Do you know the job description of a real rapper? It isn’t flossing or stunning because they can afford irregular luxurious life styles. I mean, that’s cool and understandable because of the background because most rappers emerged from a background go property. But in reality, the sole purpose of rap music is to tell your story or to describe your environment’s lifestyle in a lyrical form.
Real rappers serve as the voice of the hood. They not only tell their stories, but they tell they stories of those who couldn’t make it out. Either they were victims of the judicial system or victims of the streets and aren’t alive to see better days.
Boss Money Gang, (BMG), epitomizes the job or a real rappers and the groups featured artist Lil Sho, was selected to tell their hood tales, and he’s telling it with the release of his mixtape Diary of a Hustler.
“This is real trap music,” said Lil Sho. “None of that fugazy stuff. No rap lies. What I’m a give the people is real stories. I’m a be telling you what a hustler goes through. The ins and outs and ups and downs. When people tell you about hustling and street s**t, they see all the good stuff. The money, jewelry and cars, but they don’t see the bad stuff that comes with it. That’s what I’m doing.”
Growing up in Galveston Texas, a small island like city just outside of Houston, the 24-year-old Lil Sho has just about seen just about everything. From shoot outs, to robberies, drug trafficking and any other criminal activity.
“Right outside of Menard Park, It went down, straight drug sales,” said Lil Sho. “We used to get it in the streets. I know people that’s fucked up and their situation is never going to change and I know O.Gs (original gangsters) who’s still in the street and would love for me to tell their stories. I know people who in jail and ain’t never coming out. Thanks to my big brother,J.J, I always had music around me and it became my calling.”
When Lil Sho was in the fourth grade, he participated in a talent show and the reactions he received from the audience, is what probably saved from being no different from the people he’s rapping about.
“After I did that talent show in fourth grade, I rocked that b***h and everybody was fucking with it. I mean everybody. I loved how that s**t felt,” he said.
Although he still ran in the streets for monetary reasons, that joyous feeling he received from the show never left his spirit.
Since the talent show, Lil Sho started freestyling and slowly build a buzz around his community for his music. Towards the end of high school, he and his friends, humbly build a rep for getting money, being fly young cats and finally their music began to gravitate towards the people, mostly women.
“The (b*****) started f*****g with us,” he laughed. “It started with the house parties. We used to throw crazy a** house parties and the b*****s started fucking with us and when everybody seen we had the b*****s they wanted to f**k with us. We was fly but we was out flashing money, we wasn’t stunting on people or nothing like that. We just did what we had to do to get where we’re at now.”
Conquering Galveston was easy. That was Lil Sho’s hometown and everybody there looked at him as the little brother, for he’s the youngest of his crew.
Their time in Tyler, Texas is what made them believe that they had to really take the music seriously. Lil Sho was still in a senior in highschool when the rest of the group traveled north of Texas to attend Tyler Junior College, some for to play football and other just tagged along. While they were physically in school, mentally their mind was on the bigger picture, the music. That was the birth of Boss Money Gang (BMG).
“When they got to T.J.C Tyler Junior College, they made BMG. I was still in highschool. They were already rapping, but they weren’t serious. Some of my n****s were playing ball so they were focused on that, but once that dream went out the window, we just turned to the music. After my freshmen year, I just stopped going to class and I dropped a bullshit mixtape. Once we dropped that, it was on.”
The following year in 2012, the group traveled back south of Texas and attended Texas Southern University. They followed their same method from TJC, enroll in school, but use it as a marketing tool. At TSU, they did the same thing, throw parties, get girls and promote music.
“We was out there thuggin,” said Sho. ” We went to class here and there, f****d with the b****s and what not, but the main focus was the music and we got booming. We kept throwing house parties, kept our name buzzing and we dropped another mixtape, our first group mixtape Thanks to the Streets.”
The group traveled back to Galveston to flood the streets. They became so successful, that they stayed out in Houston and began to break in the Hip-Hop scene there. Grinding it out for about three years in Houston, the group made a major move by collaborating with 5Th Ward J.P. in 2015 on a song called “What’s the Play.”
“J.P a real n***a,” said Sho. “When we came out there to do the song he showed us love. He was even pushing the song in the clubs like it was his.” True enough because the video as 14,500 views on YouTube.
The group BMG has been in the driver seat since then. They’ve dropped another group project titled Street Revival hosted by Go DJ Hi C and has been doing non stop work. They are currently connected with all of the right people in Houston and are being spotted every scene in BMG gear in every DJ’s ear making sure their presence is felt. This is just the beginning for BMG.