Subscribe What part of Atlanta are you from?

Deante Hitchcock: I was raised in Riverdale. It ain’t as crazy as it was when I was growing up. It’s not as bad as some people think. People know the area from folks like Waka Flocka Flame and Trinidad James coming out. Even T.I. was over there for a while. But it’s different things to different people.

HHW: When did you get into rapping full-time?

DH: I started rapping when I was 12 but it wasn’t something I was doing for real. I was dancing and going to the skating rink and f*ckin with the h*es. I really picked up on it when I went to college. That’s where I met my videographer and we started taping and posting videos of me rapping that we called “New Atlanta Truesdays.” People from China, Great Britain, all over was hitting us up. It got kind of crazy actually. I went to Georgia Southern University for three years, but I never really wanted to go, I was just trying to make my Mom happy. She’s a nurse and she wanted me to be a doctor or a lawyer. But after that third year I was “dropout shawty.” I made some great friends and connections down there so I got some good out of it.

I put out my first mixtape freshman year in college. A lot of the music was very trendy, but there was still a couple of gems on there though. Back home we had cyphers, so people knew I could rap, but nobody was putting put out any music, we was just rapping. But that still lead to me opening up for Yo Gotti, 2 Chainz, Letoya Luckett out at Alcorn State University.

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