Exclusive: Webbie and Lil Trill explain the diverse direction of their second crew LP and how they compare to the other notable Louisiana-based Rap collective.
While Lil Boosie sits in the Dixon Correctional Institute awaiting trial for his alleged role in a murder-for-hire plot, his Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based Trill Entertainment family (Webbie, Foxx, Lil Trill, Lil Phat, Mouse, 3 Deep, Big Head, Shell, Kade and Kim McCoy) are soldering on without their impassioned leader with the recent same-day, (November 9th), release of both the crew’s first foray into film, Ghetto Stories, as well as Trill Entertainment Presents: All Or Nothing, the Trill Fam’s follow-up to their debut full-length as a collective, 2007’s “Wipe Me Down”-anchored Trill Entertainment Presents: Survival Of The Fittest.
“Everything we do, we a family, mayne,” said the stand-in front-man of the Trill Fam, 25-year-old Webbie, to HipHopDX this past Thursday, November 11th. “We don’t drop solo albums. If it’s a solo album in the store, it’s still a Trill Family album. It don’t matter if it’s just one name on [the cover]. All for one, one for all. We been doing this since we was 15, 16-years-old and we can’t stop.”
The Trill Fam might just find themselves unstoppable on the charts once the first single from All Or Nothing, “Turn The Beat Up,” beats up the clubs, or one of the more radio-friendly selections from the album like the slinky-smooth “My Baby” or the Lil Trill-helmed “#1 Girl” impacts at radio.
The Drake-ish vibe of “#1 Girl” should be well-received by the masses but might not sit well with the trunk-rattlin’ Trill Fam faithful.
“I was just doin’ me, basically,” replied the teenage Lil Trill when asked if his intent was to craft a Drizzy-esque offering. “I do all kind [sic] of music. I do a variety of music, so you gon’ hear all types of sorts of music from me. The next song you’ll probably hear [from me], you’ll probably hear a Rock song.”
Does the expansion of Trill Fam’s sound heard on “#1 Girl,” along with wholly R&B presentations on All Or Nothing from songbirds Kade and Kim McCoy, now make TF comparable in any way to the other motley crew based in their native Louisiana?
“We do our thang, and they do they thang,” replied Lil Trill when asked about the potential comparison to come of Lil Boosie’s Trill Fam to Lil Wayne’s Young Money familia. “We both do Rap music, [and] we in the same area as them so…you could say that [there are similarities]. But you know, we do our own thang.”
With their parallel music and film projects, Trill Entertainment are more likely to draw comparison to the label that came to define Louisiana Hip Hop during their ‘90s heyday, No Limit Records.
“We wanna extend our career,” explained Lil Trill of the motivation for Trill Entertainment’s current diversification. “Showing people that we can do everything. We can do R&B music. We can do Rap music. We can do movies. We can do whatever we put our mind to.”
All Or Nothing is essentially functioning as the soundtrack to Trill Films' first indie flick, Ghetto Stories.
“Bun B’s playing my daddy in the movie,” Webbie revealed. “Cain, from Menace II Society, he the one playing [my] uncle. And the girl Hoopz, she play his old lady… Paul Wall, he in the movie. Mike Epps, he in the movie. It’s a good movie, bruh.”
“Yeah, at first,” replied Webbie when asked if he and his longtime partners-in-rhyme, Lil Boosie, are playing enemies in Ghetto Stories as the film’s trailer suggests. “We got the same uncle, [but] we from two different sides of the city, mayne. You know how that go. You know how every city there’s neighborhoods [that] don’t like each other, and that’s just how it go. And me and him don’t like each other ‘til our uncle get killed and we find out that we got the same uncle and we start runnin’ together and we get to gettin’ gangsta.”
“We just did it like enemies do,” replied Webbie when asked if his experience beefin’ on screen with Boosie felt uncomfortable. “We know how it go… You beef with the other neighborhood, so we just did it on the camera, mayne. Just had fun on the movies, mayne. Free Boosie.”
“He can’t really talk to people right now,” revealed Lil Trill when asked if he had recently spoken with his incarcerated leader, before further revealing that Boosie is only permitted “one call a month, so that one call probably to his moms.”
“It’s a regular jail situation,” clarified Webbie. “They don’t go [in] to [his] jail and say, ‘Oh you’re Boosie, so we’re gonna do you different.’ No, it’s a regular jail situation… If you [ever] had a brother in jail, that’s the same thing you would be doing for your brother in jail: talking to lawyers, trying to get him out. That’s the same thing we do for ours.”
One listen to the Boosie-led “Memories” from All Or Nothing makes audibly apparent the void that now exists within the Trill Fam with the crew’s once shining star staring down a potential life-sentence. For now fans of the "2010 2Pac" can still get their Boosie fix from the new music and movie projects from the Trill family, as well as the forthcoming Trill Films presentation What If?
“Oh yeah, Boosie’s gonna be in everything, mayne,” replied Webbie when asked if his partna was still free at the time of that flick’s filming, before optimistically adding, “Boosie’s gonna be home.”