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5 Questions: Cory Mo Delivers Country Rap Tunes

A relationship with Pimp C and Bun B changed everything

Houston is no stranger to the kind of moments that seemingly bubble up out of cities for extended periods. Atlanta is having its own right now with Future, Migos, 6LACK, Deonte Hitchcock, Yung Thug and countless others pushing the culture in places hip-hop hasn’t seen before. Los Angeles had its own with the rise of TDE, Nipsey Hustle and YG in the last half-decade. It’s all cyclical, these things have happened in New York, the Bay Area, Chicago and Miami over and over in the last 30 years, but when it happens in Houston, it’s special.

The South rarely gets the love it deserves for delivering paradigm shifting albums and epochs because so much of the coverage of the culture comes from the coasts, but Houston is one of those cities that artists from everywhere need to capture if they’re really going to make it.

The first huge Houston moment came with the Geto Boys, who pushed the boundaries on hip-hop storytelling to edges few rapers have dared to even consider exploring since. Scarface, Bushwick Bill and Willie D were responsible for influencing several generations of southern hip-hop artists, including the legendary Underground Kings in Pimp C and Bun B.

As Pimp and Bun grew their stranglehold on the Houston sound, they began turning to rapper/producer Cory Mo to bring Country Rap Tunes to life through his pristine ear for sampling soul classics and hard hitting drum patterns. Cory Mo parlayed his relationship with Pimp and Bun into a discography that can go beat for beat with your favorite producer.

Cory Mo and his brother, Mike Mo, owned and operated the hottest Houston recording studio during one of the biggest moments in Houston hip-hop history when guys like Slim Thug, Paul Wall, Mike Jones and Chamillionaire were all you’d hear on the radio no matter what part of the country you’re from.

These days, Cory Mo runs his studio out of Atlanta and hosts the Country Rap Tunes radio show with Bun B and runs Just Sayin Clothing, a collection of t-shirts, hoodies and hats that essentially captures the essence of who Cory Mo is and where he comes from.

Wanderset sat down with Cory Mo to talk about Houston, his relationship with Pimp and Bun and how he and his brother built the hottest studio in H-Town.

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Wanderset: How did you get started doing music?

Corey Mo: Well, I started doing music many moons ago. I started rapping in the fifth grade. My older brother was in high school. He was in a rap group. So he was in the 12th grade and I wanted to be like him. So I started rapping and ended up winning a few talent shows at school. Fast-forward a few years later it turned into me learning how to make beats.

So originally man, it was really my older brother who inspired me to do everything. He was really good friends with Pimp C Back in the early 90s. They was real close. He ended up buying Pimp C’s Cadillac from him and they got real cool. He kind of just pushed me onto Pimp C like, ‘you got to listen to my little brother. You got to check him out.’ From there, Pimp C kind of took me under his wing and just taught me everything he knew.

Wanderset: When you started making beats, did you have a music background? Did you play any instruments, or is it just kind of something you just picked up because you had a feel for it?

Corey Mo: Well my grandfather used to be in the choir my uncle played drums. I used to I used to always play around on my uncle’s drum set. I used to get on his nerves doing that and then play on my grandfather’s organ every now and then as a kid. I never thought it would turn into anything, but I was always messing around, I was always fascinated by it.

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Wanderset: For some of your early production, what were you drawing inspiration from? Were there any styles you were trying to emulate until you found your own sound?

Well I mean I was really trying to just satisfy Pimp and Bun. I was trying to produce beats that they would like. I think I bought my first beat machine in like 99. I would sample a lot, you know? I would play keys and just play around with the whole country rap tunes type of sound. I used to listen to a lot of old Curtis Mayfield and Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson.

I was always in the soul music because as my parents used to listen to so you know I used to sample a bunch of old-school soul stuff. I used to really really like to dig into crates on them samples, man. My biggest inspiration is just pulling up the old samples and just catching a vibe.

Wanderset: Just from listening to those old records and hearing Pimp say it all the time, Country Rap Tunes is kind of the sound of Houston. What is it about the city that gives the music that feel?

Country Rap Tunes is really just another name for southern hip-hop that Pimp came up with. You know, being from Texas everybody wants to create country rap tunes because that’s that old UGK, Geto Boyz feel. A lot of people don’t know, but it really started with the Geto Boys. It’s that old Willie D, that old Scarface with the live baselines and funky old samples. It all started with the Geto Boys, and you know, Pimp and Bun just took it to another level.

