In the age of Gucci Mane, to be born on 10/17 could be seen as a very auspicious omen, and in the case of Lil Wop, it seems he was destined to become the rap icon’s protégé. The Atlanta via Chicago rapper first became enthralled with the Wopster before he was a teenager, and since then has dreamed of being signed to his 1017 Eskimos label. That dream became a reality for Lil Wop in August, and since then he’s been working on his spooky Wopaveli 3 mixtape, which dropped today, just in time for Halloween.

If you aren’t already acquainted with Wop’s zombie-like flow, Wopaveli 3 is an ideal introduction to his creaky cadence, with a feature from Gucci Mane himself on “Paid in Full.” From his leather jackets to fuzzy to distortion to his screamo-influenced vocals, he also brings a distinct punk rock vibe to rap. We caught up with the undead rapper on the rise in New York City to ask him some quick questions about his tattoos, his flow, and working with Gucci.

Take us through getting your ice cream tattoo… what first made you want to get it?

I was born on 1017 and growing up I wanted to be like Gucci.

What would you say is the tattoo you have that would surprise people the most?

The sword on my right eye.

You’re originally from Chicago, what drew you to Atlanta?

My lil brother Koda moved out there and I was like, “Shit, why not?”

After admiring him for so long, how did it feel to get signed by Gucci this year?

That shit is a dream come true to me. It still seems unreal.

Do you have a favorite Gucci Mane song or verse?

“Truth showed me that he didn’t give no fucks and that he was a Brazy motherf****er.”

You once rapped “Lemonade whipping with a lemonade bitch,” what exactly does that mean?

I’m in the kitchen whipping crack with a light skin bitch with me.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a rapper?

I’ll say about 11 years old. On my second mixtape I say, “11 years old I first heard that Gucci track.”

What three words would you use to describe your flow?

Demonic, sinister and malicious

What keeps you inspired?

My family.

What’s next for Lil Wop?

I don’t know what’s next for me, only God knows.

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