Gso Phat Taps Boosie Badazz for Feature in New Diddy Bop Video
The 19-year-old Mississippi-born and Texas-based rapper freestyles off-the-cuff with impressive control, knocking down bars with the confidence of artists twice his age. At the same time, his skyscraping range reaches to the heavens on each hook. After receiving acclaim from The Source, generating hundreds of thousands of streams and views across platforms, and landing a deal with Cash Money Records, his signature style shines on a series of 2021 singles.
“I’m versatile,” he affirms. “I can sing and rap, and I can make any kind of song. In everyday life, I feel like I’m misunderstood. With my music, I just try to make people feel me.”
Hailing from Natchez, MS, he grew up with his father, mother, brother, sister, and cousin. Mom worked long hours as the head chef at a local hospital. Recognizing the poverty and hardship around him, he gravitated towards music, listening to YoungBoy NBA, Lil Wayne, Lil Baby, Gunna, Young Thug, Juice WRLD, and more. In school, he played football, basketball, and baseball. Some trouble landed him in a juvenile detention facility where he started rapping.With encouragement from friends, he decided to take music seriously.
“Once I got my head straight and came home, all I did was create music,” he recalls. Launching into the game, he adopted the name GSO Phat based on his childhood nickname “Phat” and an acronym for “G.O.A.T. (Greatest On A Track) Shit Only.” He initially lit up Facebook with a series of highly trafficked freestyles. Linking up with 7Kings Entertainment and relocating to Houston, he dropped “Pain” [feat. Yung Ro] followed by “Racks In Here” [feat. OTB Fastlane] in 2020. On its heels, he joined forces with Lil Chad to serve up the one-two punch of “Nasty Way” and “Ran It,” which The Source touted as “a must-see doubleheader” and added, “these newcomers are leading the pack of the next generation of Southern Hip-Hop.” At the top of 2021, he inked a deal with Cash Money Records and joined the legendary label’s roster, fulfilling a “a dream come true.”
Regarding his signing, Cash Money Records Co-Founder and Co-C.E.O. Bryan “Birdman” Williams a.k.a. “Baby” said, “GSO Phat is a rare talent. I was really impressed from the first time I heard him. His raps are hard, but he’s got a really unique and incredible voice. To me, he embodies all the elements of a real superstar.”
“My music is really meant for the whole world,” he leaves off. “When I write songs, I go off my energy. The way I feel is the type of music I make. At the end of the day, I just want to take care of my family and make sure my mama is safe. I want to create generational wealth for my kids someday and their kids. I found a way to do that, and that’s what I’m running with.”