Pooh Shiesty is basking in the release of his debut mixtape Shiesty Season and on Friday (February 5), the Memphis native visited The Breakfast Club to not only promote the mixtape but also detail how his 1017 label boss Gucci Mane kept him out of Memphis’ most notorious rap feud — Yo Gotti and Young Dolph.
“I ain’t gon’ lie, I ain’t never wanted to sign to nobody,” Pooh revealed to Charlamagne Tha God. “It’s just my mentality. Even though in the city, you gotta sign to either one of them: Paper Route or CMG. So before Wop came, I’m still Choppa Gang that’s my name. I wanted it be like, ‘Why you can’t sign to Chopper Gang, CMG or Paper Route?’ Then Wop came, boom. Perfect.”
When asked about how Memphis could be united and all the feuds within the city be squashed, the 1017 rapper gave his thoughts on whether the OGs in the city were at fault.
“It be that,” Pooh said. “Folks be havin’ they feelings like they don’t want nobody to past them. I don’t really care. Pay yo homage and do right, keep it legit. I don’t respect none of that sucker stuff.”
He added, “I’m not just cool with everybody but we familiar in some type of way. They know me, for sure. Before the rap, either I went to school with ’em or they from my hood or they from the hood behind my hood. If I fuck with you, I fuck with you. You’ll know if I don’t. Memphis is little bruh, we ain’t even got a Westside. West Memphis is Arkansas. Keep going too far and you’ll be in Mississippi. All you got is East, South and North.”
The HipHopDX Rising Star’s been gaining steam as the latest in a growing list of Memphis rappers to break through nationally. His “Back In Blood” revenge-tale with Lil Durk was recently certified gold and fans quickly shouting out their favorite line from the song: “Pooh Shiesty that’s my dog/But Pooh you know I’m really shiesty.”.
Catch the full interview up top and stream the 17-track Shiesty Season from Pooh below.