Lil Wyte Biography
Lil’ Wyte’s solo debut album Doubt Me Now sold over 126,000 units and is still consistently selling 1,200 units a week without the benefit of any video or radio airplay. Wyte feels his album has done so well because his music touches on familiar topics in a brand new light. “It’s like a dream come true,” the slim MC explains. “It was shocking who it happened with because Three 6 Mafia are a major influence, they grew up right around the corner from me. My music comes from the streets, from my life. I’m one of the rappers that understands the difference between entertainment and real life.”
Lil’ Wyte’s life is actually a lot calmer now compared to his past dramas. He’s focused on his family and his music. “Friends at school didn’t want to believe I could rap because I was shutting people down so hard (in the lunch room rhyme battles). It was only my dedication and devotion that kept me going. I dropped out of school twice and went back to get my diploma, not just my GED.” All of Lil’ Wyte's career goals and ambitions have come true. He released his solo debut album before he was 21 and he has even bigger plans for his sophomore effort Phinally Phamous. There’s a huge difference between the two projects according to Lil’ Wyte. “The first album I had a lot of stuff going... on this one I’ve been kickin’ it and relaxin’. Because I’m making music with Three 6 Mafia there’s no way any song on my album can be wack.”
DJ Paul, another member of Three 6 Mafia who shares production credit and is also featured on the album breaks it down a little more. “The real folks know who we are from even before 'Tear Da Club Up' and some of the people may just be up on it now.” Juicy J traces a brief history of crunk music and why Three 6 Mafia was instrumental in its current popularity. “When you’re in your own state you have your own sound. We first started calling it ‘buck music’ then that changed to ‘crunk’ music. In the mid eighties when the Memphis scene was crackin’ it all started with 'Trigga Man.' Then we just started doing our own thing.” DJ Paul adds, “Like with one of the songs on Lil’ Wyte’s album, 'Hoods Run Down' we include different bass tones -- especially for cars and car stereo competitions but on Lil’ Wyte’s album the song is also talking about how people run the hood down.”
Using the Three 6 Mafia multiplatinum production formula for trunk thumping bass songs with meaning and substance, Juicy J knows that Lil’ Wyte’s project will be as successful as some of the other artist they’ve worked with like Gangsta Boo and Project Pat. “The fans put Lil’ Wyte in his place and made him successful. On this album Lil’ Wyte has matured and his flow has gotten better.” The album also has songs with political commentary like “US Soldier Boy,” and the sure shot debut single, “I Sho Will.” There are even a few surprises like the appearance of Josey Scott from popular group and hometown homies, Saliva. Lil’ Wyte hopes to see this album sell deep into multiplatinum territory. In true dirty south lingo he sums up all his expectations for Phinally Phamous, "Get ready because it’s fixin’ to be crazy!"