good friends and then I started bringing my friends from Lake Olympia over to Briar Gate to see where I can from and my sole reason was for them to know I’m not one of these crazy ass kids. Man there was some crazy kids out there, like Clemens High School, somebody from Clemens buried a girl in the field behind Elkins. They didn’t even bury her deep; they put her like six inches under the ground so she was like poking out and shit when the tractors rolled over her. This girl at Elkins one time, the cops came in the criminal justice class and just took her out because she had like two ounces of cocaine. They were going through some other problems.

Back then if the cops came fucking with us, we were getting investigated for gang activity. We were like come on man we are not doing this shit for real (laughing). Then after that I was like this shit is for the birds.

So, we made Fenetic Hustla’s Entertainment then we started hanging out and then we kind of got a family bond. Then Byron was like, “yo, we are like a family.” Then he thought of a different way to use the acronym Fenetic Hustla’s Entertainment, FHE, but instead it was like we are Family Here Eternal. So, we just switched the name because we thought it would look better on paper work and this was like in ‘06. We just thought it was broader, you know? Fenetic Hustlas was some straight rap shit. But with Family Here Eternal we could do more things with the community and be more involved. I’d hate to be at a community function and them be like, “we want to thank the Fenetic Hustlas (laughing).”

Droopy: Well, do you want to say anything else?

The Aspiring Me: Yea you can check me at theaspiringme.tumblr.com, @theaspiringme, theaspiringme.bandcamp.com, and fhemusic.com. I think I could kick something, I can freestyle off the top. Oh, my album is coming out in April. (Puts on Trick Daddy’s I’m A Thug instrumental and drops a dope freestyle See Time 1:12:40). Damn, (laughing) Shot out to Droopy, @droopydood. Yo, where did Droopy come from?

Droopy: People just say when I talk I sound droopy.

The Aspiring Me: Man, shout out to Droopy, The Troy Blog, to check out some really great articles check out thetroyblog.com. Thank you for your time. I love you, thank you so much. I will be out in New York soon.

-Droopy

Special thanks to The Aspiring Me and The Swishahouse for making this interview happen.

@theaspiringme

@theswishahouse

@droopydood

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6 Responses to “A Conversation with The Aspiring Me, Son of the Late Big Mello”

  1. Langston says:

    Dope ass interview. The Aspiring Me is a great artist and dude.

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  2. frank says:

    hah that panel discussion at Rice would have been pretty fun! I seem to miss cool sht like that too frequently. Thanks for doing this.

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  3. Sam says:

    Post is thorough. Thanks for taking the time to add links to all the songs you two discussed. Excellent work, droop.

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  4. philaflava says:

    great piece

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  5. Markshot says:

    Really great piece! Thanks Droopy! “Love don’t love nobody” is one of my favorite Big Mello songs, same sample as 2pac keep your head up but came out way too earlier..

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  6. Alby Singler says:

    YO..Droopy…this story was straight dope times 2!!! Man, thats as much as I have read…maybe ever…but I enjoyed every word. Big Mello is my boy…you keep writing more stories like this I made need to get glasses…PEACE!!!

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