Written By: Niki of Houston TREND
They started at the bottom and are faithfully grinding for the #1 spot.
The HeadWreckas are a force to be reckoned with and in the words of RZA, “…they ain’t nothing to mess with.” Doubt them? Try them. From what started in a Clear Brook High School locker room, between a clique of football teammates, came an unbreakable bond of brotherhood and an official movement. The brand has trekked a long way and the unity they’ve established thus far, has become even riper. No matter which Headwrecka you encounter, the grind is equivalent. These young men are always boldly chanting “Faith plus Loyalty equals Success” loud enough until the speakers blow. The Headwreckas are devoted to the hustle and are here to copulate the game. With each member strategically, orchestrating their own takeover, this brotherhood is embedded and the hustle is sustained. Prepare to be Head wrecked!
The originator of Headwreckas, Al Hughes, is an entrepreneur and the manager of Houston rapper Doughbeezy. Al recalls the days when Headwreckas was spawned. “It was something my clique and I started in the locker room. It started off as some football stuff. It was around the time of wreck shop and wrecking was an H-Town term but we turned it into a mindset.”
At a time before social media vices had submerged, before Myspace, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram, Al was creating an avenue of exposure for the Headwreckas. “In ‘99, I created a web page. We had our profiles, our nicknames, our favorite phrases and we would put up pictures
from the locker room,” tells Al.
Al would use a popular annual Texas Beach Party to gain Headwrecka exposure. “In 2002, I went to the Kappa and we all had on similar Headwreckas t-shirts. So when we went to the Kappa, I was able to take pictures and people were able to see them after they were posted. Nobody had that, so we got a lot of good pictures and we all had on the same color Headwreckas t-shirts and we posted the pictures online. Soon thereafter, everyone wanted a shirt,” recalls Al.
Al would later link up with Doughbeezy and from that point they knew they had something untainted and wanted to push forward with the Headwreckas. “Dough and I would be at my mama house really drawing this out. We started this not having anything and recording at my mama house, but in our mind we believed it. A lot of people think that this just popped up, but to tell the truth, we have been mentally preparing for this a long time even before we saw results. We always had that thought. I think doing all that and having that mind set early will pay off and people will see that,” expresses Al.
Manager of Headwrecka members KDOGG and Doublebe, Truth reconnected with Al, and was originally put on the Headwreckas roster as a rap artist. Truth and Al would mash on the music dropping a few mixtapes, including Opposite Executives.
With a gritty exterior, and creating a unexpected twitter buzz on his project From the Dirt, Truth decided to transition from an artist to a more professional role of managing. “At a certain point, I got tired of rapping.
I feel like you can throw a rock in Houston and hit a rapper. I knew I would be more beneficial if I shifted my roles,” explains Truth.
Truth describes his artist KDOGG as, “…the coldest lyricist in this city.”
“People can sleep on him if they want to but the way he puts together words is amazing. I would put him up against anybody,” Truth explains. “With Doublebe, his music is just turned all the way up with a message. It’s that sound that everybody wants to hear, but if you listen to him, he has a whole lot of sense. He not going to make something up, just so it rhymes,” claims Truth.
Sharing the same apparitions as Al, Truth believes the Headwreckas
are in a suitable stance to eventually takeover Houston and the masses. “We want the Headwreckas to be bigger than a label. We are a very multifaceted organization. We don’t want to limit ourselves and put ourselves in a box. If we can be five steps ahead lets do it, but we at least want to be a step ahead of everybody,” states Truth.
When thinking of the hottest underground artists making major sound waves through the streets of H-Town, Doughbeezy has to be rightfully, equated as, in his words, “…the best to ever do it.” With every punch line and sixteen, coming straight for the jugular, Doughbeezy is steadily breaking boys off.
With his fiery stanzas, mixed with a fearless demeanor, ready and willing to castrate any and every opponent that steps on his turf in the city. Dough holds no bounds or prisoners, standing 5’6 with the heart of a 7ft. killer, when he grasps the mic and disperses his flow.
Dough was introduced to the Headwreckas through a mutual friend of Al’s, D Boo. “I ended up hanging with D Boo, who was always with Al. With me being down for so long, it just organically happened. When I realized music was what I wanted to do, I always represent Headwreckas on my tracks,” tells Doughbeezy. “Dough” as some call him, is known for his witty, comical metaphors and fast temperate.
From XXL to MTV, Doughbeezy is still toting the “Southeast Beast” title. Off the cusp of his anticipated project, Blue Magic, he dropped last year, Dough is currently working on his new project Footprints on the Moon, with features including Killa Kyleon and Chamillionaire, slated to drop on August 6th.
