” Chiraq Wreck : Fully G “
Back in 2008 I was in Chicago visiting family and friends, hitting wild record spots (Shout out to DUSTY GROOVE, OUT OF THE PAST, RECKLESS RECORDS, etc), peeping out ANTIBALAS at Millennium park, posting up at Soldier Field for some Bears action, and all types of other Windy City activities…
While building heavy with my dude MATTROCKS he told me about a MC from CHICAGO that I might not be up on (Since I’m a California kid many of my outta state dudes enjoy playing regional Hip Hop “NAME THAT TUNE” games with me)….Anyway, he proceeds to play a joint by a cat named FULLY G that instantly caught my attention…
FG basically destroys the track with vivid bars, excellent story telling skills, and well thought out CHIRAQ mack mode poetics…With production by ANDY C this joint had sure shot written all over it.
“There She Goes Again” is somewhat of a urban legend…Initially released independently in 1995 with an extremely limited run of 50 copies, the song caught regional burn through mixshows, and local DJ’s (BLACK PEGASUS repressed it in 2011)…
I recently caught up with FG for a quick Q&A session…We discuss his Hip Hop history, Chiraq, the current Hip Hop scene, upcoming projects, and all types of other shit, – so walk with us as we drop straight talk on the BATTLEFIELD..
1…The first time I heard your music a friend of mine from Chicago, put me up on the ” There She Goes Again” joint, but you have a long history in Hip Hop from what I understand….What are some of your earliest memories with Hip Hop in Chicago, and what prompted you to participate in it ?
FG – My first intro into hip hop was 1984 when my brother Van the Buttaman got a pair of turntables. He started collecting records which mostly consisted of House and beat traxs which were big at the time in Chicago,then one day he brought a Run Dmc record Rock Box and it changed everything for me ,I knew then that’s what I wanted to do .
2..What is it about Chicago that makes it possible for Hip Hop and House to co-exist in a way that is different than most other cities?
FG – Chicago is a very diverse city it’s not only House and Hip Hop, But steppers music ,Blues, Juke music, we have a melting pot of music as well as people who have a love and respect for different genres of music.
3…I travel to Chicago from time to time, and for a city so well known for its Graffitti history, it seems as if Graffiti has become less and less prevelant throughout the years, what was it like in the 80′ – 90’s?
FG – I’m sure there were some artists doing there thing, but a lot of cats was banging or hustling .
4…Last year you dropped the very fresh FULLNETO project…I think you guys have a natural chemistry that displays heavy creativity, original concepts, etc….Do you two plan on releasing more material in the future?
FG – Right now I’m working on solo album but me and Mookneto is always working together on projects, so when this is finished we gone put another one out we did, with a couple remixes, plus we are apart of the L.O.E.G – a super group which consist of guys all around the world so look out for that .
5…What is the main difference between the Chicago Hip Hop scene in the 90s compared to now?
FG – Unity, love and originality…Technology changed the game..
*Above photo of DEM DARE repper in the 90’s, not FG…
6…When it comes to Polo culture the Lo- Life’s are often talked about, but the Dem Dare Crew were active as well around the same time period from what I have been told….Can you shed some light on this era?
FG – They had a strong movement in the city back then and there party’s was the shit..Twilight Tone was the man on the 1200s.
7..Is there any other Andy C produced tracks that you have in the stash?
FG – Yes I have 2 more joints by Andy C, 1 that features Gravity as well as BOONEY FLAWLESS called (Money on My Mind) that I’m currently searching for, and 1 with BOONEY FLAWLESS called “What Can You Do With That” that I have.
8..If there were three things you could change about the current state of Hip Hop, what would you change?
FG – Lack of originality / violence in lyrics/ the lack of real Mcs…
9..Shout outs, upcoming projects, Twitter, etc……
FG – shout out my family and friends and everyone who ever hated on me…
New project out this summer
As well as features on 2 mix tapes
Soundcloud/djfullyg – I highly recommend checking this out – FG is also a DJ & producer…Unreleased joints, freestyles, instrumentals, etc..DONT SLEEP.