Dallas hip-hop originator DJ Snake spoke to us in the June Advocate about Nemesis, the seminal Dallas rap group he co-founded, and their early track “Oak Cliff.”
The story of Nemesis could be turned into an episode of “VH1: Behind the Music.” The story’s elements include underdogs rising to lofty highs due to their own savvy, innovation and talent; a falling out between friends; tragedy; and unresolved conflict. We hear there is a movie in the works.
But DJ Snake is not past tense. He still lives in Dallas and DJs clubs and parties all the time.
After his falling out with Nemesis, he moved to Atlanta, where the rap sound, like that of Dallas, was influenced by Miami bass. In the late ’90s and early 2000s, Snake became heavily involved in the Atlanta sound and scene. Rapper Lil Jon knew the Nemesis album “Munchies For Your Bass,” and he asked DJ Snake to produce tracks for him.
Snake produced early Lil Jon tracks including “Who U Wit” and “Put Yo Hood Up.” Notice the first “hood” shouted out in the “Put Yo Hood Up” video is our own, Oak Cliff.
Lil Jon sent DJ Snake a gold record for that track, and his work with Lil Jon led Snake to produce for Ludacris, Geto Boys and UGK, among others.
Snake said he hadn’t heard from Lil Jon in years when the Atlanta rapper released his 2013 hit, “Turn Down for What.”
What’s been funny/annoying about that for DJ Snake is that the song is credited as DJ Snake featuring Lil Jon. Except it’s not our DJ Snake. It’s this guy from France.
“You have no idea how many calls I’ve had about that track,” he says.