Lornhornbrit and myself recently had a chance to talk with the people’s champ Doughbeezy and a few of his fellow Headwreckas, Kab Tha Don and Doublebe. Still riding the wave of back to back mixtape success with ReggieBush & Koolaid and Blue Magic, Doughbeezy is acclaimed as “The next to blow” from Houston. It’s no wonder Doughbeezy is the people’s champ. Then there’s Kab Tha Don; a demanding force on the mic, just give him the stage and step out of the way. His first mixtape, Bully on The Beat, without a doubt explains his approach. Doublebe just wants to have fun, or go “HAM.” A performer a heart, Doublebe effortlessly transitions from the booth to the stage. Three different approaches to music with the same goal in mind: to win.
LonghornBrit: How were the Headwreckas formed?
Doughbeezy: Al, my manager, started Headwreckas. It was a clique of dudes that played football at Clearbrook High School. My second year in school I became a Headwrecka. Since I rap I always represented Headwreckas. That’s where the movement pretty much started.
With Doublebe being one of my bros I brought him into the fam. A couple years down the line, I started going to Kickback Sundays. Met Big Boss Mac Kab up there. We used to always chop it up outside of Kickback Sundays during the week. We thought instead of us not working together let’s join forces and make the movement even stronger.
QueenBobbi: So when y’all were doing Kickback Sundays, yourself and KAB, at the same location?
Doughbeezy: Yea it was only one location for Kickback Sundays. SF2 has 2 locations [but Kickback] was always held at the North location. After the 5th week I was there every single week. But just to make it clear and put it on record KAB was the only one that was there every single week from the very first Kickback until the very last one of the first season.
Kab Tha Don: Kickback killer motherfucker! That nigga heard about it and we started talking about it on Twitter. I thought he was beefing. I was ready to beat him up at first [Laughs]. We really connected and shit. We was the only 2 niggas really making the most noise, so we just thought if we came together we could make even more noise.
QB: Do you still have that Headwreckas piece and chain? [Laughs]
Dough: No I don’t. Actually that chain is in the trunk of a car somewhere. I wasn’t expecting that one. That one came from left field. [Laughs] It was like a silver chain. A big ass silver chain is said like Doughbeezy at the top and Headwreckas Corporation. I was hustling, thought I was doing something.
KAB: Silver huh?
Dough: Yea man a little silver chain. Wasn’t any rhinestones or nothing like that on it though. Don’t try to do me that bad.
LB: Doublebe, when you opened up for KAB you said your dad named you.
Doublebe: Yea my daddy named me Doublebe.
QB: Have you ever sat down and said “daddy what were you thinking?”
Yea he told me a lot of stories. The main reason he named me that is because he already got a junior, Bobby Joe. They call him B-Joe. I was born from another mother. He couldn’t name me Bobby Joe Foster. They were already calling him B-Jo so he just named me Doublebe Joe Foster. It’s like the 2nd duplicate of him.
LB: You say “IZM” and “HAM” a lot. What does “IZM” mean?
The ability of obtain information as well as the ability to pass it on.
QB: Was that “ISM” at all influenced by GLC, from Chicago, because he says that as well?
Hey I follow that guy! I seen him on Twitter and I hollered at him about that, but it was just a coincidence. I put the Z on mine because I got my own little flavor. I don’t know the definition of their ism.
LB: KAB you have “What Muhfucka.” Where’d that come from?
Shit just being mad at the end of my track.
DB: What motherfucker!
KAB: I used to just think I crashed so much. Like who’s fucking with me? I just ended up saying muhfucka because I got so mad i dont know why. I think it’s because I got so much aggression in my raps. At the first Kickback I ended up saying it then at the second Kickback niggas was saying that shit so I just kept going with it.
LB: is it KAB (like cab) or is it K.A.B. that stands for something?
Dough: Yes I’m interested in this, too.
KAB: My initials are K.A.B. Some people call me K.A.B. and some people call me Kab for short.
Dough: I’m sorry, I got a question; so when it’s all said and done what is your check gone say? Is your check going to say Kab Tha Don or K.A.B.?
KAB: It’s going to say Kab Tha Don. That’s my Twitter name.
LB: Doughbeezy where’d your name come from?
QB: First it was Doughboy.
Dough: Yea first it was Doughboy. I used to go by Doughboy because I was hustling and doing things like that and then I was chubby. And then when I decided I wanted to rap before I was going to go with Doughboy but I figured I was going to run into copyright issues with Pillsbury or there’s was going to be a million rappers named Doughboy. People that was around me were already calling me Doughbeezy or D-beezy. So I just rolled with that just because it was catchier.
LB: What’s your favorite city to perform in?
KAB: They show a lot of love in Austin.
DB: A lot of support in Austin.
KAB: It’s because Austin is small. Houston is like 4 Austins.
QB: I’ve heard that the Austin crowd is very receptive to the underground music scene.
Dough: Yea they love Houston. In Austin they are like super receptive. Throw ya hand up, aye! Kick ya foot, aye!
DB: They just want to party man!
Dough: They just there to party. Austin shows a whole lot of love. Shoutout to Matt Sonzala.
QB: How much do y’all keep up with pop culture? Who’s your celebrity crush?
KAB: Oprah Winfrey
DB: Nicki Minaj
KAB: Oprah got her own channel.
Dough: Fuck own show…
KAB: She got her own channel, a network.
DB: Have you seen Beloved? [Laughs]
Dough: I dont know who mine is. I know for the longest when I was younger it used to be Lisa Raye.
QB: It could still very well be her…
Dough: I’ll drink your bath water girl.
