Fratt House: Overthrowin' Kings
Wednesday - August 17, 2005
From Snoop to Dre to Crooked
Eye and everyone in between on the West Coast the
west is sTIll not what it should be. However, that may
not be the case for too long. The emergence of the new generaTIon
breeds hope into the future of the West Coast that seems
to be on a struggling upsurge.
When Whitney said, ďthe children are the futureĒ she wasnít
lying. New arrivals to the mainstream industry, Fratt House,
vow to bring the West Coast back to its original state.
During an interview the two guys that comprise Fratt House; E
Money (E short for Eric and Money because he wants money)
and GB(short for gold and black his favorite colors)
discussed their thoughts and opinions about the East, West, and
how their changing the game.
Whatís up guys? Tell me a little bit about yourselves.
Iím GB. I like to rap, naw Iím just playing. Iím a crazy
gangsta, Iím a thug like Tupac.
Okay. How old are you and how did you get into the whole rap
Iím 23. The whole family is in the rap game and itís something
Iíve been doing my whole life.
E Money why donít you tell me how you got into the rap game?
Iím 23 and Iíve been doing music since I was 16. Everybody knows
Snoop is my cousin and RBX is GBís dad.
Itís in the blood. We had to do it. Weíre just carrying the
Thatís cool. So why do you guys call yourselves Fratt House?
GB: First of all we were PSC first but than TI
came out with PSC. We still rep our set PSC but
itís the Fratt House because we some wild, gangsta, crazy
take the house and tear apart kind of people.
Understandable, with that type of attitude what type of sound
does your music have.
E Money: Our music is like we took it back a little bit
and gave it like a new school twist. Remember when the Dogg
Pound first came out back in the day not giving a fuck
disrespecting anybody that had anything bad to say about the
West. We took that method at the same time putting it with a new
school twist. Everybody at the time back in the day when
Tupac and Biggie had their beef, the West Coast
was really the thing. After that they(East Coast) tried
to say it was the West fault and they(East) picked up the torch
and ran with it. They took our style and flipped it and put it
with their style. So what we did is we took our style back gave
it a new twist and gave it something everybody gonna love.
GB: We make universal music not like theyíre just West
Coast artists. We have music everybody love. Thatís the
thing we donít wanna be stuck in just a West Coast
dimension. Thatís where a lot of rappers mess up they donít get
Did Snoop and RBX play a part in you guys getting a deal?
E Money: A little bit because RBX was messing
Tommy Bruno at first from back in the day and RBX
brought it to our attention and we started it hanging out and
Tommy loved the things that we do. Cut a long story short
everythingís been good since then on.
This question is for Lil gangsta Tupac. Why do you consider
yourself to be a thug like Tupac?
GB: I was just messing with you. Iím the type of person I
donít give a fuck. Iím a gangsta. I do what I want, where my
clothes the way I want. Iím just a defiant, Iím just an asshole.
I donít give a damn. I say what I want to who ever I want. If
they donít like it take shots back cause we taking a lot of
shots at people.
Can you tell me who you taking shots at and why?
GB: TI. First of all cause of the PSC shit.
He say he the crown king of the south, I donít believe that. He
just a self proclaimed king. If he got something to say then he
can take shots back. We got the whole Dogg Pound behind
us. We taking shots at the East Coast because they taking
our style and trying to run with it. Running around with khakis
and chucks thinking theyíre gangstas. That only happens on the
West. The whole thing is a lot of coasts been taking shots at
the West, subliminal shots. Nobody on the West Coast
stands up. Weíre the front line and weíre going to give it all
we got. We ainít trying to start any shit, but we going to stand
up for what we believe in.
E Money: Weíll work with anybody, but donít bring the
When you say the East is taking your style what exactly do
GB: I mean music. Let me give you a scenario. Remember
Snoop, Daz, and Kurupt and the song Change
the Game look at Jay Z. He got Beanie Siegal,
and Memphis Bleek. The whole beat that Jay,
Beanie, and Bleek had was straight West Coast.
They took our style and ran with it.
Are they the only artists youíre saying took the West style?
GB & E Money: Itís a whole bunch. You got 50
Cent, Camíron, and Mobb Deep. Back in the day you
could pin point who was from the West and who was from the East.
The market is wide open now. You canít tell whoís from the West
anymore. The only people that stand out are the South. They
donít copy anybody. They got their own sound.
You guys are talking about people copying the Westís style.
How do you guys feel about sampling?
GB: Nobodyís being creative anymore. You can do anything
and make money. Ainít nothing wrong with sampling. I was
listening to Kanye Westís album and every song was a
E Money: I like Juelz Santa, Camíron, and
Kanye when they donít use samples. When they use samples
they take away from the creativity of the beat. Itís
disrespecting the original. Itís out the window. Itís like Iíll
use this sample right here so I donít have to come up with a
hook. We try to do as many songs as possible without samples.
Thereís nothing wrong with it, but donít abuse it.
GB: We ainít got no samples so you canít talk bad about
How do you guys feel about the whole 50 Cent and Game
E Money: Iím with Game because first of all
Gameís from the West. Donít get me wrong I like 50and
the G Unit but when it come down to it he from the
East Coast. If you take a look at what he doing, he stacking
all his East Coast members like Mobb Deep. He said
that when he was dissing Fat Joe, Ja Rule, Jada
Kiss and all them he was doing them a favor. He said, Ďat
least I ainít dissing all these niggas from the West Coast;
Iím keeping it close to homeí. And I heard that from a source
close to him. I was like damn he rolling like that.
As a whole do you think the East and the West will come
GB: Itís been happening, but the way itís going right
now, I donít think itís gonna happen.
E Money: They can get on T.V. and say itís going to
happen but when niggas get off that camera itís a lot of talk
going on. Iíve kicked it with East Coast niggas and have
seen how they feel about West Coast artists. That shit is
all a front. Until it can be real with no cameras around and
niggas say how they really feel, then you can talk about the
East and the West Coasts coming together. It be niggas
that donít even rap keepiní it crackin. It donít be the artists.
Thatís all for record sales. It be niggas clicks that be like
forget the East or forget the West.
Is there anything else you want people to know?
Yeah. Our single is dropping in August and our self-titled
album, Fratt House, is dropping in September. Weíre on
Lethal Entertainment. Keep it Lethal!!