Local host Gus the Savage brings raw aggression on his first project
Ever since he started spitting bars on an Xbox Live chat as a kid, Gus the Savage has come a long way, putting together an LP with a true who’s-who of NEPA hip-hop.
Gus, a 20-year-old rapper born as Gustavo Mejia, won the Hip-Hop Act of the Year award at the Steamtown Music Awards last year. But his path to it started in 2015 with a few friends, who started rapping on an Xbox Live party chat, which inspired him to hone his skills.
“I guess it was something in my blood,” the rapper said, mentioning that his late father was also a musician.
Since then, Gus has experimented with hip-hop, his first song being a remix of “Started from the Bottom” by Drake.
Now Gus has just released his debut album, “Savage ’20”, available on all major streaming services. The 22-minute project features verses from popular local rappers like TySoul, Maine the Medicine and Lucas Hex.
Gus said it was a project he was incredibly proud of.
“It really means a lot to me how much work we’ve put in,” he said. “It took, like, five months, maybe six months to put everything in place. “
This sense of pride in his work comes from his late mother, who passed away in 2016, before Gus moved from the Bronx to Taylor.
“When she passed away, it was like the fuel to keep going,” said Gus, saying it was the desire to prove herself to her that was at the heart of her music.
“She would tell me I’m better,” he said. “Carry on, carry on,” she would say. “
On the record, Gus employs a raw and aggressive rap style, somewhere between the firepower of Pop Smoke and the wooziness of a Travis Scott song. But if you ask him, he doesn’t want to be compared to anyone else.
“I want people to say to me, ‘Wow, you look like Gus the Savage,'” he said.
If you want to hear Gus perform his songs live, you’re in luck; he will perform alongside TySoul, G Lyrekal and Lucas Hex who open for Riff Raff when he takes the stage at Scranton’s Stage West on March 19.
This year, the emcee plans to drop at least one other project, a mixtape tentatively called “YKTV Vol. 1”, which means “You know the vibes.”
Although a definitive release date is not yet scheduled, Gus plans to have around 20 titles on the disc.
“I just want people to know I’m here,” he said.
Taylor-based emcee Gus the Savage released his debut album, “Savage ’20,” earlier this year.
Gus the Savage will be performing at Stage West on March 19, opening act for Riff Raff alongside Lucas Hex, G Lyrekal and TySoul.