Washington State Rapper
G-U Drops Silver Bullet Mixtape
March 27, 2013 at 11:40 AM
ET - LatinRapper.com (words by Dante)
rapper G-U of the Hip Hop Group Elevation 420 has released his
latest solo mixtape "Silver Bullet"
for free download.
The Northwest MC has
collaborated with a number of established music artists, and
is preparing his first solo full-length album which will
include a fusion of Hip Hop and traditional Mexican music.
"Silver Bullet" is the
first solo mixtape released by the Mexican-American rapper,
and is available as a free download online (click
21-track mixtape's title is a reference to the nickname of
Coors Light, bottles of which are packaged with "cold" and
"super cold" labels. "I decided if I was gonna make a mixtape
to showcase my skills, I would have to be super cold on it"
G-U explained to LatinRapper.com.
The rapper with a decade in
the music game describes the new mixtape as a well-rounded effort that confronts issues ranging
from past criminal days, to the struggles faced by single
mothers. "It's all sincere," the rapper expressed,
"because either I've lived it or experienced it." Silver
Bullet also features 15 original beats used exclusively for
the mixtape, while the remainder were taken from existing
To promote the new mixtape,
G-U recently filmed a video for his single "El Rey," with the
MC rhyming over the "3 Kings" beat originally produced by Jake
One for Rick Ross. The video was directed by Christian
Espinoza of ESP films, and shot entirely in Wenatchee,
Washington. G-U donned an "El Pachuco" brand zoot suit
throughout most of the video, which served a reflection of his
appreciation for Chicano culture.
G-U, an acronym for
"greatly unexpected", derives from a childhood friend's
mispronunciation of the rapper's given name, Gustavo.
G-U's family migrated from Oaxaca, Mexico to Leavenworth,
Washington in 1993 in search of a better life for their
After falling in love with
Hip Hop at the age of nine, G-U eventually began recording
music by age 16 in 2003. His first recording studio
equipment consisted of little more than a $20 computer
microphone, and a wire hanger covered in pantyhose to serve as
a makeshift pop filter. Ten years later, the rapper
looks back on his early days with a laugh while admitting
"I thought I was gonna get signed ASAP."
G-U eventually teamed up
with friend and fellow rapper E-Dub to create the Hip Hop
group "Elevation 420." The group's success grew as they
were able to open for a variety of artists such as Tech N9ne,
Bone-Thugs-N-Harmony, Paul Wall, Slim Thug, Ying Yang Twins,
Chingo Bling, E-40, Mr. Capone-E, Devin The Dude, Gorilla Zoe
and many others. Although the duo occasionally performs
in nearby Seattle, the rappers primarily open for artists
touring in their hometown of Wenatchee.
The Wenatchee, Washington
rapper considers living in a small town (population 32,000) to
be one of the biggest challenges to his music career.
G-U explained that in 2003 his hometown lacked a true Hip Hop
scene, which motivated him to network with artists and event
promoters in other areas throughout the state. Now with
his own home studio, G-U continues to record music while
reaching a broader audience thanks to promotion via social
G-U is presently in the
process of recording his first solo LP, which is untitled as
of yet. Although the Silver Bullet mixtape is entirely in
English, the rapper's first full-length album promises to
include tracks in Spanish. The artist also plans to work
traditional Mexican sounds into the beats for his upcoming
album. "I've been experimenting with mixing more of Mexican
music such as cumbias and rancheras" G-U explained. The
new album will possibly be released within the next year, and
will include other notable Latin Hip Hop artists as guest