Long Beach, California's Joey Fatts recently released the video for "Need More," a collaboration with Freddie Gibbs. Fatts spoke with HipHopDX about how his collaboration with Gibbs came to fruition.
"Me and Freddie have a lot of mutual friends," Fatts said in an exclusive statement to HipHopDX. "His [deejay], DJ Izzo, is my nigga. He overheard me talking about Freddie one day and was like, 'Man, I wanna see y'all on a track together.' He linked us up and Gibbs rocked with me. [Freddie Gibbs is a] real stand up guy."
"Need More" details Fatts' yearning for additional resources in life, something he also discussed with HipHopDX.
"I'm not letting up until the people around me and myself have what they deserve," Fatts said about the song's message. "We've been struggling so long. You know? So 'Need More' [means] I'm never satisfied and always trying to be better and achieve more."
"Need More" can be seen and heard below.
Gibbs isn't the only person that Fatts has been collaborating with.
Joey Fatts Discusses Work With Evidence, 9th Wonder & A$AP Mob
"Me and Ev is close friends," Fatts said. "Ev gives me pointers from the producing game to being versatile in my raps. Ev is helping me work on my next project as well. I was just in the studio with him and 9th Wonder. Me and 9th made some sick shit with his tall ass. That nigga tall as fuck."
All of this work is leading up to a Fall project from the Long Beach rapper/producer.
"Fall I'm dropping my new project produced entirely by me," Fatts said. "I'm working on the [A$AP] Mob album. I'm actually boarding [a] flight...heading to New York. I'ma be on A$AP Rocky's album heavy. I'm just working man, and I'm never gon' stop 'cause I love the music."
Joey Fatts On Long Beach's Young Talent
While he may be heading to New York for work, Fatts is also proud of his hometown's talent.
"We have something to bring to the table," Fatts said of Long Beach. "A lot of people in [Los Angeles] treat Long Beach like it's another state. Most have never even been there. It's crazy. Long beach has been a untapped market for years. Now we have a lot of talent coming up in the city."
Fellow Long Beach emcee Vince Staples recently spoke about Fatts during an interview with HipHopDX.
"Joey’s my cousin," Vince Staples told HipHopDX in July. "Niggas don’t know that’s my family. I done known that nigga my whole life. That’s my nigga."
Joey Fatts' "Cutthroat" with Vince Staples, can be found below.
Photography By: Andres Tardio