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'There are a lot of people who can't speak on what I be speaking on, so I'm like their voice,' Woods tells Mixtape Daily.
By Rob Markman
Mixtape Daily Main Pick
Headliner: Chevy Woods
Real Spit: In order to get his musical priorities in order, Chevy Woods had to leave the streets behind. But the Taylor Gang general hasn't forgotten where he's came from — not in the least.
On his upcoming Gangland mixtape, the Pittsburgh MC represents for those too entrenched in the streets to represent themselves.
"I came up with the title Gangland because we're the Taylors and at the same time, there are a lot of people who can't speak on what I be speaking on, so I'm like their voice," Chevy Woods told Mixtape Daily.
Not only was Chev inspired by his real-life crew, he also used the History Channel's "Gangland" documentary show as a muse too.
"You know, Gangland is the same type of situation as the TV show. People be speaking for the people that can't speak, and they be showin' their faces for the people that can't speak," he said of the series that has documented notorious gangs like the Mexican Mafia, the Bloods and the Crips. "So I just took the little spin off of both of those things: my gang and the TV show."
On the Young Jerz-produced "U.S.A.," Woods documents his growth from the block to world tours with Wiz Khalifa. All the added attention has taken some getting used to, but on "Vice," Chev Bags welcomes all spectators. "I'm out in Memphis with Juice, we into ballin' for real/ You n---as talkin' like you scoring never out on the field," he raps, taunting his rivals.
Last year, Woods dropped two very different mixtapes. On Red Cup Music, the TGOD MC partied hard on tracks like "She in Love" and "Jimmy Fallon," while on The Cookout, he flew alongside Wiz on a number of smoke anthems. Gangland, his first 2012 tape, is distinctly different. On it, Chev shows a darker side, adding yet another layer to his artistic makeup.
Joints to Check For
» "Vice." "I made this song just feeling like vice is like Miami Vice, is really like some police ish if you want to take it that way. But it's more to me about people in your business. So I'm callin' them Vice; they're like the police, and they want to know what's goin' on."
» "M F'er." "I really named it this just so I can keep it clean, but it still means what it means. When you walk up in the club or you on the block or whatever and somebody lookin' at you because of whatever you got on or how much jewelry you got on or however much money you spend or bottles you poppin', first thing you want to say is mother----er."
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