If you don’t know anything else about Payroll Giovanni, know that he almost never takes a day off. The 29-year-old rapper has dropped two mixtapes and a film within the last year. He’s the leader and face of Doughboyz Cashout, the most popular rap collective out of Detroit that’s been well respected in the community since its inception in 2006. He’s recently worked with producers such as Cardo, one of Wiz Khalifa’s frequent collaborators who is responsible for a number of beats on his Kush and OJ project, and Helluva, a premier producer that’s well-known in Detroit for his unique sound.
Suffice to say, Payroll Giovanni is one of a kind.
Payroll Giovanni was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. He grew up with a hustler’s mentality, accumulating profits through street activities that he prefers not to talk about. He attended Southfield High School where he created the group Doughboyz Cashout with some of his friends and associates. As the leader of the group, he oversaw many of the decisions that they made in the industry. They released their first mixtape We Run The City in 2007 and received rave reviews. People loved the group for their bleak, realistic, and unflinching look at street life.
The group continued to expand, as did Giovanni’s role in it. Over the next five years, the group would drop five projects. They grew in influence and power in the city of Detroit. Although they were first contacted by rapper T.I. who noticed the group’s growing stardom, the collective joined Young Jeezy’s CTE (Corporate Thuggin Entertainment) in 2013. While the group worked on music that was released on the CTE compilation project Boss Ya Life Up Gang, they ultimately wouldn’t stay long because of less than ideal business practices, as Giovanni revealed in a recent interview with HipHopDX. It’s around this time that Giovanni began to put more work into his solo efforts, releasing Get Money Stay Humble that same year. Two years later, he released his critically acclaimed project Stack Season which charted on Billboard without very much promotion. Since then he’s been on a roll; dropping Sosa Dreamz in 2016, and most recently, Payface this year.
One of Payroll Giovanni’s most recent anthems, “This Is How We Move It,” featuring B. Ryan is the song of the summer. It flips Montell Jordan’s “This Is How We Do It” which was one of the biggest songs in hip hop in 1995. While Jordan talks about partying on his record, Giovanni brings the hard-hitting street therapy that he’s known for, told through the sing-songy guise that enables it to be digested easily. It sounds amazing through a great set of car speakers. Easily one of the best tracks of the year due to how easily it fits with Jordan’s pre established record.
Things You May Not Know about Payroll Giovanni
- He has a six-year-old son named JuJu.
- He’s a big fan of the Netflix original series Narcos.
- His group, Doughboyz Cashout, is featured in the Detroit Institute of Arts.
- His birthday is January 30.
- He grew up in the Fenkell Avenue/5 Mile neighborhood.
- He’s a big fan of the movie Scarface (1984) evident in the titles of his last two projects. Sosa Dreamz is in reference to Alejandro Sosa, the fictional drug lord from Scarface who is the chief cocaine supplier for protagonist Tony Montana. Payface is in homage, in the title and cover art, to Tony Montana who was also known as “Scarface.”
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Russ Is Right, Exploiting Drug Addiction For Money Is Wack
Russ has made it clear for over a year now that he’s not for the glamorization of drugs for money. He recently got into a Twitter scuffle with Fat Nick, a known user of lean and narcotics, with the two debating about his fascination with drugs and how the latter makes money off of it. Nick frequently posts his drugs and merchandise that contains drugs online and sees nothing wrong with it. Russ however disagrees. And, after seeing both viewpoints, I daresay I agree with Russ. Glamorizing drugs is wack, point blank.
Rap music was founded in tough times. The best hip-hop to come out of the genre’s Golden Era focused on the hardships that people faced during daily life. Coping with these hardships came natural. Drug use isn’t new. However, the way that drug users are fetishizing these drugs is. Lean, Xanax, and Mollies have become as popular as the music itself. With rappers posting their drugs on social media and dedicating so much of their creative energies to showcasing their fascination with drugs, many kids try them out because the artists they look up to love it.
Nothing good comes out of this besides addiction and death. Xanax pills look fun until you’re trying your best to kick the habit while the withdrawal symptoms kick your ass. Let Mac Miller’s story inform you about the dangers of overdosing. Lil Tracy had a heart attack because of his drug usage. There’s nothing good to come out of using these drugs. Yet, new age rap stars align their aesthetics with drugs because its in and it sells.
This exploitation is no joke and needs to be talked about. Starting a conversation about it will enable the proper action to happen and, hopefully, the way that drugs are exploited for money can be addressed.
Why Ella Mai’s “Trip” Is Better Than “Boo’d Up”
Everyone thought that “Boo’d Up” was the one. Ella Mai’s viral summer single became the talk of the season, a meme due to its widespread popularity across many age, racial, and gender groups. Many thought that Mai lucked up into the DJ Mustard-produced single, attributing much of the song’s success to the producer. But little did they know, “Trip” would come behind it and show that Mai is much more than a one hit wonder.
“Trip” released on August 3 and has been somewhat of a slow burn for the public. It’s a lot darker and moodier than “Boo’d Up”‘s ceiling-less mood. There’s a lingering piano that acts as the song’s lifeblood. When Mai comes in with her surprisingly deep voice, she offsets the equilibrium and swings things in her favor. As it goes on it become a catchy earworm that far outpaces the ceiling of “Boo’d Up”
With all of this said, her debut album, expected to arrive this fall, will be interesting to take in. Has she exhausted all creative avenues in her brilliant two first singles? Or will she continue pushing the culture? “Boo’d Up,” was one thing. “Trip” is another altogether, showcasing that she has a lot still left up her sleeve.
Listen to “Trip” below.
Bay Area Music That You May Have Missed This Week
Here’s our weekly collection of music out of the Bay Area that you may have missed this week. This week’s collection is one of our favorites, with a majority of the tunes being bombastic, lively jams to bolster the energy coursing through your veins. Tune in below: