NO. I repeat, NO. Lil Wyte is NOT dead.
Patrick Lanshaw is very much alive and back at it like a crack addict; diving head first into the music game and finishing up his 5th studio album 'Still Doubted?' with new tracks that are set to blow your mind and elevate your senses.
Mixx Magazine caught up with the rap star who at first made pill poppin’ seem as trendy as polyphonic ring tones and Platinum Fubu back in the early 2000’s.
Now, almost ten years later, Wyte’s all grown up with that new party shit that takes you back to the time when he first was making major hits.
Check out our amusing, entertaining and lively Q&A sesh below:
Mixx: First off, how the hell have you been? Where have you been?
Lil Wyte: I’ve been great! The last album I put out was in '09, and I’ve been on the road just ever since then. I’ve been doing a few mix-tapes here and there, I even started my own label – Wyte Music – which I have had for a while, but now I am actually getting behind the label and finding artist. So, I’ve just been grinding out.
Mixx: Three years since you have last put out a full album. Tell us about what’s on the horizon.
Lil Wyte: June 12th, ‘Still Doubted?’ releases everywhere. The first album was called ‘Doubt Me Now,’ um, this new album is pretty much a ten year follow up to ‘Doubt Me Now,’ and of course, I’m going to have a smoking track or two on it.
Mixx: Wow! It has been almost ten years since ‘Doubt Me Now’ (Oxy Cotton, Acid, My Smokin’ Song), huh? Your loyalty to Hypnotize Minds/Three-Six Mafia is very dope. You don’t see that too much now-a-days, anymore…
Lil Wyte: Yeah, I got with Three-Six in September of '01, been with them for over ten years. I’ve stuck around for a long time. I’ve never had a platinum album, but I can say that I have never had an album not sell under 100,000, so I’ve got great credibility, that’s the good thing about staying down with the team for so long. So no matter which route I go, I’ve got those solid fans that are already there that I accrued through Three Six and Hypnotize Minds.
Mixx: Obviously, time was passing by and you were ready to get back in the game. What was your approach?
Lil Wyte: Three Six actually let me put this album out on my own label, and pretty much, I did everything on my own. I approached Juicy J and I was like, “…look, I know you guys are busy…” because they are the busiest motherfuckers I have ever met in my life, which is a good thing, but I just told ‘em “look, I need to drop an album, but I want to do it myself. Ya’ll are so busy, just let me show you what I can do, with these past ten years and Three-Six being behind me and the connects I have made, let me show ya’ll what I can do by myself.”
With that said, they went for it, so this is a big album for me.
Mixx: What can we expect from ‘Still Doubted?’
Lil Wyte: It’s like, an old-new Lil Wyte. I’m not straying away from what I know the most, which is party music, yet I have grown a lot as an artist and a man. I’ll be 30 at the end of this year, so I’ve got a lot of stuff to talk about. I have went through a lot of shit in the last three years also, so a new album is due.
Mixx: Recent projects?
Lil Wyte: I actually just got home, we just finished shooting a video for the original “This is My Smoking Song,” we shot a real deal, full video, ten years later! And we are using it as a promo video for the new album. We shot it at the 41st Annual Ann Arbor Michigan Hash Bash, an event hosted every year where they try to get all these people to sign a petition to legalize weed. Literally 15,000 people were there, so, that should be a cool ass video.
We also just shot a video for “Sike,” which is a single off of the new album. It’s got me and Miscellaneous, which is a new artist just signed to Wyte Music. We shot it in Panama City Beach over Spring Break, which was just crazy and insane.
Mixx: It was great catching up with you, guy. Any shout outs?
Lil Wyte: Shoutout to everybody in Wyte Music, we’re about 15-20 strong. The whole crew. And don’t forget – June 12th.
“I’m back! I’m not fuckin’ dead!”
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