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Blazing a trail through the scene that is widespread and felt, South Central Rapper, TeeCee4800, is the real deal and is maximizing his being able to gift the world with the wisdom that he has acquired over the years within his cutthroat and raw lyricism. Throughout his recent release, ‘Realness Over Millions 2’, TeeCee maintains a steady flow of standout rhymes that are that are distinct and certainly ahead of his time. I caught up with the man to discuss his latest drop, growing up in South Central, the variety of all-star collaborations throughout the album, tattoos and more.
Congrats on the release of ‘Realness Over Millions 2’. Your flow captures both the essence of old-school Hip-Hop and your own raw delivery. Tell us about the intention behind the album and who you worked with in the studio.
The intention behind the album is preaching realness over millions and also just giving my city what they’ve been asking from me, some good music. I worked with Marley Blu, Reem Riches, D. Loc, E-40, Wiz Khalifa, Berner, Ty Dolla $ign and 24hrs: we all just vibed.
You’ve got features on the album from E-40, Ty Dolla $ign, Wiz Khalifa, Big TC, Marley Blu and more. Tell us about how all of your collaborations unique styles connected with your vision and how these collabs came about.
“Got 2 Go”, for example, features Wiz Khalifa and E-40. I always wanted to do some singing so I did that and I got the perfect beat for it. You know, me and Ty, were like “Who would sound good right here? Let’s get E-40, he got a good flow, it’d sound good.” Same thing with Wiz Khalifa. I sent it to both of them and they sent back some fire verses like we thought they would.
Are you currently on tour or heading out on the road anytime soon to play the new album for your fans?
Tour is in the making right now. A West Coast tour will probably happen in December or January. I might be going on tour with Ty Dolla $ign and Wiz Khalifa next month as well so you can catch me there. I’ll let you know!
Bold question, yet what is the defining principle that you stand and live by as an artist and influencer?
Realness over millions is what I live by. Not selling my soul. Not kissing no ass. And staying true.
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Growing up in South Central, you were exposed to a variety of culture and artistry. Tell us about your roots and how being brought up in California has helped shape the man that you are today.
It shaped me a whole lot. Just being around my area. Every hood (in LA) is damn near the same in their own way, but it was a little bit different in my hood. It helped me with my music and my lifestyle. I don’t know where I’d be if it wasn’t for Midtown.
Let’s talk tattoos. Tell us about some your personal pieces and the artists that you worked with to bring the tattoos to life.
Shout-out to Nene, my tattoo artist; he does all my portraits. He’s the best portrait tattoo artist in LA. I have Chucky on my hand which is one of my favorite ones and detailed out the game. It also hurt the most! I have Marilyn Monroe with the blue rag on my arm. I got my homie on my arm, rest in peace, beautiful portrait. And I got my mother. I just got a lot of portraits. I want to do all art. I want everything to look A-1. Expensive, too.
How do you personally perceive that the West Coast and city that you came from influenced where Rap and Hip-Hop is today?
A whole lot. The west is always the home of the GOATs! We might not have a lot of rappers, but when we do got something, it’s the best. I feel like the West is the best with everything, not just rapping. Basketball team, football team, the Dodgers, everything is popping out here. We influenced a whole lot of rap, gangsta rap. Everyone in the world saying they’re bloods and crips, but no, that came from here. We started a whole lot of sh*t.
Any fellow Hip-Hop artists or THMVMNT labelmates that you want to give a shout-out to for recently putting out a great release?
Shout-out to 24hrs; him and DJ Drama just put out a great project. Shout-out to Ty Dolla $ign for Beach House 3 (coming soon) and shout- out to Joe Moses. Shoutout to the whole squad!
If you could say anything to your younger self when you first started to make music, what would you say?
I would probably say the same thing I said when I was younger, just keep going, keep practicing. I was already saying that to myself. I’m ahead of my time I guess.
Last but certainly not least, any closing messages for your fans?
You will always see me. I’m always going to be around. Catch me in traffic, catch me at the mall, all through LA. My music’s not going nowhere, I’m never hanging my jersey up! You’re always going to have some music.