Hi guys, tell us first of all, what is meaning of your group name “Horseshoe Gang”?
The “Horseshoe” Represents many things. Think of how horseshoes are put on a horse; there’s pain involved. We’ve gone through a lot of pain in our lives, so think of pain whenever Horseshoe is mentioned. Also, there’s four of us and obviously a horse wears four shoes. Plus a horseshoe represents luck and we consider ourselves to be lucky in many ways. But the actual name Horseshoe Gang was created years ago after we started wearing Indianapolis Colts gear cause the horseshoe is positioned like a U and our group names used to be Untouchable Gang. We eventually started calling ourselves Horseshoe Gang.
Given the title of your new album is “Anti-Trap Music”, lay it out for us, what exactly is your opinion on the genre of Trap Music?
We feel Trappin’ should only be a subject in Hip-Hop songs rather than a sub-genre in Hip-Hop. Rappers have been rapping about either selling drugs, using drugs, or both since Hip-Hop’s beginning. But Trap Music puts way more focus on dealing/using drugs than necessary. To the point where it now seems trendy. T.I. is the King of Trap Music, and he made it popular. But he has more versatility as an artist so he never used the “Trap” as a gimmick. Rappers like Jay‑Z, who are known for rapping about Trappin’, never used it as a gimmick but rather as a part of his overall story. Our album “Anti-Trap Music” is an album meant to express the point that rappers shouldn’t be one-dimensional.
We’ve seen you speak on the need for more focus on lyricism within hip hop. Where do you see the main problems right now, and who would you say is helping bring it back?
Rappers like KXNG Crooked, Slaughterhouse, Kendrick Lamar, J.Cole, and Wale are a few examples of rappers who still get mentioned in Barber Shop conversations and also get high praise for their abilities to make great music. This Rap industry is getting better, but still needs improvement. There’s room for both lyricism and catchy/gimmicky Hip-Hop music. But it should be less of the latter. It’s okay to eat junk food in moderation, but well-balanced meals should be consumed more often.
Speaking of which, what prompted you to create the lyric: “F**k Jarren Benton’s mama with a gonorrhea dick”?!
Dope rappers concoct dope bars haha! Rap lines could be extremely disrespectful, and it still could all be viewed as the acceptable nature of the sport. Since we never had a personal issue with Funk Volume and they had no personal issues with us, everything that was mentioned in our rap battle was perfectly acceptable.
So going back over the years, what have been the main challenges you have faced as up and coming artists ?
Lack of money. We came from the bottom of the bottom. We grew up so poor, we had to save up money to be considered broke. And since we tried our best to stay away from obtaining money in ways that would land us behind bars, that makes for a hard road. Couple that with the fact that we weren’t college material… A recipe for life-is-hard soup is created haha.
Turning to your local scene, who would you say are you main competitors in Long Beach, and who are the artists to look out for?
We’ve never heard of the word “competitors” or any word synonymous with it. Maybe someday someone will define it for us. But there’s a bunch of super talented rappers in Long Beach. Like Karelezz (who’s album “Space Time” drops soon) Tim West, Vince Staples, and DC Gang. Go to youtube and search “Caine Cousin Harold” by Pac Ten and Techniec and you’ll see what we mean.
Away from music, what do you all do in your spare time?
We hit up movie theaters religiously. We play Street Fighter on Playstation like it’s our jobs haha. And we’ve been goin’ ham exercising a lot lately… Preparing for world domination.
Who do you want to win the next USA presidential elections?
Hard to say. Our opinions are similar to those Nick Cannon expressed in his video “Too Broke To Vote”. None of the candidates stand out in a major way. Although, Bernie Sanders’ stance on immigration, the economy, and other issues that concern people of the inner-city, are pretty good. And Bernie is right to feel that our privacy shouldn’t be stripped away in an effort to fight terrorism. But still not sure we’d vote for him. Maybe if there was a candidate with Trump’s money and business savvy, Sanders’ policies, Clinton’s gender, and the youth of Cruz, maybe we’d vote haha.
What’s your stance on Donald Trump?
Fuck Trump! Our album “Anti Trump Music” may be on the way.
We understand you have a healthy following in the UK. Have you ever performed over here and have you any plans to come and tour ?
We’ve never preformed in the UK, but we’d love to. We’re working on possible heading that way but nothing set in stone.
Have you ever worked with any UK artists, or heard any who you rate over there?
We’ve worked with a few up-and-coming artists in the UK. We’ve always respected legends like Slick Rick and Monie Love. And we heard of a few newer UK artists like Lady Leshurr, who’s “Queen Speech” series was dope. And Hyperaptive who’s song/video “Big Man” is also dope. Shout out to COB Nigeria, COB Canada, COB Norway, COB France, and all of our supporters across the globe.
Summarise you musical style in three words?
Witty, authentic, aggressive.
Anything else you’d like to say?
Go to Seven13ent.com and click on seven 13 store to order our album Anti Trap Music. Go buy KXNG Crooked’s album Statik Kxng. Go follow our bro Mad Man on Twitter at @ungradiostation. And much love to I Am Hip Hop Magazine for giving us this opportunity. GOD BLESS!
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