Stopping by HipHopDX’s Hollywood, California offices recently, Alley Boy confirmed his upcoming project with longtime Gucci Mane producer Zaytoven. Additionally, the Atlanta, Georgia native was asked to list the five greatest rappers from his home city.
“Goodie Mob, Outkast…I got to give it up, taking away personal issues,” began Alley Boy, who has had public beefs with several of his peers. “Goodie Mob, Outkast, [T.I.], [Young] Jeezy, Gucci [Mane], Future. Outside of anything, they’re good artists.”
Admitting that the list was a challenge, he continued, “There are a lot of good artists, there’s more than [those]. I can’t really say a Top Five because I like all them the same, they cool. All of them work hard, so I’ll say there’s a lot of artists that came out of Atlanta that work hard, but I always like the way Goodie Mob represented.”
Explaining other choices within the initual list, he said, “I love Gucci, that’s my dawg. Future, [he represents] the new.”
Conflicted between Atlanta rappers of the 1990s and the 2000s, Alley Boy explained, “I probably would have to pick five out the new school, five out the old. So if I had to say five out the old I would probably say Goodie Mob, Outkast, this group called Ghetto Mafia I grew up on, I used to love.” Between 1994 and 1998, the duo of Nino and Wicked in Ghetto Mafia released four albums independently, all reaching the Hip-Hop/R&B charts.
Alley pointed to another early ’90s Atlanta mainstay. “I used to love Kilo, Kilo G, he was dope. New school, people really working out the A right now, Tip, he’s stamped. Tip, Gucci, Jeezy, Future, 2 Chainz done worked his way up, doing his thing.” Notably, Alley Boy has dissed both T.I. and Young Jeezy in songs and in 2012 interviews.
Continuing the discussion, Alley pointed to Ludacris as well. “But like new, new school, I would say Me, Trouble, Young Scooter, a couple more cats. I take my hat off to all the artist in Atlanta. I see they work, they working for real. It ain’t a game to them, they working. Everybody is in the studio. I like Atlanta’s scene, but I feel what I represent right now I’m ’bout to close in on Atlanta, it’s small, so I got to go find my fans, I got to put it on ‘em more. They got to see, I got to get out there on some visionary shit, I don’t know.”
Additional Reporting by Justin Hunte