Q&A: 2020 UP NEXT PETTYPETTY

by Selena Reyes

Editor In Chief

Photo Credit: Killacalivm


For years, the Crenshaw district has been running the show for West Coast Hip-Hop and Gansta Rap.


As the new generation has taken over, they've done well with blending Trap Rap into the mix and building solid careers from doing so.


Crenshaw artist PettyPetty closed out 2019 with delivering his "No Comparison" project. A tape that certainly lived up to its name.


The project was produced by L.A.'s own Laudiano and featured artists Gusto Lemeirt and D4 Casino.


The rapper's style is often compared to that of DrakeoTheRuler and Ralfy the Plug. Two notable trap artists the rapper has previously worked with.


Though the artists have been away from the music scene for quite some time as they situate and face serious charges in prison, Petty has done well with keeping their rap style alive and in rotation.


The sound all three artists are able to engender certainly has no comparison. Their deep, raspy, and slurry tone is one that provides a break from the loud and rambunctious style we are accustomed to in today's Hip-Hop and Rap scene. Their flow is singular, which makes their music so compelling.

Petty acknowledges his current style is fit for a certain crowd but has plans to bring in "new flavor and storytelling" with unreleased tracks.


“I feel right now it’s for a certain crowd until I get the right exposure. I have songs [that are] universal I just know what my fans expect right now.”


He recently released a video for his track "Provolone" which according to Petty was created effortlessly and in form of freestyle.


“It just came to my head in the studio with Laudiano he played the beat and I freestyled to it, I actually thought the song was whatever.”


The song was everything but that. The artist has mastered the art of reciting instinctive and menacing lyrics in a way that is bizarrely soothing.


“I feel I’m just the cool guy, laid back type but then I can give off like a sinister type of vibe at times.”

"I'M SOMETHING LIKE A NIGHTMARE BUT WE AIN'T ON

ELM STREET."


The rapper is also well known for his collaborations with fellow Crenshaw artist GustoLemiert.


The two have taken on multiple projects together and delivered every single time. Their joint mixtape "90043" shines a light on how the two repeatedly seem to complement each other's styles fluently.


Gusto's melodic sound pieced together with Petty's visibly idiosyncratic flow is simply seamless.

In regards to the current music scene in L.A., the artist said, “2020 L.A. taking it over, period.”


“This year I’m dropping merch, more music videos, promoting my music more, and they been asking for PettyTheft 2, so be on the lookout for that as well,” he added.


He also mentioned he is open to new collaborations. “Out of L.A. I think me an OhGeesy would make something dope but other than that Young Thug or YoungBoy and producers Wheezy and Mustard.” he said.


His latest release "2020 Freestyle" definitely has set the tone for his road to mainstream success this year.

Petty has made it clear he knows he has what it takes to make it in this industry and should unquestionably be on everyone's watchlist this year.


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Q&A by Selena Reyes

Editor In Chief


Where did your rap name come from?

“My rap name came from my coach in high school, my last name is petty he just always said it twice.”


What is your real name?

“Antwuan Petty.”


Where did you grow up?

“I grew up in the Crenshaw District i moved a lot but always was in the district.”


How would you describe your style?

“I feel I’m just the cool guy laid back type but then I can give off like a sinister type of vibe at times.”


Do you feel your upbringing influenced your style?

“Yeah but then no, I just feel like I have different personalities.”


If you had to introduce someone to your music what song would you play for them and why?

“Codeine or Juggin. Codeine because it’s just so authentic and Juggin because that’s a song that just doesn’t get played out.”


Would you say your music is diverse/ can be felt universally?

—Or is it framed to fit a certain crowd?

“I feel right now it’s for a certain crowd until I get the right exposure. I have songs [that are] universal I just know what my fans expect right now.”


What was your first track? -How does it differ from your latest track?

“Juggin was my first real song. On Juggin I was new to the game my vocals are polished up now I can switch the flow up now.”


Who was the first person you opened up to about your music?

—What was their reaction?

“G2, we both knew we could shake the game up if we just kept pushing making songs.”


What inspired your track “Petty Provolone”?

“It just came to my head in the studio with Laudiano he played the beat and I free-styled to it I actually thought the song was whatever.”


What song do you feel is your best song?

“To be honest it depends what mood I’m in [LAUGHS]

but Codeine.”


What inspired you to pursue a career in the industry?

“I just know I got what it takes.”


How do you feel about the current state of rap in L.A.?

“2020 L.A. taking it over, period.”


Are there any rappers and or producers you would like to collaborate with in the future? “Out of L.A. I think me an OhGeesy would make something dope but other than that Young Thug or YoungBoy and producers Wheezy and Mustard.”


Take us through your writing process ... do you prefer to write alone or in company?

“When I did write I used to sip lean get ultra faded and just listen to a beat with company an just put on headphones.”


Are there any rappers and or producers you would like to collaborate with in the future?

“Out of L.A. I think me an OhGeesy would make something dope but other than that Young Thug or YoungBoy and producers Wheezy and Mustard.”


What advice would you give a younger Pettypetty?

“Push my singles more.”


Do you feel you would still be pursuing music had you followed that advice?

“If I knew what I know now I would have been mainstream already.”


Are there any musicians who inspire you? Why?

“50 Cent, he always never gave a fuck and did what he wanted too in my eyes.”


What should fans look forward to in terms of your unreleased tracks?

“Some storytelling and just new flavor all around.”


What is your ultimate goal with the music?

“My ultimate goal is to be able to take care of my family with the music.”


Top 5 artists you keep in rotation:

  1. NBA YoungBoy

  2. Young thug

  3. Lil baby

  4. -MYSELF-

  5. DRAKEO, FREE HIM ASAP!

Top 3 albums:

  1. Victory Lap

  2. The Massacre

  3. AI YoungBoy 2

-Your favorite rap lyrics?

Victory Lap.


What’s next for PETTYPETTY… What are you currently working on for 2020 personally and with the music?

“This year I’m dropping merch, more music videos, promoting my music more, and they been asking for PettyTheft 2, so be on the lookout for that as well.”


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