Written By: Kevin Kesse of Houston TREND
The most recent question thatâ€™s been looming in America since the year 2015 began, has not been anything the United States President Barack Obama had to say in his State of the Union Speech. The question has been â€œWho are the Sauce Twinz?â€ and â€œWhat the hell is Sauce?â€
Now for the ordinary, explaining Sauce is difficult. Why? Because of the cultural impact it is currently having on society. The perception of Sauce, to the outside looking in, may seem to be just a phase or trend, but the feelings of the believers in The Sauce Factory, are contrary. To them, Sauce is deeper than a trend; itâ€™s a culture, and their music is deeper than rap; itâ€™s reality.
In fact, itâ€™s more than a reality, itâ€™s a belief. The members of The Sauce Factory religiously have faith in the Sauce, thus they all tatted â€œTSFâ€ on their faces and titled their latest project. In Sauce We Trust. ISWT includes a plethora of hits; featuring a few heavy hitters of the city: â€œ2 Legitied to Quitedâ€, â€œMoney Feverâ€ ft. Slim Thug; â€œDripâ€ ft. MC Beezy, and â€œFlava in Ya Earâ€ ft. Kirko Bangz. TSF has worked with nearly every credible Houston artist, the hottest hometown rappers, and some of the biggest rappers in the industry right now. They have a huge following ranging from grown-ups, to teenagers and kids. Even Clutch, the Rocketsâ€™ mascot, is riding the Sauce wave.
â€œThe whole city is behind the Sauce wave from the tall to the small,â€ said Sauce Walka.
Through all of the attention and popularity garnered, Sauce Walka is still not flattered by its success. Rather than being surprised, he expressed more conspicuous feelings.
â€œItâ€™s about time the city of Houston gets the credit that they deserve,â€ said Walka. â€œItâ€™s about time the city of Houston gets represented for what it really is.â€
In a recent interview with the Houston Press, Walka states, â€œWe [The Sauce Twinz] don’t rap, we preach.â€ Hence, I bring you the New Testament of the Sauce Religion.
The New Testament: Chapter 1 The Sauce Christians- The Sauce Twins and the other prophets of the Sauce Religion.
The pimping, drank sipping, money getting conversationalists better known as TSF, are fore fronted by two individuals, The Twinz. Sauce Walka, the dark-skinned twin and Sancho Saucy, the light-skinned twin, are the two catalysts chosen to preach and teach The Sauce Religion. They were born â€œcrack babiesâ€ as they would call themselves and just like anybody who grew up in troubled areas, they faced much adversity during their problematic adolescence. Yeah one is light skinned and the other one dark skinned. They arenâ€™t identical or fraternal, but theyâ€™re twins.
They donâ€™t have the same mother, but theyâ€™re brothers.
They act totally different, but they have so much in common.
Can you fathom that?
Sighâ€¦â€¦ If you donâ€™t understand, please excuse me for putting you in this saucy situation.
The Sauce Twinz are the chosen ones to preach and teach the Sauce Religion, but they arenâ€™t the only ones. They receive much help from their solid camp, TSF. The Twinz spread the gospel of flavor over the Southeast side, which is considered to be the heart of Houston. And on the Southwest side, you have Doughboy Sosamann. Because of the areas of town theyâ€™re from, Sosamann and Sauce Walka werenâ€™t always allies. Walka calls the Southeast side his home, but real followers of his music know that he once resided in Missouri City and made music with a group called Mash Mode under the name A. Walk. And although Sosamann reps Breaswood where the big Bâ€™s are from, he also ran in Alief, the Southwest, with a group called G-Mob. Mash mode and G-Mob were arch rivals, but for the sake of blessing the world with the flavor, they ended their disputes.
â€œWe used to clash with each other. That was the only thing stopping me from working with him in the music,â€ said Sosamann. â€œI put my pride to the side and everything started bubbling for both of us. Once I linked with him [Walka], we grew together and things started happening beyond the music. You can put the music to the side, real life things started happening.â€
Since uniting, Sosamannâ€™s â€œDid a Whole Lotâ€ song, which sums up their lifestyle outside of music, has reached number one on both of Houstonâ€™s hip hop radio stations 97.9 The Box and 93.7 The Beat. The music video shot by Houston director, Michael Artis, appeared on MTV Jamz numerous of times. And with the help of Moe Gang group member, Lil 5th Ward J.P., Walka was able to spread the sauce flavor to the Northside, helping cultivate the Sauce Religion even more. Prior to joining TSF, Lil J.P. was on the up rise, in his own right, when his song â€œLil J.P From Dat 5th Wardâ€ went viral.