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Wanderset: You said Pimp took you under his wing when you were young. How did your relationship with him and Bun develop over the years?

It was really just a family thing. It was more than music. You know, it was just some regular shit, man. It was way more than music. They taught me more than just music; they taught me morals, ethics, loyalty, right from wrong — you know, just a little bit of everything. It was just a constant everyday thing. Just being around them boys from going to the mall to kick it with broads all the way to smoking and going to sleep. It was just a way of life for me.

Wanderset: How did their relationship with Pimp and Bun put you in position to work with artists on a more national level like Z-Ro, Face, TLC, CyHi and Talib?

I mean it definitely helped out. Anyone who wanted to come to Houston to work with Pimp or Bun had to come to me and my brother to record them. If Rick Ross or Talib Kweli or Too Short came to Houston and wanted to work with Pimp and B, they’d have to call me. I definitely gained a lot of lifetime relationships just by having the main recording studio that they worked out of.

I was already working with a few artists before I started with Pimp. You know, cats like Big Mike and Slim Thug and a few other people before I really started working closely with UGK. I had Chamillionaire, Paul Wall — they was already recording at my studio. But once that Pimp C’s solo album came out and then that Devin The Dude album came out, the whole city was looking for beats.

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Wanderset: Can you talk a little about like that era when guys like Slim Thug, Chamillionaire, Mike Jones and Paul Wall were owning the airwaves in the early to mid-2000s? What was it like in Houston during that time?

It was off the chain, man. Sheeiit, it was prime time because I had the studio where everybody went. It was just constant, man. I might have Mike Jones in the studio at 2 o’clock, Chamillionaire would pull up at 6 and Slim would pull up at 8 and Pimp would pull up at 10. I was always crazy, like, ‘who finna come up in here now?’ I never knew who was about to ring the doorbell next, it was off the chain. For a good, solid couple of years, Houston was crazy.

Wanderset: How did you and your brother build the studio that everyone wanted to be at during that time? What made you guys the spot?

We used to promote the hardest. We used to create these little demo flyers and put them on people cars after the concerts. We used to always be at talent shows passing out flyers, giving away studio time. We got cool with radio DJs so they could shout us out. It was just constant promotion. And when people found out that UGK recorded there, we had to start turning people away. Early on, though, it was just us passing out flyers all day, every day.

Wanderset: Let’s end with your clothing brand. Why the name Just Sayin?

I picked Just Sayin mainly because the clothing line is just a bunch of sayings. But it’s more than just a clothing line, I do custom prints on shirts, hoodies, hats and socks for other people’s clothing lines, as well as their merch. I’ve been doing this for a while. The first shirt we ever made had M.A.D Studios on the front — and M.A.D stood for Money At the Door, and on the back it said, ‘Fuck You, Pay Me.’ People loved them, and once those started to sell, we just stuck with it and have kept it going ever since.

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@IAmCardiB spoils @OffsetYRN for his Birthday #TheSetGala

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For Offset’s 26th birthday, Cardi B surprised him with a Rolls Royce Wraith in front of friends and family outside of his Met Gala-themed birthday party “The Set Gala,” at The MacArthur in Downtown Los Angeles Wednesday night.

The Atlanta rapper was filled with excitement, yelling: “She bought me the Wraith,” while squeezing his fiancée in a tight hug.
Born Kiari Kendrell Cephus of Lawrenceville GA, Offset has had quite the year, with five top 10 Hot Rap songs (including his hits with Migos) and a No. 1 hit on the Hot 100 with “Bad and Boujee.” Of course, we could never forget his grand proposal to Cardi B at the Powerhouse 99 concert in Philadelphia in October. He was just featured, along with the other two members of Migos, when Marshmello dropped the highly anticipated track, “Danger.” Happy Birthday, Offset

#CardiB teams up with Steve Madden for a major endorsement deal!

