‘Oh, he tryina rap now?”
Sometimes it is difficult to successfully wear more than one professional hat in entertainment. Athletes-turned-rappers, rappers-turned-actors; often they get no respect. It’s an obstacle but not insurmountable, as proven by Houston’s GT Mayne. Known citywide as a successful DJ since his party days at TSU, GT Mayne currently holds it down on air, weekends, at Houston’s Hip Hop station, 97.9 The Box, having started as an intern in college. This in addition to the many clubs and parties he still does. He works night and day. He is well respected. He has also been rapping since he was fifteen and, in fact, funds that endeavor with his ‘day job.’ Very successfully as it turns out.
“When I first seen her, she was meaner, than Hurricane Katrina”
The opening line of GT Mayne’s first hit, “H.O.U.S.T.O.N.”, speaks to his experience of moving to the city from Brooklyn, NY at the age of 13. A first-generation US Citizen from a family of Trinidadians, GT Mayne describes the prejudice he encountered during his early years living in a Houston suburb. The song was submitted to 106 & Park shortly after its release by fans across the city one day when Terrence & Rocsi asked viewers on their Twitter ‘topic of the day’, “What song best represents your city, and why?” The song had mad spins at radio but GT knew then that he had touched folks with a song that was written from his heart.
GT Mayne has come to love his city, despite those tough early years. He cites the number of movements launched in Houston that have since gone down in Hip Hop history. He intends to be an integral part of that with his own brand of ‘reality rap.’ GT Mayne only writes about what he has lived and experienced. “Houstonians don’t fake anything. They know what and who is real. When someone is listening to my music and has been through, or is going through the same thing, they’re going to say, “Man, that artist is for real.”
GT Mayne’s current single, “Hold of Me ft. Z-Ro & Dallas Blocker” is currently lighting up phones faster than a prayer line for rain, with spins at stations across Texas. The video is at over 35,000 views on YouTube and the feedback is incredible. “Hold of Me”, is the first single from GT Mayne’s upcoming EP, “Overdue”, set to drop in October. The title says it all. GT Mayne’s time has come. Work has been put in, dues have been paid and people are listening. The rest will be Hip Hop history.