Meet the Larries.
By consistently releasing quality, standout tracks via SoundCloud since 2014, Larry League has proved they are a force to be reckoned with. With support of some of hip-hop’s most notorious tastemakers, things started taking off for the Larries with the release of “Dirty Dingy.” The full-length project was hosted by HoodRich, the Atlanta collective partially responsible for the careers of nearly every artist in the city. The 14-track mixtape is one of the group’s most defining projects, full of undeniable passion and rawness that gained the attention of many, creating a base of listeners across the entire nation.
Immediately after pressing play on a Larry League track, you can tell what you’re about to experience is unlike anything you’ve ever heard. Bubbly trap instrumentals combine with witty, humorous lyrics to creative an impressively distinct, unparalleled sound. Making a comparison to the group solely based upon music is simply impossible. Though each talented in many aspects, Sensei, Larry and Randy each contribute a trademark talent to the music. Sensei is clearly the most efficient producer of the three, delivering flame-filled instrumentals with fat 808’s on a good portion of the League’s discography. Larry shines brightest on his one-of-a-kind, melodic hooks which can be heard on nearly every track. Plus, you can’t have a Larry League track without an aggressive, expression-filled verse from Randy and his many alter-egos (Randy Brad Pitt & Randy Visine to name a few).
Keep reading below to learn about the origins of Larry League, how the group became established in Atlanta and plans for the future.
I’ve always sensed a natural chemistry in Larry League, how long have y’all known each other?
Larry: We always lived by each other since we was going to school ‘n all that. Sensei and I known each other since elementary school, back when he was a hard body, 12 year-old prodigy producer. We didn’t meet Randy until we got to middle school. Sensei has always been good with music, so all we used to do as kids was play on the computer and make beats.
So when was Larry League technically established?
Sensei: Larry League wasn’t formed until our senior year of high school in 2014. All of us were friends with each other but we ain’t thought ‘till years later to actually like, fuck with each other in a rap group. We were originally friends for different types of reasons, but the music was just fun and we didn’t really give a fuck about it. That shit really just came together because of the music. We all liked the same types of shit like clothes, skating ‘n shit. We really influence each other.
What made y’all want to start a rap group?
Larry: We used to do all types of shit. We had a band in middle school with some other friends, so there was that. But then Sensei always been making beats so we kinda just followed after him.
Were there any particular artists that you were heavily influenced by individually, or as a group?
Larry: I can’t pinpoint a single influence but maybe just Atlanta? Atlanta is just so fye, and all the music that was coming out around the time we started was dope. We embraced the fuck out of that shit. I’m not going to point to any particular artist, but it was during the times of like Gucci and Flocka.
Randy: Yea, I think the city shaped us by showing us the way on how to grind and hustle and never give up on this shit.
Did y’all always plan on making a career out of rap?
Sensei: [Laughs] Nah bro, we used to do that shit and just have fun.
When did you think “shit…we can actually do this as a job”?
Larry: Prolly like, back when Trinidad James posted one of our videos on Facebook or some shit. That got us linked up with our manager Jose and HoodRich in the Winter of ‘14. We met Rip at Jose’s house and played him Dirty Dingy. He was jus ecstatic to hear the content. he kept turning around and saying “this you?” and “this you?” to our respectable verses. That was a re
That mixtape went crazy. Looking back, why was it such a significant release?
Randy: Dirty Dingy was important because it was our first mixtape with HoodRich and really our introduction to the world. That tape gave us a foundation which we’ve recently been trying to really build on.
Y’all have been dropping music literally non-stop since that tape. Do you ever get stuck, creatively?
Sensei: When we was making 3200, we was kinda stuck for a bit. We were working on that shit for like, 5 or 6 months. It was supposed to have been done earlier, but it just wasn’t coming out right. There was a lot of stuff going on but we got that shit right. I don’t know, we jus got hooded up one night and just started grinding out songs. Eight of the songs were recorded in one week, we’d just do that shit every day.
Do you normally record tracks that quickly?
Sensei: I mean, it’s always different. Some of the tracks on Put To Rest are throwaways from 32. We recorded the rest of that shit during the summer, up until we put it out. It really depends. I’m trying to get music done ahead of time, but it all depends on how it goes. It’s been coming a little slow lately but we workin’ on shit. We got a lot of stuff stocked up. Like, 15 songs type shit.
Any time frame on when those tracks are dropping?
Randy: Right now we keeping a steady pace.
Sensei: Yea, but we eventually ‘gon go crazy on motherfuckers with a full-length.
I know y’all haven’t been doing a lot of collaborations lately but who’s been your favorite artist to work with?
Larry: That’s tough, man. Originally when we first got into this, we were doing a of shit with Llari. Those songs were cool. We first met him at the last house party we threw, then we moved into 3200 which is where he had been living. We just started making moves from there on. That whole little 3200 era was cool. We’ve really been able to do some crazy collabs, though. We’ve got some new ones coming too, one in particular is gonna go crazy. HoodRich exclusive shit right there.
Sensei: My favorite artist to collaborate with is PeeWee. He be all about his shit. Just being in the trap house around him and shit is wild.
Larry: Inspiring as fuck.
You mentioned 3200, can you elaborate on what exactly that is?
Randy: It’s a collective. We haven’t really built it properly, but it’s still a brotherhood. The name itself comes from the place we were living at. The address is 3200, but they dead ass changed the name of the actual complex to 3200 after we started rapping bout it in songs ‘n shit.
Larry: We’re definitely tryna build the collective properly in the future but for now, we’re just grinding on our own shit.