â€œWalk [Sauce Walka] had reached out to me one day and called me to the lab. I was really playing around. It took me about two weeks to come. And once I got there, it was love at first sight; like some bitches.â€
The sauce influence on Lil J.P., led him to recruit fellow Moe Gang member, Rizzoo. He and Rizzoo both admitted to believing in â€œSauceâ€ before they arrived at TSF, they just did it inadvertently.
â€œWe were saying sauce in our group, but didnâ€™t know they [Sauce Walka and Sancho] were living it; why not live it! Now weâ€™re living it. It was in us, they just brought it out of us,â€ tells Rizzoo.
Not only did Walka and Sancho bring the style of sauce out of Lil J.P and Rizzo, but everybody. And they couldnâ€™t do it without the person who keeps the factory producing sauce, manager Sauce Diddy.
Previously, Sauce Diddy was known around Houston as a rapper named Kisobama. When he heard Sauceamania mixtape about nine months ago, he knew this thing could take off. He stopped everything he was doing, reached out to Sauce Walka and TSF has been dripping ever since. His role in the Sauce movement is crucial and since becoming TSFâ€™s manager, he eats, drinks, sleeps and breathes sauce.
â€œI drip daily. I wake up in the morning, itâ€™s sauce. Before I go to sleep, itâ€™s sauce. If Iâ€™m sleep, I might wake up because Iâ€™m getting a call from Sauce Walka, so itâ€™s sauce all day. Thatâ€™s all Iâ€™m doing is dripping sauce for the land man to make sure these people understand. The constant promotion, the constant show and feature bookings, the constant scheduled interviews and the selling of merchandise, is the flavor of the sauce dripping. Iâ€™ve believed in it since day one, thatâ€™s why I put my all into it.â€
The New Testament: Chapter 2 the definition of Sauce.
Sauce is defined as better form of life style. The entire Sauce Family would define it as â€œfreedom.â€ Could the explanation of Houstonâ€™s biggest movement since the grey tapes really be that simple? Sancho Saucy thinks so. The self-proclaimed â€œSauce Master,â€ who is the relatively quiet Twin, defines Sauce in the most simplistic manner.
â€œ[Sauce] is the better things in life.â€
Sauce Walka, echoed that notion. â€œThe sauce is everything in life that looks good, tastes good, and feels good. All sauce does is make everything better.â€
According to Sauce Diddy, the movement started nine months ago after the release of the Sauceamania, mixtape. But if you ask Sauce Walka, just like a religion, Sauce has been around. To him itâ€™s ancient. He says Houstonians and others, whoâ€™ve resided in the Southern regions of the map, always had Sauce, but couldnâ€™t identify it.
â€œ[It was] the beginning of time. Thatâ€™s when the whole world started. Everything before then didnâ€™t matter. We are living the way people have been living, but havenâ€™t been able to find a way to put a title on it. We noticed what the industry has been taking from us and claiming it like itâ€™s theirs. I feel like we touched apart of peopleâ€™s hearts in Houston, on a hometown side. Houston has been waiting for the right people to come in, stand up and speak on that belief system,â€ says Walka.
What the Sauce Christians are preaching is simple. The South can now finally put a stamp on the lifestyle that the world just caught on to, but has been in the southern culture for years. Houstonians have been sipping and spilling, pimping and dripping forever. The sipping drank out of double cups and sprites, Sauce. Being able to drive nice cars with nice rims blasting screw music, Sauce. And staying laced in designer fashion and big fine jewelry; you can also â€œSauce Dat.â€
Just being elegant and living in Houston gives you Sauce. Why? Because thatâ€™s where real playas get choose. But the Sauce doesnâ€™t just stop in Houston; itâ€™s the whole Southern region according to Walka. For example, from 2005-2009, Dallas had a huge movement and it too hit Houston. For a while you saw high top juice cuts in guyâ€™s hair. The hottest dance was the Dallas boogie, and all of the clubs played Fat Pimp, a hot Dallas artist. When the Dallas wave hit Houston, initially, it seemed to be a culture change, but Walka explains that, â€œit too was Sauce; Houstonians were just ignorant to it.â€ Sauce Walka too had to get educated on a culture that was bigger than Houston.