Being one of the most recognized Headwrecka, Dough is loyal to his brotherhood. “My biggest thing is I want to provide opportunities for everybody to be successful. I won’t feel successful until the other people
around me are successful off the opportunities I’ve presented. I have the
most buzz, so I surround myself with them. That way when the spotlight is on me and folks are always seeing them around, then as I grow, you’re growing with them as well,” expresses Doughbeezy.
Just recently launching new items from his Doughbeezy merchandise line, as well as performing at the 2013 Free Press Summer Fest, Doughbeezy has solidified to all that his lyrical capabilities are official and now it’s all about moving forward. “The biggest thing is growth, the point is made that I can do music, now its time to have fun and grow as an artist,” says Dough.
Kab Tha Don
A “Bully on the Beat” would best categorize Kab for his brash vernacular and aggressive pedigree. Kab is a versatile rapper with a southern drawl, who has an ability to eat any beat that’s fed his way. He is known to rock any crowd with his heavy weight flow, with a bite to match his bark.
Featured on Complex.com as one of the top 10 Houston rappers to watch out for, Big Bad Kab is a beast at best and consistently putting his all into his brand. Bred on the Northside of Houston, Kab has been a Kickback Sunday favorite ever since his first appearance at the popular underground event. Already making a moving buzz on his side of town, Doughbeezy was an avenue for Kab to branch out to the Southwest and other areas throughout Houston.
Still infiltrating Kickback Sunday cyphers and a proclaimed Headwrecka, Kab released his first official mixtape: “Bully on the Beat” produced my DJ Mr. Rogers. “I wanted my first tape to be legit and Rogers is like the top DJ in Texas, so I felt if I had someone like that on my tape to solidify it, even if people didn’t know my music. Shout out to Rogers for that,” says Kab.
“Bully on the Beat” would serve as a catalyst, announcing Kab in his own lane, gaining the respect of other artists and supporters. “I feel like “Bully on the Beat” is a classic. To this day people still jam it. They tweet my lyrics daily and I dropped that over a year ago,” tells Kab.
Kab has performed at AC3 Hip Hop music festival, in Atlanta and landed consecutive spots to perform at SXSW, three years in a row, two of which he was actually chosen to come and perform. The first time was from winning a spot from a Kickback showcase. Kab tells, “People tweet me from all over the country saying they listen to my music. SXSW put me on a bigger market and helped me expand my music to the masses. It was a blessing to be a part of SXSW these last
His new project Bully on the Beat 2 is currently in the works and Kab is looking to release it soon. With all original music and productions from Mr. Lee and Headwreckas member D Francis. Kab ensures that BOTB 2 will triumph BOTB. “Bully on the Beat is a classic, but I think 2 is going to overtake it”, says Kab.
Kab’s passion bleeds through his music and with every bar mouthed, the feeling is immensely felt. “I’m very aggressive on the mic, people say I
show a lot of heart and they feel my music through my performances. I try to put my all into and life my life through the music. Anything I go through, I just let it go on the mic.” It’s a given before he relinquishes the mic that “What MuhFuka” will vibrate off the walls. All beware of the Big Bad Kab.
In a room filled with ruckus, Doublebe would surely stand out. The most boisterous of the Headwreckas, his energetic persona exudes into his music and his stage performance. His turnt up demeanor and catchy isms, keeps the audience tuned in to witness what his next moves will be. Doublebe is a free-spirited rapper with a genuine love for music and the stage. Being childhood friends with Doughbeezy, Doublebe would be brought on with his fellow brethren Kyle Welican to become a part of the Headwreckas. After transitioning from Houston to Georgia, then finding his was back to Houston, Doublebe began to take a more serious approach with his music upon realizing people were taking notice and he dropped a promo disc.
After accumulating a buzz off doing features, performances and his promo disc, Doublebe debuted his official mixtape 2fangashyt, this past June. Doublebe recruits hot spitters such as Propain, Delo, Doughbeezy and signers Jack Freeman and Lee-Lonn, to give his project a versatile feel. “2fangashyt is an introduction of who I am 2fangashyt means Doublebe and once I had that and owned that name, it became 2fangashyt. My whole direction was just to let people know who I was and how I was rocking,” states Doublebe. His unorthodox temperament flows through 2fangashyt and he shows his versatility on each track and explains why he’s able to be that way. “Me moving around a lot helped mold me to be able to adapt to anything and I think that is illustrated through a lot of my music. Whatever people throwing at me I can do that,” said Doublebe.
Doublebe, is making his presence known and felt in Houston. Love it or hate it, the rowdy boy Headwrecka is here to stay and in his words, Treez on that. “I’m here to play ball. I’m not playing any games. I’m here to make the best work, make the best projects and make the best collaborations. I’m not trying to compete, but I definitely want to compete with the people that are doing this.”
