Lil Scrappy Hustles and Grinds on New Album
After Lil Scrappy released his 2003 debut ‘Bred 2 Die Born 2 Live’ on Lil Jon‘s BME recordings, his name became synonymous with the Crunk phase of hip-hop. This December Scrappy will reportedly unleash his third studio album, ‘The Grustle,’ — a clever play on the words “hustle” and “grind,” on Ludacris‘ Disturbing Tha Peace label.
Luda confirmed Scrappy’s addition to the DTP crew via an April tweet and the two have certainly been keeping busy since, most recently collaborating on the new album’s catchy, J.U.S.T.I.C.E League-produced, first single ‘Addicted To Money.’
“I have way more to talk about now besides punching somebody in the face.’ Scrappy told the Boombox of his evolution on ‘The Grustle.’ Having learned what it means to grow up, he now raps about what’s in him, not what’s around him. Scrappy says he makes music “for the struggles and for the people that are getting it too,” thus making the title of the new album quite appropriate.
When asked about his creative process, Scrappy admits it’s simple — he just goes to the studio and lays down the track. Sometimes he writes at home to train himself, “like a workout,” but the home-penned tracks “have never seen a beat” until he hits the studio. Adding that element to a track usually completely changes the original song he had in mind.
As for more future collaborations with G-Unit — both 50 Cent and former G-Unit member Young Buck appeared on ‘Bred 2 Die, Born 2 Live’ — Scrappy remains optimistic. “Hopefully one day when we cross paths and can make it happen,” he says. “I hooked with 50 because me and 50 had the same manager, Chris Lighty,” Scrappy says of his initial G-Unit ties. “I got hit in the head with a bottle and got pretty messed up so 50 wanted to look out and he said, ‘Take this as a little one time thing. I’m going to look out for you, keep it moving.”
While 50 doesn’t appear on the new album, expect a lot of Atlanta-based hook-ups. Apart from Luda, ‘The Grustle’ features guests like Gucci Mane, Diamond, Trey Songz, Pleasure P and Maino. You can also hear more of Luda and Scrappy’s teamwork on the Rich Kids’ ‘My Patna Dem’ remix, which is out now.