In a city inundated with rappers, promoters, DJ’s, models, and anything else pertaining to entertainment; it is easy to be dismissed as yet another voice in the crowd; screaming loudly for acknowledgement but getting drowned out in the fray.
Yet there are some with a talent so recognizable, that even the most boisterous of critics are silenced by it, as proven by rising spitter Doughbeezy.Though born in Cleveland, by the age of 13 Beezy would be calling Houston home; and eventually Houston would have something to call him as well: “The Southeast Beast.” A moniker that he would go on to prove himself worthy of carrying.
This would become the recurring theme of his career: proving himself.Following a scathing diss record against a fellow classmate in 2003, it would become evident that a talent lay beyond simply dropping bars for the amusement of his peers. What began as a fun hobby, free styling within the walls of his high school would quickly turn into a passion.
Says Beezy, “I tried to fight him, and it never happened so I made the track.” He adds with a chuckle, “and I liked the way my voice sounded on it.”After aligning with close friend and artist Lil Yung, they would go on to link up with Albert Hughes, a classmate who was creating a social network within the confines of their high school. Linked together both as friends and creative partners, they would later be called the Headwreckas crew; with Beezy at the helm.
Originally called “Doughboy” like Ice Cube’s character in “Boyz in the Hood,” he too engaged in street activities and was, as he will agree “a little bit chubby in his youth.” After taking his talent from the classroom to the streets, he would eventually forgo street hustling in favor of pursuing his musical ambitions full-time. Not wanting to be faulted for transgressions of his past, his name would make a transition as well; and “Doughboy” would become “Doughbeezy,” A moniker already thrown around by his classmates.As he will attest,
“I grinded to get my own buzz. I put in footwork. I felt like I had to build a buzz around myself in order to make them want me.”
Multiple features upon the tracks of others, combined with memorable show appearances quickly sent the name Doughbeezy floating throughout the proper musical channels. Eventually he would land at Houston’s hub for fashion, music, and conversation; SF2, where recurring cyphers were being held showcasing some of the city’s top lyricists. It was time for Beezy to prove himself once more.
Read the full story at Houston Trend Magazine - August 2011