Interview by: Nick Sanders
Photos by: Brent Baxter Photography
Video courtesy of Aritst

Nick Sanders is a Dallas based writer who you might have read his past work over at thrwd.com + you can always get a “nickelsack” worth of entertainment from him over on his personal blog!

It was altogether way too easy to name this article. As a journalist, I usually try not to reach for such low hanging fruit, instead preferring to hide behind the cloth of something actually clever. So I feel I must clarify: naming the article anything pertaining to removing the masks of this dynamic hip-hop duo is in effect pulling the proverbial wool over the eyes of the Dallas public. The rappers would not remove the masks; even off the record. The farthest toward a hint of identity I was able to pull from these masked men were their individual rap identities, these they offered up without hesitation. The one on the left, that’s Melvin Gully, a veteran in the music business who boasts that he is the first one to ever bring Eminem to Texas (one of many claims to fame). The one on the right is Multi/ID (as in multiple identities). Together they make up the politically conscious, southern but intelligent (as if the two are mutually exclusive) rap duo Whyte Noyze. Lately they’ve been hard at work on their next EP “Whyte Rhodes”, which will feature some god damn impressive features by a few of Dallas’ most legendary MC’s. I met them at The Intelligent South recording studio in Deep Ellum, owned by another Dallas MC, Goat, and tried my best to get to the men behind the ski masks.

GBS:
Are you both Dallas born and raised?

WN:
Both of us the artists are DFW raised. One is from Carrolton (Melvin Gully), the other from Euless. Melvin Gully spent 6 years living in Los Angeles, doing hip hop up and down Sunset Strip and surrounding bars.

GBS:
Who are you most often compared to, musically?

Melvin:
Rage Against the Machine had a lot of influences on our style and their message.
Multi:
I grew up on Bone Thugz and Harmony, Cypress Hill, and a lot of hip hop acts like that, so I get compared to them a lot.

GBS:
What Dallas rappers do you fuck with the most?

WN:
On our last album, “Assassination City”, we had Buffalo Black, Jay Fresh, Paris Pershun of A.Dd+, TS, and Topic.On this next album, “Whyte Rhodes” we’re featuring Koolquise, alcais garcion, IQ music, Bobby sessions, and Layzie Bone of Bone Thugs n Harmony. It’s very much a Dallas record. We think there’s so much talent here in Dallas, and if we all feature each other in our shit and make it really hard for people to get away from each other’s music; that’s how we build up the rap scene here in Dallas. Like if a person’s into your shit, and they’re listening to these other artists when they put your record on and vice versa. It’s about supporting the community.

GBS:
How do you stay motivated to get up and work on your dreams every day?

WN:
We feel very strongly that with any artist, it’s just a part of them. This is how they process the world. It’s their release. It’s not a chore, it’s something they feel they have to do.

GBS:
What literature and media has influenced you?

Multi:
I’m a huge conspiracy theorist. I listen to Coast2Coast every night, and I have a huge
library of books about everything from UFOs to JFK, basically anything. It’s part of what makes me so passionate about our message of like, “WAKE UP, PEOPLE”.
Melvin:
Yeah the movie The Matrix really made me open up my eyes to the fact that things may not be what they seem. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Pulp Fiction as well. The group mentions they would even encourage safe usage of hallucinogens, to open their mind up and look at things from an altered perspective.

GBS:
Do you think Donald Trump would make America great again?

Melvin:
Donald Trump is narcissistic, selfish, and is just in this for the attention. I actually just secured the domain www.americansagainsttrump.com so there will be some content going up on that very soon.

GBS:
What mainstream artists are your favorites?

WN:
We listed off some main ones earlier, but we grew up listening to guys like Rage against the machine, Eminem, tech n9ne, bone thugs n harmony, cypress hill, outkast, geto boys, spice1, and Dr. Dre. We’re very hip-hop oriented and have been our whole lives. That’s why we’ve chosen that as the medium to spread our message. We love rock and hang out with a lot of rockers, but hip-hop and rap is our first love.

GBS:
What’s your favorite neighborhood in Dallas to party in?

WN:
Deep Ellum.

GBS:
Why choose to perform anonymously?

WN:
It’s part of the message. We’re totally anonymous. We even have a hashtag, #facelessarmy. Everyone is different with a mask on. When you put a mask on someone, they become free to do what they want. It’s a beautiful thing.

This group has done everything to secure their place in Dallas hip hop culture, and set themselves up for commercial success. Why? To spread a message of change to the American populace. Nothing trumps their cause, and the message always comes first. Unlike most in the hip hop community, their music is not ego driven. It’s very much about spreading the idea that things are not always what they seem, and that every single media source, from television to radio to film, has an agenda and is scheming to get their hands in your pockets.

Don’t miss the Whyte Noyze EP release show at Trees in Dallas on Sunday, March 6th featuring Mickey Avalon Dirt Nasty headlinging and Boomcox, J-RoLL, Wild Bill and Metal Mike supporting! Doors at 7pm and Showtime at 8pm.

More on Whyte Noyze:
http://www.whytenoyze.com
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