Call him Penzel Washington, Kill Smith or Mic Tyson, but when you call him KDOGG please remember to get it right. A silent assassin and a
Rookie with a veteran flow, KDOGG is raw talent and a rare breed.
Feasting on any and every artist that lands at his feet, KDOGG makes it simple, to sleep on him, is mistake No.1 and to go at him, would be mistake No. 2. He’s assertive yet unmoved. He is the type of rapper to metaphorically eat you up and spit you out in a cypher, with no visible emotion, just straight-faced and bold.
Representing the Northside of Houston, KDOGG, like many of his Headwrecka brothers, started rhyming in high school with the intentions of his talents to be known before he would graduate. “I had a goal of letting everybody at school know I could rap before I graduated and I accomplished that goal. I put out a couple projects and we just mashed from there.”
KDOGG released his first mixtape Killin Spree 1 and then G Status 1 with his Bar None Fade All (B.N.F.A) affiliates. He later released few more, including his introduction to the underground scene, Killin Spree 3 in 2012.
“We were always good at doing music, so even if we wanted to keep it as a hobby, we were good, so we just put out music just to do it.
That’s why my first project to the underground, Killin Spree 3, was 30 tracks because I’ve been doing this,” states KDOGG.
KDOGG eventually found his place at Kickback Sundays, after the mention from Headwrecka member Kab. “Boss Mac, Kab Tha Don told me about, he called me telling me he won this and that, so I went out there and it’s been live ever since.” KDOGG became another Kicback favorite, killing each cypher and competition he went in on. “People were feeling me, I would get up there and doing my thing and people were feeling me, so I just kept going back, just to do something different every week, then they started hosted a cypher as a competition and I’m a real competitive rapper when it comes to that so I hopped on it and look for my competition that’s when I found Dough.” After battling back and forth Dough approached KDOGG about placing the HW stamp on his projects and he became an official Headwrecka.
KDOGG has performed at various events including this past Houston Music Summit. He’s sold out Warehouse Live, opened up for Houston legend, ESG and performed at SXSW through winnings of various competitions through Kick Back Sunday. He’s featured in SF2’s Raw Talent cypher, among nine other underground Houston artists, including Young G, Lyric and Luke Duke.
He recently dropped his EP, Alias, on July 12th, to hold over his supporters until 3.5 is complete. “Alias is just something to hold people over, while 3.5 is being worked on. 3.5 is taking some time. It will be all original music to let people know that I can make music out
KDOGG has proven that he can deliver on any beat, bars for days with lyrical substance, now the grind to prove he’s not just a rapper, but can make music. “I’ve let people know I can rap, that’s why I have a lot of industry beats and just ran through them, letting them know I can spit, but with my new project I’m putting songs together, letting them know I can put a hook, with three verses together and make it jam. I’m just trying to show my progression.”
LIL Justin is an up and coming videographer, who is noted for some of the Headwrecka’s music visuals including KDOGG’s Mic Tyson 2 and Doublebe’s Picture Me Rollin. Only a year in the game, LIL Justin has capitalized on his experiences from recording Doughbeezy’s tour and show performances and has developed his own production company, Timeless Production. “I called it Timeless Production because every video that I do, I want to be able to look back 10 years and say that’s still a dope video. I want my videos and even when I get into making movies, to be better than my last one,” tells LIL Justin.
LIL Justin was convinced that directing was what he wanted to do after being on set of Doughbeezy’s “Light It Up” video. “Just being behind the scenes and helping out, I was like this is something I could do, something I felt I was interested in, so I went out and bought me a camera and equipment and I started recording.”
LIL Justin is on a continuous journey to create polished work and aiming towards a conversion from directing videos to making classic movies, through his lens. “In the end I want to direct movies, I don’t want to just end with music videos. Music videos are fun, but I’m more of a storyteller. Doing music videos are a stepping stone for me to do movies, but I think anything dealing with videography or film I will be interested in. I will always be open to do anything, as long as it’s a great piece of work.”
The long-haired, head wrecking hippy, shooting prolific verbiage and at times, White D has more of a sporadic disposition. White D’s lyrics casts a reflection of his inner thoughts conforming them into a relatable feel, giving you full access to his inner thoughts. “I believe in the movement. I put everything out there and I pour out my heart. I don’t hold anything back, you’re going to know exactly how I feel,” says White D.
Originally from Virginia, then transitioning to Houston from Texas
City, White D, used his own personal experiences to showcase through his music. “At the age of 12 or 13 I just started writing, I’ve always been a fan of music. I always had my hand in it, but didn’t really take it serious. I guess it was more of an escape really.
