We continue our month-long #Hometeam coverage with Inglewood’s General BackPain. He is one of my absolute favorites to emerge since we’ve been doing Respect Due. He combines hilarious punchlines with a smooth delivery and flows that entertain track after track. It’s refreshing to hear a Cali accent over gritty east-coast production, although GBP has the skills to rock over any style. He is constantly grinding, following up a series of releases last year with the upcoming Street Sacraments, fully scored by Hometeam brother Onaje Jordan.
You’re going to be hearing him more as the year goes on, so it’s time to get familiar. We feel his profile is only going to get stronger, as the music hits more ears it’s only a matter of time before more people hop on the Pain Train.
RD: You’re a new name to a lot of listeners. What does GBP represent musically?
GBP: My focus primarily is always bars. I also think that I have a good year for beats and I’m very discerning in that respect. When you listen to a GBP verse you’re going to hear something hard, heavy bars but different and probably a little janky as well.
RD: What do you consider your strongest body of work thus far?
GBP: The project Chuck Chan and I released at the end of last quarter called LO is my strongest full body of work thus far. The concept was simple, Chuck Chan had a bank of lo-fi beats and we built a whole project around that soundscape. I have to also say that my first project Holy Hands is my baby and is the most special project to me thus far.
RD: Guru famously declared it’s ‘Mostly The Voice’, I feel that’s one of your strongest attributes. How long did it take to develop your style? And do you rap in a character voice, or is that natural?
GBP: I actually just fully fleshed out my style around six months ago in terms of getting it really polished. I would say it has taken about 15 years to get to the point that I’m at now with controlling my voice as it relates to the flow. Still bars first though. My flow is pretty much my speaking voice, I am projecting but not much. I do put a little growl in the ad-libs if I happen to say my name or something then that is a lower register but mostly everything else is really close to my speaking voice.
RD: We hear a certain chemistry between yourself and Chuck Chan. We asked Chuck about your relationship, wanted to get your take on the material you already have done and what the future holds.
GBP: Chuck is a friend first and foremost, the fact that he is one of my favorite producers ever, is almost secondary. I think that is what makes the chemistry so apparent. We talk on a very regular basis about stuff not related to music and are just naturally the same type of individual. We really meshed right from the get go. He is also one of the best spitters out right now and is really underrated. We have so much music, I really don’t know what’s going to happen with certain records as a whole, but what I do know is he and I have a finished project together with him spitting ridiculous bars that will be dropping later this year.
RD: #HomeTeam seems like an organically formed collective that has much potential. Talk to us about your friendship with Killy and relationship with the other members.
GBP: I have known Killy Shoot for a number of years, before all the fame and accolades he is receiving now and he is still the same person. We came up together on some little apps, rapping and stuff but he elevated himself and has just continue to soar in this rap game. I would say with us, it’s more like a best friend first, artistic relationship second. I have also known Prophecy Allen as long as Killy. It’s just organic with P, he got fire beats, simple as that he is a man of few words. He a stand up dude and a real friend. Deuce is just that dude, instant connection with us, like actual brothers. Two things are true about Deuce, if he calls you his friend, your probably not lame, and secondly he got your back, even if he knows your in the wrong he is a loyal dude. I spoke about Chan earlier, Onaje Jordan is the most recent member, I am still getting to know him more but we have a project that will be dropping in the second quarter 2019. The thing about Onaje joining the group is, there were no slots open or available, there was just no way we were going to pass on an opportunity to work with a producer of his caliber in-house. We’re really humbled that he wanted to be down with the team and we are lucky to have him, more in store for sure.
RD: How often do you write? Do you wait for the right beats, or can inspiration hit at any given time?
GBP: I don’t really have a set schedule, if I have a feature or a project, I address them as they come through. MC’s spitting that heat inspires me though, fasho. Battle rap is a huge influence on my style and approach, that gets me really going for sure. My work load varies I typically don’t schedule time to write or record it really all just happens organically. I do however, schedule time to not write or create anything. Just to reboot, live and enjoy life.
RD: What future projects can you talk about at this time?
GBP: I have a bunch of project in the works, most untitled at this time. I have the project with Onaje, one with Sam the Grouch, one with Mindframe, iKing will be dropping our second project this year called Grimy Luxury. Other stuff too that I can’t mention just yet.
RD: Give me 5 legends you would recruit to work on a big budget GBP album.
GBP: Game, Rae and Ghost, Nipsey Hussle, Roc Marciano and Ice Cube.