Irv Da Phenom Names His Top 3 Midwest Rappers

posted Friday July 05 ,2013 at 06:00PM CDT | 34 comments

Irv Da Phenom Names His Top 3 Midwest Rappers

Exclusive: Irv Da Phenom discusses his affinity for Tech N9ne, Rich The Factor and Twista, as well as a highlight from his new album, "Los Kangeles."

Irv Da Phenom recently relocated to Los Angeles from Kansas City in order to pursue his music career ambitions. The move inspired the title of his new album, Los Kangeles

In an exclusive interview with HipHopDX, the KC artist names the three Midwest rappers who influenced him the most. "Of course, you got Tech N9ne," says Irv Da Phenom, who has toured with Tech N9ne and appeared with Tech N9ne and Krizz Kaliko on the song "Hunterish" from Tech N9ne's 2009 album, K.O.D. "Shout out to the big homie. If I could say somebody gave me a shot, it’s that man, so I’m forever grateful for that. I used to listen to the radio hard every day and when his song ["It's Alive"] would come on the radio, I would tape it. I’d put it on my computer and play it back in slow motion so I could learn the words. remembered that shit, and I was like, 'I’m going to learn that.' That’s how I learned choppin'."

Irv Da Phenom names another Missouri rapper on his short list. Like Tech N9ne, this artist made noise independently. "There’s another rapper in Kansas City that goes by Rich The Factor," Irv Da Phenom says. "He’s a massive, independent, just gritter. And he represents the hustle, which I learned a lot of that being in streets, hand-to-hand, going state to state, selling CDs out my trunk. Really, I got that hustle from him, really just motivation."

To round out his list, Irv Da Phenom takes it about 500 miles Northeast to Chicago. "A third one from the Midwest, it would definitely be Twista," he says. "You know the whole Speedknot Mobstaz, Do Or Die, all that, they’re just amazing with how he put words together and would have actual crazy content in all the fast rap, too."

Irv Da Phenom says that Tech N9ne, Rich The Factor and Twista instilled a sense of pride in him, given that they were from his region. "When I first heard Twista for the first time, Tech N9ne or Rich The Factor, the feeling I got was like, 'Man this represents me. This represents what I see, what I’m living everyday, and they’re doing it in a respectable way and it’s tight,'" Irv says. "I just want to be able to that for the people who are back home right now or in a similar spot wherever you are in the world. Just let you be able to relate to it, but at the same time, have a product that is so good, or sounds so dope that you want other people to hear it, and you're proud, like, 'Yo, check out this. This is where I’m from. This guy represents what I talk about.'"

Irv Da Phenom says he wants people to feel that way about his new album, Los Kangeles, which includes the single "Shine."

Irv Da Phenom says he's also particularly proud of the Los Kangeles song "Diamond Stuffed Pillow." "The concept of a diamond stuffed pillow is kind of close to me," he says. "If you were to imagine sleeping on diamonds, how fucking uncomfortable that would be, even if you tired to force yourself to sleep on it, you would be like, 'Yo, this shit hurts.' So, I feel like it represents for a lot of people, for the underdogs. Motherfuckers know you’re talented, or know you got the grind, and go out the way to sleep on something. If you were to get in a pillow fight with other pillows, this is where the competitive aspect comes out. If you were using the pillow stuffed full of diamonds, you would kill the shit out of everybody. So I think a lot of people can relate to that song because it’s just for motivation to do some shit so dope they can't ignore you, so you have to be paid attention to. That’s the concept behind that. It’s more than being slept on, just being hard as diamonds and unable to be slept on."

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  • landon816
    Irv is one of the best alive! PHENOM!!
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  • The_Swag_Daddy
    Who the fuck cares what Irv da Phenom thinks about anything? Irrelevant HipHopDX.
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  • Kanye West
    I'm guna let you finish...but I am one of the greatest Midwest emcee's of all time!
  • Midwest got the best spitters
    Nino Graye,Tech N9ne,Esham,Big Sean,Machine Gun Kelly,Chance The Rapper,Eminem,Irv Da Phenom,Bone Thugz-N-Harmony,Danny Brown,Twista,Elzhi,Slum Village,D12,Kid Cudi,Royce Da 5'9",Trick Trick,Cheif Keef,Atmosphere,Twiztid,Brother Ali,Common,Add-2,King Gordy,Krizz Kaliko,Kutt Calhoun,Chip The Ripper aka King Chip,Dopehead,Ces Cru,Nino Graye,ICP
  • Bigg Pookie
    peace to Irv da Phenom! Keep doin your thing bruh! Wyandotte County got one!!
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  • Anonymous
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  • chuck
    not including freddie gibbs in this list makes this list unreliable.
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  • K.Kerr
    I love Irv Da Phenom!
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  • Irrelevent hhdx
    HHDX staff are a bunch of dumb retards. Do you see any other site posting articles about irrelevent niggas irrelevent opinions god you guys are slow if theres no news dont post this garbage.
    • Rap Fan
      Its called exposure. Not all sites cover mainstream artists and many sites promote upcoming artists. Also, who are you to call someone irrelevant, because what you think might be the opposite to what someone else might think.
    • Me
      My vote is towards irrelevant. If you want to cover an artist that's fine but don't spend the article talking about other dudes.
    • FuckHipHopDX
      Exactly how many (insert name) names his top (insert number) articles do we need. And I call BS on what the "Rap Fan" says cuz every other day its Wayne/Nicki/Ross/Drake when its not that its this Top 3or 5 crap. They take interviews n make headlines for weeks using the same damn interview. Make 5 or 6 stories out of one thing (50 Cent domestic violence check how many articles on that). or my favorite opinions from ppl like (Game wants truce) seriously whats next what Hova ate for breakfast? The shit Kanye too this morning?
    • RP
      Go easy. just cuz you aint up on someone doesn't make them irrelevant. Obviously if they took the time to talk to him he is relevant in some regard. It wouldn't hurt for you to do your homework before popping off and calling a credible hiphop source "retards" if you did your research you would know irv is on the come up and is behind some of the biggest records in the underground. If what you say is true then a few years ago DX shouldnt have shown kendrick, jcole or any of the new rappers who have come up any love. Forget the haters DX! Keep it up and please continue to keep showing me new artists. so far ive found out about Chance the rapper, freddie gibs and TDE because of you guys irv keep it up bro your music inspires me I met you on the tour with dizzy wright & have been a fan since then!
  • Anonymous
    Snatch Rich and Twista the fuck out of this list and put Common/Esham on their place
    • Me
      Esham had a great run from Booming Words from Hell all the way to Closed Casket. And then all of a sudden he fell off hard.