Q&A With Rising Hip Hop Group That Nation

That Nation - My Whole Life

Hip Hop group That Nation! Much love on that group name!!! Definitely one of a kind and powerful for the underground scene!!! Tell us a bit about the group, how/when/where was if formed? Who is the better Rapper amongst the two? Where are you guys from?

We began rapping together in the 10th grade at Opelousas High School, However we officially formed the group That Nation back in March of 2015. That’s where we decided to create our debut group mixtape called “It Ain’t Dat Easy”. We’re each in our own lane of rap, so there is no way to truly determine who’s better at it. There’s too much chemistry in the music. Of course, some will gravitate towards one more than the other, but that’s with every group. As long as the fans listen, we’re satisfied.

It’s extremely difficult to rap with someone else, let alone form a duo or a group.. That being said, what’s the spark,or motivation to make Hip Hop as a duo? Any pro’s or con’s in being a duo?

YDD: I’ll say this, as a group the only thing easier is the fact that we both contribute to the song instead of one person writing the verses.

Tell us about your Hip Hop and/or music influences? Any Hip Hop groups who you guys get inspiration from?

LBS: I wouldn’t say any hip hop GROUPS, but artists themselves really impact us. We began listening to lyricists first, and that’s how we became the lyrical rappers we are. We’d listen to Wayne, King Los, Chance The Rapper, Kevin Gates and a lot of other lyrical rappers in the game. We also attached the “Real Rap” with a meaning while making our mixtape. We tended to lean more towards real life situations. We learned that from Gates as well, Boosie, Lil Snupe and a lot of others that are openly true to themselves.

Please breakdown the creative process of your latest single “My Whole Life“.

YDD: I honestly heard the beat, thought of Ginuwine’s “Differences,” and asked Lil Bill Swavey to sing it and it took off from there.

We love that Master P Jam you guys did!!  How did that come about? Half a Million+ hits!!!! DAM!!!..LOL

LBS: Our big brother DJ Bootsie is Master P’s official tour DJ, and he let him hear the original version of “Whole Notha.” P ended up taking a liking to the record and agreed to hop on the remix with us. That was our very first MAJOR collaboration. It did a lot for our city and raised a few eyebrows. They didn’t think we’d have these type of connections. I’m grateful for that. Shoutout to P!!

Do you guys ever plan on possibly signing a deal, or are you guys strictly underground??

YDD: Everything is possible if it’s in our best interest, when that time comes it’ll happen. until then we’re gonna keep grinding.

Rappers nowadays think by throwing up a few videos up on social media and pushing quick projects, they can blow up overnight! Give us your view on how over saturated the market is right now with so many MC’s/Producers but not to many quality music.

Man, me and Dezzy was just talking about this the other day. Honestly i’m tired of everybody and their mama wanting to be rappers. This is making true lovers of real hip-hop scared to click music links, because they get so many spammed to them. If you know that’s not your lane, leave it alone. There’s no true grind nor push behind it. Charlemagne Tha God said it best in his book, “F*^# Your Dreams.” If it’s not truly your dream and you’re only doing it because you see someone else succeeding in it, it’s not genuine. You have to WANT to work.

Where can people find you on the web? Drop all the vital links.

We can be found on all social medias at “@ThatNationLa.” Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, etc…

About Armando Urena Jr

Senior Publisher for @UGHHBLOG // Been an Underground Hip Hop fan all my life and I'm dedicated to keeping the culture alive on a daily basis. Working hard every day and staying positive is what LIFE is all about.