White D hooked up with the Headwreckas when he got to Clear Brook High School, “Boys was really battling back then and I was not losing battles. I was holding my own and I think they respected that the most and brought me on,” says White D.
Consistently growing as an artist, White D’s bottomless appetite for his craft is visible and his undeniable hustle to spark a plug, ignites the
minds of his audience and inspire their souls with his music. He is currently working on his new project, Southern Renaissance. “I want to capture all the different emotions and energy of each song. I definitely want to touch whoever is listening. I feel like if you’re not doing that then, what are you doing it for. This music is real powerful and I’m trying to use it the right way. I want to create a change from music to just the way we live. I’m not only trying to grow as an artist but a person as well.”
His infectious sixteen bars allotted him the alias of Mr. 16 aka “One Sixer.” 16 has established a solid following through his mixtapes even collaborating with Doughbeezy on “Getting to the Money” off his first mixtape, Determination. “When we put that song out, we had the whole southeast jamming to that,” recalls 16. Sixteen is a young Headwrecka with a mature intellect that transpires through his lyrics. He is a rapper who’s hungry for success and steadily maintaining a prime position. “I be on some real stuff that you’ve probably been through or I can switch it up and get on some fly type of stuff. I’m just trying to be an all-around artist and not just one dimensional.”
At 22, Mr. 16’s passion only continues to inflame. He had a focus early on and knew what his purpose would be and it’s through his unwavering faith, he’s made it this far. “I was really trying to chase a dream. It’s all about faith, I think praying about a lot of stuff, really helps and that’s what I did. I always say it’s a difference between what you want and what you need.
If you want something you might procrastinate and get it whenever, but if you really need something you’re not going to stop until you get it.”
With influences of Tupac, Pimp C and Drake, the texture of his material is a relatable mixture of these greats just with his own 16 stamp waded across the beat. “I’m kind of laid back on the track but the delivery is different on each track. I listen to the beat and vibe to it and I try to be different by doing things people usually don’t do. I go off of different vibes, Dough was really the one who taught me about the delivery. Its all about how you say stuff and how people hear it,” tells 16
His new single “Let Me Get” features Headwrecka Dougbeezy and his fourth mixtape, Abraham Lincoln, is expected to drop with the next couple of months, with features from Dante Higgins and the Headwreckas. “He was the 16th President so I kind of just went with the whole sixteen theme. It’s all original beats and I think my delivery is where I want it right now. It’s really how I want it to sound. I’m confident in
it,” says 16. Not a fair-weather rapper to be Headwrecka, it’s a given that 16, has the heart and determination to succeed. The top of the totem pole is the goal and failing is not an option. “I want to make this into a career. I don’t want to have a regular job. I want to be able to do what I love to do, which is make music and help my family out and just love life doing music. That’s the goal to live the dream. That’s what I’m trying to do.”
Surely ahead of his time, WhyJae is an artist like no other. His lyrical word play can’t be duplicated or reiterated. His play boyish flow coiled with thought provoking missives over 90’s influenced beats, gives off that original hip hop vibe. To be one of the youngest Headwreckas, his
lyrical maturity is ripe. Premature exposure of Nasir Jones, Snoop Dogg and Naughty by Nature, coincides with the acquainted feel that WhyJae has been here before. “I talk about what’s going on around me and what’s going on with the world. It’s heartfelt. I try to keep it real as possible, but at
the same time something people can vibe to.
WhyJae would become down with the Headwreckas through Doughbeezy. “I met up with Dough and we became cool and I started going to his studio and over the time, he was really feeling me. I guess at a young age, he wanted to make sure I was on the right path. As years past and time went by, we got closer and he introduce me to the team and things happen from there. It was a great connection,” recollects WhyJae.
Working on projects with Headwrecka Nino Gotti, they dropped, From Nowhere to Nevermind and The Rehab Project. With an increasing fan base, WhyJae is working on his debut solo project, Timeless. WhyJae explains, “This project I think people will be able to see the change in me. It’s a solo project and it’s a lot of songs with substance, that’s focused on certain things and my experiences. I’m just growing and changing.
Look for WhyJae to give you a hardcore message intertwined with diverse vibes, each rotation. “I want to give that feeling like Wiz gave me,
when he dropped Kush and Orange Juice. It made me love music 10 times more and I want to be able to give that same feeling. Stuff for people to party to, drink to, smoke to, ride to, and relate to 100 percent,” states WhyJae.
The Headwreckas are in full force, with a one-track mind set to succeed by all means and build and established this brand, not only as a unit but on an individual stand point. “We want strong individual brands, we want everyone to be known as individual and also be known as being part of this collective. We are not a label, at this present moment, that’s not how we’re operating. Our main thing is expansion and evolution from where we have been and where we are headed. I want us to build a structure where we all eat,” says Al.