â€œWe were like why is this taking over? Why are all the clubs playing this? Why is everybody doing this? Over a period of time we started to understand and realize that this is us. Itâ€™s the whole Southern region, especially Texas and Louisiana, which were explained to me as the gumbo states. The whole dancing, the jigging, the moving, beats, the flavor; its sauce.â€
So when Sauce Walka says Sauce started in the beginning of time, again he is making perfect sense. The evidence is written in the music. Letâ€™s take it back.
The Old Testaments- Genesis: The creating of a culture. The Transition from The Grey tapes to The Sauce.
In the â€˜90s and early â€˜2000s, Houston had a vast movement within the city ignited by the late Robert Earl Davis, Jr. better known as D.J Screw. D.J. Screw created a unique style of producing music. He would take a beat and let local artists record on it. He would then slow the record down and double a few of the lines (chop). The finished production of the song was called slowed and doubled. The term slowed and doubled, eventually became known as chopped and screwed, becoming a culture in itself and creating a pivotal change within the dimensions of rap music. Thatâ€™s when the Old Testaments of the Sauce Religion were written.
D.J. Screw would sell the tapes from his own home and these tapes would garner a huge following. They started to grow popular in their neighborhoods because of the screw tapes and created the first sauce wave. People werenâ€™t really listening to the radio; they were jamming screw tapes.
Exodus: The great Sauce Wave. Drowned Screwston and turned it into Splash Town.
D.J. Screw was Noah, his studio was the Arch and the music he played was the flood. That is when Houston was flooded with Splash. Thus creating Splash Town. D.J. Screw created a team called S.U.C, Soldiers United for Cash. Everybody who recorded in D.J. Screwâ€™s studio weren’t rappers. All of them didn’t make music, but the ones who did, brought in a new title to the crew. Keeping the same acronyms S.U.C, they called themselves Screwed Up Click.
Thatâ€™s when S.U.C and its entirety were riding the Sauce wave, while the city of Houston was getting flooded with splash. It wouldnâ€™t be too much longer until the radio station got on board. Back when Houston only had one major radio station, 97.9 The Box. Once they got a taste of the flavor of splash, they drowned in it. Old heads such as the late Fat Pat, Big Hawk, Big Moe, and Pimp C all became stars because of the Sauce. Houstonâ€™s house hold legends like Lil KeKe, Lil Flip, Big Pokey, Youngsta and Scarface all became hood super stars because of it. What the Sauce Twins are doing is what all of the falling legends wanted. Itâ€™s what they dreamed of.
â€œThatâ€™s why our music is getting absorbed so fast because we are saying what people have been wanting to say,â€ says Walka. â€œWe are living the way people have been living for years. The colorful clothes and colorful cars, have been going on in the Texas heritage and history for years. Iâ€™ve been seen Versace. Fat Pat and Lil KeKe have been wearing Versace shirts with all the colors and the dragons. This has been going on in Texas for years; itâ€™s just people forgot about it.â€
Everybody always talks about Martin Luther King Jr.â€™s dream. Well our falling soldiers had dreams too; ghetto dreams and Fat Pat put that on full display. On March 11, 1998 Fat Pat released his debut album titled Ghetto Dreams. On the album, he talks about everything The Sauce Factory is preaching on their latest project, In Sauce We Trust. To sum it all up, our falling soldiers rapped about the finer things in life, the diamond rings, money h–s and clothes and all those fancy things.
Leviticus: The Birth of the Barre Babies.
Supposedly, the most popular version of purple promethazine and codeine, Activist, has been banned from pharmacies nationwide. Why? Because the world has caught on to the Sauce and they went crazy. If you look at all the rappers from the Chicago and New York areas, there is a visible bottle of the illegal substance in almost every video. You can say they ruined the â€œdrankâ€ game; them and professional athletes. America had to put stop to it, but Houstonians have been doing the same thing discreetly.
Back in all of the old school Houston videos, what do you think theyâ€™re drinking when you saw them drinking a beverage out of two styrofoamed cups? Yes, you guessed it! They werenâ€™t drinking soda. So the question is, where do they get it from? Again, the answer is in the music. On the late Big Moeâ€™s 2000 â€œCity of Syrupâ€ album, the very first song is a skit tiled, â€œMama M.O.E.â€. Big Moeâ€™s mother gave birth to Kenneth Doniell Moore, aka Big Moe, born on August 20, 1974. At the end of the birth, the doctor revealed that her blood was contaminated with an â€œexcessive amount of liquid form of heroin codeine.â€ Consequently, the doctor blatantly told her that her son would be a â€œbarre babyâ€?
His mother asked, what is a â€œbarre babyâ€?
