“Yeah hoe!” It’s the notorious tagline from 90s rap star Gangsta Boo (born Lola Mitchell), member of the Oscar award-winning group, Three 6 Mafia. Gangsta Boo joined when she was simply 15 years outdated in 1994 and that very same yr, recorded her first solo document with the group, “Cheefa Da Reefa.” The monitor set the tone for the Memphis femcee, who later unveiled the her most well-known hit, “The place Dem Dollas At?,” in 1998.
Boo has gone by means of a lot of transformations since then, renaming herself Woman Boo in 2001 and embraced Christianity, in keeping with MTV. In 2013, Gangsta Boo joined Da Mafia 6ix earlier than the passing of band member Lord Notorious in December of that yr. In 2014, she and Da Mafia 6ix’s different femcee La Chat, recorded Witch collectively.
Quick ahead to the current day, and you’ll hear Gangsta Boo on the adlibs and hook on Memphis rising star GloRilla and Atlanta’s very personal Latto’s collaboration “F– The Membership Up,” a play-off of Three 6 Mafia’s “Tear Da Membership Up.”
The track helped Gangsta Boo change into a sizzling matter but once more on social media, and Billboard caught up together with her to debate how she bought on “FTCU,” her return to the music scene, taking part within the Verzuz battle with Three 6 Mafia and Bone Thugs-N-Concord, Lord Notorious’ affect on her, feminine rap and extra.
Let’s begin with the current day. How did you find yourself collaborating with Latto and GloRilla?
Effectively, Latto has been exhibiting me help for some time. I all the time see her mentioning my identify after they ask her who had been a few of her inspirations, and when she talked about her dad, she advised me that her dad used to help numerous feminine rappers and I used to be one in every of them.
So, that’s form of the way it happened. We simply began following one another on the Web and supporting one another and s—. And yeah, she hit me up final minute. She was like, “Man, I smoked a blunt and had a genius concept.”
She’s like, “The track already completed, we already did the video and s— however I would like you to be on the outro, the intro or some form of adlibs.” I used to be like, “In fact, Latto. I bought you, man.” It was easy similar to that. In fact, I’d’ve wished to spit and kill on that mom — however simply anytime I can contribute and help any feminine rapper that I like, that like me again, I’m all the time down for it.
What are your ideas on GloRilla Grammy nod seeing that she’s from the identical stomping grounds?
She just about got here out the gate form of working. They use the quote rather a lot. They are saying, “Gangsta Boo walked so lots of people can run.” If it is a second to say that specific quote, I’d f— say it as a result of that b—- took off full pace. And she or he is fairly gifted. I like the way in which she places her bars and s—. She’s bumping. I’ve been watching GloRilla and listening to her for a few years now.
There’s a lot occurring these days, I wish to know, do you suppose feminine rappers can coexist with one another?
You recognize what I feel? Okay, for instance. I like what Latto is doing. I assumed that was dope how she is bridging the hole. She was like, “You recognize what? The track is already completed however f— that. I nonetheless gained’t Gangsta Boo on this motherf–er.” So, it’s like not solely do I’ve followers, she does too.
A few of her followers most likely don’t take heed to me or know who I’m and vice versa. I feel bridging the hole is just about all we bought to do, and there’s a lot of feminine unity that helps one another and stuff. All people doesn’t need to sing “Kumbaya” on the dinner desk. However so long as you simply present respect and hold supporting one another, whether or not it’s from afar or up shut, I feel it’ll be cool. It’s solely a handful that acts petty and s—.
Like when Nas and 21 Savage bought collectively to do “One Mic, One Gun,” that was good to me as a result of it’s like, it’s okay to work with motherf—er that got here out earlier than you that also doing their s— and that’s nonetheless popping and that that’s not on the washed up trying s—.
I feel that proper there, that’s the place we have to normalize it and never make it so awkward. However so far as feminine hip-hop and rap, I feel it’s in a very good area. I want to see extra MCs have several types of context, and subject material to speak about apart from the attractive stuff, which I really like. As a result of I speak my attractive s— too. However I undoubtedly would like to see extra.
What different femcees would you prefer to work with?
