T-Wayne Talks 'Forever Rickey' & His Gucci Obsession
T-Wayne doesn’t waste any time getting to the heart of it, if you will: he loves talking shit. Sure, he deviates from time to time, but that’s essentially it—if he’s got something to say, he’s gonna say it.
It’s this dedication to honesty and his own sense of self that T-Wayne credits as the source of his success (notably, rapping to please others just didn’t work—and now he’s doing it his way). With tracks like his breakout “Nasty Freestyle”, “Fell in Love”, and a just-released mixtape titled Forever Rickey, this rapper just keeps delivering, beat after beat. On the cusp of Forever Rickey‘s release (it dropped last Friday), we sat down with the Dallas-born, Houston-based artist to talk his new “Fell in Love” video, Gucci, and why it’s not his job to try and please people. Check the full interview below.
I would love to start with your “Fell in Love” video. How did it all come together?
Yeah. I came up with the concept. You saw how I was wearing Gucci and a tennis outfit?
Yeah! Lots of Gucci.
Yeah, that’s my thing, I love Gucci. I think I’m wearing Gucci right now. I love Gucci. But the “Fell in Love” concept…I don’t know what I was doing, I was just seeing sports, and if you get sports fans you’re game. It’s a crossover market to me, so when I get the rap fans, it’s cool, but the sports fans, you put them into the music, people will like you just cause you do some stuff that gotta do with sports. So I put the tennis concept in there, and I had all these actors in there. For the videos that we shoot, every video that we shoot, I invest in it with my own camera, my own stabilizer, I bought all this stuff for myself, cause I got so tired of paying all these cameramen. Now everything that I’m doing right now is in house. We shot the video ourselves, I came up with the tennis thing, the team edits, and the video came out phenomenal. It didn’t have nothing to do with falling in love, but that’s just how it is nowadays, you just gotta have entertainment. People don’t be caring about the concept if they like the song. Half the time people don’t even listen to the words. Like the new generation, they just like the songs for the beat, for how you rock the beat or whatever. So we just came up with a random concept that didn’t have nothing to do with falling in love…but, you might fall in love with the video cause it’s a good video.
Did you shoot it in Texas?
Yeah, we shot it in Houston. I stay in Houston, but I used to stay in Carrollton and I’m from Abilene, Texas. I moved to Houston when I was 19 cause I was staying with my mom, and I told her, “I want to do this music, I got to go. The only way that you’re gonna live in a nice house and I’m gonna take care of you one day is that I gotta leave the house.” My mom tried to get me to do Christian music, she wanted me to do Gospel music, she was like, “Can you please just stop cussing in your songs!” But I was like, “Mom, I can’t. I’ve got to do this. This is me. I got to be me.”
I gotta say what I gotta say. I like to talk shit on my songs. And apparently I guess people like when I talk shit. I don’t know why, but when I’m just talking shit people just like it.
Cause at the end of the day you can’t be anybody but yourself.
Yeah! That’s what it is. And I tried doing music to get people to like me, all the time, I tried doing that my whole life, and it never worked. People never like me for me, they always like me for the songs that I made but they never liked me for me. I was doing it to impress them, but I wasn’t being myself, which is what I’m doing now. Like on my first song, “Nasty Freestyle”, I did that cause it was me, but I didn’t know it was going to blow up. So if I had known it was going to blow up, I wouldn’t have done the song like how I did it. I would have done it for everybody else, and then maybe it wouldn’t have worked, you know what I’m saying? But good thing I didn’t know it was going to blow up, cause I did it for me. And my new mixtape that I’m about to drop, it’s all me. I’m not trying to impress nobody, I’m just talking my normal shit, cause that’s what I like. It’s just me. And I’m not cocky or nothing, I try to stay humble, but I just love to talk shit, I love to say what I’m thinking. I can’t help it! I just gotta say what I’m thinking. I have to.
So how did you get from just trying to impress everyone to just making music for yourself?
Because, like I said, I was doing me on “Nasty Freestyle”, and it blew up, which I didn’t know that it would. So I realized that I needed to switch my music. So, after that, I tried to impress everybody again. It didn’t work. I didn’t get anywhere. That’s why I’m just now dropping my mixtape. I couldn’t please anyone or impress anyone with the songs I was making. People weren’t happy with me. So now, the songs that I have now, which I did myself, when I got in the studio I realized they were just me trying to go worldwide…
Like PG music.
Yeah! Cause people kept trying to tell me, “Your fans are the kids!” But man, everybody listens to my music. It don’t matter if you’re 50 or 30 or whatever. And the kids nowadays, they don’t give a damn what you say. They don’t like it when you try to do kiddy stuff.
Well they want to be taken seriously and they want to hear what you really have to say.
Yeah, they don’t wanna feel like you’re putting ‘em in daycare or something. When it comes to music, they want to turn on whatever they want and turn up. I was like, these kids listen to 21 Savage and Young Thug, why am I trying to be nice to them? No matter what, they’re gonna listen to what they want to listen to. And it’s on their parents to teach them that shit. It’s not for me to teach them.
Can you tell us a little about Forever Rickey?
Yeah, Forever Rickey, dropping Friday April 21. To me it’s my hardest project I ever did in my entire life, because, like I said before, it’s all real, authentic, and I didn’t hold back on this mixtape at all. I didn’t hold back. I said everything that was on my mind. Every single song, how I’m talking to you right now is how I’m talking on the song. I just said it. I didn’t hold back. Fuck it. If they don’t like it, they don’t like it. But I came and talked all the shit I could talk, cause it made me feel better. There’s no way anybody could please the world. There’s gonna be some people that like your shit and some people who don’t, no matter what. So you might as well be yourself.
And you can’t control other people and their reactions; you just have to do what is right for you.
Yeah, cause they’re gonna like you or not like you, and if they like you then they’re a fan, and if they don’t, then fuck it. It’s not my job to try and please people. It’s my job to put the music out for the people to gravitate that like my kind of shit. So basically Forever Rickey is just real, authentic, for everybody. And the name is from my alter ego, Rickey Wayne. It just tells you that it’s me forever and I’m not changing, and that’s what Forever Rickey is.
Dope. So what are your plans for the rest of the year after Forever Rickey?
Just to keep working. Keep putting out music. Keep coming up with more shit. I already got the next mixtape recorded already, it’s already done. I’m just ready.
And what’s the next one called?
The next mixtape is called Rickey’s Revenge. It sounds like I’m mad on it. When you hear Forever Rickey, you’ll be like, “Ok, he’s really saying what he wants to say.” Every song is like from what’s on my mind, literally what I want to say. And that’s the good thing with music. Anything you feel, you can just say.
Featured image courtesy of T-Wayne
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