A Music City native, OG Nappy Long Locs is one of Nashville’s hottest up-and-coming southern hip hop artists. But OG’s talents do not end at rapping and writing. Alongside Ray Ray Pearsons, OG produces his own music videos, and also directs films. After watching a few of his music videos, it’s clear he belongs in the entertainment industry.
OG is influenced by rap artists such as Master P, Busta Rhymes, and Missy Elliot, and incorporates old school techniques in his energized and fun flow.
We thought we’d ask him 22 questions in hopes to learn more about him and his music. So that’s what we went and did.
What’s your real name? My real government name? Keyone.
How old are you? 26. Turning 27.
When did you first start writing and rapping? I tried to start rapping when I was young. I guess like Ludacris, Busta Rhymes, around that era. I was like 7 or 8 years old. I wasn’t that good but I would write rhymes. I was like, “Ratta tat tat. Hit you with a bat. Lay you flat. Rhyme all the time.” It came together by the time I was like 17 or 18.
Describe yourself in three words: Energy, entertainer, life changer.
Top three artists going into 2020: Yung Ro. I always listen to Kendrick Lamar, that ain’t ever stop. And Dababy.
Last movie/TV show you watched: Oh yeah what was it called…”The OA.” It’s on Netflix.
If you weren’t a musician, what would you be? I’d be like a movie, TV, or comedy artist. An entertainment artist.
You’ve just cashed a check for $1 million. What’s the first thing you do? Buy some land.
If you could collaborate with any artist, who would it be? Right now? Chris Brown.
Favorite thing about Nashville other than the music: I like the downtown area. You know the place with all the tourists, and you meet so many different people from different places around.
Favorite place to eat in Nashville: Phew! I got a few spots. Prince’s and Lil Cee’s.
If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life: Ummmm, meatloaf.
Pet peeve: I hate when people have trouble going on and they got drama.
Top three albums on a desert island: Michael Jackson, Bad; Kendrick Lamar, Good Kid, m.A.A.d City; OG Nappy Long Locs, Bang Bang.
Dream vacation: To the moon.
Would you rather smoke with Snoop Dogg or sip drinks with Jay-Z? That’s the best question I ever heard in my life. Man cause Snoop Dogg, I wanna show him that it’s not just him, I’m right there. Like I’m OG too in my era. Like you OG to me but I’m OG to them. But then you got Jay-Z. Uh. I think I gotta go with Jay-Z because it’d be more of a flourishing conversation.
Would you rather win a Grammy or date Rihanna? Win a Grammy.
Something People Don’t Know About You: [Ponders] I write stories a lot.
What was your last music release? “Loctober.” In October. It was a mixtape. Letting Gucci Mane know I got one too.
What’re you working on musically in 2020? Right now I’m working on more visuals because a lot of people like my visuals is I’m taking that to another level with some different cameramen in the city. I got a mixtape coming. I can’t tell you the name right now, but it’s a mixtape coming and people are gonna love it. It’s got that trap-funk feel. I’m bringing that back. A lot of energy, dancing. It’s gonna take it to a whole other level.
Who comes up with the ideas for your music videos? Sometimes I collaborate with the cameramen or the producers. But when I collaborate with them I usually just have the idea while I’m recording.
Do you have any shows lined up and if so when and where? Yeah we got a few shows coming up. One in Indiana. That’ll be Saturday [1/25]. Then I got Philly and Atlanta of course. And after that, that’s when we have the little music videos coming out and all the music like the new songs and singles.