Who would have known that simple question, would spark one of the most relevant chapters of the Old Testaments of the Sauce religion? Thatâ€™s where, â€œsippin drankâ€ originated. Grown-ups, teens and even kids began drinking lean as if it was water. Everybody who grew up in the â€˜90s, were calling themselves â€œbarre babies.â€ Neither Sauce Walka nor Sancho hide the fact that they started drinking lean at an early age. In an interview Sauce Walka did with Say Cheese T.V he stated, â€œIâ€™ve been sippin drank since elementary school. I was in middle school pouring up drank in my class and in my pack pack, I had sprite with syrup poured in it.â€
Revelations: The Sauce Religion on a larger scale.
Houston has always had its imprint on the hip-hop industry, but now that the world knows who the Sauce Twins are. Houston has a face tattoo on the hip-hop game and itâ€™s stamped â€œTSFâ€. Uncertainty looms about when the Sauce wave actually occurred, but ever since Houstonâ€™s rapper Slim Thug endorsed them, by letting them drip on his remix to Yo Gottiâ€™s â€œErrbodyâ€, the world has gravitated towards the Sauce Religion.
â€œWhat were are doing for music is bigger than what we are doing for Houston and Texas. Weâ€™re doing something for the whole game itself,â€ says Walka. â€œWhat we are doing is bringing life back to music period.â€
The Sauce Religion, not the Sauce Twins, explains why everybody in Chicago is broadcasting that they sip Promethazine and Codeine in all of their music videos now. It is why Asap Rocky wears gold teeth and incorporates chopped and screwed style music in his craft. It is why in 2001, one the G.O.A.Ts of hip-hop, Jay-Zâ€™s biggest hit was â€œBig Pimpinâ€ that featured UGK. And we all know where Lil Wayne gets sipping beverages out of double Styrofoam cups from. One of his biggest artist, Drizzy Drake has followed the Sauce Religion. Itâ€™s no secret Drake, a known Houston ambassador with his own day in the city, would ride the wave. It just took a little help from V-Liveâ€™s celebrity disc jockey, D.J. Eric, to endorse them.
â€œShout out to D.J. Eric man. Eric had called him because he wanted to know about it [Sauce]. So Eric called him and told him about it,â€ recalls Sancho.
D.J. Eric called Drake and let him have a conversation with Sancho, in which he campaigned for the Sauce. The rest became history. If you scroll through Young Moneyâ€™s multi-platinum recording artist Instagram account, @Champagnepapi, he revealed that he too, believes in Sauce. He did the Sauce pose, where you make the prayer hands, bow your head and put one leg across the other. His caption read, â€œIn Sauce We Trustâ€¦2 Legited Remix coming soon for the whole splash town (Houston) @Sancho_saucy @Sauce_Walka102 @jprince713.â€
The entire Sauce Factory has worked with Slim Thug, Trae Tha Truth, Propain, Scarface, Kirko Bangz, Kevin Gates, Drake, and Lil Boosie. Most recently, The Twinz, received a paid feature to work with Think Its A Game Entertainment and record in PatchWerk Recording Studios, where Gucci Mane records.
â€œThey know we are worthy to be in that position. So now when artists come through the city they have to do music with us; if they got love for the city like they say they do,â€ tells Walka.
Out of all the big names theyâ€™ve worked with, Sauce Twinz feel their best collaboration, besides working with anybody in The Sauce Factory, has been Southern hip hop icon, Lil Boosie on their song â€œWhy Did I Do Thisâ€.
â€œWe blessed the big homie Boosie,â€ said Walka. â€œI feel like when we did that song with Boosie, we took some years off his calendar. We made him young again. I seen the fire in his eyes and the electricity going through his body when he got around the Sauce.â€
As far as TSF goes, they will continue to spill all over the world. Members are currently working on new projects right now. New ideas are flowing, and this new genre of life is still spreading. Lil 5th Ward J.P is expecting to release a mixtape soon. His fellow Moe Gang member is working on Mike Saucy Tyson. He also said heâ€™s going to be a fashion icon and going to make sure Houston gets credit for the things they introduced to the fashion world. Sosamann is working on Trap Out 2. And we canâ€™t forget about those Twinz. The Sauce Twinz have huge aspirations of keeping Houston flavored with Sauce.
â€œWeâ€™re going to open Astroworld back up. Big Sauce Factory stores will open up across the world. Itâ€™s going to be a whole different genre of music,â€ claims Walka. â€œHouston is going to be considered the hip hop capital of the South.â€