During a warm Sunday night in Texas, the trip on Interstate-45 South to a recording studio in Houston’s Southside shows a switch-up in scenery. From the foreign cars to iced out jewelry on display, the lot is filled with the sounds of Fat Pat, DJ Screw and Southern drawls. Welcome to Splashtown, home to Houston’s new buzzy super group, The Sauce Factory.
After grabbing Space City’s attention with their hit “Flava in Ya Ear” featuring Sauce Walka, Rizzoo Rizzoo, and Rodji Diego, the single fused flavors of Texas’ north and south sides together since the days of Screwed Up Click. The infectious single then became the launching pad for success for the Sauce squad, which streamlined collaborations with the likes of K Camp, Migos, and Shy Glizzy.
The team starts with the Sauce generals, Sauce Walka and Sancho Saucy, who comprise the Sauce Twinz. Next up is Sosamann, the Ying to the Twinz’ Yang, so to speak. Their most intense member, Rizzoo Rizzoo, is the go-to guy for hook duty. Rodji Diego delivers trap-friendly bars like on his song, “Bless,” where he raps: “Lord bless all the holy trappers/Rodji Rodji, I’m your favorite rapper/ Then they checked a n***a resume and I became a n***a’s favorite trapper.” Lastly, 5th Ward JP (a.k.a. “Sauce Bieber”) serenades the ladies while still maintaining a hard demeanor.
Despite their relationship with Drake, who promised the crew a feature on their hit, “2 Legitted 2 Quitted” but failed to collaborate and book them for Houston Appreciation Weekend, went sour, the Twinz keep “Saucetonians” entertained with their loud and boastful approach to music. The slow-tempo, Southern jams about slabs and drank are now more upbeat trap tunes that flaunt the opulent way of living, reminiscent of Migos.
The Sauce Factory sticks to their own script, though, by incorporating their Texan roots. Their debut mixtape, In Sauce We Trust, served as the genesis of the Sauce religion and upped their social media Standom. Here, VIBE heads to Splashtown to chat with Houston’s Next Big Things.—Gregory Harris
VIBE: The transcending Sauce movement has changed the perception of Houston. Did you imagine your following would become as big as it is now?
Sauce Walka: Absolutely, it was our desire. It was meant to be a spiritual and mental awakening for people to have a different observation of living in Houston, especially how people are living out of the ghetto. It shows that young black men from the hood can still have personalities and still enjoy life. It’s not about promoting violence—it’s a whole lifestyle of happiness and freedom. This is the core design of the sauce, so it was only right for us to think of it to become this big.
The city of Houston has yet to see something as big as this since the surge of Paul Wall, Slim Thug, and Mike Jones. How important is it to carry the legacy of H-Town in a different way then before?
Sauce Walka: That’s one of the main things we take into consideration. We were Houstonians before being artists, stars representing our city. It was personal when Houston went on its rise and when the city was on its downfall. For us, it was important to have a movement that could pick the city back up as a collective rather than one artist. Houston has always been known for having powerhouses, just like a dynasty in sports. Everything that ever came out of Houston had meaning to it. That’s why it lasted so long. We’re just trying to do the same with the Sauce Movement.
Sosamann: I feel the same way. We are the new faces of Houston. Just like The Screwed Up Click and Swisha House, we’re the ones representing Houston now. We renamed the whole city to “Splashtown.” Everybody love what we doing and it’s great to see that. Normally, people from Houston don’t rock with you until you make it somewhere else, but we’re so popular in the city that people are telling us to reach out to the rest of the country to spread the movement.