I f– with Missy Elliot. I f– with Cardi. Rapsody, I vibe together with her. However I’d say out of all of them, Missy could be numero uno. If I had the chance to be within the studio together with her and to see how she creates and to vibe off her power and have her vibe off mine, I feel it’d be dope. As a result of she was one in every of my influences, utilizing my voice as an instrument.
Generally if I don’t use a DJ to scratch, I’ll simply make up a sound scratching. And I bought that from Missy and Timbaland and s—. So, I’d simply like to see the place she would take me. I’d let her produce some s— for me.
Since we had been on the subject, the place do you see the brand new sound of Memphis headed and the place would you prefer it to be?
Man, I really like the place it’s. I feel the Memphis sound simply must continue to grow and we simply hold it as Memphis as attainable. I don’t need no one popping out of my metropolis that feels like they’re from New York or that sound like they’re from L.A. or it feels like they’re from Washington or sound like they’re from Houston.
I would like Memphis to remain Memphis as f—. We bought a slogan that claims “Memphis as f—,” and I simply suppose that Memphis ought to say Memphis as f— as a result of Memphis is the house of numerous nice musicians from Al Inexperienced to eight Ball & MJG. I feel so long as we hold Memphis the way in which it’s, I really feel like s—, it’s solely room for development and alternatives.
As a result of proper now, we by no means took off like Houston did or like Atlanta did or like L.A. did and even like New York and even in Miami as a result of we’re this small place. However out of that small place comes some huge motherf—ing sound, some huge noise, and a few huge music. That’s why we name it Large Memphis.
You recognize Atlanta bought crunk and lure, and Texas is understood for the chopped and screwed-sound. What’s Memphis’ distinctive place in hip-hop?
Memphis is the originator of crunk. That’s apparent. Shout out to my boy Lil Jon, that’s my brother. However he is aware of that as nicely. Memphis is the originator of crunk. So, Memphis sound is crunk, get buck. The Memphis sound is eight Ball & MJG. The Memphis sound is Younger Dolph. Memphis sound is Three 6 Mafia. It’s laid again, it’s participant, it’s rowdy, it’s pimpish, it’s easy, it’s jazz, it’s rhythm, it’s blues. Memphis is the house of the blues. And it comes throughout in our music too with the darkish baseline, with the heavy baselines, the excessive hats. Retaining this s— Memphis.
“Cheefa Da Reefa” was the primary solo track you recorded with Three 6 Mafia. However, what was the defining second for you that stated, “I made it?”
Effectively, proper now, simply nonetheless getting my recognition and my newfound accolades and when different women come out, it’s all the time like, “Wow, this particular person sound like Gangsta Boo,” or, “Why is Boo’s identify not talked about sufficient?”
However on the similar time, I nonetheless have a lot work to do. I haven’t had that but apart from that like, “Rattling, I’m dope as f–. Individuals are nonetheless speaking about me.”
And I haven’t even dropped numerous music and back-to-back or numerous content material. However folks nonetheless, the followers, after I search my identify on Twitter, each time any person comes out, I all the time see them in comparison with me. And that’s a type of, in my thoughts like, “Rattling, b–. You that b–, just like the blueprint, so you probably did make it.” However on the similar time, I nonetheless really feel prefer it’s a lot alternative for me. I’m enthusiastic about that, to be trustworthy.
You coined the adlib, “Yeah Hoe.” Legendary. How would you describe your legacy or affect on feminine rap and hip-hop usually?
I’d truthfully say that I’ve to confess, respectfully and humbly, that I’m the blueprint. I hear my cadence in numerous males and feminine rappers. It’s laborious to f– misinform myself and says, “Oh wow, she’s from New York however she raps like she’s from Memphis. Oh wow, this particular person is from f– wherever, however they rap like they’re from Memphis.” As a result of I’m not speaking about anyone particularly, however my sound is a Memphis sound. It’s a Gangsta Boo sound, it’s a Three 6 Mafia sound. So, I’m the blueprint and I put on that badge proudly as f–.
