With heavy co-signs under his belt and an insane delivery, LA The Goat is an artist putting on for Tampa. He’s heavily influenced by hip-hop and R&B classics, with much of the instrumentals he raps on pulling from familiar songs in the ’90s and early ’00s. LA The Goat’s love for older samples also got him noticed by music mogul Jermaine Dupri after he did a freestyle of the now Atlanta exec’s 1998 song “Money Ain’t A Thing.” Fast forward to now, he signed and made major waves with his song “8 Bands” which eventually got a stellar remix from Rick Ross.
Last year, LA The Goat put out his promising mixtape aptly titled GOATMODE. The 15-song offering boasts features from Lil Duke and Laniyah amongst others with standout cuts like “No Love” and “Fighting Demons.” Now, he’s following up with the release of 813 Day today. LA The Goat’s latest project is a major step up in production with only six songs including the pre-release single “You Wouldn’t Believe Me.”
Ahead of his new project, we got to chat with LA The Goat about him signing to Jermaine Dupri’s So So Def imprint, his love for samples, and a bit about the mixtape. Check it out below!
Tell me about your Tampa upbringing and how that shaped who you are today?
I’m from Tampa, Florida. The South Side, it’s your basic ghetto. You know, outside doing mysterious shit but I was a good kid growing up. I wasn’t a bad kid. Florida is basically who you was influenced off of growing up, what your friends and neighborhood listen to. I grew up listening to a little bit of everything, from Michael Jackson to Tupac. You name it, I kind of feel like that allowed me to know what good music sounds like.
How did your situation with So So Def and Def Jam come about?
I basically did a freestyle over “Money Ain’t A Thing” by JD and I had all my followers tag him and they went crazy. I guess he clicked it because he wanted to know what the hell they kept tagging him in. Two months after that we had a few conversations and I signed after that. At first, I was shocked but then I was like oh yeah, it’s for real but yell yeah getting a DM from JD is crazy.
Why do you feel like it was appropriate to name the project My Time?
We gone change the name, probably to 813 or something that represents the city of Tampa. We named it My Time because that’s how I felt it would be when I dropped. It’s so many mixtapes and albums named that so we wanted to let it be known that I’m from Tampa first. I’m trying to open the door for my city for other artists because from the outside, people might not know any artists there except me.
From listening to the project, it’s very obvious that you’re in love with older samples and melodies—tell me a bit about that.
The majority of songs that go number one, they always got something original in it like a sample that’s familiar to your ear. Them samples be bringing back memories. I went on a trip with my girl and she played this song and I was like “I don’t know who he is but I know that’s the ‘Back That Azz Up’ sample in there.” It just helps you identity.
I feel like “Minimum Wage” is amongst many strong records off the project, what was it like putting together that song?
No cap, I don’t really write a lot. I just now got into writing since I been signed. That was done six months before I signed and that’s just one of the records they liked. That beat just brought back some memories and I put it on the track.
When I’m in the studio I really just like to vibe so if you’re not in there rolling some weed up or doing something productive, you gotta go. Just looking at people not doing nothing gets on my nerves haha so you have to do something. My studio sessions are like kickbacks, I don’t like having a lot of people in there.
How does this release differ from GOATMODE?
GOATMODE was me introducing myself as someone who can make the music everyone else is making. That was me not necessarily falling in line, but going with the flow. When I signed, I felt like that ain’t really the actual flow. The flow is whatever you make it so that’s when I started making different music.
In regards to your artistry, what would you say kind of sets you apart from your peers in music?
I mean to my homeboys, it’s a few of them who take breaks and stop every now and then. I kept going and that’s my thing, just keep pushing forward. You never know, it might be tomorrow or it might be the next day. You just have to keep going forward.
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