Rapper Albeez 4 Sheez of A-Co Recordz is still thriving after more than a decade in the game
A-Co Recordz founder Albeez 4 Sheez has been in the scene for over a decade. The Aurora resident has a mysterious persona and doesn't stick to the typical gangster rap style of many of his contemporaries. His style is wild, fast paced and witty, drawing fans of all different types to his shows. Albeez has opened up for acts like Kutt Calhoun, Krayzie Bone, Krizz Kaliko, E-40, Brotha Lynch Hung and more. Perfectly comfortable in his own skin, Albeez tries different styles of production that few would dare to rap over. We recently caught up with the rapper and asked him a few questions about his past and future in the scene.
Westword: How long have you been rapping?
Albeez 4 Sheez: I have been rapping since [I was] seven years old, so bout nineteen years. I have been recording since bout eighth grade, thirteen years old.
What is the name of your crew, and who all is in it?
My crews: A-Co Recordz and 4sheez Productions! A-Co Recordz is myself, Koo Qua, Ladi Lo-key, Flyy Phoolish, Gre3dy Gre, King Loc, Krazy K, Miny Mountain, Shorty King. 4sheez Productions is me, Bobby A, The Royal III, P-Nutt Willy, Hustle Londale. A-Co Recordz is where it started for me big time, then I am creating 4sheez Productions as a branch off from A-Co Recordz to do me a little more freely as far as things way crazy! Stick around for that.
What is the name of your last project?
I just did a song on the Looney and Friends album by Lett Loose. I just released this mixtape, which is me stealing a lot of industry music that I liked and wanted to put verses on. It's all to promote the album I am doing with Jomeezius the Genius, soon to released, by April 2013, hopefully. Also just released I Am Mel Gibson, with all the beats by Sells Beats!
What producers you work with?
Producers I work with are Jomeezius the Genius, Sells Beats, Packkman, Tubbs Got Beats, Dat Dude Looney, Lett Loose, Nek Solja, Stompboxx Music and more. I would like to work with Face Muzik, TC Crook, Cheff Premier, Johnny Rockets, Scorp Dezel and any other Colorado beat makers that have hits!
How do you describe your music?
I don't describe my music; it describes itself when people hear me or see me perform. The feeling I get is just too real, and I know people feel it just based off the reactions I get when I play songs for people or when I perform.
How would you describe your fans? Do you purposely target the Juggalo following, or did they just find you?
I don't know if I have fans like that. That's why I work so hard and stay out and about because I am trying to build a fan base just based off my music. I don't count my family and friends, who got my back, as fans. They support what I do, but they can only do what they can until it's inconvenient for them. A fan will go through all and everything to be where you are and make sure they have a copy of everything you say, do or make.
I haven't really seen anyone down for me like that yet, but I know people like my stuff and got my back for sure. I target all people for my music. The Roxy Theater gives me the most shows and pays. That is a Colorado Juggalo headquarters, but that don't mean I'm one. I got love for anyone who got love for me, and they got love for me. It has nothing to do with being a Juggalo, Blood, Crip, Latin king. I know all those types of people that bang, but because we got love for each other, doesn't make me one of them. It's just that real recognize real.
What are the next projects you are working on? Who is featured? Produced by?
Next album from me all beats by Jomeezius the Genius. Also the Prank Calls album has all beats by Packkman. Look for anything released from A-Co Recordz and 4sheez Productions. Tha Boxx Colorado hip-hop show I host online will air on the first of the month every month in 2013, and I'm going to stay doing shows. I'm on tour in January and February.
Catch Albeez 4 Sheez and A-Co Recordz Feb. 16th at the Roxy Theater with female underground MC Snow Tha Product.