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After rising to the top of the charts with #BodakYellow and signing up to take part in a number of major projects set to release for the #NewYear, the Hip-Hop starlet has teamed up with #SteveMadden to serve as the face of his widely successful shoe line!
“I don’t dance now, I make money moves”🎶🎶🎶
Major congrats to @iamcardib! —————-
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Kodak Black feels a certain kind of way about 90’s-era rap.| @kodakblack

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It seems to be common these days, but often old school rappers get dragged by the up-and-comers in the business today. Lonzo Ball saying Nas isn’t real hip-hop, which angered many an “old head” earlier this summer feels like just the tip of the iceberg. Now, Kodak Black has joined in by dragging Jay-Z’s old lyrics as a means to position rap’s current sound as far better than its predecessors.He recently took to Instagram to post in the caption, Kodak writes “Real Sh*t B Goin On .. None Of Dat Hopscotch Shit.” 👀

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Joe Gifted Got Me In My Bag | @Joe_Gifted

It’s amazing how fast this year has gone by and now that it’s coming to a close, let’s be real, you’re probably tallying up your wins and loses, trying to decide if you took the W in 2017 or the L. While this year may not have been a Cardi B year for everybody, if you don’t feel hopeful for 2018, then that’s your problem.

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Around the industry, a lot of artists have been putting in major work and it seems like this was their breakout year. One such artist, Joe Gifted, formally known as Joe Gutta, claimed his spot with one of the hottest summer jams, ‘Water’. There wasn’t a trunk around the city that wasn’t bumping the track. But this wasn’t an overnight success story though; you may remember Joe Gutta when he appeared on 106 & Park in 2009. Fast forward eight years later and we get the release of his debut album with Warner Brother’s ‘Gifted I Am’.

Hosted by DJ Swap Izzo, the 11 track tape is nothing short of a banger. One song that perfectly sums up the year he’s had is ‘Bag’. Most street rappers get a bad rep for being negative but this song is the exact opposite. If you been struggling this year then let this track be the motivation you need to secure the bag!

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Twitter: @Joe_Gifted
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ATL Artist “RaRa” Drops Hot Freestyle on Sway In The Morning

One of Hustle Gang’s latest addition and standout artist RaRa hits Sway in the Morning while on the Hustle Gang tour and shuts it down. During this freestyle, he drops names that are synonymous with lyricism, artistry, and hip-hop royalty; such as, Outkast, Q-Tip, and Scarface. The part about this freestyle that makes it interesting was that he mentioned a possible new sub-genre of Trap Rap…he dubbed it “Abstract Trap Rap”. His freestyle showed a side of Trap Rap that most probably do not expect in this era of “mumble rappers” and if he follows in this predecessor’s T. I’s footsteps, he will show and prove. Press Play and hear it for yourself. RaRa has set the bar higher than artists before him, are we witnessing the dawn of a new era??? Only time will tell, until then we are keeping our eyes and ears open to what RaRa does next!
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Checkout Pics of RaRa on the Move w/ Hustle Gang!!

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RnB Artist Big Chris Releases Album ‘Bad Timing’

“Big Chris’ album is straight fire from start to end. Real R&B music! This gonna be in a lane of its own.” – The Swede – 808 Mafia

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UK based RnB artist and producer Big Chris releases his newest album ‘Bad Timing’ available via all major media providers.

After a successful release of his last single ‘F The World’ in Summer 2016, the new album features smooth vocals layered over a distinctive soundscape that sets him apart as an RnB artist. Well known for his ability to phrase everyday situations in his music, this album finds a good balance of old-school RnB sounds and fresher urban beats.

Recorded by Big Chris and John Robinson at Clique Studios, London and Miami Live, Miami. The album mix was finalized by Mixbytrip at Circle House Miami. Inspirations of The Dream, Mike Posner and R Kelly can be heard throughout.

More information about the artist can be found on his social media pages and official website.

www.bigchrisrnb.com
https://www.instagram.com/bigchrisrnb/
https://www.facebook.com/BigChrisRnB/
https://twitter.com/BigChrisRnB

Introducing: Ronnie Walka and Re-introducing Real R&B

Ronnie Walka was born on August 1st in Brooklyn, New York. The oldest of four children, he had to face difficult times in the mean streets of Brooklyn. His early years was spent at the Boys and Girls High School where he was introduced to photography. He soon transferred schools and went to the Eastern District where he took his first cinematography class. This is where he learned the basics of filming and writing.

