Emerging from the Ohio hip hop scene in 2011 with their debut “Where Do We Go From Here?,” G. Huff and Vice Souletric quickly made a name for themselves. But don’t get confused this was no overnight success. With any success comes hard work. G. Huff had been emceeing for years while Vice had been building his music production resume. It wasn’t until both had worked with a long list of artists that they realized they had magic together. Vice admits that “Huff is the hungriest MC I have heard in a minute. It will only take you a couple bars to hear the passion from this cat. Press play and buckle up.” Now promoting their follow up album “Are We There Yet?” the MC/Producer duo talk music, social media, and what’s next.
M: G. Huff and Vice, what brought the two of you together?
G. Huff: I first met Vice when he was shopping beats to different artists. I had heard of Vice before so I thought I should reach out to him. Vice and I both come from Ohio, so we definitely relate to one another as far as the obstacles we face coming out of a place that isn’t really recognized in the world of hiphop. He sent me a few beats, and after that, we just had an idea to be a mc/producer duo.
M: How does your new album “Are We There Yet?” differ from your debut album “Where do We Go From Here?”
G.Huff: I think “Are We There Yet?” shows a lot of growth with the production and song writing. We never want to do the same thing twice, but we knew we had to make a smooth transition from one project to the next. The first project “Where Do We Go From Here?’ is an amazing project, but “Are We There Yet?” is just next level as far as chemistry. “Are We There Yet?” is an EP so we decided to leave the big name features alone and just keep it strictly G.Huff and Vice. Scarface and Pete Rock grace the intro on the project, and Reek Da Villian is on the remix to one of the songs, but the remix is not on the EP.
M: What inspired the track “Feelzogood (Jheri Curl ThemeMuisc)?
G.Huff: I wrote “Feelzogood” because I was coming out of a 6 year relationship and this was the first time I had been single in a long time. When you first go through a breakup, you go through the sad phase, but once you get over it, you’re ready to mingle again. The meaning behind “Jheri Curl Theme Music” is when I think of a jheri curl, I think of pimps, players and mack’s. That joint is definitely for anyone that is single and enjoying the single life.
Vice: We wanted to make something fun yet grown and sexy. The hook on that song is familiar, but the overall vibe of that song pays homage. Most artists these days try to stray away from feel good music. We are from the laid back midwest so that’s just our style.
M: You have already worked with some really great artists, who would you like to add to that list?
G.Huff: At this stage, I really want to work with Freddie Gibbs, L.E.P Bogus Boys, J.Cole, Choklate, LaToiya Williams and Vado. I’m a huge fan of David Dallas too, definitely want to work with that dude…homie is nice!
Vice: It’s on my bucket list to work with Jay-Z and Busta Rhymes. I also think my style of production would mesh well with Kanye and T.I. I try to keep the sound diverse!
M: What inspires/inspired each of you to follow the path of music?
G.Huff: I started rhyming when I was 8 years old and I’ve always been a fan of music since as far as I can remember. I can’t really say what made me want to be a professional; I realized that pretty early on. I knew I was going to make music…I love this game!
Vice: I have always been a “creator”. I have always preferred making my own instead of having it given to me. Once I attained the basic skills and started to receive great feedback I knew I had a chance to make it in ths industry.
M: What’s a typical day like in the studio?
G.Huff: I’m not a studio rat, I like to write at home. When I go to the studio, is strictly work! To be honest, I don’t even like people in the studio when I’m working. Too many artists turn studio sessions into parties and that’s never been my thing. If I’m with the homies, we might roll something up or drink a few drinks, but for the most part, it’s strictly business!
Vice: I try to make at least two beats a day. While me and Huff are in album mode it’s strictly mixing down and sequencing tracks. In fact, the studio maybe in the studio, or in the living room. The Macbook stays at the ready!
M: What influences your music?
G.Huff: I’ve had an interesting life, so my real life inspires my music. I only write when I’m inspired and with the life I live, there is always something going on for me to write about. Every now and then I hear a record from an artist that makes me feel like “Damn, I wish I wrote that” When that happens, I am definitely inspired! lol
Vice: My influence in making beats is based on my current mood and creativity. I just keep working until the joint sounds like something you’ve never heard before, yet still in that groove pocket, that emcees can feel and write something dope to.
M: Do you think the rise in social media has helped or hurt the hip hop industry?
G.Huff: I think at one point it helped, but right now, it’s definitely hurting it! Music is over saturated with people that shouldn’t be making music and it makes it 100 x harder for that people with talent to push their music. Everybody on the net is a rapper/singer/producer/ceo. It’s starting to get a little out of hand smh
Vice: It may be hurting the industry, but used correctly its a gold mine for artists who are located in areas other than L.A., NYC, or ATL. It provides a dope outlet to the world. Like any other resource you just have to know how to use it to your advantage.
M: When you are not making music what do you like to do?
G.Huff: When I’m not making music, I’m pretty much just a father. I’m a sports fanatic and a movie fanatic, so I watch as much sports and movies as I possibly can. My phone rings 24/7..literally! The company of a nice female is always needed, but I choose my female friends very carefully these days.
Vice: I’m into basketball heavy. I’m also a graphic and web designer, and I keep busy with that for a lot of dope artists.
M: What current artists are you fans of?
G.Huff: Most of the people that I’m a fan of these days, I named in the list of people that I want to work with. I’m a huge fan of Snoop, DJ Quik, Nottz, Pete Rock, Busta Rhymes and the rest of the dudes that made me want to do this. If you haven’t heard David Dallas, check him out! I’m a huge fan of that dude…
Vice: I like all those same cats.
M: What’s next on the horizon?
G.Huff: Right now, Vice and I are planning to hit Europe for a tour so we can expand our brand. We have some great ideas that are going to make our brand a billion dollar business! I really want to get into more behind the scenes stuff in the future but that will be much later.
Vice: I’m continuing to bang out the hottest possible beats possible. Me and Huff have new music in the works and shows. If you are a promoter, get as us pronto so we can come stick a fork in your event!
Check out “Are We There Yet?”
Feelzogood (Jheri Curl Theme Music)
Adios 2 ft Reek Da Villian, City Da God and HiJinks
Infatuated ft J Trip
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