TIDAL Rising: G Perico
Born and raised in Los Angeles, G Perico has been surrounded by music his entire life.
In addition to being a vivid storyteller and poet from early on, Perico’s uncle ran an independent record label and recording studio out of his grandmother’s house. At the age of 17 he began recording and grooming his skills as a rapper, and in 2011 he started his own label, So Way Out Records, and began recording his first two mixtapes, Tha Innerprize and Hiatus. Following this, G Perico began working on his Tha Innerprize 2 mixtape, which includes his biggest hit yet, “G-Shit.”
Recently, G Perico collaborated with artists such as Nipsey Hussle, Mozzy, and AD, and with his latest release, Shit Don’t Stop, continues encapsulating the spirit of classic West Coast gangsta rap.
We sat down with the Rising rapper to get to know him a little better.
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Who is G Perico? Can you introduce yourself?
G Perico is a young, ghetto entrepreneur from South Central. An up-and-coming icon.
When and how did you start making music?
I started making music seriously in 2011. I had been messing around in the studio before that, but in 2011 I decided to start working on a project after I met Poly Boy.
Who were your musical heroes growing up?
Too Short, Juvenile, Jay-Z, E-40, Suga Free, Mac Dre, too many to name.
Name an album, artist or experience that changed your perspective on music?
There’s so many albums from The Blueprint to Loyalty and Betrayal, Street Gospel, The Chronic 2001, Thug Motivation. All of those reflected things that were going on in my world.
What’s the most unlikely influence that inspires your own music?
Simply Red’s “Holding Back the Years” and Caron Wheeler’s “I Adore You.” I listen to those two a lot and then I’ll turn around and make some gangsta shit.
After what seemed like a relatively quiet period for West Coast hip-hop, the scene seems like it’s in a very good place with Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Vince Staples, YG, Nipsey Hussle, and a lot of great new artists like yourself. How do you feel about the current state of West Coast hip-hop?
I think it’s in a good space. Everybody’s dropping dope shit from the mainstream to the underground. Everybody’s been dropping tight shit.
You’ve talked before about how you think Gangsta Rap as a whole is having a resurgence. Why do you think this has happened?
At the end of the day, that’s just the reality around the world… gangsta shit. The whole country was built off gangsta shit. Muthafuckas get tired of the fairytale shit. I think you can ride better with it than that imaginary, fairytale shit. And the L.A. shit is so fashionable right now that everyone wants to be a part of it. Everyone wants to be a Crip or a Blood.
With all the amazing press around the project, how has life changed for you since you dropped Shit Don’t Stop?
Life ain’t really changed. I’m just working harder.
Given that so many West Coast rap legends have rocked the Jheri curl, what does it signify to you when you think of West Coast hip-hop?
I don’t even wear my hair like this for rap. I’m an L.A. street nigga. If I wasn’t rapping I would still look like this. My look doesn’t really have shit to do with rap, I just happen to rap.
What’s the one piece of advice you wished someone would have given you when you were younger?
Had I gotten a certain piece of advice back then, I don’t know what kind of person I would be right now. Maybe if I had someone showing me I could do legal shit, and make money doing it then that probably would’ve been dope. The advice that I didn’t get… I’m not mad at that, because all of the advice I got when I was younger was to do gangster shit, gang bang, rep the hood, don’t be no sucker, so it molded me into like, a walking story. So I get to talk about everything that I talk about and sound dope, because I actually lived what I’m talking about. Fuck what could’ve been.
What’s next for G Perico?
Takeover the world. Shit don’t stop.
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