At 16, he joined his first R&B group. He was the youngest of the foursome; the other members were all over 21. He grew tired of waiting for photographers to take his promo photos, it was frustrating waiting for graphic designers to finish his demo CD covers and he no longer wanted to wait for someone to write his songs. Therefore he set out to ask questions, read books on his craft and got to work to be the powerful force behind his own success.

After so many years of hard work, Ronnie now has the knowledge, experience, equipment, drive, passion and the dream team. He has unleashed a series of creatively sexy songs that are playing in the clubs and radio stations that are sure to set the mood in any bedroom.

Quiet Storm, Grown and Sexy and Late Night programmers, you need this in you playlists now!

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#TheProgressReport :: Dun Deal Speaks On Being A Black Man In America & Importance Of Patience As A Producer [INTERVIEW]

During an exclusive interview with music producer Dun Deal, he reveals that he started in the music industry as a artist and eventually transitioned to a producer in 2006. Dun describes the life of a producer as a constant cycle of working daily, pushing the artists you believe in and being patient waiting for your time to shine.

For those who are not familiar with Dun Deal, he is the credited producer of hits such as Young Thugs “Stoner”, Migos “Hannah Montana”, Logics “Burried Alive”, Futures “No Love” & “Double Cups & Molly”, Gucci Manes “Point In My Life”, Ca$hOut “She Twerkin” and many more. Dun Deal began working with these artists prior to them being household names and advices upcoming producers to stick with anyone who they believe in.

“My mind works in the music- almost as if I was trained to play”.

Dun Deal describes his production style as soulful but not churchy and is able to pin point a hit if he keeps playing it over and over.

2017 is a rebirth for the producer as the past year he was dealing with legal issues involving him being falsely accused for a crime he did not commit. This year Dun Deal is looking forward to his upcoming joint mixtape with fellow producer C4.

Stay tuned for more exclusives and behind the scenes footage with Lalaa @LalaaShep @TheProgressReport101 http://www.LalaaShepard.com YouTube/ LalaaShep

Old School Meets The New In A Collaborative Video From G Dot, Born & Masta Ace – “Ghetto Survivors” [MUSIC VIDEO]

[Old School Meets The New In A Collaborative Video From G Dot, Born & Masta Ace – “Ghetto Survivors”]

Boston artists G Dot & Born teamed up with Hip Hop vet Masta Ace for their new record, “Ghetto Survivors”. A tale of growing up in the hood and having the weight of the world on their shoulders but always making the best of the circumstances at hand.

Masta Ace is a Hip Hop pioneer and is helping groom the young emcees. G Dot & Born are delighted and honored to have the support of the legend and dedicate the record to all the OGs in the game.

Check out Born’s latest mixtape Nasa below:

https://spinrilla.com/mixtapes/born-nasa-v1

IG: @God_born @gdot__ @mastaaceoics

Twitter: @God_borncipher

Str8OutDaPot: Meet Next Big Artists From ATL 1-5 Yung Mal & Lil Quil

Meet rising artists, Yung Mal & Lil Quil, blessed little bastards and products of East Atlanta, Candler RD to be exact. During an exclusive interview with The Progress Report, Yung Mal & Lil Quil discuss creating 1-5 from the ground up and earning respect from their peers and OG’s. The 2 also discuss their harsh reality and hardships of growing up in the projects and frequently losing brothers and friends to the streets.

Yung Mal speaks on surviving Hurricane Katrina with his mother and losing everything that he once knew. Atlanta was a breath of fresh air for the young emcee and teacher of life experiences – from the dope game, sex, and anything in between.

“Streets been waiting on us… Gotta grind so you can shine and it may take time.”

Music is everything to the young emcees, telling stories is second nature since they have much weighing on their hearts and minds. Both admit to never having anything but always remaining thankful with the smile of a millionaire.

The death of Lil Quil’s older brother prompted the emcees to take advantage of the moment and released their aggressive hit single “Str8 Out Da Pot” which features all bars and no hook. 1-5’s debut mixtape “Blessed Lil Bastards” is set to release January 5th (1-5) hosted by Hoodrich Pablo Jaun.

Stay tuned for more exclusives and behind the scenes footage with Lalaa @LalaaShep @TheProgressReport101 http://www.LalaaShepard.com YouTube/ LalaaShep

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