Story Brian “B.Dot” Miller /// Photography Robert Seale
Like most rappers’ rappers, Baton Rouge MC’s Lil Boosie, Webbie and Foxx of Trill Entertainment are extremely color-conscious. So much in fact that when you group their customized Dodge Chargers, you create a kaleidoscope of tropical bliss. But don’t get it twisted; there’s nothing sweet about these driving machines. Take Boosie’s rides for starters. After investing 80 grand into each of his Now and Later candy–flavored Hemis, the self-proclaimed Bad Azz put a hurting on the game when he decapitated his Sublime-Green R/T. Not to be outdone, Webbie’s evergreen flaked “Trill-Savage” sled and Foxx’s
Batmobile-inspired purchase aren’t anything to throw dirt on either. With Boosie and Webbie recently adding a set of Bentley keys to their car ring, the bad boys from down bottom are slowly creeping on the come-up. Wipe them down indeed.
Boosie’s whips are pretty bad azz.
Before signing to Trill Entertainment, you were jailed for being in a stolen car. From the looks of it, them days seem to be over.
They don’t understand. I wasn’t stealing the car! I was running ’cause I had some “work” and had to jump out the car! That’s how I went to jail. But now it’s all good.
To say the least. So in Baton Rouge, what’s the preferred car choice?
I got everybody riding Chargers. That’s why I ain’t buying no more, ’cause I got everyone riding ’em. It’s a Hemi city for sure. A couple old-schools, but it’s a Hemi city.
Is that why you called yourself “The Hemi-Man” at the end of your verse on the “Wipe Me Down” remix?
I just started something with the image. Just not with the Chargers, but with the Magnum. I had the Magnum, [but] I got three Chargers. I got the green drop-top, I got the red one. I started the Lamborghini doors down here. That’s why I’m the Hemi-Man.
On “Set It Off,” you boasted, “I got the sickest Charger/ Y’all’s 30, mine’s 40.” What’s the difference?
One of mine is an SRT, so I got the highest one. All my shit is performance [and] got chips in them, so I’m doing it a little bigger. We ain’t riding low down here, we riding big wheels out here. I may switch rims on them every month.
Funny, because on your cut “Distant Lover,” you said, “You ride Davins, other spinners’ pretenders.”
We been rocking Davins. Now Davins are going cheaper, niggas is rocking the Dubs. So really it goes with the time. When I made that song, it was Davins, but now, it’s all kinds of shit. They got rims that glow…all kind of shit. They got the muthafuckas they sell at AutoZone that they put on Civics and shit. They just go too far with it.
Your Chargers could brighten Las Vegas in a blackout. Why did you opt for such bright hues?
I’m a standout type of guy. I’ve just been like that ever since high school. I’m a flashy bro. When I was little, I had big dreams. I used to dream, if I could do this shit, I’ma do it. That’s how I always thought. You’ll see a nigga with a Bentley with nothing on it. You might see my shit with 19 TVs in it.
Savage Life stays strapped.
In the South, most people get their license at a young age. How old were you when you got yours?
I was, like, 15. I got a ’95 ’Lac. That was my first car, a ’Lac sedan Seville. Me and Boosie just ordered them Bentleys. I wish y’all would’ve come one more day later.
Which models did you order?
Supra Spur, Flying Spur, something like that. I don’t know, but that bitch a Bentley!
But why is the Charger so popular in B.R.?
[Because] we made that bitch hot! Baton Rouge right now is Charger City. Now, we got a million Chargers ’round this bitch. But we got the sickest ones. Especially that Trill Savage. Everybody be wanting to know about that.
Where’d you get it done?
I got it done right here in Baton Rouge [by] my dawg Rob. He do me and Boosie’s cars right there in the ’hood. I just kept the inside regular, you know.
With a fly customized whip like this, are you nervous driving in Baton Rouge? After all, this was listed as one of the most dangerous cities in America a few years ago.
It depends on who it is. If you got respect in these streets, you straight. But you come down here with that bullshit—you ain’t straight. I’ma leave it like that.
So are you ever concerned about confronting jackboys?
What?! Look, I’m ’bout to raise my shirt up. Tell the people what you see.
Oh, just a chrome 9mm.
God already know when you gon’ die. He already know when I’m gon’ die, so it can happen. But when y’all come, I’ma be ready. I care if I live or die, but I ain’t worried about it.
Talk about living on the edge. I see you also have a BMW 750Li on 24s.
Yeah, them bitches there will get you 20 bitches in 20 minutes. Believe that, ya heard me. I got the [window] blinds in that bitch [too]. Sometimes I pull over in a parking lot and I flag a bitch down if I see her riding in an old 650 or something. I pull over in the parking lot, pull the blinds down in that bitch and make it happen.
Make what happen?
Man, y’all gonna get me in trouble! But to my ol’ lady, I’m sorry, boo, but I just got to keep it real with the fans. I get them back there… Oh, look, somebody done left they purse.
Catch him If You Can.
Why did you settle for the Charger?
I just didn’t want to feel left out. Boosie went and bought about 10 of ’em. Webbie, he went and snatched one. It’s only right. I’ma get rid of it, though. Boosie done cut the top off his, [so] it really don’t make sense to have it no more. I’ma jump to something else. I’ma snatch me a li’l Hummer [H3]. I seen a Hummer on some 30s. I’m really liking that.
Wow, that’s a borderline monster truck.
I’m finna really push away from the cars unless they old-schools. I got a ’66 Buick LeSabre in the shop right now getting all the interior and stuff done to it.
On the original version of “Wipe Me Down,” you claim to have “bought a lot of shit since you got signed.” Did you cop any more whips?
Actually, I got five cars. When I got my first deal, my first car was a Range Rover. I got a candy mustard Range Rover. I got it in, like, ’05. I got in a wreck a couple weeks ago, so I couldn’t bring that thing out. It’s a real bad time for me!