LB: I met her a few years ago at Lenox Mall in Atlanta.
Dough: Was she stuck up?
LB: No she was really cool. She still looks…
Dough: Diamond, come holla at ya boy!
QB: Doublebe I’ve been to quite a few shows that you’ve done and what I’ve noticed in the crowd is that people don’t really want to like you.
Kab: But they have to.
QB: But everyone’s a fan at the end of your performances. Do you recognize that, or do you just go out there have fun and if they like you, they like you?
I just be myself man. When I hit the stage…let me tell you something I love being on stage. Before I was doing music, I just liked being on the stage. Whether it was putting on presentations in front of the class, pep rallies, plays at school…everything that had something to do with stage I was on that motherfucker. So just having that and then my name being Doublebe I didn’t give a fuck when I was on stage. It was natural for me to just act a fool. I show that when I do the music too. I don’t give a fuck what you think. I’m going to do my deal. Like it or not like it. Most of the time out of ten they’re going to like it cause I’m having fun. You ain’t gone see a nigga having fun and hating it.
QB: Can I get a HAM?
DB: HAM! IZM! It’s just fun on stage.
QB: Doughbeezy how was it working with Bun B on Blue Magic?
Man it was a blessing. I’ll never forget it. I remember always wondering & having the feeling was I gone work with Bun. Before that even happened I remember riding & telling people man I just got this funny feeling that I’m gone do something with Bun. He would always show me love when I would see him. Like more love than I would see him show other people. When he’d see me he’d actually stop & talk to me so I just finally came out & asked him. And he was like no doubt shit, I gotcha, just let me know when & where I’ll come through. Right on time for your boy. Shit it just was a blessing.
QB: What was it like for you, Doublebe & KAB, when Doughbeezy started to build his momentum? How was it for somebody that’s been working with him to see him get that push he deserved?
Dough: Them niggas haters man!
DB: Don’t you ever say any shit like that.
KAB: Really proud of that nigga. We’re all working for the same shit.
DB: That nigga told me he was gone quit. I told him I’d kill you. About a month later nigga, maybe 2 months, the ball just started rolling.
QB: Why did you consider quitting?
Dough: I was rapping with a group called TMI Boyz previously. I wasn’t in the group but it was more like a label type thing but once the contracts came I didn’t sign it. I was the only one who didn’t sign it so they left me where I was at. They started progressing, having shit on BET, shit on the radio & whatnot. I told everyone around me that I was done rapping. It came to the point where I just had a conversation with myself, “Well have I done everything I need to do to make it in order to say that I’ve failed?” the answer was no so I’ma give it this last little push & give it everything. Like [Doublebe] said it wasn’t no less than a month later & the ball just started rolling & shit. I kept the momentum going.
QB: KAB let’s talk about Bully On The Beat. How did you get DJ Mr. Rogers to host it?
Mr. Rogers used to come to Kickback Sundays & shit to see a nigga. I crashed one night because Dough left early. I crashed that ho. I got the first beat Rogers gave out which was “Good Music.“ I did “Good Music” & sent it to him. I asked him to tell me what he thought about it. He liked it. I asked him would he host my mixtape. He had just done Slim’s [mixtape] too…
QB: Now that you have Bully On The Beat out, what can we expect from you?
I’m working on two projects right now. Bully On The Beat Re-Up. 5 new songs and 5 remixes of the songs from Bully On The Beat with artists from the H. Then I’m working on Live and Learn Project. It’s gone be like an album type project with straight originals. I’m working real, real hard on them, too. Trying to get this music out, man. It’s like it take a lot of money. Don’t think this shit is cheap man, it take a lot of money.
QB: What about you Doughbeezy, what do you have next?
Pretty much just working man. We’re going to keep pushing Blue Magic to get outside the city. I know within the city I know it might seem like a minute since it dropped. I’m on trying to build outside the city. It’s a lot of fresh ears that’s just not hearing it. So pretty much trying to push Blue Magic outside the city and the state. While I’m doing that just keep working. I’m really contemplating right now on my next project either being called Godspeed; it’ll be all original. Or I’m going to drop Reggie Bush and Kool-Aid 2 where I do the freestyle thing again. I’m leaning more towards the Reggie Bush and Kool-Aid 2 right now just because I want the buzz to be a lot bigger outside of Houston and outside of Texas before I drop another all original project.
QB: So recently I interviewed Propain for Nightlife Houston Magazine. So I have to ask Doughbeezy, are we ever going to get a Dirty Diamonds album?
How you know about that? You weren’t supposed to know about that. [Laughs] I can’t say that I won’t happen. We all talked about it. We never just said “no, we not gone do it.” Dirty Diamonds is me, Marcus Manchild, Propain & Delo. Something that we all came together & said we was gone work on a project together & just do it for the city. Due to our schedules & how busy everyone is at the moment it’s like shit we always talk about it but we haven’t actually done anything about it. But to at least show y’all that we are trying to make that happen we did that “I Keep That“ song on Delo’s project but it’s also going on Dirty Diamonds, if we do it. We just shot a video for it. We want to do it but everybody’s just grinding right now. Dirty Diamonds maybe coming soon.
2 Fangashyt coming soon! Debut mixtape– after the Doublebe promo. It’s going down, you understand? All I got is a promo right now. I’m working off of 6 songs motherfucker. Wait til I get 12!
QB: Ok so when it comes to the Headwreckas collective I want to get one word from each one of you guys. The first thing that you think of when someone says Headwreckas.
Doughbeezy: Mine, loyalty.
Kab Tha Don: Dynasty.