I used to run away from it. I used to didn’t wish to even give myself flowers as a result of I’ve been so low-key and humble, however I’m on some f– that s—. It’s time to assert what’s mine. I’m one of many fundamental b–. And it feels enjoyable to nonetheless be capable of look good and be related in a spot the place I don’t have this million-dollar machine behind me and I’ve all my pure physique components, no shade to those that don’t. But it surely simply feels nice to face in your self and look within the mirror and be like, “Wow, you probably did that.” And never promote your soul and go to mattress at evening with a smile in your face. As a result of I don’t have any stress.
Let’s speak about your late group member, Lord Notorious. What sort of affect did Lord Notorious have on you earlier than his passing in 2013?
S—. Lord was my brother, man. Lord, he was one of many originators of Three 6 Mafia. If I’m not mistaken, he got here up with the identify Three 6 Mafia with Paul. You see, Paul is Lord Notorious’ uncle. He was a giant affect on how I wrote my raps and my lyrics and s—. How he put his phrases and the way clever he was, the books that he learn, the issues that he spoke about, it’s nonetheless influential to me as a result of he wasn’t simply rapping about easy s—.
You needed to be educated to even take note of comply with what he was saying. It’s form of laborious for me to even rap easy as a result of I don’t even know methods to do it. Lord wasn’t a easy rapper. And to me, that’s what sort of motivated me to not be a easy rapper and to simply go laborious with my pen.
What’s your fondest reminiscence of him?
He was very quick and soft-spoken however was a giant outdated beast and he didn’t take no s—. I keep in mind I used to rap on his answering machine, and his home telephone after I was youthful to get him to inform Paul how good I used to be.
So if it wasn’t for him, I most likely wouldn’t even have been capable of be within the group. And for 2, he additionally was the one which helped put the group again collectively after we had been capable of tour because the Mafia 6. When Juicy wasn’t round, it was the Mafia 6. It was me, Paul, Lord Notorious, Koopsta Knicca, Crunchy Black, and Lord Notorious who made that occur. In order that’s my fondest reminiscence of him, having the ability to full a Mafia 6 undertaking with him on it and having the ability to shoot a few movies with him in it earlier than his passing.
Three 6 Mafia repped Memphis so nicely on VERZUZ. How was your VERZUZ expertise total? How did town react?
Man, we turned town up. They had been so happy with us as a result of that was our first time on the stage altogether, minus those that we misplaced, which had been Lord Notorious and Koopsta. And Bone Thugs a gaggle that we used to have points with again within the day, are legendary. So, after I walked out on that f– stage and I couldn’t flip my ass round, I used to be like, “Oh s—, I’m on the stage and Paul and Juicy.” And I used to be the one lady on the market till they introduced out La Chat.
So, in hindsight 2020, it was surreal as f–… I simply really feel so blessed and simply so grateful to nonetheless be making strikes like that and related like that as a result of you’ll be able to’t be irrelevant to be paid, for one. So I’m simply actually, actually honored that our sound continues to be so related to the purpose that it makes folks nonetheless intrigued at what now we have to say.
What’s the hardest lesson you needed to study in regards to the music business that different younger women who wish to comply with in your footsteps ought to know?
Man, take your time, be completely different, and be authentic. Don’t burn your self out and don’t let folks play you. I’d say don’t get misplaced within the sauce. Cash ain’t going to have me doing one thing that I can’t look within the mirror and be happy with. And also you don’t need to be a porn star both. Be an MC. I like that completely different s—. All people doesn’t need to have a viral second or be stylish. As a result of when that pattern goes away when that viral second goes away, then what?
I heard you bought a brand new undertaking within the works. What’s subsequent for Gangsta Boo?
Proper now I’m simply engaged on a undertaking, it’s known as The BooPrint and hopefully, I’m dropping that first quarter subsequent yr I’m simply glad to be dropping content material now. I bought a track known as “Sucker Free” that’s accessible on all platforms produced by Drumma Boy. I bought a track known as “I’m Contemporary,” that’s accessible.
And to be trustworthy, lady, I’m simply excited to be working with the Lattos and I’m glad to see girls like GloRilla characterize Memphis, so simply excited…that’s motivating me to wish to hold doing my music.