Los Angeles rapper G. Perico has been quietly making some of the best gangsta music on the west coast for sometime now, and after the great All Blue dropped a few months ago, his stock for sure went up. The LA rap scene can be crowded, but G makes sure he stands out. With his distinct voice, and even more distinct look, G is poised to become one of the bigger artists coming from the west right now.
He’s able to draw comparisons of some of the west coast biggest legends (E-40, Too $hort, and most notably DJ Quik) while still sticking to his own unique sound. RESPECT was able to sit down with Perico and talk about a ton of things such as where he draws his inspiration from, the Quik comparisons, A$AP Yams and more. Enjoy the interview below, and be sure to check all the latest G. Perico music.
RESPECT.: Explain the name G. Perico for me.
G. Perico: It gotta few different meanings right? It came to me through a spot in the hood. It was really a f**king joke at first, when n***as was calling me that at first, it was an ongoing joke. I took it and ran with it, cause I thought it was dope I ain’t see what was so funny about it. N***as was saying it and laughing loud as f**k. It’s like a Spanish word that really means f**cking Cherokee, but like on the streets it mean dope and shit.
RESPECT.: What was it like growing up in LA, and how did it influence your music?
G. Perico: I mean growing up in LA, was like a dope ass experience, like when I look at how everybody else grew up, we grew up wild and fast. Naturally, you get involved in the gang banging s**t super early. You know it’s my day to day life what I talk about, everything I seen, everything I do. F**cking jail, to having a s**tload of street money, you know different s**t, I just talk about that. I’m pretty much a visual artist, so like anything that’s happened to me I try to articulate it.
RESPECT.: So what inspired you to get out the streets and start making music?
G. Perico: I’m in the streets rapping. So, I wouldn’t even say get out the streets. But probably switching up my movements, just a little different. What made me do that was pretty much just like… I already knew I could rap, I was good with words. My whole s**t was lack of options. A couple of my best friends got killed, a few of em’ got smoked out on heavy drugs, n***as started getting life so my circle just got so f**cking thin, cause we was just a crew of n***as that ain’t give a f**k and was doing all type of s**t. My back was against the wall I ain’t have s**t else to do, besides music. I’m never gon get a job in my life. (Laughs)
RESPECT.: Who were some of your rap inspirations coming up?
G.Perico: The original Cash Money, Suga Free, Jay-Z, Nelly all these n***as that was doing they s**t you know what I’m saying? Too $hort, E-40, pretty much everybody that impacted the game and spoke to they hood to the T.
RESPECT.: Who specifically from the west coast influenced you?
G. Perico: The Relatives, that was an Inglewood based group who had the streets for a while. F**cking Suga Free, Quik, Snoop s**t even The Game. It’s a lot of people, a lot of underground n***as that’s my peers you know what I mean? I was listening to they s**t before I started f**cking around. Pretty much just LA Gangsta hard core rap.
RESPECT.: How do you feel about the DJ Quik comparisons? Because I know you get them a lot.
G.Perico: I really ain’t mad it you know what I mean? That guys a legend. The only thing that gets me is when mutha****s be like are you trying to bring back a sound or reignite some s**t? F**k no, no I’m not, I’m the first n***a doing what I do. I just want to let that be known, I’m not trying to bring back s**t. I’m bringing people to my side, showing them what we do on the east side of South Central. I ain’t mad at the Quik comparisons though, Quik a legend I grew up listening to him, watching him, and I can hear it, so if I can hear it and admit that I could hear it why would I be mad at some obvious s**t?
RESPECT.: What’s your relationship with Nipsey Hussle?
G. Perico: The same people he started music with, was the same people that I was around but I wasn’t going hard like he was. I really wasn’t giving a f**k about it, we pretty much come from the same beginnings. My nigga rarebeats from Watts, that’s who pretty much got me started. He been knowing about me, I been knowing about him for years and s**t and he just always been supporting like a real n***a. Probably like the realest most authentic mutha****a I done came across in this s**t is Nipsey. Most of these n***as is perpetrators, but Nip he a solid dude. That’s my boy though.
RESPECT.: Who are some of your favorite producers to work with?
G. Perico: My favorite producers is my boys Westside Webb, Polyboy, Polyester, Casey Khalil, League of Starz, Dupri, Jaynari, pretty much anybody I f**k with and who I vibe with, and who can understand what I’m trying to do. A lot of these n***as just try to give you anything.
RESPECT.: So is anybody you named have the drop “What up Uce?” because you work with him a lot.
G. Perico: Yeah that’s my boy Polyboy. That’s really like my partner in this s**t. Like that’s who helped me transition into this music s**t. I had a problem mingling with people at first in this industry s**t, and when you come in mutha*****s gotta have a reason to f**k with you, but Polyboy was the dude that helped me get noticed and s**t.
RESPECT.: Outside of LA counterparts I noticed you don’t do a lot of features. Is there anybody in the game you want a feature with?
G. Perico: I mean I could say but I want to meet mutha****as first and see if they cool or not. You know it’s a lot of people I been fans of and I meet them and they f**k a**, weird a** n***as, so I don’t really want to speak to soon, but it’s a couple people. How many n***as you know got songs together and then two weeks later they talking s**t about each other. I’m not into all that.
RESPECT.: I heard that A$AP Yams was up on you early. Is that true?
G. Perico: Yeah Yams was my guy, like that was my boy. I don’t even know why he was f**king with me, and I ain’t really see it, but Yams was my first introduction to the industry. Soon as I got out he was on me. He came to the hood, and we shot a video. He used to facetime me all the time, he was like the first person to facetime me and I ain’t like that s**t at first. I don’t like facetiming with n***as but that was my boy so I used to answer and s**t. He was giving me a lot of advice too, he kind of helped structure what I got going on right now, and why I’m not messed up in a dead end situation.
RESPECT.: So how does that make you feel knowing somebody as influential as Yams believed in you that early on?
G. Perico: I mean yams like a legendary visionary mutha****a. He behind a lot of big s**t, it just make me feel like I can’t waste what I got, and what I’m doing. I know that somebody that big and that on top had time to reach down to the bottom and see something obviously gotta be a gem. If I don’t go hard I would be doing that man a disservice, because he died early and he was f**cking with me in the last years of his life. So, I gotta go hard.
RESPECT.: So outside of yourself what artists today do you listen to?
G. Perico: Right before you called I was listening to that new French Montana album. I f**ks with that. I fuck with Kodak, OMB Peezy that n***a hard as f**k, SOB, Nef The Pharaoh. I’m into gangsta rap, I like the dudes who’s spitting game, Nipsey, and then outside of that I listen to a lot of old a** s**t.
RESPECT.: If you had to explain your music to someone who never heard it what would you describe it as?G.Perico: I would describe it as the narrative to the east side of South Central, Los Angeles.
RESPECT.: So, what’s next for G. Perico?
G. Perico: We working on a takeover. We working on hostile takeover, it’s a lot of s**t about to go down. Stay tuned.
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