Kirko Bangz Talks New Mixtape, Drake & Weezy Comparisons, Reppin’ Houston in 2012
Kirko Bangz will always throw it up for Houston. From the huge inked image of the cityscape on his forearm to his buzzing single, “Drank In My Cup,” Bangz reps his city first before anything. His slow-downed melodies are double cup doses of the Screw sound infused with his own flavor.
The follow-up to Bangz’ underground hit “What Yo Name Iz” has helped him rise to hip-hop notoriety. While both buzzsworthy singles have made waves on the radio, Bangz is already hearing the rumors about his longevity. A one-hit wonder is a popular curse in hip-hop but instead of letting the rumors affect his work ethic, he uses the talk as motivation.
The Progression 2: A Young Texas Playa has set the bar for his growth as an artist. For this installment, Bangz went into the studio with a mission to prove himself. The results can be heard on tracks like “Knowmtalmbout” featuring Paul Wall. The H-Town rapper says he perfected his rap game over the years, adding more variety of records to the 11-track mixtape to widen his audience.
Just days before the release, the Warner Bros Records artist talked to VIBE about The Progression 2. The 21-year-old was strictly here for business, but we got him to discuss his thoughts on comparisons to Drake and Lil’Wayne, the difference between the first The Progression, down South legends co-signing him, and more. –Eric Diep
The first one, I was in college, two years ago. I was really freestyling on all different types of beats. I really was just working on my craft as far as rapping period. Not really just coming up with songs or hooks. This one, it’s a gumball of different things, for the girls, for the n*ggas for the streets, and we got storytelling on there as well, but it’s more put together.”
Watch Kirko’s “Drank In My Cup” Video Below: