Meet Atlanta Rapper and Entrepreneur
Scotty ATL, one of Atlanta’s most talented rappers, hailing from the East Side, made his debut during the 2010s. Since his jump into the industry, he has made significant strides in both the music and in the business world. With his unique blend of southern hip-hop and dope lyricism, he has carved out a distinctive niche in the rap game.
Not only is he known for his presence in Atlanta’s hip-hop scene, but Scotty ATL has also established himself as a successful entrepreneur with his Grillz by Scotty imprint. His ventures span across music and in the world of jewelry with his custom grills, demonstrating his keen business acumen. His dual career is a testament to his versatility and drive, making him a standout figure in Atlanta’s vibrant cultural scene.
Scotty ATL x DJ Scream x DJ Luke Nasty – Love On You [Official Video]
Meet and Get To Know Scotty ATL
Kulture Vulturez: Get started up. What was your first introduction to hip hop that you can remember?
Scotty ATL: My first introduction that I can remember was Outkast’s Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik. When that “Player’s Ball” came out, it just made me feel like, man, you know, this a soundtrack. My uncles and my dad was all players and dope boys. So you know what they was rapping about and how they were looking in their videos, it was what I was seeing in real life. It made me want to rap.
Kulture Vulturez: What eventually influenced and inspired you to eventually get into hip-hop yourself as an artist?
Scotty ATL: My homeboy King J, we went to school together and we would go to his crib after basketball practice. He was really trying to get into rapping, and I would support him. Then I started doing it. We started making songs. We took the shit to school and people liked it. So, I just stuck with it.
Kulture Vulturez: When did you start noticing that you were doing something, making noise, making moves that could lead you somewhere?
Scotty ATL: Early on when I first made my first song really. We took it to school and we just got a good response. I was already popular in school. Before that, I played basketball and shit like that. So, when I did music people just gravitated to it instantly. I just kept going.
Scotty ATL – Deposits [Official Video]
Kulture Vulturez: You have been around for a little minute, how do you feel the rap game changed since you arrived?
Scotty ATL: I feel like it’s just different. You just have to move different. Everything is more digital now. In terms of just being out in the street, you just got to move a lot more smooth. Watch where you’re at, watch where you’re going, and keep your head on the swivel. Other than that you can make money, just approach it like a business. Like anything else you can make a check.
Kulture Vulturez: With the city of Atlanta changing from previous years, has those changes affected and other original Atlanta residents?
Scotty ATL: It has affected everybody. We lost a lot of key people in the city. It affected me, but its just different things you have to do, mentally, emotionally, just to stay on top. Make sure you being A-1 and everything. But I spend more time with my family. I just try to stay out the way and get my money. That’s it.
Kulture Vulturez: Outside of music, what inspired you to start your custom Grillz shop?
Scotty ATL: My boy Peezy introduced me to this cat named Paul. Paul had a spot he was working. I was touring, and Paul wanted me to help him with his shit. I went and checked it out. I liked what he had going on. I left, ran into my homeboy at the strip club. He had just lost his job as a dental assistant. I asked him what he wanted to do, and he was like, I want to start making grills. We went up there and started doing it that same day.
Scotty ATL – Good Pressure [Official Video]
Kulture Vulturez: Since starting, what have been some highpoints or some highlights of your item in the industry with custom grills?
Scotty ATL: I delivered Issa Rae’s grill to her in Paris. I’ve been on the Steve Harvey Show. I’ve collaborated with Puma to do grills with them. I’ve collaborated with Revolt TV, Crown Royal, Diddy’s new company, Power Global, and and a few others. I also did a lot of celebrities grills, like T.I., Big Boy, K. Michelle, and on and on. I just had a lot of opportunities come to me that I probably never would have got as an artist.
Kulture Vulturez: What advice would you give somebody that wants to get off into entrepreneurship?
Scotty ATL: I always tell people, build your own bandwagon. What I mean by that is just get something started. A lot of people just wait until everything all together, or look a certain way, or feel a certain way, and sometimes you just got to get started. I always just been a big advocate of just getting started and then figuring it out as you go, because if not, you just never get started.
Kulture Vulturez: Back to the music, you just released your latest single, “Love on You.” Can you break that track down?
Scotty ATL: Me and DJ Luke Nasty was on the Show Your Grill tour at the end of last year. We was in the studio and he played this track, I just came up with some shit instantly and we laid it down. To be honest, I thought it was a dope record. We listened to it the whole tour. After you listen to something a bunch of times, it’s just like you made so many other songs, I kind of damn near forgot about that record.
We put it out and the response has been amazing. But it don’t surprise me because from the beginning, when we made it, everybody loved it, you know, from day one. We’ve had conversations with Slim from [the R&B group] 112. Just saluting him and him saluting us. It’s a dope record.
Scotty ATL – Bussdown [Official Video]
Kulture Vulturez: Last year you dropped a Candler Road to Melrose. What motivated that project and how it differs from your previous ones?
Scotty ATL: My project before was called Trappin’ Gold. I’m just really just journaling my journey through the music. Trappin Gold was me when I was just on Candler Road doing my one store in Decatur. So, Candler Road and Melrose is me just showing people the growth.
Letting people see my soundtrack or what it’s like for me going from just Candler Road to being on Melrose Avenue and having my second location for my second Grillz by Scotty store that was in LA. I just wanted people to be able to travel with me. If you listen to the music, you can hear some of the music that’s inspired for me recording while I was out there in L.A. I’m just back and forth doing this. So the next project we’re gearing up, it’s going to be called Legend in My City. We’re going to be putting that out real soon.
Kulture Vulturez: What plans do you have for the near future?
Scotty ATL: We got a new record coming out soon. It’s going to be stupid hard. Going on tour in the fall. I will be on the Rock the Bells Cruise. That’s going to be in November of this year. I’m traveling city to city doing some parties with Lemon Pepper Wet, you know, doing grills. So, I’m on the scene. Just expect some new releases with the project coming out. We got “Love On You” out now. We got more records about to come out soon, including with K CAMP. So stay tuned, about to turn up.