It’s rare to see an artist who raps about their Mexican culture while spitting trap rhymes with the best of Atlanta. Kap G is probably the first one doing it, and it’s mostly due to his upbringing in College Park; the heart of the Atlanta’s trap music history.
With a handful of songs and one EP to his name, Kap G has already worked with the likes of Jeezy, Fabolous, Wiz Khalifa and Pharrell. After shooting and uploading a video for his song with Chief Keef, “Tatted Like Amigos,” Kap G’s personal profile started rising with his Youtube view counts, and he was eventually signed to Atlantic. Something about the tall, slim Latino with his friendly face and charming swoop of bleach-blonde hair captured the attention of over 29k followers on Twitter and 43k on Instagram. And, in addition to his good looks, Kap’s fans are probably also entranced by the fact that he makes quintessential trap music like many of his peers, but he’s doing it in a new and different way.
Growing up in the same Atlanta suburb that raised Outkast, Ludacris, Gucci Mane, T.I. and 2 Chainz, Kap is a product of his surroundings. Mixing his love for rap music with a desire to flip Mexican stereotypes on their heads, Kap ends up achieving verses with references that push and pull between his trill upbringing and his personal experiences in Mexican culture: “I speak dinero, and Espanol, and Engles, I’m trilingual … I be getting pesos, rolling abuelos / Aztec in my blood vessels,” he raps on “Mexico Mama Came From.”
The release of his EP Like A Mexican has seen Kap’s fame rise with touring. People have heard his music, and songs like “Jose Got Them Tacos” (with the turn-up potential of any Waka Flocka situation) make it hard to deny that Kap is coming up next on the rap scene. Born George Ramirez, Kap G really wants to open doors for more Latinos in a genre they’ve been missing from forever.
“My goal in hip-hop is to be apart of opening doors for Latinos, to help them out,” Kap G told XXL. “You look at the rap game, there’s really not any Mexicans or Latinos so I feel like especially our time now, the struggle that we are going through. A lot of stuff happened and its time for us to have a voice.”