• The Basement Tapes: UT alumnus finds fame in world of rap

    Former UT student and local rapper Roosh Williams has opened for music artists such as Bun B, Big K.R.I.T., and Curren$y.
    Former UT student and local rapper Roosh Williams has opened for music artists such as Bun B, Big K.R.I.T., and Curren$y.

    In a fame-hungry generation saturated with entertainment realities such as MTV, American Idol and YouTube, it’s not hard to get your five seconds of stardom. But whether there’s talent to make it beyond the five-second marker, now that’s the bigger question.

    For UT corporate communication alumnus, Roosh Williams, however, his talent in rapping has proven he's not just another wanna-be rapper.

    Born Soroosh Faegh, the Houston native first spit rhymes during choir in middle school. Then last year, his poetic verses, streamed with creative plays on words and rhymes, got noticed and have landed him great successes, such as opening for Yelawolf, The Cool Kids and Curren$y.

    The Daily Texan spoke with the rapper during Basement Tapes about the meaning behind his name and his first interest and performance in rapping.

    The Daily Texan: So your real name is Soroosh Faegh. Why did you decided to add the Williams?

    Roosh Williams: First of all, I don’t think my real name is like ‘fuck yeah.’ Second of all, the ‘Williams’ is kind of expendable. The Williams is the Williams. It could have been fucking Johnson, shit, Patterson, but it’s just to Americanize it basically, cause I feel like that represents who I am, you know? You wouldn’t be able to tell who I am from my real name. It makes it commercial and just as funny, almost kind of like a joke.

    DT: What’s the joke?

    RW: My last name has always been hard to say, so it’s just funny because I have always been a well, decent spoken person, like you wouldn’t be able to tell if you were talking to me, without seeing me, you wouldn’t be able to tell what I am.

    DT: You didn’t want to embrace that you were different?

    RW: Mhm. I also think when I’m rapping it’s not a character but it’s a mode I go into. It’s not representative of my real name. It’s a mode so I switch into gear — not some Batman, Superman shit. Well actually yeah, kind of like some Batman, Superman shit. [laughs]

    DT: So when did you first get into rapping?

    RW: I first began fucking around with it when I was in sixth grade in choir [laughs]. I just noticed I kind of rhyme, ‘like I can do that?’ and so I just started doing it.

    DT: You were telling me earlier of all the rappers you’ve opened up for. What was your first opening?

    RW: I opened for Lil’ Flip on Aug. 1 of I think last year.

    DT: How did that come about?

    RW: It was for some fraternity party and I had dropped my name like ‘yo, if ya need people to perform and stuff like that, let me know.’ And they were like yeah, we’ll give you a shot and they paid me and I did my thing. And it was really good and I got started after that. After that I got booked in Oklahoma City; like I was in Oklahoma City three weeks later.

    DT: Can you name some of the artists you’ve opened for?

    RW: Lil’ Flip, Curren$y, Big K.R.I.T, Bun B, Juvenile, The Cool Kids, J.Cole, Wale, Yelawolf …

    DT: Of all the performances, which one would you say was your best?

    RW: I think it was Yelawolf in Austin. It was at Mohawk. We just rocked that shit. I perform with a drummer so that shit is crazy in real life.

  • Weekend Recs: Fourth of Firefly, Independence Day, Team America

    Enjoy complimentary, hot-off-the grill burgers and hot dogs with America’s favorite sides while listening to the beats of DJ Abe the Assassin at the bar’s patio. Just in case the heat gets to ya’, there’ll be spiked flavored sno-cones!
    WHAT: Fourth of Firefly at Molotov
    WHEN: Sunday, June 3 and Monday, July 4 at 6p.m.
    WHERE: Molotov
    Cost: No cover, 21+

    Cruise into the big screen at Blue Starlite on East Cesar Chavez and watch the American classic sci-fi, Independence Day. This is just about American as you can get! Don’t forget to bring the popcorn!
    WHAT: Independence Day Movie Drive-In
    WHEN: Monday, July 4 at 9p.m.
    WHERE: Blue Starlite Mini-Urban Drive-In Theatre
    COST: $25 per car or $2 walk-in/bike-in

    Possibly one of the most patriotic movie ever made, Team America: World Police is playing at the Drafthouse in spirit of America’s independence. And in place of fireworks, the theater will have sparklers, and cap guns, flags, streamers, and balloons for viewers.
    WHAT: Quote-Along: Team America: World Police
    WHEN: Monday, July 4 at 7p.m.
    WHERE: Alamo Drafthouse Ritz
    COST: $12