Ralo explains how he made amends with Lil Yachty and why rap legends should be judged on how much they give back to the generations that succeed them.
As evidenced by the interview segment that dropped last week, during which he called Jeezy a "fuck n*gga," Ralo isn't afraid to express his opinions on other rappers, no matter how provocative they may be. But he's also willing to admonish himself and make amends with an artist he was wrong for dissing in the first place. That's what happened with Lil Yachty, who ended up dropping one of the best verses on Ralo's recent Famerican Gangster 2 mixtape.
Ralo called out Lil Yachty during an interview last year after he had been told that the 19-year-old rapper had admitted to not being able to name five songs by either Biggie or 2Pac. "That n*gga lyin'," said Ralo, who assumed Yachty was feigning ignorance to stir up controversy.
The dog food distributor now tells us that he had spoken negatively on Yachty without knowing anything about him. "He ended up being a genuine dude," says Ralo, "and if I'm wrong for that, I gotta apologize for it because I'm a man."
"I felt like I did some fucked up shit," he continues, "and I wanted to straighten my face with that situation, so I felt like I did that." Yachty was gracious to Ralo for extending an olive branch, and he ended up laying down a verse on the Famerican Gangster 2 standout "Young N*gga," which also features Young Thug and Lil Uzi Vert.
"Remarkably, that was the best verse I've ever heard him do," says Ralo. "I'm happy as hell to be a part of him going harder."
As for his adverse opinion of Jeezy, Ralo isn't wavering: "That's my opinion, and that's something that I'm sticking with." He does, however, provide more insight as to why he speaks down upon the Trap or Die veteran. "You can't name one artist that Jeezy helped," Ralo maintains.
On the flip side, he says, "You can name a million artists that Gucci Mane has helped." Gucci's altruistic nature was a major influence in Ralo's recent decision to sign to 1017 Records, becoming Gucci's first post-prison signee.
"That's something they can't take away from Birdman," Ralo adds, speaking on the Rich Gang boss, who's been a mentor to him throughout his young career. "Birdman helped a lot of people ... He's still relevant because he helped a lot of people, and a lot of people beggin' him for help right now."
Watch part 1 of our Ralo interview below, and stay tuned for the next segment, in which Ralo gives us the inside scoop on his deal with Gucci and their upcoming joint project, Ralo La Flare.